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Some early morning musings on Labour Party new creative industries network plans

Last night, the shadow culture secretary, Ivan Lewis MP, announced the launch of the Labour Party’s new Creative Industries Network, established it seems to link arts organisations with businesses. Members will include arts organisations, trade unions and businesses, and the network will be tasked with determining what arts organisations need in order to develop important […]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

Serious fun for the open minded – the INTERROGATE! festival is born!

Performance, debate, comedy, film, art, workshops and ideas. That’s what’s on the cards at INTERROGATE!, the UK’s first festival of social justice, that the hub is programming on behalf of Dartington. Brand new and unique in the UK, INTERROGATE! will take place between 23 and 25 September, taking a fresh approach to looking at income […]Read More

We’re busy setting up HOME in Dartington!

With just 24 hours to go till the ribbon is cut (not really!) on the 2011 HOME festival, we’re busy getting ready for the off. We’ve been working with the Arts at Dartington team on HOME for over six months now and are really excited it’s nearly here. Producer Matthew Linley is already on site, […]Read More

Follow ‘Sustaining Innovation Through Collaboration’ online

With final plans for Sustaining Innovation Through Collaboration at Tate Liverpool on 15 March now underway, and with just a few spaces still available, we’ve put in place some online opportunities for people to get involved online now, and also to follow all the action on the day. First off, you can download the Gigzine […]Read More

Parliament launches national music competition for artists and venues

Earlier this month Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, launched Rock The House, a national music competition in search of talented new artists and venues from across the UK. Rock The House is a music competition with a political twist; as well as showcasing unsigned bands and artists, it will raise political awareness […]Read More

The Henley Review of Music Education in England – a response

Following the publication of Darren Henley’s Review of Music Education in England report earlier this week, we’ve now had time to digest his 36 recommendations, and put together a response, which we’ve summed up here. Our comments are based on the understanding of the music education landscape, and the workforce that populates it, that we’ve […]Read More

New approaches to marketing UK creativity internationally – presentation for the Westminster Media Forum

Earlier this week, I took part in a panel at Westminster Media Forum's 'The UK Creative Industries in the International Market' seminar, chaired by Mike Weatherley MP.Read More

Supporting Musicians Abroad ? hub report published by Arts Council England and the British Council

Arts Council England and British Council have published Supporting UK Musicians Abroad, a summary of research carried out by the hub last year, which provided recommendations for how the two organisations could work together more effectively to maximise the impact and benefit of their support for musicians and music organisations wishing to develop their work […]Read More

Mayor?s music education strategy published following hub-led consultation

Following initial consultation carried out by the hub last year, the Mayor of London has launched Making Music Matter, his music education strategy for London 2010-12. Published earlier this month, just over a year after the first ever Mayor?s Music Education Summit which the hub also produced and which kicked off the consultation process, the […]Read More