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Panel 2: Cutting the cake differently – new financial models for independent music

In the Chair: Ruth Barnes (Amazing Radio) Saying what they think: Rob Challice (Coda); Cliff Fluet (Lewis Silkin) Nicholas Lovell (Games Brief); Gavin Sharp (Inner City Music); Laura Jurd (musician) The bottom line is that there is less money around – promoters have less money, and punters are spending less – everyone’s a bit more […]Read More

Panel 3: Show me the money: what’s happening on the income generation landscape

Chair: Monica Ferguson (The Stables) Saying what they think: Alan Davey (Arts Council England); Kevin Osborne (MeWe 360); Marcella Kelshaw (Esmee Fairbairn Foundation); Rhydian Lewis (RateSetter); Mary-Alice Stack (Creative United) The last 18 months has seen a massive diversification of the ways people working in independent music can raise money for their projects or businesses […]Read More


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 4: Getting the clicks and mortar mix right: using technology to drive up live attendance

Chair: Jason Phipps (The Guardian) Kriss Baird (Music Ally/Technology Strategy Board); Joey Baxter, (Eventbox); Marie Horner (Roundhouse); Laura Kidd (She Makes War) Technology’s revolutionising how people consume, discover and share music. The Facebook “like” button is replacing the lapel badge. But if the majority of us can’t properly monetise content alone, we need to find […]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 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. Gigzine Steve Symons from 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