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A Hubby Christmas Playlist

Christmas has arrived at Hub Towers – so, as we slowly wind down for the year, here’s a festival playlist celebrating jazz, folk, alternative and the just plain weird! Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra – Jingle Bells You can’t get more festive than Wynton in a santa hat. Sufjan Stevens – Come […]Read More

Boomstand – the pop up sound system going places

Hwa Young Jung blogs on the latest outing of Boomstand, a pop up sound system developed during the hub’s Bring & Byte hack weekend in Hebden Bridge in May 2015. Boomstand is a sound system for public space. We install pop-up sound systems in public spaces for anyone to play music through and for musicians, poets, […]Read More

Get curious… Get Generous… Reflections from Venues Day Business Up, Be Inspired panel

Earlier this week I joined 300 other delegates at the Music Venue Trust’s second Venues Day, all of us enjoying the slightly weird experience of drinking tea in the Ministry of Sound bar at 10am on a Tuesday morning. And all of us clutching hot off the press copies of the GLA’s Rescue Plan for […]Read More

Looking ahead to Music Venues Day 2015: big issues for small venues 

Earlier in the year and ahead of the 2015 General Election we ran a social media campaign with the Music Venues Trust #VoteforMusic, in which we asked people to tell us what they thought the incoming government should do to secure the future of the independent music sector.  Unsurprisingly many of the issues and concerns […]Read More

A Fine Balance: how to nurture fans without exploiting their goodwill

How much has the relationship between artists and fans has changed?  And what distinguishes a good two way relationship from an exploitative one?  Is it all about the money? We’ve pulled together some of our best soundcloud audio and youtube content exploring these issues and offering tips to musicians and artists on how best to communicate with […]Read More

Social Media: how important is it, really?

Duel’s Jon Aitken  blogs on why social media should be a vital part of your start-up development Do you need a social media presence for your brand or product? Yes. The answer is always yes. What kind of presence can be a more difficult question, and one that revolves around several factors: the resources you have at […]Read More

Phrased & Confused is back! And Liverpool-bound…

It’s been a while, but we’re delighted to say Phrased & Confused, our Spoken Word and Music project, is back this Autumn after a couple of years R&R! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Unity Theatre in Liverpool to curate a P&C-influenced season of the very best mix of spoken word and music around. […]Read More

EventBox’s CEO Joey Baxter charts the process of bringing a new software platform to market

EventBox is a mobile app and website that lets you listen to gig listings to discover music events happening nearby.  It was supported to market through the hub’s Joining the Dots programme.  Here CEO Joey Baxter charts the process of bringing an idea to fruition. When we started Joining The Dots in March 2014, we had […]Read More

A postcard from the future of fundraising…by Wendy Smithers

Following her Insight Session at this year’s #OneDayer, the hub’s Wendy Smithers gives us her top tips for fundraising for the future. So yes…afraid it is going to get tougher…but there is still money out there Where are all those supposed philanthropists that are waiting to plug the public sector gap for us? Yes we’re […]Read More

The #OneDayer – A Storify Summary

[View the story “The OneDayer: Finance, Technology and the Future of Independent Music” on Storify]Read More