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Our Speakers Said: Alan Davey, Arts Council England

Alan Davey, CEO of Arts Council England is taking part in the One Dayer this Friday 12 September – joining a panel of experts looking at the future of income generation and helping us navigate the funding landscape. We asked him what he thinks the burning issues are for musicians, venues and others working in independent music.  It’s important that […]Read More

Show me the money

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

Capturing Cafe Oto. The technical challenges behind the musical ambition (Part 2)

Cafe Oto has won Joining the Dots funding and support to help them achieve their ambition to make their progressive music programme more widely available. Last time around  digital producer James Dunn explained how he and his colleagues figured out the technicals needed to store and release every note performed at the venue. This time they’ve […]Read More

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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