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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

Here’s One I Made Earlier…Top tips for growing a new creative business

At a recent hub away day the focus was on business growth. Not something that small enterprises necessarily think of when they’re very focused on getting their idea or business off the ground, but how a business develops once its launched will determine its success or failure. We’re currently supporting four new digital/music projects through […]Read More

Creative Industry Finance programme – supporting sustainable growth in the creative sector

At the end of September, our friends at Creative United launched the Creative Industry Finance programme, a new investment and advice programme for the creative sector. One month in, we asked Sarah Thirtle, Creative United’s Head of Business Lending Programmes, to give us the lowdown on the programme. Here’s that lowdown…   A little over […]Read More