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Georgia Ruth

Three days jam packed full of music a Womex review

From 24th to 27th October the hub team were at Womex, here is Matthew Linley's blog diary of the gigs the team saw.Read More

Sarah Kenchington's windpipes

Wind Pipes for Edinburgh by Sarah Kenchington and Suzy Glass

Kate Molleson reviews the giant, colour-coded instrument that anyone can play – commissioned as part of the New Music Plus… initiative Sarah Kenchington builds outlandish instruments at her home in the hills just north of Glasgow. Her latest, Wind Pipes for Edinburgh commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival, is a wheezy pipe organ made out […]Read More

Easy money? Dirty cash? The public pound? Raising finance in the music industry

Director of the hub, Julia Payne, shares her thoughts on Music Tank's Easy Money convention and the value of new funding streams for beyond mainstream music. Plus how Tom Robinson's early attempts at crowd-funding ended up with someone going to prison! Read More

Think global, act local – the mantra behind the first English Folk Expo?

With the publication of Wish You Were Here, UK Music’s report into music tourism’s contribution to the UK economy, the UK’s music sector finally has some data about the specific contribution music makes to the UK’s tourism business.Read More

Joining the Dots offers funding and support for the most exciting independent music sector ideas

A clutch of brilliant ideas will get a £10,000 bursary plus expert mentoring to test their brilliant ideas and ultimately make your career - and the sector - more sustainable.Read More

the::hub’s new digital producer has a thirst for knowledge. Your knowledge

the::hub's newest recruit, digital producer Karen Pirie, is the first to reveal details of how your game-changing ideas could win funding and expert support. 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

Guest bloggers – NMP… UK producers Mark Daman Thomas and Sebastian Reynolds

Last month, our New Music Plus… producers gathered at Derby Quad for two days of training delivered by hubsters, Adam Jeanes and Jenny Harris. We invited Mark Daman Thomas and Sebastian Reynolds to give a bit of insight into what the training at Derby QUAD involved and what impact New Music Plus…UK is having on […]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

What Next? Come along and decide!

On Monday 29 April hundreds of artists and artistic directors, producers and promoters, curators and composers will gather at the What Next? national conference at the Palace Theatre in London. Our purpose? (For I’ll be there, and I hope you will be too.) To explore how the cultural sector can harness ‘people power’. How, collectively, […]Read More