New Music Plus… training in Belfast

On Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 February all 12 New Music Plus…UK producers came together for a 2 days of practical training sessions at The MAC in Belfast, one of the host organisations taking part in New Music Plus… UK, the professional development programme developed in partnership by PRS for Music Foundation and the hub. […]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

Altogether now: how collaborations between independent music producers and established arts organisations can benefit all

In these straitened times, everyone suddenly wants to collaborate. For independent music producers though, collaboration has long been a way of life, and a way of making great work. In this blog, recently published by Guardian Culture Professionals, hub director Julia Payne explores how collaborations with these independents can benefit established arts organisations. In music, […]Read More

Getting happy at INTERROGATE!

For the last few months, it’s all been about happiness within the hub team, as we worked hard to programme this year’s INTERROGATE! festival at Dartington, which took place earlier this month. I’m not sure that ‘festival’ is the right noun for INTERROGATE!, including as it does a punch packing programme of performances, panel discussions, […]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

Our thoughts on creating more apprenticeship opportunities for small music businesses

Response to the Skillset DCMS Creative Industries Council report and how we hope to work with Creative & Cultural SkillsRead More

We’re interrogating happiness!

Here at hub towers, it’s all about happiness right now. That’s because we’ve just started work on programming this year’s Interrogate! festival at Dartington, which will take place 12-14 October. This year, the focus of this unique little festival – which has one foot in Dartington’s arts programme and the other in its social justice […]Read More

Some early morning musings on Labour Party new creative industries network plans

Last night, the shadow culture secretary, Ivan Lewis MP, announced the launch of the Labour Party’s new Creative Industries Network, established it seems to link arts organisations with businesses. Members will include arts organisations, trade unions and businesses, and the network will be tasked with determining what arts organisations need in order to develop important […]Read More