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Managing Talent – Ed Morford, 32

28 November 2018

Attraction Management, London E: ed@attractionmgmt.com Your artiste roster: Peace, The Old Pink House Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes:  Oslo (London) The Garage (London) The Cluny (Newcastle) Broadcast (Glasgow) Village Underground (London) and The Church (Leeds). How important is it for artistes to play live: “For artistes, playing…

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Matching US and UK for Halsey

22 November 2018

US SINGER Halsey based the stage of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour around a central LED staircase designed to show off her fluid movement around the stage according to lighting director and operator Jose Antunes. When she visited the UK for a date at London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,050), her…

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Government backs more acts overseas

22 November 2018

TWELVE EMERGING  artistes will benefit from a slice of £220,000 awarded by the Department for International Trade (DIT)  to help then tour internationally. The latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding will support acts including Nina Nesbitt, YolanDa Brown and The Twilight Sad in reaching foreign markets. It…

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YouTube backs funding for managers

22 November 2018

A NEW independent fund to support music managers in England and Scotland has been launched by the Music Managers Forum (MMF), in partnership YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 are available, as well as training, mentoring and advice from industry professionals. The MMF says it envisages the grants…

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Bedford back in business

22 November 2018

HAVING BEEN closed for more than a year, South London’s The Bedford (cap. 250) in Balham is set to officially reopen, after a soft launch this month. Its owner, Three Cheers Pub Company  invested £3.45 million in upgrading the venue, which played a part in launching the careers of Ed…

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Lincoln Imp on the up

19 September 2018

PROMOTER WILLIAM Nicklen of Crown Promotion & Management is encouraging more acts to include to include a date at The Lincoln Imp (cap. 300) in Scunthorpe on their national tours. He says a momentum of good audiences has been building at the venue and he wants to keep it going….

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New venture aims to open grassroots venue network

19 September 2018

FORMER MUSE tour director Glen Rowe is seeking support for his charitable NEKO Trust, formerly known as Cato Trust, which hopes will begin opening new small-capacity venues across the country in 2020. Cato, which was set up in 2005 and ran a scheme collecting donations from people on concert guest…

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Stage Break – The Craufurd Arms

7 August 2018

59 Stratford Road, Milton Keynes, MK12 5LT, Bucks Bookings: Jason Hall and Max Harvey T: 01908 313864 E: Underpass@hotmail.co.uk W: www.TheCraufurdarms.com Capacity: 275    PA/lights: Yes Dressing rooms: Two Booking policy:  “We book 7 days a week, there is an Open Mic night on the last Wednesday of every month,…

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Funding sets up mercury moments

7 August 2018

PRS FOUNDATION points to nearly half of this year’s artistes nominated for a Mercury Award benefitting from funding at some point in their career. Senior grants and programme manager Joe Frankland says that the continued appearance of PRSF-funded artistes in this and other award nominations shows a strengthening of ties…

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Managing Talent – Chris Meredith, 35

7 August 2018

ATC Live, London E: chris@atc-live.com Your artiste roster: Admiral Fallow, Beverly, Catholic Action, Estrons, Fazerdaze, Hannah Peel, Lewis Watson, LUCIA, Lucy Spraggan, Mozes & The Firstborn, Partner, Sad13, Sleeper, SuperGlu, The Lottery Winners, The Mavericks, The Veils, We Are Scientists Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes:  St Pancras…

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Renewed focus creates buzz

7 August 2018

FOCUS WALES, the multi-venue conference and industry festival held in Wrexham is looking for acts to perform at the various showcase evenings scheduled across the city. Co-founder Andy Jones says that buzz around the event has been rising rapidly each year, not only in terms of those hoping to perform,…

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Summer rehearsal space available 

9 July 2018

THE ACADEMY of Music & Sound is offering free rehearsal spaces in its Exeter, Southampton and Gateshead campuses, to any unsigned artistes interested in using them during the summer, subject to availability. Head of UK and international digital marketing Louise Schofield says that it is far better to put the spaces…

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Fireball gets heavy for punk ‘house party’ 

9 July 2018

ACADEMY EVENTS and whisky company Fireball’s Fuelling the Fire Tour is accepting applications from artistes hoping to open for a line-up that includes Face to Face, Lost in Stereo and Flogging Molly. The Fireball Hottest Band 2019 Competition, in association with Kerrang! will see four regional heats taking place in…

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NightBus used to leave Nest

9 July 2018

RHYS FIERY, previously events manager for The Nest (cap. 220) in Bath, is now promoting with business partner Paul James under the name NightBus in the Bristol area. The pair plan to turn Mr Wolf’s (cap. 75) into a venue that hosts regular indie and rock shows. Friery, who has…

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PRS and MU find ‘thirst for knowledge’ in the north

9 July 2018

PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection society PRS For Music and the Musician’s Union have been conducting a series of free workshop-style events across the North East, with performance slots available at three remaining dates on the tour at the time of going to press. Events have so far covered Halifax and Preston,…

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Outstanding in their fields

9 July 2018

Many an aspiring artiste dreams of their first festival appearance and others see repeated festival appearances as a way to attract more followers, but it’s a big leap up from pubs and bars, and a bad performance can do serious harm.  Rob Sandall reports   Festival slots for unsigned and…

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Generator evolves with conference

5 June 2018

EVOLUTION EMERGING, Generator’s festival, held in numerous venues across Newcastle, has for the first time added a free conference programme at Sage (cap. 300) in Gateshead. Talent development manager Charlie Dancer says that the conference will be largely aimed at emerging artistes, but notes that it will also be applicable…

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