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The One Dayer Pitch Party – Sponsored by PRS for Music

After many cups of tea and alot of deliberation, these seven companies were selected to present their game-changing ideas at the Pitch Party during our One Dayer on 12 September.  Muio.org Gigzine Steve Symons from muio.org kicked off the event with a pitch about muio’s Gigzine app and invited the audience to use Gigzine to vote for their […]Read More

Joining the Dots

Top 5 Tips – Getting the most out of your #OneDayer

This sounds like the sort of guide you might read on your way to a festival, which is exactly what we hope you’ll feel when you head to July’s One Dayer. It’s a chance to meet loads of people working in your industry, from musicians to techies, promoters to producers, journalists, funders and entrepreneurs. But […]Read More

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Exploiting the challenges of digital music and arts journalism

A stellar list of music and arts experts are lining up to explore how the fracturing of traditional journalism can be exploited by musicians and composers. All at the Third Ear Symposium. Read More

We are looking for a freelance Digital Producer

We’re looking to recruit a new freelance Digital Producer to help propel us forward and ‘set our digital course’ – someone who’s a natural and easy communicator, possibly from a journalism background, who has experience of building online engagement with and across niche communities, is passionate about independent music and has ‘good ears’. The role’s […]Read More

Too little, too narrow, too late, and where’s the passion?

On Wednesday morning I joined other figures from the arts world to hear Maria Miller’s first big speech as Culture Secretary, at the British Museum. 48 hours on, I’ve talked at length with lots of people, sometimes even quite sensibly, and have constructed a short, reasonably coherent response to it, which I’m sure I will […]Read More

Advancing mobile technologies

Hub Associate Matthew Linley recently attended RE:SYSTEMS seminar on mobile technologies as the guest of Howard Monk of the local . The invite came about after Howard and Hub Director Julia Payne were chewing the digital cud as part of work the hub is doing on the market development of Gigzine (thanks Howard!). The key […]Read More

Get your aural 5-a-day!

For one weekend each year the Digbeth arches in Birmingham vibrate with strange, wonderful sounds as the Custard Factory becomes the focal point for one of the UK’s most distinctive and respected music festivals…Supersonic Festival. A dynamic and constantly challenging experimental multi disciplinary arts festival, Supersonic identifies the otherwise indescribable connections between contemporary music, art, […]Read More

New Music Plus: long term evaluation shows real artistic and audience development impact

“NMP… was blue sky thinking made real.” (NMP… host organisation) In 2009, the hub joined forces with the PRS for Music Foundation to initiate New Music Plus…, a development programme which aimed to strengthen leadership skills and cross art-form learning amongst organisations and independent producers keen to develop their approach to programming and building new […]Read More

Changes to tax relief announced in the budget will hit the arts sector

In last week’s budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the amounts of tax relief individuals will be able to claim that are almost certain to hit big gift donations to the arts sector, as well as the wider charitable sector. In his budget statement the Chancellor said, “From next year, anyone seeking to claim […]Read More

We’re at HOME again at Dartington on 24/25 June!

Following a fantastic inaugural one-dayer in 2010, we’re once again working with Dartington to produce HOME – a world music festival with acoustic music at its heart. Off the back of the success of last year’s sellout, HOME has been expanded to two days this year – 24/5 June. We’re very excited about the line […]Read More