We deliver regional creative enterprise support to hundreds of individuals and organisations each year, working with funders and partners such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Community Fund, Help Musicians UK, and the PRS Foundation through specific programmes that support people, artists, enterprises and communities. Our industry experts offer a wide range of information, advice and guidance, from supporting Ram Goat Records from inception to a label now going from strength to strength with collaborations with international artists and limited edition runs of vinyl, to partnership work with the excellent Cafe INDIEpendent, 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. Our regional creative enterprise support can also be accessed by individuals such as talented young music journalist James Fenney, who we helped establish Belwood Music now a popular music blog and PR service, or musician/producer Skinny Pelembe, now signed 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.
Please find further detail below on these success stories and more 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, Sine FM, 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 give 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.
Through our radio station, Sine FM, we have supported Tramlines music festival in Sheffield for many years, providing a free radio advertising campaign each year and pre / post event media coverage. It’s been a pleasure to watch this festival grow each year and we’re really proud to have this event in our closest neighbouring city.
It’s always great to see a community get together and create something wonderful, and that’s why we loved supporting Conisborough Music Festival. From sound engineering training to enable staff and volunteers to run their own live sound, provided through our Big Lottery Fund funded Sound Progress, project, to free radio advertising campaigns to promote the event, we were pleased to play our small part in helping this local festival grow into what it has today. Listen out for their new, CMF radio show, launched as part of our Big Lottery Fund supported Sound Conclusions project.
Come Play With Me is a social enterprise putting out split 7” single releases from the most exciting artists from the Leeds City Region. We originally worked with CPWM in 2015, through a mentoring programme, giving advice on how to shape the then informal org into a social enterprise and then later, helping to put together their first bid to Arts Council for 2 years project funding. With label lead, Tony Eirera having a background in the finance industry and already having experience of running a record label, CPWM took off quickly, developing into a fabulous social enterprise who we are proud to still be working alongside as part of our role as a member org of the Yorkshire Music Forum.