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Life after the cuts – roundtable discussions at Association of Festival Organisers’ conference

Last week, I headed to the Association of Festival Organisers’ conference, charged with facilitating a roundtable discussion on life after the cuts. Conference organiser and AFO chief, Steve Heap’s, brief was clear. “You’re not here to pretend it’s all going to be fine…We want you to give delegates some pointers on how to manage the changes […]Read More

Should the arts resist polluting corporate sponsors?

Mike Bradwell in the Evening Standard today argues that arts organisations should resist entering into corporate sponsorship agreements with major polluting organisations (he cites BP and Shell) because it can compromise their integrity. “By consorting with polluters, arts organisations are polluting their own reputations,” he says. Here’s the link to the full article… It’s a […]Read More

Mayoral Advisor on Culture to give welcome address at New Music Plus…event at City Hall

Munira Mirza, the Mayoral Advisor on Culture at the Greater London Authority is one of the speakers lined up for the New Music Plus…Co-producing for new audience event taking place at London’s City Hall on 10 June. Programmed by the hub and the PRS for Music Foundation, other speakers confirmed so far include Stuart Brown […]Read More

New MusicLeader publication, following hub’s membership research

Last year the hub worked with the MusicLeader team, carrying out research amongst its 11 000 members, and providing recommendations for the strategic development of the service. Since then, MusicLeader, which exists to raise the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK, has extended its network into East Anglia and the South […]Read More

the hub working as producer at Dartington

the hub has recently joined forces with the Arts team at Dartington, and will be working as producer in residence until early 2011. Dartington is a pioneering Devon-based charity which nurtures ideas to address pressing problems and works for the advancement of the arts, sustainability and social justice. Dartington’s arts programmes provides opportunities for people […]Read More

Co-producing new work for new audiences – New Music Plus…City Hall event announced

the hub and the PRS for Music Foundation have teamed up to present ‘Co-producing new work for new audiences’, an event that will explore the artistic, organisational and audience development opportunities of co-producing music-led events across art form and between organizations of different scale. Taking place at London’s City Hall on 10 June, the programme […]Read More

Insulting Cabaret – behinds the scenes action; poet Ross Sutherland plus public readings of Mills & Boon

Back for a stonking third year , the hub produced the Insulting Cabaret for our friends at International Pen. The theme for this year’s outing at the Southwark Playhouse was ‘love and hate’ and the evening featured an impressive mix of writers, musicians and poets. Our compere for the evening was the fantastic poet Ross […]Read More

New Music Plus…producers announced at Tate Liverpool

Earlier this month, hub Director Julia Payne joined over 150 people from across the North West’s creative sector at Tate Liverpool as she announced the names of the eight producers selected for the New Music Plus… programme in Manchester and Liverpool. Developed in partnership with the PRS for Music Foundation, New Music Plus… is a […]Read More

the hub explores talent development with English Folk, Dance & Song Society

Over the summer, the hub will be working with EFDSS to explore how best the organisation can support the development of new work and emerging talent in the folk music sector. EFDSS aims to ?nourish artistic innovation and excellence and develop the reach of English folk and new acoustic music in the UK and its […]Read More

Songs of Love and Hate

DJs Jason Phipps and Ruth Barnes have programmed a special set list of love and hate songs for Friday night’s Insulting Cabaret – check their blog for more information. Warning – not for Phil Collins-lovers, the faint-hearted or easily offended!Read More