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Quotas, safe spaces, and image obsession – Report from the Leeds Open Space

There was a great turn out at Sheaf Street on Monday 26 March for good food and an evening of conversation and debate about how we can begin to tackle inequality in the music industry.  In fact so good was the Leeds open space that I was struck dumb (literally, with the flu, hence the […]Read More

Mentoring, Imposter Syndrome, Role Models and More – Report from the Liverpool Open Space

So, exactly how can we how we can begin to tackle inequality in the music industry? This question was the focus of a day of discussion, reflection and debate at the wonderful Constellations in Liverpool last Saturday. A small but select gathering of musicians, promoters, journalists and researchers came together for the second of our […]Read More

Making gender equality in the music industry a reality…. What can we all do?

The music industry can look an awful lot like a man’s world, even in 2018. Fewer than 1 in 5 songwriters in the UK are female, just 1 in 6 labels are majority-owned by women, and fewer than a third of those working in the industry are female. Get to the upper echelons, and only […]Read More

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A manifesto for the curious and the generous

I’m writing this from Liverpool, where I’ve been for the past 2 days for the inaugural Binary Festival, a brilliant get together of innovators, makers, creatives and inventors. Over the past two days, I’ve stared and listened in wonder as the brilliant Sam Aaron did the most awesome live coding, been inspired by the force […]Read More

Make, Do & Bend – the title of our Ideas Lab, yes, but also a good philosophy

Imagine the scene – 25 or so of Europe’s most curious and forward thinking composers, musicians and creative technologists, gathered together at NESTA HQ for a ‘nothing’s impossible’ day of plotting and conspiring, eating and drinking, thinking and doing. All in the name of exploring the next frontiers of live performance, and how digital technology […]Read More

After Get Funding Ready, here are 10 top fundraising tips

On Tuesday this week I ran a couple of introduction to fundraising workshops at Sound Connections’ Get Funding Ready 2016 event. To say it was a whistle stop tour through what’s a bit of minefield (sorry for the rubbish and slightly odd analogy!) is a bit of an understatement, but here are the 10 top […]Read More

Ch-ch-ch-changes – a new year playlist

It’s virtually the end of dry January.  Time for us to kick out the jams, put our house in order, get cracking with new ideas and make plans.  Here’s a playlist to inspire you to look at your work and make some changes! The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop Heads down, here we go….Hey Ho, Let’s Go! Tribe […]Read More

2016 predictions for independent music – a roundup of useful articles

January is traditionally the time we look ahead, make plans and generally get our house in order. Our December blog featured three video ‘Postcards from the Future’ from key experts in music, digital technology, research and young audiences. Filmed at our Camden One Dayer back in July 2015, our experts tried to predict what was […]Read More

Looking ahead – what does the future of independent music hold?

As we draw to the end of 2015 and look ahead to the New Year we thought it would be a good time to revisit our Postcards from the Future provocations – three talks by experts in their fields looking at the future of music, of young audiences and of technology.  What can we expect […]Read More