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A manifesto for the curious and the generous

I’m writing this from Liverpool, where I’ve been for the past 2 days for the inaugural Binary Festival, a brilliant get together of innovators, makers, creatives and inventors. Over the past two days, I’ve stared and listened in wonder as the brilliant Sam Aaron did the most awesome live coding, been inspired by the force […]Read More

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

After Get Funding Ready, here are 10 top fundraising tips

On Tuesday this week I ran a couple of introduction to fundraising workshops at Sound Connections’ Get Funding Ready 2016 event. To say it was a whistle stop tour through what’s a bit of minefield (sorry for the rubbish and slightly odd analogy!) is a bit of an understatement, but here are the 10 top […]Read More

Looking ahead – what does the future of independent music hold?

As we draw to the end of 2015 and look ahead to the New Year we thought it would be a good time to revisit our Postcards from the Future provocations – three talks by experts in their fields looking at the future of music, of young audiences and of technology.  What can we expect […]Read More

A Hubby Christmas Playlist

Christmas has arrived at Hub Towers – so, as we slowly wind down for the year, here’s a festival playlist celebrating jazz, folk, alternative and the just plain weird! Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra – Jingle Bells You can’t get more festive than Wynton in a santa hat. Sufjan Stevens – Come […]Read More

Looking ahead to Music Venues Day 2015: big issues for small venues 

Earlier in the year and ahead of the 2015 General Election we ran a social media campaign with the Music Venues Trust #VoteforMusic, in which we asked people to tell us what they thought the incoming government should do to secure the future of the independent music sector.  Unsurprisingly many of the issues and concerns […]Read More

A Fine Balance: how to nurture fans without exploiting their goodwill

How much has the relationship between artists and fans has changed?  And what distinguishes a good two way relationship from an exploitative one?  Is it all about the money? We’ve pulled together some of our best soundcloud audio and youtube content exploring these issues and offering tips to musicians and artists on how best to communicate with […]Read More

The #OneDayer – A Storify Summary

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Looking to the future of music, tech and finance: summary of the #OneDayer Insight programme

Alongside the main conference strand of the #Onedayer, the hub ran an insight programme – short presentations by experts in their own field which looked out into the future and shared (roughly!) five key ideas. Had an insightful & inspiring day @tweetsatthehub #OneDayer! Learnt about data, social future & remembering to make good music! Thanks […]Read More