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.
ANOTHER FIRST FOR MELODIANS STEEL ORCHESTRA UK AND THE STEEL PAN
Leader: Terry Noel MBE JP
Arts Education Exchange launched a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign to raise £37,569 to transform a disused building, with a bold new design envisioned by architects, Studio Octopi. Supported by Turner Contemporary, Dreamland and Tracey Emin the funding will allow this community organisation to refurbish the building and install a professional recording studio and video editing suite.
Artists can now apply to showcase at two of South Korea’s most important industry events, MU:CON and Zandari Festival, as part of the Sound City Korea initiative.
APPLY NOW: https://form.jotformeu.com/61935061241348
Supported by Arts Council England, this is the fourth year that Sound City will take artists to MU:CON and Zandari, providing a gateway into the exciting Korean music market.
The Great Exhibition of the North takes place from 22 June to 9 September, 80 days of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and magical experiences. The Exhibition will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.
Some highlights from each of the trails and hubs throughout the three months include:
PRS Foundation revealed its five-year independent evaluation of the Momentum Music Fund at the Brighton Great Escape Festival in May 2018, including that it has supported 273 artists and has generated over £13 million for the British music industry.
Momentum provides career-boosting grants of £5,000–£15,000 to acts at a pivotal time in their creative and business development. Artists based anywhere in the whole of the UK, working in any style of contemporary popular music can apply for Momentum funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing.