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Eventbox – a new era of music listings is starting but where?

Latest news on the app that lets you listen to listings. Eventbox mastermind Joey Baxter has decided in which area it will be launched and how he's going to ensure that venues get the maximum benefit. Read More

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Exploiting the challenges of digital music and arts journalism

A stellar list of music and arts experts are lining up to explore how the fracturing of traditional journalism can be exploited by musicians and composers. All at the Third Ear Symposium. Read More

Capturing Cafe Oto. The technical challenges behind the musical ambition

Revered experimental music venue Cafe Oto is recording all its live programme for wider distribution. Find out how they've pulled off this technically challenging project. Read More

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Ten tips to read before starting your music technology business

Do it now and don't keep it to yourself! Two of the 10 brilliant tips you must read before launching your music technology startup. Read More

First Off Axis gig brings new fans for out of town bands

It’s just after 9pm on Saturday night in Derby when Manchester’s Black Lights take to the stage. They’re the second band on of a three band line up, and spend the next half an hour delivering the kind of faultless, beautifully crafted songs that has seen them build a loyal and passionate fan base back […]Read More

First Off-Axis gig this weekend

The first ever Off Axis show takes place this weekend. One great idea, three great bands and only three quid in advance. One of four pioneering music projects funded by Joining the Dots. Read More

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Cafe Oto wants to make its unique and adventurous music available to all

Cafe Oto, pronounced "Britain's coolest venue" by Italian Vogue, wants to use Joining the Dots funding and support to make its adventurous music programme available to as many people as possible. Read More

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How to guarantee an audience in a city you have never played before

Joining the Dots winner Jeff Thompson explains how his Off-Axis project, inspired by a hugely successful system in Brazil, will enable bands to play to packed houses across the UK. Read More

Show me the money

Show me the money: sources of finance for early stage artists

At last weekend’s Making Money from Music – Early Revenues panel at The Great Escape, hosted by PRS for Music, I promised I would post some links to funders and other sources of finance I mentioned that are potentially relevant to early stage career musicians, so here they are, along with a link to my top 10 […]Read More

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Live music discovery app Eventbox is a Joining the Dots winner

The internet is opening up a world of opportunities for evolving how we interact with live music events. Joining the Dots winners Eventbox are primed to bridge the shrinking divide between artists and fans.Read More