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Firestarters? Gigstarter’s looking to create a big disruption

As they warm up for Friday’s Pitch Party at the #OneDayer – Gigstarter’s Donal Scannell talks us through one issue he says prevents musicians from making a good living in independent live music.  It’s worth remembering that artists and their fans are the ones ultimately paying for everything in the music industry including a lot of […]Read More

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Our Speakers Said….

We asked Kheron Kenardo (Live and Love Talent), Sybil Bell (Independent Venue Week), and Rich Myers (Transmit Start-Ups) what the One Dayer means to them.       1. Why are you excited to be part of The One Dayer?    Kheron: I’m excited about speaking at the One Dayer because it addresses an isolated […]Read More

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Panel 1: Joining the Dots Show & Tell: Lifting the lid on our potential game changers

In the chair: Michael Hann (The Guardian) Joining the Dots game changers: Paul Archer (Daredevil Project); Joey Baxter (Eventbox); Hamish Dunbar (Cafe Oto); Jeff Thompson (Un-convention) At the end of 2013, we opened up our Joining the Dots call for potentially game changing ideas for independent music, ideas we thought could affect wholesale change for […]Read More

Panel 5: The kids are alright: building younger audiences for beyond mainstream music

In the Chair: Oli Kluczewski (independent producer and project manager) Saying what they think: Dom Hodge (Frukt); Lucy Wood (Eat Your Own Ears); Wired 4 Sound rep; Nwando Ebizie (Nonclassical) If artists and promoters are to have viable futures, it’s vital that they attract younger audiences, people in their late teens or early 20s. But […]Read More

Toolkit Session 1: The Curve – turning ‘freeloaders’ into ‘superfans’

Nicholas Lovell (The Curve) Free is here, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Some people think free music is killing the music industry. Nicholas Lovell disagrees. The author of the massively popular The Curve is all about harnessing the power of free – using tech to find audiences, build relationships with them and […]Read More

Toolkit Session 2: The secrets of successful fundraising

Wendy Smithers (the hub) Think fundraising is a bit like the dark arts? Baffled by (the language of) funding? Want to know how to increase your success rate with funders? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this really practical toolkit session is for you. Wendy has over 20 years’ fundraising […]Read More

Toolkit 3: What’s in a digitally savvy artists’ business toolkit?

Convenor: Grant Heinrich (Agency X) Chief toolkit builders:Chris T-T; Mishkin Fitzgerald (Bird Eats Baby); Karen Pearson (Folded Wing) Another practical session guaranteed to send any artist home bursting with new ideas – think of this one as a tag team approach to building the ultimate digital toolkit! Refereed by BBC Introducing’s Adam Walton, Chris, Mishkin and […]Read More

Toolkit 4: Building a digital toolkit for promoters

Convenor: Sybil Bell (Independent Venue Week) Chief toolkit builders: Shane Richmond (digital consultant and journalist) & Martin Franklin (The Place and SHPLive.tv) As promoters who want to get the most from the tech we use, where should we be focusing our limited human and financial resources? Analysing the intricacies of analytics for us, cutting big […]Read More

The One Dayer Pitch Party – Sponsored by PRS for Music

After many cups of tea and alot of deliberation, these seven companies were selected to present their game-changing ideas at the Pitch Party during our One Dayer on 12 September.  Muio.org Gigzine Steve Symons from muio.org kicked off the event with a pitch about muio’s Gigzine app and invited the audience to use Gigzine to vote for their […]Read More

Networking, or whatever you want to call it…

We have another ‘Off Axis’ show coming up this week – a band from Hastings and a band from Wrexham are playing together in Chester. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know we’re working on a touring network that enables artists to visit new towns and cities for the first time, and play to […]Read More