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Dartington Hall: producing the INTERROGATE! festival

In 2011 and 2012, the hub worked with Dartington Hall, to curate and produce a new event called INTERROGATE! Part festival, part conference, part retreat, Interrogate was intended as a new way of engaging individuals and organisations alike in addressing social justice issues. Our brief as creative producers was slightly out of the ordinary: in […]Read More

Greater London Authority Mayor’s Music Education Summit

In January 2009, the hub curated the Mayor of London’s first ever Music Education Summit. 180 people working across the music education sector in London – musicians, music services, orchestras and other music organisations, promoters, music colleges, funders and policy makers – came together at City Hall. The purpose of the day? To inform the […]Read More

National Campaign for the Arts: Arts Index compilation and launch

In 2011, we worked with the National Campaign for the Arts to produce and oversee the launch of the first ever UK Arts Index. Bringing together key data about the sector’s health for the first time ever, the inaugural Arts Index plots trends in tickets sales, corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and public sector funding, as well […]Read More

Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England: New Yorkshire Music business development programme

“You’ve got to try and throw this party just as far as you can. Open your heads like a satellite.” Saturday Night, Kaiser Chiefs With the creative industries riding high on the region’s political agenda – at least temporarily – Yorkshire Forward (the then regional development agency) and Arts Council England asked the hub to […]Read More

Creative Connexions: Music Connections business development programme

the hub was asked by Northamptonshire creative development agency, Creative Connexions, to develop and deliver a professional development programme aimed at producers, label bosses, promoters and managers, based in Northamptonshire. The programme had two strands: one a training programme, aimed at emerging industry talent, and the other a bursary programme, aimed at more experienced industry […]Read More

BBC Talent: developing the Fame Academy Bursary scheme

BBC New Talent first approached the hub a decade ago to help them scope out how they could best support the development of young musicians. They’d been sent our way by the Arts Council who said we were the go-to team if they wanted strategic thinking combined with an ability to create real life programmes […]Read More

Free Word: marketing and communications strategy

We worked with members of the Free Word team in 2013 to create a marketing strategy for the organisation’s development between 2013/14 and 2015/16. In a project such as this one, our role is to prompt and open up thinking, test propositions, contribute knowledge of the wider context and organise conclusions into a clear set […]Read More

Kettles Yard: Music Programme strategy

We worked with the team at Kettles Yard gallery in Cambridge to review the organisation’s existing music programme and recommend a strategic direction for music over the next five years, in line with the organisation’s new vision. Music has always played an important part in the history of Kettle’s Yard and was central to Jim […]Read More

Kicking off a summer of work with the National Campaign for the Arts

the hub is excited to be working with the National Campaign for the Arts this summer. Over the next three months we’ll be working with the NCA, which campaigns and avocates for the arts sector across the UK, to help the organisation chart a new strategic course. At a time of almost unparalleled change in […]Read More

Yorkshire Music Report Now Out

Earlier this year, the Arts Council England, Yorkshire and Yorkshire Forward commissioned the hub to produce a scoping study to determine the need for business support within the regional music industry, and how best this could be delivered. As part of this project we invited music entrepreneurs to take part in a region-wide survey and […]Read More