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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 has provided grants of between £5,000 to £15,000 four times a year, to help emerging artistes with costs for touring,…

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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 in the music, digital and creative economy, having held roles at Sage Gateshead (cap. 1,700) and Sunderland’s bid to become…

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Managing Talent – Denise Allan

10 March 2020

Denise Allan 677 Media Management, Glasgow E: info@677mm.net Your artiste roster: Glasvegas, Freakwave, Steph Johnston, Cherry, Lamaya. Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes: St Luke’s, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Broadcast (all Glasgow), Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh), The Bungalow (Paisley), PJ Molloys (Dunfermline), The Lexington (London). How important is…

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Stage Break – Clwb Ifor Bach

10 March 2020

Clwb Ifor Bach 11 Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR Talent Booker:  Adam Williams T: 02920232199 E: post@clwb.net   W: www.clwb.net Capacity: Downstairs 150 / Upstairs 250      PA/lights: Yes     Dressing rooms: 1 private and 1 shared Booking policy: N/A Best unsigned/emerging acts currently playing the venue: Gaffa…

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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 the sector, following the launch of the £1.5 million Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund in May 2019. So far, ACE…

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Managing Talent – Michael Adex

14 February 2020

Michael Adex, 23 Northern Quarterz, Manchester E: Adex@thisisnq.com Your artiste roster: Aitch, Zeph. Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes: Band On The Wall & Manchester Academy, both in Manchester. How important is it for artistes to play live: “I think in order to have a legitimate long-term career…

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Smokehouse lighting a fire under Ipswich music scene

14 February 2020

THE IPSWICH music scene has been stagnant for many years due to lack of infrastructure, according to Joe Bailey, manager of The Smokehouse (cap. 88), who says he’s taking a different approach to running the venue. Opened in 2016, The Smokehouse doesn’t just showcase local and emerging talent, it helps…

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Stage Break – Omeara

14 February 2020

Omeara 6 O’Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE Bookings: Jack Dedman / Communion Music T: 07846712753 E: jack@communionmusic.co.uk   W: www.omearalondon.com Capacity: 320 including guests    PA/lights: Yes     Dressing rooms: Two Booking policy: Open. Best unsigned/emerging acts currently playing the venue: The Lathums, Masterpeace, Beabadoobee, Griff, Ashnikko and Alfie…

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Leadmill sharpens focus on emerging artistes

16 January 2020

SHEFFIELD’S VENUE The Leadmill (cap. 900) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with new refurbishments and a programme for breakthrough artistes. Having established a reputation over four decades, The Leadmill seems to have as much pulling power with major artistes as it does with the smaller ones. Rebecca Walker, who has…

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Immersed in Wales

16 January 2020

IMMERSED FESTIVAL, a one-day conference, music festival and showcase for local talent, returns to Cardiff’s Tramshed (cap. 1,000) for a second year. Produced by students at The University of South Wales, the event will take place on 30 January in collaboration with the Music Managers Forum. Among artistes who will…

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Stage Break – The Boileroom

16 January 2020

The Boileroom 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS Bookings: Lydia Stockbridge T: 01483 440020 E: Lydia@theboileroom.net    W: www.theboileroom.net Capacity: 275 standing      PA/lights: Yes     Dressing rooms: One Booking policy: Tend to support Guildford/SE artists to support our local creative community. Best unsigned/emerging acts currently playing…

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Managing Talent – Loretta Andrews, 43

16 January 2020

Loretta Andrews, 43 Safe Music Management, London E: Loretta@safemusicmanagement.com Your artiste roster: Joshua Luke Smith, Guvna B, Bianca Rose. Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes: Servants Jazz Quarters, Zigfrid Von Underbelly, The Bedford, The Social, The Islington – all in London. How important is it for artistes to…

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Dead Wax brought to life in Digbeth

6 December 2019

A NEW 650-capacity venue focusing on emerging artistes and DJs has opened in Birmingham’s creative quarter of Digbeth. Opened by Brighton’s Laine Pub Co, Dead Wax Digbeth comprises a main bar area (cap. 100) and two live music spaces – upstairs (120) and Duck Bath yard (230). The venue opened…

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Arts Council grant for Paper Dress

6 December 2019

LONDON VENUE Paper Dress Vintage (PDV) is the latest recipient of funding from Arts Council England’s £1.5 million ring-fenced fund for grassroots venues. The vintage boutique and 100-capacity bar, which newly opened in 2015, has been awarded £36,000 to invest into a new D&B PA, a lighting rig and facilities….

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Stage Break – Bedford Esquires

6 December 2019

Bedford Esquires Esquires, 60a Bromham Rd, Bedford, MK402QG Bookings: Gareth Barber T: 01234 631524    E: Gareth@thepadpresents.com    W: www.bedfordesquires.co.uk Capacity: 500+ over 3 rooms, 300 main stage, 170 room 2, 80 bar                       PA/lights: Yes     Dressing rooms:…

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Managing Talent – Matthias Siefert

6 December 2019

Matthias Siefert Bizarre Management, London E: matthias@bizarremanagement.com Your artiste roster: Emerging Manchester artist MNRØ, plus a couple of others that I’m not at liberty to talk about right now. Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes: Lexington and Café Oto in London, Castle Hotel and Soup Kitchen in Manchester,…

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Stage Break – The Shed

18 November 2019

The Shed 5 Yeoman Street, Leicester, LE1 1UT Bookings: Tom Carnell T: 0116 262 5782 E: tom@getintheshed.co.uk W: www.getintheshed.co.uk Capacity: 200 Main Room / 80 The Vault PA/lights: Yes Dressing rooms: One Booking policy: “We’re open Monday to Saturday with a range of different events every day including live music,…

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Resonating with artiste aspirations

22 October 2019

GLASGOW-BASED new music festival and conference Resonate has announced the full programme for this year’s event. The third edition, which will take place at the Barras Art & Design Centre on 14 November, will feature keynote speeches by Katie Duffy from Glasgow Life, which manages venues such as the city’s…

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DHP welcomes The Grace to the family

22 October 2019

DHP FAMILY, owner of  Nottingham’s Rock City (cap. 1,900) and London venues such as Oslo (370) and The Garage (600), has rebranded the 150-capacity upstairs venue adjacent to the latter. It has also refurbished the premises below, formerly The General Store, opening the two-floor pair as The Grace presenting acts…

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Rec Rooms celebrates first year

22 October 2019

THE OWNER of West Sussex venue The Rec Rooms (cap. 350) in Horsham says the venue’s year has been a success, particularly in helping new and emerging artistes. Stu Green cites Flight Brigade as one of the best new acts playing the venue, along with Ashton Lane, Emma Stevens, Megan…

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