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WHY IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT YOU CAST YOUR #VOTE FOR MUSIC

With just one week to go till Election Day, it’s all getting a bit crazy here at #VoteForMusic HQ. Voting closes on 7 May, with results being announced from The Great Escape on 15 May. Plans are also taking shape for our #VoteForMusic debate, when senior politicians and others will debate key campaign issues. With […]Read More

#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

Fundraising from Individual Donors – Top Tips

Cause4 supports charities, philanthropists and social enterprises to grow through creating innovative programmes, entrepreneurial business models and ensuring effective fundraising. This blog is written by guest blogger Alice Ravenscroft, Project Coordinator at Cause4. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to individual fundraising. Cause4 has worked with a wide range of organisations, from the English National Opera […]Read More

Developing young audiences – Good Reads

Ahead of Takes One To Know One, our free one-hour web chat looking at how to work with young people to develop young audiences, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite content from the web looking at young audiences. We’ve been busy talking to young people at the Roundhouse in London and posting the results on our YouTube channel. […]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

December Good Reads

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite reads across the internet this month. This blog from US band Pomplamouse forensically details how much touring actually costs – and although they’re based in the United States, the figures make fascinating reading and should dispel any myths that gigging is where the money is. Fresh on the Net […]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

User testing a new product – top tips for success

Duel’s Content & Brand Champion Jon Aitken gives us his tips on how to successfully user test a new product.   User testing is incredibly important; it’s the point in a creative process that you find out whether the product you’ve dreamed up actually works in the way you think it does. We’ve been user testing […]Read More