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New Music Plus… North West: Tate takeover and check out our new films

‘I left today with the sense that it’s actually an exciting time to be an independent producer!…’ On 15 March the hub and PRS for Music Foundation joined forces at Tate Liverpool for the closing public event of our New Music Plus… North West programme. Panellists and audiences from across the performing and visual arts […]Read More

Follow ‘Sustaining Innovation Through Collaboration’ online

With final plans for Sustaining Innovation Through Collaboration at Tate Liverpool on 15 March now underway, and with just a few spaces still available, we’ve put in place some online opportunities for people to get involved online now, and also to follow all the action on the day. First off, you can download the Gigzine […]Read More

Parliament launches national music competition for artists and venues

Earlier this month Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, launched Rock The House, a national music competition in search of talented new artists and venues from across the UK. Rock The House is a music competition with a political twist; as well as showcasing unsigned bands and artists, it will raise political awareness […]Read More

The Henley Review of Music Education in England – a response

Following the publication of Darren Henley’s Review of Music Education in England report earlier this week, we’ve now had time to digest his 36 recommendations, and put together a response, which we’ve summed up here. Our comments are based on the understanding of the music education landscape, and the workforce that populates it, that we’ve […]Read More

New speakers announced for ‘Sustaining Innovation Through Collaboration’ event at Tate Liverpool

Baba Israel, Artistic Director at Contact Theatre, Doris Pearce, National Portrait Gallery’s Adult Programmes Officer, and Fiona Gasper, Executive Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, along with Regis Cochefert, Arts Programme Manager at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, are the latest additions to our Sustaining Innovation Through Collaboration event at Tate Liverpool on 15 March. The event is […]Read More

Sustaining Innovation through Collaboration, 15 March 2011, Tate Liverpool

On 15 March, the hub is joining forces with the PRS for Music Foundation to produce Sustaining Innovation through Collaboration, a conference aimed at independent music producers, and programmers, curators and marketeers working in performing and visual arts organisations and museums across the country. Taking place at Tate Liverpool, the event is the closing public […]Read More

New Music Plus…producer launches new Gigzine app at Band on the Wall

Last night saw Band on the Wall rammed for the launch of Gigzine, a new iphone app developed by New Music Plus… participant, Steve Symons. Gigzine allows audience members to get closer to the music, directing what’s happening on stage – determining playslists and curating the visuals appearing alongside the musicians – and download exclusive […]Read More

New approaches to marketing UK creativity internationally – presentation for the Westminster Media Forum

Earlier this week, I took part in a panel at Westminster Media Forum's 'The UK Creative Industries in the International Market' seminar, chaired by Mike Weatherley MP.Read More

Life after the cuts – roundtable discussions at Association of Festival Organisers’ conference

Last week, I headed to the Association of Festival Organisers’ conference, charged with facilitating a roundtable discussion on life after the cuts. Conference organiser and AFO chief, Steve Heap’s, brief was clear. “You’re not here to pretend it’s all going to be fine…We want you to give delegates some pointers on how to manage the changes […]Read More

Should the arts resist polluting corporate sponsors?

Mike Bradwell in the Evening Standard today argues that arts organisations should resist entering into corporate sponsorship agreements with major polluting organisations (he cites BP and Shell) because it can compromise their integrity. “By consorting with polluters, arts organisations are polluting their own reputations,” he says. Here’s the link to the full article… It’s a […]Read More