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Unity Theatre – HackStage Ideas Lab

Imagine the scene – 25 or so of the UK’s most curious and forward thinking theatre makers, creative technologists and technicians, gathered together at Unity Theatre, Liverpool for 3 days of plotting and conspiring, eating and drinking, thinking and doing. All in the name of exploring the next frontiers of live theatre, and how digital […]Read More

London Sinfonietta – Make Do & Bend

In 2016 the hub teamed up with the London Sinfonietta and NESTA to develop Make, Do and Bend, a project bringing together musicians, composers and creative technologists to explore how digital technology can open up new forms of interaction.   The first part of Make, Do and Bend was an invite-only affair – an intensive 12 hours of sharing, making […]Read More

Roundhouse Call to Create evaluation strategy

During an 8 month period in 2015, we worked with members of the Roundhouse team to help them develop an evaluation strategy and plan for the Roundhouse-led global Call to Create network of young theatre makers. We were also asked to create a range of evaluation support materials. Key tasks included: devising an evaluation plan […]Read More

HELP MUSICIANS UK Where are they now? Post graduate music student research

Each year Help Musicians UK makes a substantial number of awards to post graduate music students around the UK. In 2016 HMUK commissioned the hub to carry out research into the career development of post graduate music students who have graduated in the past decade. Our study focused on some 1800 applicants to HMUK’s post […]Read More

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