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Make, Do & Bend – the title of our Ideas Lab, yes, but also a good philosophy

Imagine the scene – 25 or so of Europe’s most curious and forward thinking composers, musicians and creative technologists, gathered together at NESTA HQ for a ‘nothing’s impossible’ day of plotting and conspiring, eating and drinking, thinking and doing. All in the name of exploring the next frontiers of live performance, and how digital technology […]Read More

Music and millennials: ‘generation selfie’ loves music, but there’s lots to learn from brands in terms of how we engage with them

the hub’s new research into student music habits and attitudes shows that live and recorded music continues to be a big part of most students’ lives, but there’s lots that those working in music could learn from brands around engaging with their fans and audiences. So say the hub’s Director, Julia Payne, and YouthSight’s Director […]Read More

‘Fresh ideas… knowledge, greater understanding, confidence and new people’ – what musicians will get from The One Dayer

the hub’s One Dayer – Independent Music, Money & Tech takes place in Camden on 1 July. In her latest blog, the hub’s Director, Julia Payne, talks about why the event is a ‘must go to’ event for musicians, songwriters and composers working in beyond mainstream music – and what they can expect to get […]Read More

#VoteForMusic: the sector speaks – postings from The Great Escape

At a packed session at The Great Escape on 15 May, I took to the festival stage, to announce the results of our #VoteForMusic campaign. Joining me on stage were the musician and dj Dan le Sac, Cooking Vinyl founder and chief executive Martin Goldschmidt, The Great Escape’s Martin Elbourne and Yellowbrick music’s Meredith Cork […]Read More

WHY IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT YOU CAST YOUR #VOTE FOR MUSIC

With just one week to go till Election Day, it’s all getting a bit crazy here at #VoteForMusic HQ. Voting closes on 7 May, with results being announced from The Great Escape on 15 May. Plans are also taking shape for our #VoteForMusic debate, when senior politicians and others will debate key campaign issues. With […]Read More

#Vote For Music – kitchen table politics, for real

We’ve seen David Cameron slicing tomatoes in his, Nick Clegg drinking white wine in his, and Ed Miliband with a mug of builder’s tea in his. Politics these days seem to be all about cosy chats in kitchens. But in the case of #VoteForMusic, it’s true. Chief hubster, Julia Payne, explains how she came up with […]Read More

Networking, or whatever you want to call it…

We have another ‘Off Axis’ show coming up this week – a band from Hastings and a band from Wrexham are playing together in Chester. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know we’re working on a touring network that enables artists to visit new towns and cities for the first time, and play to […]Read More

Getting the most from your online audience

Cautionary tales, radical thinking and uninhibited audiences. Plus how it is increasingly difficult to separate live and digital work. Wise words from the expert Sounding Out panel on how audiences and online collide. Read More

Eventbox – a new era of music listings is starting but where?

Latest news on the app that lets you listen to listings. Eventbox mastermind Joey Baxter has decided in which area it will be launched and how he's going to ensure that venues get the maximum benefit. Read More