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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

Venues Day – championing the UK’s indie music venues

the hub is partnering with Music Venue Trust around the first Venues Day, which is happening in London next month. We’ll hopefully see a good few hub friends there, but in the mean time, we asked Mark Davyd, the Trust’s CEO, to tell us what inspired the event, who it’s for and what delegates can expect. Here’s […]Read More

Communication Breakdown

Unconvention’s Jeff Thompson flags up the importance of good communication and how it can make all the difference to a musician or band’s career. Next week Off Axis heads to Hastings for our first show on the south coast, which we’re really excited about. Once again we have some fantastic artists working together to make opportunities for […]Read More

The secret of growing your own business – What I’ve learnt

The hub’s intern Brenda Maleco talks about what she learnt at the recent Joining the Dots Away Day  On the 10th October I attended the second Joining the Dots away day, which took place at Cecil Sharp House, and had a focus on the growth of creative businesses and building social communities. What I learnt […]Read More