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Show me the money: sources of finance for early stage artists

At last weekend’s Making Money from Music – Early Revenues panel at The Great Escape, hosted by PRS for Music, I promised I would post some links to funders and other sources of finance I mentioned that are potentially relevant to early stage career musicians, so here they are, along with a link to my top 10 […]Read More

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Live music discovery app Eventbox is a Joining the Dots winner

The internet is opening up a world of opportunities for evolving how we interact with live music events. Joining the Dots winners Eventbox are primed to bridge the shrinking divide between artists and fans.Read More

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Taxiing through Tibet provides inspiration for Joining the Dots gaming project

One-word challenge game migrates from extreme sports to live music. Entrepreneur, adventurer and Joining the Dots winner Paul Archer explains how a South Asian odyssey inspired this game-changing idea. Read More

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Joining the Dots game changing winners announced

Four game changing live music projects have been chosen for Joining the Dots funding and support. A pioneering gig-swap network, opening up a digital music archive, a mobile game for gigs and a location based app for "listening to listings". Read More

the hub at The Great Escape

The Great Escape is the UK’s leading festival and convention for new music and takes place in venues across Brighton next weekend (8-10 May), attracting over 400 artists and several thousand industry delegates. Saturday afternoon (10 May) sees us de-camp to the Old Ship Hotel for the Joining the Dots-inspired series of panels we were invited to […]Read More

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Why do you do what you do?

We'll soon be announcing the winners of our Joining the Dots project and finding out what inspired their brilliant music industry ideas. In this blog entrepreneur Derek Sivers offers advice on what should NOT inspire your bright idea. Read More

the hub’s director Julia Payne offers some fundraising tips

Our recent call for proposals for our Joining the Dots funding resulted in a mountain of applications – over 150 people submitted a short film about their idea. Our panel of assessors had a tough job; pretty much every single one had a really great idea at its heart, yet we could only take 1 […]Read More

the new hub intern on why the music industry needs game-changers

Radio presenter, music editor, blogger and student Deborah Findlater is the hub's new intern. Here she identifies areas in the music industry that need urgent attention. Read More

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Need inspiration? Speak to people who think differently to you

Katherine Bond is the Director of Innovation at Cultural Institute, King's College London which is funding and supporting Joining the Dots. She tells the hub how brilliant ideas don't come out of no-where and why she's in favour of sharing knowledge.Read More

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Jen Long on how young music fans are pioneering new ideas in the live music circuit

Presenter of Radio 1′s BBC Introducing, Jen Long, chats to Karen Pirie about the hub’s music funding project Joining the Dots – and the innovations that broke but dedicated young music fans are pioneering.Read More