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Live Music Exchange Digest – w/c 10/09/2012


Welcome to our weekly digest of live music news and events in industry, academia and more.

This week’s Live Music Exchange blog post:

Jammin’, improvisin’, groovin’… Mark Doffman

Our latest guest post features Dr. Mark Doffman, from the University of Oxford, introducing his research on improvised jazz performances – digging beneath the apparent mystery of spontaneous musical group creativity to examine the interactions and gestures that lie beneath and the context in which they operate.

Live music and the live music industries in the news:

Nationwide events bring London 2012 Festival and Paralympic Games to a close.  Paralympic finale watched by 7.7million people. Olympic stadium show includes Coldplay, Rhianna and Jay-Z  which features disabled orchestra with Nicholas McCarthy, the first one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music, and hearing impaired teenager Tilly Chester on viola. The celebrations also included a bandstand marathon featuring hundreds of musicians across the country in a rendition of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. Other related events include a large scale community dance project at Glasgow’s Barrowlands and the installation of hundreds of giant musical instruments along Dorset’s coastline.

Map produced for Isle of Wight Bestival traffic: A special map has been produced to help the 50,000 people attending Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight over the weekend.

Jersey Live arrests down by a third on the 2011 event although a quarantine is enforced backstage after green fanged spider is found in one of Noel Gallagher’s flight cases.

Sheriff hands out over £4,000 of fines to T in the Park attendees caught with drugs.

Love Luton festival makes £394,000 loss

Glastonbury confirms new ticket prices of £205 (plus £5 booking fee) for 2013 and announces new Operations Director, Paul Ludford from APL Events, founder of the Kitchenware record label.

Bloc Weekend festival organisers explain the opening night cancellation, issuing a statement denying that it was over-sold and providing forms to facilitate claiming refunds through banks.

Global Gathering man Craig Dearie died of heart condition 

The Stone Roses enter the Guinness Book of World records as Heaton Park gigs become fastest selling concerts in UK history.

Green Day cancel show as Billy Joe Armstrong hospitalised whilst George Michael resumes tour cancelled due to pneumonia.

Hull’s Freedom Festival expected to beat 2011 attendance

Thousands attend BBC Proms in Park at Titanic slipway

Africa Expres tour – featuring over 80 musicians on chartered train – rolls to successful conclusion.


Maria Miller, with a background in PR and advertising although no music industry experience, is the new Culture Secretary in the cabinet reshuffle. UK Music welcomes her to the post in letter inviting her to away day in October.

Sir Peter Bazalgette appointed Arts Council chairman

Royal Black Institution issues apology to St Patrick’s Church over march which saw loyalist bands play music outside in defiance of a ban issued by the Parades Commission.

Hoxton Hall partners with Outpost Media to help young musicians.

Consternation in Scotland over music tuition as teaching union, EIS, critical of councils for fees charged to pupils as uptake of music lessons in Dumfries and Galloway falls by nearly a quarter since their introduction two years ago.


Imagem launches new Rodgers & Hammerstein division in Europe: Imagem Music group expands its US based theatrical licensing division with European branch headquartered in the London offices of Imagem UK.

Sky Arts signs broadcast deal with Rosenblatt Recitals:  deal with opera company will see the broadcaster televise four performances from the organisation.

Deezer adds Sundown Festival, Electric Picnic to festival partnerships portfolio:
 Streaming music service has teamed with Sundown Festival and Electric Picnic, adding more to its recent portfolio of new partnerships.

The Ticket Factory appoints new Commercial Director: Birmingham-based ticketing agent The Ticket Factory has appointed Peter Monks as its new commercial director.

Gigwise publisher to prioritise video content: The publisher of music website Gigwise, Giant Digital Ltd, says it will be giving extra priority to video.

AEG livid over leaked emails and maintains that Jacksons had role in the leak.

Jazz FM Awards launched.


MU calls on TUC to protect musicians

Touring musical Disco Inferno is cancelled leaving cast members owed thousands of pounds, as actress Dani Harmer departs to join Strictly Come Dancing.

Venue developments as Old Leeds Mill to become new music and arts venue, new in-the-round space – the Last Refuge – for music, dance and theatre groups opens in Peckham, Derby considers £40m replacement for Assembly Rooms and plans to reopen Manchester’s Tameside Hippodrome are being submitted by a local arts group to the venue’s owner, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.


Dutch budget cuts leave high arts in very low spirits: Forced to meet EU budget targets, the Dutch government has made sharp spending cuts. Arts and culture are among the biggest casualties.

Members of Pussy Riot thank their supporters and burn a photo of Putin in video message.


And finally: A New York state strip club says it should not have to pay tax, claiming an exemption for the performing arts.


Selected comment and features:

Tom Robinson on what makes an outstanding performance: BBC Presenter and author of hits like ‘2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway’, ‘Glad to be Gay’ and ‘War Baby’ talks about what makes an outstanding musical performance.

Why bandstands are making a noise again: As the bandstand marathon closes the London 2012 Festival, The Daily Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett looks at the history of the bandstand and the revival in its fortunes.

Did David Cameron just downgrade music and the arts?: Music Week‘s Tim Ingham looks at the cabinet reshuffle and finds worrying signs for the Government’s attitude towards the creative industries.

Criminalising squatters will hurt British pop music: Journalist and writer Ben Myers argues that a new law making squatting a criminal offence will have a detrimental effect on UK pop culture, drawing on  the history of squats as the site of gigs and shelter for musicians.

The Proms audience: where do they go? : With 6,000 people filling the Albert Hall nightly during The Proms, Tom Service asks where the audience for classical music goes for the rest of the year.

The postcode lottery of music tuition: The Scotsman‘s Emma Cowing looks at the problems and inconsistencies in musical instrument tuition across different councils and schools.

How to set up your own festival: Website issues an info-graphic with advice on how to set up and promote a festival.



Generator 2012: DIY: Selling Direct to Fans, Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, Wednesday 12th September 2012, 10.15am – 4.30pm.
This seminar will look at the main revenue streams for artists (Records / Publishing / Synchronisation / Live / Merchandise) and cover the following areas…

  • Overall Strategy & Goals – getting a plan together
  • Revenue streams – how do you turn your ideas/plan into cash? or how do you achieve your goals if money isn’t the main aim?
  • Sales & Distribution – how to get your music/brand out there
  •  Marketing, Promotion, Social Media ongoing engagement of fans once you have some

Music and Movement – 2012 National Graduate Student Conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology: Institute for Music Research (IMR), London WC1, 12th – 14th September 2012

Come here often? Reaching infrequent attenders – Arts Marketing Association: Thursday 13th September 2012 to Tuesday 5th February 2013.

What will I gain?

  • Insight into how to develop a deeper understanding of the behaviour, attitudes and expectations of those who don’t attend as often as they’d like,
  • a framework for considering what you might need to change and adapt across the audience / visitor proposition in order to improve your engagement with them,
  • how to develop inspiring and persuasive marketing initiatives to encourage them to do more with you.

Who is it for?

  • Those responsible for planning and implementing marketing and audience development strategies.

Arts Marketing Association Network Meeting – London: Royal Academy of Dance, London. Thursday 20th September, 4pm-6pm (open to non-members).

Arts Marketing Association Network Meeting – Nottingham: Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Tuesday 25th September, 6.45pm

Thinking With Jazz: A One Day Symposium. LICA Building, Lancaster University, Friday 21st September, 10am – 5pm.

This is a one-day symposium in which well-known jazz journalists, practitioners, and academics engage with issues of nationalism in jazz, the cultural politics of jazz, and the meaning of improvisation. This free event is informal and open to the public. Speakers include Alyn Shipton (BBC Radio 3 and author of A New History of Jazz), Professor George McKay (author of Circular Breathing: the Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain), Dr. Catherine Tackley (author of The Evolution of Jazz in Britain), Professor Alan Rice (author of Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic), and Professor Tony Whyton (author of Jazz Icons), Adam Fairhall (Imaginary Delta), Kathy Dyson (Emily Remembered), Christophe de Bezenac (Trio VD), Professor Walter van der Leur (author of Something to Live For: A Life Billy Strayhorn), Professor Tim Wall (author of Studying Popular Music Culture).

UK National Drum Fair 2012: Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

This year will be the 10th Anniversary and to celebrate there is a very special programme of events which includes 50+ stalls of custom and vintage drums, cymbals and accessories with displays from the NDF own Vintage Vault.  On the Saturday at 1pm there will also be a lunchtime concert presented by the Fat Chops Big Band with guest drummers Pete Cater, Neil Bullock, Malcolm Garrett, Sticky Wicket and Garry Allcock.

On the Sunday, from 12pm, there will be performances from the winner of this year’s ‘Young Drummer of the Year’, Calum Blair and finalist Charlie Vasiliou.

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