#Vote For Music – kitchen table politics, for real

We’ve seen David Cameron slicing tomatoes in his, Nick Clegg drinking white wine in his, and Ed Miliband with a mug of builder’s tea in his. Politics these days seem to be all about cosy chats in kitchens. But in the case of #VoteForMusic, it’s true. Chief hubster, Julia Payne, explains how she came up with […]Read More

Them’s the breaks – could tax breaks help the independent music sector?

Last Friday, as part of our Joining the Dots programme, we turned our thoughts to tax and the independent music sector – and more specifically whether or not tax breaks might benefit musicians, promoters and producers working in independent music. For our – highly sparky –  hubchat, which came in the same week as the government […]Read More

Let’s make 2015 the year of the ‘fair play’ venue…

As some of you will know, the Musicians’ Union is one of the organisations supporting and funding us to deliver our Joining the Dots programme, which is all about finding ways to help all of us involved in independent music – musicians, venues, promoters, managers – make a living from the music we love. So, fresh […]Read More

We’re hosting the Venues Day IdeasLab – find out who’s who and what’s what

When the Music Venues Trust asked me to host and be part of the IdeasLab session at Venues Day (happening next Tuesday – 9 December – at London’s SouthBank Centre) it was a no brainer to get involved. Here’s why…   Over the 12 years since we founded the hub so much of our work […]Read More

The ideas behind getting 120 venues from across the UK together for Venues Day

Chief hubster Julia Payne will be hosting the IdeasLab session at next week’s Venues Day at South Bank Centre. With just a week to go till the event on 9 December, Mark Davyd, one of the Music Venue Trust team behind the event, tells us about the guiding principles behind it. When we launched the Music […]Read More

Venues Day – championing the UK’s indie music venues

the hub is partnering with Music Venue Trust around the first Venues Day, which is happening in London next month. We’ll hopefully see a good few hub friends there, but in the mean time, we asked Mark Davyd, the Trust’s CEO, to tell us what inspired the event, who it’s for and what delegates can expect. Here’s […]Read More

Show me the money

Show me the money: sources of finance for early stage artists

At last weekend’s Making Money from Music – Early Revenues panel at The Great Escape, hosted by PRS for Music, I promised I would post some links to funders and other sources of finance I mentioned that are potentially relevant to early stage career musicians, so here they are, along with a link to my top 10 […]Read More

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Joining the Dots game changing winners announced

Four game changing live music projects have been chosen for Joining the Dots funding and support. A pioneering gig-swap network, opening up a digital music archive, a mobile game for gigs and a location based app for "listening to listings". Read More

the hub at The Great Escape

The Great Escape is the UK’s leading festival and convention for new music and takes place in venues across Brighton next weekend (8-10 May), attracting over 400 artists and several thousand industry delegates. Saturday afternoon (10 May) sees us de-camp to the Old Ship Hotel for the Joining the Dots-inspired series of panels we were invited to […]Read More

the hub’s director Julia Payne offers some fundraising tips

Our recent call for proposals for our Joining the Dots funding resulted in a mountain of applications – over 150 people submitted a short film about their idea. Our panel of assessors had a tough job; pretty much every single one had a really great idea at its heart, yet we could only take 1 […]Read More