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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

Sun Ra Arkestra

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

Jeff Thompson of Un-Convention

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

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Taxiing through Tibet provides inspiration for Joining the Dots gaming project

One-word challenge game migrates from extreme sports to live music. Entrepreneur, adventurer and Joining the Dots winner Paul Archer explains how a South Asian odyssey inspired this game-changing idea. Read More

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Joining the Dots game changing winners announced

Four game changing live music projects have been chosen for Joining the Dots funding and support. A pioneering gig-swap network, opening up a digital music archive, a mobile game for gigs and a location based app for "listening to listings". Read More

the hub at The Great Escape

The Great Escape is the UK’s leading festival and convention for new music and takes place in venues across Brighton next weekend (8-10 May), attracting over 400 artists and several thousand industry delegates. Saturday afternoon (10 May) sees us de-camp to the Old Ship Hotel for the Joining the Dots-inspired series of panels we were invited to […]Read More

How we are not helping to inspire youthful innovation in specialist music

Music blogger and editor (and hub intern) Deborah Findlater on charts how the state repeatedly deters youthful innovation in music. Read More

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Why do you do what you do?

We'll soon be announcing the winners of our Joining the Dots project and finding out what inspired their brilliant music industry ideas. In this blog entrepreneur Derek Sivers offers advice on what should NOT inspire your bright idea. Read More