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2016 predictions for independent music – a roundup of useful articles

January is traditionally the time we look ahead, make plans and generally get our house in order. Our December blog featured three video ‘Postcards from the Future’ from key experts in music, digital technology, research and young audiences. Filmed at our Camden One Dayer back in July 2015, our experts tried to predict what was […]Read More

Social Media: how important is it, really?

Duel’s Jon Aitken  blogs on why social media should be a vital part of your start-up development Do you need a social media presence for your brand or product? Yes. The answer is always yes. What kind of presence can be a more difficult question, and one that revolves around several factors: the resources you have at […]Read More

One Dayer News – The Future of Digital Tech & Live Music

A major strand of the ONE DAYER on 1st July in Camden is dedicated to emerging digital technology and how we can all better harness it to drive more people to the live experience, and once they’re at our gigs spend more money.   The provocation, panel and insights sessions we’ve programmed as part of […]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

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

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

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

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Avoid the scrum for early bird One Dayer tickets!

Early bird tickets for ‘The One Dayer: Finance, Technology & the Future of Independent Music’ are now on sale! But not for long. Our first Joining the Dots conference is at the historic Cecil Sharp House in London on Friday 12th September. The One Dayer is for anyone who works in or with the independent […]Read More

CIDA: creative industries training programmes

We’ve worked with the Cultural Industries Development Agency in east London to develop and deliver number of training programmes. Here’s the lowdown on a couple of them. Sustain to Gain Sustain to Gain was a five-day business planning programme. Highly interactive, the programme was designed to not only develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of business […]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