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Industry welcomes £1.57bn funding from Government

7 July 2020
IT IS unclear whether the government has heeded the appeal of over 1,500 artistes in early July to with its announcement of aid for culture, arts and heritage institutions. Whether the industry’s #letthemusicplay campaigned influenced…
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Dingwalls destined for Power surge when live music returns

14 July 2020
LEGENDARY PROMOTER Vince Power says September this year is the earliest London’s 500-capacity Dingwalls in Camden can reopen although it may remain closed until the New Year, depending on the…
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Small venues hope to benefit from Government’s £1.57 billion

11 July 2020
GRASSROOTS VENUES’ campaigner Music Venue Trust (MVT) is hailing the Government’s £1.57 billion funding for cultural and arts organisations affected by the Covid-19 lockdown as a triumph for the sector,…
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Arena for Gateshead Quays a step closer

14 July 2020
A full planning application for the Gateshead Quays development project, which includes a 12,500-seat arena to be managed by ASM Global, has been submitted by Gateshead Council’s development partner Ask:…
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Polar Bear takes live music back online

11 July 2020
THE POLAR Bear (cap. 200) in Hull is live streaming weekly performances until mid-August, to showcase artistes and maintain live music at the venue. Taking place every Tuesday and organised…
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Features

Backstage Star – Jon Wood

10 March 2020
Having worked as a tour manager and van driver, huped equipment about and played in bands, Jon Wood founded Ooosh Tours in Brighton 11 years ago. The company, which now has six full-timae staff, supplies transport, backline and rehearsal studios, along with a host of back-up services, for artistes and…
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Making touring add up

10 March 2020
With our exit from the European Union, fluctuating currencies, varying tax regimes and the threat of Coronavirus to the touring business, accountants have their work cut out, especially as touring is the main generator of income for most artistes. Claire Bicknell reports Touring presents a range of financial complexities, from…
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NXT News and Features

PPL increases support for Momentum fund

10 March 2020
PRS FOUNDATION’S Momentum Music Fund has been renamed PPL Momentum Music Fund, to reflect a closer partnership with recorded music licensing body PPL. The Fund was launched in 2013 and…
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Generator’s Mawdsley replaced by Matterson

10 March 2020
NORTH-EAST music development agency Generator has appointed Hannah Matterson as its new CEO, replacing Jim Mawdsley, who is taking up a new role with Newcastle City Council. Matterson has experience…
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ACE announces more funding for independent venues

14 February 2020
ARTS COUNCIL England (ACE) is planning to pump another £1.5 million into the grassroots music sector until March 2021. This is the second round of funding ACE has allocated to…
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Festival News

Kendal Calling-Superstruct team makes changes

10 March 2020
KENDAL CALLING’s 15th anniversary will be marked with the unveiling of two new stages within a newly created zone named Carneville. Festival co-founder Andy Smith says it will be an immersive funfair destination. “We are moving a lot of things around on the site this year and creating Carneville; a…
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WOMAD opts for alternative power

10 March 2020
WOMAD director Chris Smith says a large part of the 40,000-capacity event will be powered by mains electricity for the first time this year, in partnership with the green energy company supplier and event sponsor Ecotricity. Smith says around a third of the festival’s main arena, the backstage areas and…
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Brit Row in high wire performance

10 March 2020
AVOIDING AUDIO reflections and keeping the system away from the acrobats’ flying infrastructure were the key challenges facing Britannia Row for Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia show at London’s Royal Albert Hall (RAH, cap. 5,300). The show, set to live music, usually tours using Cirque’s big top and its system required…
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Elegance with Adlib

10 March 2020
CANADIAN SINGER-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen briefed her production team to create an elegant and theatrical design which was adaptable for touring different-sized venues and festivals. Production manager Zach Snyder invited Liverpool-based Adlib to provide audio and lighting for the European leg of her Dedicated tour, which played venues such as…
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