Sine FM Radio Station boosts FM transmission power

Sine FM, the only licensed radio station remaining in Doncaster, run by Higher Rhythm, has been re-licensed by Ofcom to boost our FM transmission power by almost 10 times.

With all the necessary technical work out of the way, Sine fm’s FM signal is now clearer, louder and moer widely available across Doncaster metropolitan borough and beyond.

Tune in on 102.6 FM

Breakthrough programme artist secures development funding

We are pleased to announce that August Charles, an artist who progressed from our PRS Foundation TDP artist programme, onto our full-year Breakthrough Artist Development Programme, funded by Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England, has secured funding from HMUK’s ‘do it differently’ fund to help him develop further as an artist.

August is a huge talent with a big voice, and is another Yorkshire music artist to watch for 2021. Listen to some of the music he recorded at higher rhythm here:

Yorkshire Music Forum Convention 2020

Yorkshire Music Forum Convention 2020

Saturday 14th November to Thursday 19th November

Register to attend:

  • 6 days of online panels and live performances to support the regions music industry.
  • Keynote In Conversation with Rebecca Taylor (Self Esteem).
  • Socially distanced live HerFest at Brudenell Social Club.
  • Discussion panels covering PR, mental health, and the future of the music industry.

Yorkshire Music Forum Convention returns in 2020 as an online event to support the region’s music industry, taking place from Saturday 14th November to Thursday 19th November. The event will feature panels and live performances put together in collaboration with Launchpad and the YMF consortium partner members Come Play With Me, DMF Digital, Higher Rhythm, Arnold Brown Ltd, and Music:Leeds.

Kicking off with Come Play With Me’s HerFest on Saturday 14th November, which will take place in front of a socially distanced audience at Brudenell Social Club, the remainder of the events will be live-streamed. A keynote in-conversation with Rebecca Lucy Taylor (Self Esteem) will take place on Sunday 15th November with further live-streamed discussion panels each night on topics including artist guide to building your own PR and approaching the media, managing mental health in challenging times, blueprint for the future (with Youth Music) and building back better. 

Live performances selected by the YMF partner organisations will follow the live conversations each night, and on Tuesday 17th there is a special edition of Launchpad’s regular online advice sessions, with journalist Jenessa Williams. Please see below for the details of the whole program.

Full programme details (speakers & panels): Social media assets to share:

COVID-19 Info Update

Covid-19 Update: We have overhauled our diploma programmes to make sure we can continue to deliver them safely and in-line with Government and Public Health England’s Covid-19 recommendations from September 2020.

We’ve also identified the following advantages in our learning programmes, which offer potential benefits when compared to learning in larger institutions:

  • Our relatively small student community and our focus on learning delivered in smaller group sizes (rather than the larger numbers of learners in Colleges or Sixth Form environments) reduces the risk of spreading infections person to person.
  • Our learners benefit from having a dedicated workstation, therefore reducing the risk of infections being spread indirectly, compared to widely shared learner computers used in many learning institutions.
  • We have developed a bespoke online learning platform, which will allow learners on all courses a more flexible way to complete their learning, offering an alternative to physically attending sessions, where necessary.
  • Studying in small work groups in our real industry setting also allows more of the vital hands-on time needed to develop a high degree of practical competence using equipment, and our vast array of industry level kit means you get to use the same gear professionals do (not the hobbyist stuff used in most learning institutions).

New old faces join the team

There is no better way of putting your money where your mouth is, than employing people who have graduated from your own programmes. We’re therefore proud to welcome, Leonie Sloots, Joe Russell Brown and Simon Patinson onto the team. Leonie and Joe are both alumni of our Breakthrough artist development programme, and Simon, has been a volunteer presenter on Sine FM (The Radar Show).

Leonie will lead on the Breakthrough programme this year, funded by, help musicians and Arts Council England, taking over from Paul Littlewood, as well as leading Music sessions for young people with special educational needs, funded by Youth Music. Joe will lead this years artist development studio sessions under our PRS foundation funded, talent development partnership work. Simon is now a part time tutor on our BTEC National Certificate in Creative Media Production course.

Also back on board after 4 years away from Higher Rhythm to focus on his own business, is Alan Raw, bringing his many years experience as the BBC introducing Radio presenter for BBC Leeds and Humberside, as the volunteer coordinator and person in charge of day-to-day running of our radio station, Sine FM.

Job opportunities at Higher Rhythm / Sine FM

Job description – Media Volunteer Coordinator

PositionMedia Training and Volunteer Coordinator
LocationHigher Rhythm / Sine FM premises in Doncaster (plus other borough wide locations)
Hours and days of work  30 hours per week Work pattern to be agreed with the successful candidate
Reporting toQuality and Media Services Manager and Studio Manager
Purpose of the positionThe post holder has the responsibility for planning and delivering media training programmes and will also support Sine FM’s people and services, focusing on media based community engagement and coordinating presenters together with oversight of the programme schedule.
Working RelationshipsInternal: Sine FM volunteers Administrator Other Higher Rhythm staff   External: Other agencies and departments as appropriate External Service Providers
Salaries and Benefits  £27,232 (pro rata) This is a 1 year post with continuation expected thereafter and potential for increase in hours up to 37.5 a week. Holiday entitlement is 28 days pro rata plus public holidays.A pension scheme is in place.

Key Accountabilities:

Key AreasAccountabilities
Main DutiesDelivering media focused trainingVolunteer management and supportSupporting delivery of broadastsOverseeing programme content and playoutTechnical duties around operation of station and broadcast
Training SupportTo deliver media / broadcast related trainingTo coordinate, train and support a team of volunteer presentersTo provide guidance to presenters to assure the quality / legality of output
Experience RequirementsTeaching in a range of settings Knowledge of broadcast law Experience in the field of radio and community media Experience in managing volunteers Excellent written and oral communication skills Experience in delivering public funded projects Experience working with people from a wide range of backgrounds Applicants must be able to display the ability to work alone, on their own initiative, and also as an effective member of a team within the organisation.   To undertake such other tasks as may be reasonably required

Problem Identification and Solution

Evaluating situations and identifying existing problems or opportunities. Using the information obtained, understanding the pros and cons of each alternative and choosing the most appropriate alternative.


Asserting one’s influence over events to achieve goals; self-starting rather than accepting passively; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.

Other Essential Requirements

  • Willing to travel to fulfill job requirements.
    • Flexible in times and days of work.
    • Welcomes and values diversity and contributes to an inclusive working environment where differences are acknowledged and respected.
    • Recognises and understands the circumstances and issues facing various clients in the communities Higher Rhythm and Sine FM is working with.
    • Sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Higher Rhythm and Sine FM.

Applications to be made via E-MAIL including Cover Letter and CV, as a minimum to

All applications to be received by 1 pm on Friday, 24th July 2020.

Our new recording studio and radio station

Our new recording studio and radio station facility based within XP School is almost there…

The rooms are complete, so its time to deal with the wiring for the radio station, and think about furniture.

The last phase will be the staged move in, where we will install some new equipment, and transfer some of our current kit over to the new spaces. This work is planned to take place over summer 2016, with the relocation of Sine FM coming first.

The recording studio control room looks out onto 2 live rooms, one of them being the biggest live room in the North of England, if not the country, so we are really stepping things up.
We will let you know more as things unfold, but¬†2016 is¬†definitely going to be an exciting and busy time for us…

Music HubTalks – Leeds

If you’re a musician or aspiring music industry professional and are looking to take your career to the next level, Music HubTalks is just around the corner…

Running from 9am – 5.30pm on 6th September 2015 at the Met Hotel, Leeds, Music HubTalks will offer the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s biggest leaders, network with other music professionals and make useful industry connections.

Music Industry Yorkshire has teamed up with the event and our members can get 10% discount on tickets (available here) simply by using the promotional code: MIY

Music Industry Yorkshire is still free to join for anyone in the Yorkshire and Humber region

As well as expert discussion panels on the day, attendees can also access networking breakout sessions and meet the professionals face to face. Experts include:

Jason Perry (Grammy-winning international producer)
Paul Conroy (former President of Virgin Records UK)
Pete Downton (CCO at 7digital)
Rory Bernard (Chairman at SynchTank)
Jon Skinner (CEO at Music Gateway)
Nick Dunn (CEO at Horus Music)
Rebecca Lammers (CEO at Laika Network)

Grab your ticket today and claim your Music Industry Yorkshire member discount

Breakthrough 2015 at Tramlines

Breakthrough 2015 our competitive programme to support emerging music artists from the Yorkshire region has been all action this summer…

The project, a partnership between Higher Rhythm and Help Musicians UK and part funded by Help Musicians and Arts Council England is currently supporting 5 of Yorkshire’s most promising emerging music artists via showcases, music releases, radio sessions, master classes and festival appearances.

This 5 artists will be playing showcase gig at Tramlines weekend Maida Vale Sheffield on Sunday 23rd April alongside artists supported by DMF Digital which will be recorded live for radio.

The 5 artists: Knaves, Bilingual, Supreme Leaders, Vendettas and Jack the Rapper are also set to release live singles on 20th July, so head over to your favourite digital record store or streaming site to check them out and show your support.

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Artist Development Panel – Sheffield

A FREE triple panel event by DMF Digital partnering with Music Industry Yorkshire themed around how to work, earn and make a career out of music, 1pm until 5pm on 23rd July at the Workstation / Studio 55, Sheffield.

Panels Include:

Earning Money in Music
Daniel Jones – PRS Regional Manager
Dan Millington – PPL Performer Development Manager
Barry Gilbey – CEO of Def Disco
Simon Pursehouse – Sentric Music – Director of Music

Moving out of the Garage
Christian Carlisle – BBC Introducing
Penny Blackham – Secret Name Management – Crookes Manager
Neil Hargreaves – Aggressive Management – October Drift

The Future Of Music
Erik Nielson – Wingnut Music
More TBC

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TheMusicBomb – FREE live music event

A line up of 9 of Doncaster’s most talented emerging music artists will all be playing at this exciting FREE live music event at CAST on Saturday 23rd May.

Artists performing: Alistair Pearson, Carla May, Jim McNally, MangaBros, Bluesy Steve, Passion Play, George Burkill, Becky Banks, Jade Lee Saxelby.

Doors open 7.30pm. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is part of TheMusicBomb, a project delivered by HIgher Rhythm as part of the Right Up Our Street programme in Doncaster, funded by Arts Council England.

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Breakthrough 2015 – live music event, Sheffield

Showcase of artists from the Breakthrough 2015 competition presented by Higher Rhythm in partnership with Help Musicians UK; featuring: The Vendettas, Supreme Leaders, Jack the Rapper, Bi-Lingual, Knaves.

Breakthrough 2015 is a competitive programme for emerging music artists from the Yorkshire region who don’t currently have a recording or publishing contract. The project is a partnership between Higher Rhythm and Help Musicians UK and is part funded by Help Musicians and Arts Council England

We initially received 93 submissions from diverse music artists from all over the Yorkshire region. Our panel of 5 judges, including promoters, managers, BBC Radio presenters and a main stage booker for Glastonbury Festival, worked independently to each other, assesing each artist on 3 categories; musicianship, web presence and impact. A line up of these artists will play this showcase event Friday 17th April 2015 @ Maida Vale , Sheffield

(doors open 7pm)

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Free Music / Media Courses for 16 – 18 Year Olds – Includes bonus payment

To qualify for a free place, you must be aged between 16 and 18, reside in the Doncaster or Rotherham Borough and not currently be involved in education or employment. The 10 week course includes; Music Production, DJ Skills, Digital Editing and Radio.

Learners will receive expenses and access to a bursary, for the duration of the course.

For more information please contact Alex Dean on 01302 327769 or E Mail

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Music Industry Panels at Festivals

At these special event in partnership with Tramlines (Sheffield) MAPfest (Doncaster) and Freedom Festival (Hull), Music Industry Yorkshire and DMF Digital will present a panel of industry experts to discuss the different radio sectors, which one is best for different genres of music, and share tips and tricks how emerging musicians can take best advantage of radio to get their music to new, wider fan-bases.

Panel includes:

Alan Raw – BBC stage compere at Leeds festival, Music Industry Yorkshire Jon Kelly – coordinator at Sine FM 102.6 Doncaster
Chris Hague – Radio Plugger into national and international stations Christian Carlisle – BBC Introducing

Events: Tramlines, 24th July 6pm upstairs at The Bowery, Sheffield

MAPfest – 28th August 6pm at Cask Corner, Doncaster

Freedom festival – 3rd September 6pm at POP, Prince’s Quay, Hull

These events are FREE to Music Industry Yorkshire members

Joining Music Industry Yorkshire is also FREE

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Our live Doncaster music showcase

As part of the Right Up Our Street DN Weekend we will be presenting the Right On Our Radio Acoustic Music Stage on Saturday 10th May.

With a line up of over 15 local artists playing live from 10am from the Sine FM Outside Broadcast truck at Doncaster Clock Corner, visitors, shoppers, residents and all, will be treated to some of the best emerging local music, for free! Come and see the following artists playing on our pop up open air stage

10.30am Paul Littlewood
10.50am Ian Walker
11.10am James Taplin
11.30am Tony Nicholson
11.50am Bluesy Steve
12.10am Martin Black
12.30am Becky Banks
12.50am Shaggy Dog Story
1.10pm Lu More
1.30pm Alistair Pearson
1.50pm RockToArt
2.10pm Craig Manga
2.30pm George Burkill
2.50pm Jade-Lee Saxenby
3.10pm Paul Littlewood
3.30pm Carla May

There’s also a big bundle of other arts activities happening around the town centre that weekend, so keep your eyes and ears out for more details of things to enjoy or get involved in.

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Coffee House Sessions

Started in 2013 and launched by Huw Stephens from Radio 1, Coffee House Sessions is a promotional platform for breaking and established artists.

Essentially, it’s a touring circuit that provides emerging music artists exposure to the student market via performances in 26 universities across the UK.

Through our radio station Sine FM we have teamed up with Coffee House Sessions to provide weekly live radio sessions for music artists on this circuit adding another dimension of support for the artists involved.

You can hear these exclusive sessions on Sine FM shows throughout the week

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The Professional Experience Programme is go!

From April 2014 we are launching the Higher Rhythm Professional Experience Programme (PEP for short)

Flexibly designed to act either as extended tasters, or as a progression path into deeper areas of industry following our accredited training options, the PEP offers the opportunity to build new skills or develop existing interests, whilst gaining ‘real-world’ experience of the music industry.

You can choose from a selection of activities including, Song Writer, Music Producer, Events Promoter and Record Label Boss, each option consisting of just 5 x 3 hour sessions, with volunteering opportunities included in each route to, offering the chance of adding real industry practical experience to your C.V.

The team at Higher Rhythm have years of professional experience writing, recording, performing and releasing music to a global market. Programmes participants will therefore benefit from working as part of a group of creative individuals and gain further practical skills designed to help in the preparation for the next step

For more details email