Music charity Attitude Is Everything has issued an industry-wide call for businesses and organisations who have positively impacted the experiences of deaf and disabled music audiences.
They have unveiled plans for their Outstanding Attitude Awards, which will take place at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday, March 12 2019.
The Department of International Trade (DIT) will be taking an interactive/immersive mission in March 2019 to South by Southwest (SXSW), the leading industry and public event for music, film, interactive and tech.
The ten-day show, based in Austin, Texas, is set to attract around 300,000 visitors between 8-17 March 2019.
From entrepreneurs and investors to cutting edge digital disruptors, it will give organisations the chance to demonstrate their creativity, expertise, technology and innovation while making contacts to foster business development and professional growth.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are:
A 1000-seat auditorium dedicated to classical music is to open in Edinburgh, over 100 years since the last purpose-built music venue in Edinburgh opened its doors.
The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT) is leading on the project, called the IMPACT Centre, which includes a 200-seat rehearsal and performance studio.
Sir Ewan Brown, Chair of IMPACT Scotland said:
November 4th this year marks the centenary of the day that Shropshire poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, fell in battle in 1918, the last year of the First World War. This important anniversary will be marked in his home county by a series of events over the last 100 days from 4th August to the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November. Details can be found in the brochure (see link) together with ideas of related places that can be visited during the period.
The Department for International Trade has awarded £319,244 split between 19 music artists from the UK in the latest round of the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) in August 2018.
Part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, the MEGS offers grants between £5,000–£50,000 to UK-registered independent music companies for help with marketing campaigns targeted at introducing UK music projects overseas. Funding is based on the ambition of the campaign, measured by financial commitment, sales targets and business outputs.
The British government has introduced the agent of change principle, meant to help safeguard music venues, in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which has now come into force in England.
The campaigning group, UK Music, has urged local authorities to formally adopt the 'agent of change' principle which means that housing developers building new homes near UK venues are responisble for addressing noise issues.
Musicians from six continents joined London street performers for the third year of International Busking Day on Saturday 21 July 2018, in partnership with the Mayor of London. It also acted as a launch for the annual Gigs competition, with voting for your favoured performers open until 26 August.
Eleven successful bids in the third year of VisitBritain's £40 million Discover England Fund for tourism product development have been announced. Each receive £250,000 for showcasing destinations and experiences across the country to overseas markets, driving inbound tourism and boosting the domestic market.