Meet our New Music Plus… participants
New Music Plus…UK is a two year, nationwide, creative and professional development programme developed and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation and the hub. NMP… supports the professional development of independent music producers and helps arts organisations to strengthen their approach to programming new music. As well as providing the producers with mentoring, training and a professional development bursary, NMP… partners them with organisations around the UK to develop a series of new and exciting music-led events.
New Music Plus… UK aims to:
•strengthen leadership skills and cross art-form learning amongst organisations and independent producers who have not previously worked together
•establish a UK wide network of producers and organisations which supports exchange of expertise and opportunities to co-commission or tour new work
•support the artistic and professional development of all who take part.
The 12 NMP… UK producers are an incredibly diverse bunch. Hailing from around the UK, their interests range from cutting edge electronica to opera, via an updated take on traditional Irish music and intelligent, left field, pop. Our host organisations are similarly diverse, and again come from the lenbgth and breadth of the UK. Here’s some information about them, and links to where you can find out more:
Eamon Murray and The MAC, Belfast
* Eamon is one of the most respected Bodhrán players in Irish music and has a keen interest in introducing new audiences to Irish music, and to updating the tradition. He’s also highly in demand as a bodhran tutor, and has a real interest in supporting the musical development of young people.
* The MAC is Belfast’s newest arts venue. Open since early 2012, their programme covers – and mixes up – music, theatre, dance an art.
John Stevens and Arnolfini, Bristol
* John Stevens is an independent live music producer based in Bristol,promoting adventurous music of diverse genres, with a strong emphasis on new UK artists.
* Established in 1961, Arnolfini presents innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of educational activities.
Seb Reynolds and The Junction, Cambridge
* Seb Reynolds is an Oxford based musician, producer, gig promoter and publicist. He runs PinDrop Music which hosts gigs and concerts in Oxford and London.
* The Junction develops and presents exciting music, theatre, dance and comedy, and has a strong focus on developing the creativity and skills of young people and emerging artists from across the East region.
Mark Thomas and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
* Mark Thomas runs a record label called Shape Records, puts on live music events through Shape Functions and plays in experimental rock band Islet.
* Chapter has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration, offering an ever changing programme of performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and around the world.
Kate Walters and QUAD, Derby
* Kate Walters has been producing music events since 2008 when she made an on-the-spot pitch to the managers of The Hayward Gallery on London’s Southbank.
* A creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film, QUAD transforms lives through active participation in art and film.
Fielding Hope and Dundee Contemporary Arts
* Fielding Hope is a live music and arts programmer and promoter based in Glasgow. He runs Cry Parrot and co-founded the Music is Language festival in Glasgow. He has been organising events since February 2005.
· Dundee Contemporary Arts promotes the development and exhibition of contemporary art and culture.
Suzy Glass and Edinburgh Art Festival
* Suzy Glass is a cross-artform producer, specialising in music, visual art and digital work. She also manages the Public Art Scotland programme for Creative Scotland. d
* Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is Scotland’s largest annual visual art festival and aims to showcase a diverse and vibrant programme of visual arts exhibitions and events, representing and supporting the best
international and emerging artists.
Tania Holland Williams and Turner Contemporary, Margate
* Emotional extremes, tragic predispositions and a yearning for the discipline of numbers are key drivers for Tania Holland Williams’ work which is cited in theatrical encounter.
* Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all.
Jordan Bell and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
* Based in the North Yorkshire Moors, Jordan Bell’s music production work as 3 Foot Ninja currently involves curating and promoting a series of music based multi-artform events called Joy Projector.
* MIMA is one of the UK’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. They host temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present and feature work by internationally acclaimed artists.
Danielle Rose and City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth
* Danielle Rose is a South West based live arts event producer. Her work in the arts over the last 9 years has been with organisations such as Poole’s Lighthouse, Dorset’s Inside Out festival and, most recently, Dartington
Hall in Totnes.
* Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery are part of Plymouth City Council’s vibrant Museums, Arts and Heritage service. They have a wide ranging programme that includes galleries, exhibitions, events, education and outreach work that engages with thousands of people throughout the year.
Alex Keegan and Sheffield Showroom
* Alex Keegan is extremely passionate about documenting and promoting Sheffield’s underground, independent art scenes through video, events promotion and writing.
* Showroom is one of the largest independent cinemas in Europe and is located in the heart of Sheffield’s cultural quarter.
Noah Burton and BEAM, Wakefield
* Noah Burton is a creative producer/promoter from Huddersfield, with a background in music and events. He was part of the team involved in I-Move, Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad. Noah performs in many musical ensembles and has years of promotion experience.
* BEAM are creative programmers and commissioners dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm, and to involving citizens in the arts and place-making.
New Music Plus…UK builds on two successful pilot programmes in London and the North West. More details here.