Neil Cooper is an arts journalist and critic who writes extensively for The Herald, The List and other publications in Scotland and beyond. Active in promoting, and protecting, Scotland’s live music scene, he provides an overview here of the rich variety of musical assets in Edinburgh – and the challenges they face.
Today’s post contains information about an important new research project in Edinburgh being run by the Live Music Exchange team. There are opportunities for live music practitioners and audiences across Edinburgh to get involved. Read on to find out more and do get in touch if you’re interested.
With festival season coming up, Steven Brown of Glasgow Caledonian University reflects on his experiences at Festival Number 6 – winner of the best under 15,000 capacity festival at the UK Live Music Awards – and on the relationship between musical content and social context at festivals.
Throwing A Lifeline To Grass Roots Music Venues – Horace Trubridge
Horace Trubridge, Assistant General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union reflects on his experience of music venues and the increasingly challenging environment in which they operate. He suggests that if a healthy grass roots live scene is key to the emergence of the talent which fuels the music industry, shouldn’t the industry be doing more to help?
Towards the close of 2014, Pompaloose’s Jack Conte posted a detailed breakdown of their 23 date US tour income and costs, and provoked a lively blogosphere debate. With the dust settled, Live Music Exchange’s Professor Simon Frith discusses what can be learned from the post and the spectrum of perspectives it mobilised.
The Music Venue Trust and the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance present the interim findings from their national research into the UK’s music venue circuit.
Chris Adams on loudness induced hearing damage caused by working in live music environments and a plea for better education for those working with (and enjoying) loud live music.
Ten things learned at the inaugural Venues Day 2014 at London’s Southbank Centre in December 2014.
The City of Sydney’s Live Music and Live Performance Action Plan 2013, which contains a range of recommendations as to how to encourage a healthy live music ecology.
Mark Davyd, creator and CEO of the Music Venue Trust, muses on Venues Day 2014, an event celebrating small independent music venues across the UK.