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andy smith

How to run an award-winning festival

Record labels signing fewer bands, a closed shop operated by bigger promoters - and a lot of deer. Just some of the issues faced by Kendal Calling festival promotor Andy Smith who tells Karen Pirie how he and others like him are getting through it.Read More

Isaac Mao

Why it pays to give your ideas away

Isaac Mao is the godfather of “sharism”. The core spirit of Web 2.0 has, he says, led to an “evolutionary leap” which is challenging orthodox notions of copyright and helping to generate wealth – and happiness – for those of us who are willing to share our knowledge.Read More

Fans, messaging and visuals – 2014 in music

SO Recordings' product manager Alison Lamb gives us her new year's resolutions for the industry in 2014. Read More

the new hub intern on why the music industry needs game-changers

Radio presenter, music editor, blogger and student Deborah Findlater is the hub's new intern. Here she identifies areas in the music industry that need urgent attention. Read More

Cultural Institute Arts and Digital Ideas Labs – courtesy of Tim Mitchell

Need inspiration? Speak to people who think differently to you

Katherine Bond is the Director of Innovation at Cultural Institute, King's College London which is funding and supporting Joining the Dots. She tells the hub how brilliant ideas don't come out of no-where and why she's in favour of sharing knowledge.Read More

Jen Long

Jen Long on how young music fans are pioneering new ideas in the live music circuit

Presenter of Radio 1′s BBC Introducing, Jen Long, chats to Karen Pirie about the hub’s music funding project Joining the Dots – and the innovations that broke but dedicated young music fans are pioneering.Read More

john stevens

Utilitarian austerity and noise music provide sensory assault in The Bunker

New Music Plus producer John Stevens's "vicious mix" of noise music and visuals in an austere setting is a sensory assault for serious listeners at Bristol's Arnolfini. Kate Molleson reviews.Read More

Deconstructed Dansette record player

In search of the musical game-changers of 2014

House gigs, live streaming and hit-predicting software are just some of the changes affecting how we discover, share and make music. But who will be the game-changers of 2014. We ask industry experts to future-gaze and invite YOU to be a music industry game-changer too.Read More

Fertilizer Festival crowd

How to get more young people to beyond mainstream gigs

In the last of our three blogs on Joining the Dots’ key areas of focus we look at how building younger audiences for live independent music can increase your revenue. Read More

For those in peril on the sea. A haunting choral commemoration

Lachrymose was a choral commemoration of local people lost at sea. The choir's disembodied voices made the performance a strikingly abstract but beautiful experience. Kate Molleson was there.Read More