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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

Kicking off a summer of work with the National Campaign for the Arts

the hub is excited to be working with the National Campaign for the Arts this summer. Over the next three months we’ll be working with the NCA, which campaigns and avocates for the arts sector across the UK, to help the organisation chart a new strategic course. At a time of almost unparalleled change in […]Read More

Serious fun for the open minded – the INTERROGATE! festival is born!

Performance, debate, comedy, film, art, workshops and ideas. That’s what’s on the cards at INTERROGATE!, the UK’s first festival of social justice, that the hub is programming on behalf of Dartington. Brand new and unique in the UK, INTERROGATE! will take place between 23 and 25 September, taking a fresh approach to looking at income […]Read More

We’re busy setting up HOME in Dartington!

With just 24 hours to go till the ribbon is cut (not really!) on the 2011 HOME festival, we’re busy getting ready for the off. We’ve been working with the Arts at Dartington team on HOME for over six months now and are really excited it’s nearly here. Producer Matthew Linley is already on site, […]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