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BALANCE: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH ONE DAYER

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October, and to mark it we’ve put together a Balance OneDayer, full of talks, workshops, coaching sessions (plus a living room disco!) designed to help artists and creative freelancers take better care of their minds. The day is yours to dip in and out of, and you can […]Read More

Free virtual action learning programme NOW OPEN FOR applications in Chelmsford

With people across the creative sector struggling to make sense of how we’ll live and make a living while Covid-19 continues to make its impact felt on our daily lives,  the need for peer support has arguably never been greater. That’s why I’m really excited to be launching a new virtual action learning programme for […]Read More

Free virtual action learning programme NOW OPEN FOR applications in Southend

With people across the creative sector struggling to make sense of how we’ll live and make a living while Covid-19 continues to make its impact felt on our daily lives,  the need for peer support has arguably never been greater. That’s why I’m really excited to be launching a new virtual action learning programme for […]Read More

Watch our 1st action learning video and find out how to apply for our new programme

So as you know, we’re launching a new, entirely free, action learning programme for folk working in Colchester’s creative sector – everyone from artists and freelancers, to those running their own creative businesses or working in larger cultural organisations. Applications close on 2 June.    Take a look at our intro video Earlier this week, […]Read More

Mentoring, Imposter Syndrome, Role Models and More – Report from the Liverpool Open Space

So, exactly how can we how we can begin to tackle inequality in the music industry? This question was the focus of a day of discussion, reflection and debate at the wonderful Constellations in Liverpool last Saturday. A small but select gathering of musicians, promoters, journalists and researchers came together for the second of our […]Read More

Making gender equality in the music industry a reality…. What can we all do?

The music industry can look an awful lot like a man’s world, even in 2018. Fewer than 1 in 5 songwriters in the UK are female, just 1 in 6 labels are majority-owned by women, and fewer than a third of those working in the industry are female. Get to the upper echelons, and only […]Read More

Make, Do & Bend – the title of our Ideas Lab, yes, but also a good philosophy

Imagine the scene – 25 or so of Europe’s most curious and forward thinking composers, musicians and creative technologists, gathered together at NESTA HQ for a ‘nothing’s impossible’ day of plotting and conspiring, eating and drinking, thinking and doing. All in the name of exploring the next frontiers of live performance, and how digital technology […]Read More

Get curious… Get Generous… Reflections from Venues Day Business Up, Be Inspired panel

Earlier this week I joined 300 other delegates at the Music Venue Trust’s second Venues Day, all of us enjoying the slightly weird experience of drinking tea in the Ministry of Sound bar at 10am on a Tuesday morning. And all of us clutching hot off the press copies of the GLA’s Rescue Plan for […]Read More

Looking ahead to Music Venues Day 2015: big issues for small venues 

Earlier in the year and ahead of the 2015 General Election we ran a social media campaign with the Music Venues Trust #VoteforMusic, in which we asked people to tell us what they thought the incoming government should do to secure the future of the independent music sector.  Unsurprisingly many of the issues and concerns […]Read More

Music and millennials: ‘generation selfie’ loves music, but there’s lots to learn from brands in terms of how we engage with them

the hub’s new research into student music habits and attitudes shows that live and recorded music continues to be a big part of most students’ lives, but there’s lots that those working in music could learn from brands around engaging with their fans and audiences. So say the hub’s Director, Julia Payne, and YouthSight’s Director […]Read More