We support hundreds of individuals and organisations each year, working with funders and partners such as Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Help Musicians UK, and the PRS Foundation through specific programmes that support people, artists, enterprises and communities. Following are just a few of the creatives and orgs we have recently supported.
Starting out as a young artist in various bands recording at Higher Rhythm, then graduating from our Breakthrough artist development programme in 2016, Skinny Pelembe’s stellar success followed, signing with Brownswood Recordings, playing sell out tours and major festivals, and, being championed by BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbs, Giles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft. Skinny still records his music at Higher Rhythm Recording Studio and helps out as an ambassador on programmes to support other music artists develop their careers.
Running the sound system Ram Goat HiFi, and being a DJ for a few years, Daniel ‘Demus’ came to our radio station wanting to become a presenter playing, dancehall. Gathering followers and momentum as a radio DJ he then saw a gap for a record label specialising in his kind of music and supporting the many artists he’d connected with. With a few advice sessions from us and support distributing his digital releases, his label, Ram Goat Records was born. The label is now going from strength to strength with collaborations with international artists and limited edition runs of vinyl, all built on outstanding production.
Belwood Music is a UK based website that showcases new music, created and run by, James Fenney. With a keen ear for Indie, Alternative, Rock, Blues, Prog, Folk, Soul, Pop, and plenty of album reviews, live music reviews, and general music discussion, there’s something for everyone. With a few advice sessions from us, James developed his popular music blog and launched a PR service to sit alongside this.
The Big Boulder Music & Arts Festival, Sheffield was in its fourth year in 2018 and is growing in popularity and size. The Big Boulder Music & Arts Festival is a part of a concerted effort by Heeley Development Trust to bring music, creativity and art into the popular park and its neighbourhood. 2018 saw the first ‘Breakthrough’ stage, curated by Higher Rhythm, providing artists on our Breakthrough artist development programme another opportunity of a live festival showcase.
Cafe Indie are a coffee house, music venue, and social project on Scunthorpe’s high street, that gives young people work experience, training and youth work support. We are proud to have developed a fantastic relationship with this amazing organisation who continually create positive, and inclusive opportunities for local people. Our partnership work has included delivering sound engineering and song writing workshops, and music industry advice panel events at the venue, and several hugely successful Breakthrough live music showcases, held throughout 2018.