We are pleased to be able to announce that, Higher Rhythm is now a Trinity College London Champion Centre.
This status underpins our programme of Arts Awards which we deliver for young people from #Doncaster and South Yorkshire.
Higher Rhythm has delivered hundreds of arts awards over the past years. Since, we introduced new blended programmes in 2020, covering songwriting, music production and radio presenting, demand has sharply risen.
Through progressing through the five levels of an Arts Award, young people get to:
There are no entry requirements, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work.
If you are a young person or a school interested in our arts award programmes, find out more here.
We are proud to announce that our very own Paul Littlewood is the new chair of Doncaster Music Education Hub.
Doncaster Music Education Hub is a collection of partners, and as well as schools, academies and Doncaster Council, the partnership is built up of a varied range of organisations and music providers, including: Higher Rhythm, DARTS, Doncaster Music Services, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Doncaster Children’s Trust and additional national and regional partners include Yorkshire Youth & Music, Opera North, IVE, Charanga, University Centre Doncaster, Cast (Performance Venue), The William Appleby Trust, Music in the Round, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Orchestras Live, Rainbow Connections and Music for Youth.
The music hub’s vision for Doncaster includes a thriving musical offer for all children and young people, with a wealth of exciting performance opportunities, challenging and appropriate progression routes, an inspirational workforce of music leaders across all genres and embedded regional and national partnerships.
Music Education Hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, respond to local need and fulfil the objectives of the Hub as set out in the National Plan for Music Education.
All Music Education Hubs must deliver the roles outlined by the National Plan for Music Education, which are funded by Arts Council England:
Higher Rhythm is genuinely excited about what we can bring to the hub through Paul being in this key position.
We have worked alongside Sound UK, Doncaster Music Education Hub and Youth Music as part of a national project which involved joint commissioning a brand new musical work by Skinny Pelembe, Field Notes #2.
Performing the piece has involved a host of young musicians from the Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra and Rainbow Connection Choir. Inspired by conversations with social workers and nurses, Skinny Pelembe’s Song for South Yorkshire premiered online on 23rd March.
This national music project, A Song for Us, led by Sound UK, was developed by Sound UK to mark this historic time and celebrates our communities and the power of music to bring us together. Leading singer-songwriters and composers Skinny Pelembe, Seth Lakeman, This Is The Kit & Bucky and Gwenno have created the first in a series of fifteen County Songs.
ABOUT SKINNY PELEMBE: Skinny Pelembe is a multi-talented wonder, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster. He released debut album Dreaming Is Dead Now in May 2019, with support from BBC 6 Music’s, BBC Radio 1 and Worldwide FM. In 2020 Blue Note asked some of the top British names in music to rework songs from their legendary back catalog. Skinny’s version of Andrew Hill’s cult classic Illusion was chosen as one of the singles from the Blue Note Reimagined album. His varied approach to his influences started early on. His two older brothers were heavily into hip-hop, while he would also absorb the West Coast folk and country music played by his dad. The former influences the way he thinks about his lyrics. The latter has continued to inform the way he writes songs. Listen to Skinny Pelembe’s music below. skinnypelembe.com
ABOUT DYSO: The Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra is the second tier of DYJA ensembles – the intermediate and training level. At this level young musicians explore the popular songs of the Swing Era alongside more complex styles of the modern- day Big Band and enjoys its own identity as a driving modern Big Band. Musical Director – Mark Sabin. Band Manager – Louise Patterson dyja.co.uk
ABOUT RAINBOW CONNECTION: Rainbow Connection are firmly established as one of the UK’s experts in Choral singing. Founded in 2003 by Paul Mellors & Deborah Mellors with the aim of offering high quality musical training for beginners to professionals. With a family of 13 choirs they have a huge diversity of singing groups. rcchoirs.com
We’ve been looking for the perfect desk for our main recording studio at our Nether Hall Road HQ site for a while.
The team at Solid State Logic (SSL), a British company which has held a top-spot in console design and manufacture for several decades with SSL mixing desks used by too many artists, engineers, producers and world-class studios to even mention… were good enough to give us (our staff and our students) a virtual tour of their new, Origin desk this week.
We were so impressed, we’ve placed an order for an Origin, which will be installed over the next few months and will then be available to everyone who uses the studio at our HQ, including our students.
Job description – Alternative Provision Teaching Assistant (freelance)
|Position||1 x Alternative Provision Teaching Assistant|
|Location||Classroom based teaching at Higher Rhythm premises in Doncaster|
|Hours and days of work||5 hours, Wednesdays (with potential expansion dependant on growth of provision)|
|Reporting to||Alternative Provision Course Leader|
|Purpose of the position||This provision caters for students with a diverse range of needs including those with social, emotional and mental health issues as well as students who are considered vulnerable, at risk or hard to reach. The organisation provides its students with individualised music and music technology learning programmes designed to help them achieve success. |
As a teaching assistant you will be expected to create an creative environment that will make each student feel comfortable and become confident, independent life-learners who can express themselves and their choices, whilst safeguarding their happiness and safety.
Successful candidates will have a background in music, and/or music technology and be strong, confident and positive in their approach to behaviour management.
In this role, you will be expected to:
• support a high level of learner engagement through shared planning and delivering a creative and flexible curriculum
• be able to build strong relationships with children and young people to inspire and motivate
• work well in a team environment and demonstrate resilience
• promote positive behaviours to build the self-esteem of the children and young people in your care to support them in fulfilling their potential
It is beneficial for you to have:
• have a background in music, and/or music technology
• experience of working/supporting children or adults with social, emotional, mental health issues
• experience in a school or childcare setting
|Working Relationships||Alternative Provision learners, Alternative Provision Course Leader, Administrator, Other Higher Rhythm staff|
|Salaries and Benefits||£13.44 per hour|
To apply for this role, you must:
• have the legal right to work within the UK
• hold an enhanced DBS or be willing to apply for one
• provide 2 references (one must be from your current or previous employer)
• be a compassionate individual with a strong work ethic
Please send your CV to email@example.com or use this e-mail address to request further information relating to the post.
Applications close midday Friday 19th February 2021.
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:
Job description – Functional Skills and GCSE Tutor(s)
|Position||1 x Functional Skills and GCSE Math Tutor|
1 x Functional Skills and GCSE English Tutor
|Location||Classroom based teaching at Higher Rhythm premises in Doncaster|
|Hours and days of work||2 hours, Fridays between 9.30am-3.30pm, January start|
|Reporting to||Course Leader|
|Purpose of the position||The post holder(s) has the responsibility for planning and delivering Functional Skills English and GCSE English, and Functional Skills and GCSE Math to a group of post-16 learners studying at Higher Rhythm.|
|Working Relationships||Post-16 learners, Course Leader, Administrator, Other Higher Rhythm staff|
|Salaries and Benefits||Rates of pay on request|
A current enhanced DBS is essential + 2 references
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or use this e-mail address to request further information relating to the post.
Yorkshire Music Forum Convention 2020
Saturday 14th November to Thursday 19th November
Register to attend: http://bit.ly/YMF2020
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.
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:
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 description – Media Volunteer Coordinator
|Position||Media Training and Volunteer Coordinator|
|Location||Higher 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 to||Quality and Media Services Manager and Studio Manager|
|Purpose of the position||The 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 Relationships||Internal: 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.|
|Main Duties||Delivering media focused trainingVolunteer management and supportSupporting delivery of broadastsOverseeing programme content and playoutTechnical duties around operation of station and broadcast|
|Training Support||To 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 Requirements||Teaching 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
Applications to be made via E-MAIL including Cover Letter and CV, as a minimum to email@example.com
All applications to be received by 1 pm on Friday, 24th July 2020.
Now more than ever before, musicians and artists are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their music. Some are self-releasing now with hopes of securing a future record deal, but others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers. Either way, if you are planning to release your own music then it’s vital you understand some fundamentals about the way the music industry works and how your music can generate revenue.
19.00 – Doors Open
19.15 – 20.15 – Mind Your Own Business
In this session, The Musicians’ Union will explain how record labels and music publishers make their money and how independent artists can do the same.
• Copyright law and protecting your work
• The difference between Master Rights and Publishing Rights (PRS, MCPS and PPL)
• The business models behind record labels and music publishers (and how that applies to you)
• Artists agreements and performers’ permissions you need to secure before you can release
20.15 – 20.30 – Break
20.30 – 21.30 – How To Get the Most from PRS Membership
In this session, PRS for Music will take you through the practicalities of self service using the PRSfM website.
• How to register or amend works
• How to search the PRSfM works database
• How to report performance usage
• How to claim unpaid royalties
This evening will conclude with networking drinks.
Attendance to this event is free, but numbers are limited so it’s essential you book a space if you wish to come along.
If you have any questions or specific access requirements, please email PRS for Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Thu, 12 March 2020
19:00 – 22:00 GMT
169-173 High Street
On Tuesday, 10th of December from 7 pm, Higher Rhythm, in partnership with Heeley Trust, will live stream two acoustic recording sessions as uniquely intimate performances from Heeley Institute, showcasing the exceptional songwriting and musicianship of LIO and The Paper Waits, both artists from our Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England funded, Breakthrough Artist Development Programme.
Attendance as an audience member has been limited to invite only but anyone can stream this event free of charge via Facebook live, through our Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/higherrhythm/ from 7 pm, Tuesday the 10th.
See you there!
We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Big Boulder festival in Sheffield this year and have curated the main stage with artists we’ve worked with, including those supported through our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme funded by Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England.
The one day festival runs 12pm to 7pm on the 8th of September 2019 and as well as the outstanding line up of music artists, will also feature a wide range of street food stalls and other activities to enjoy on the day. It’s also FREE (yes, free!)
We love to work with other organisations who share our vision for artist development and the Big Boulder, with an intimate audience of around 2000 people and its family friendly atmosphere offers the perfect live platform to showcase the best in emerging music talent.
It’s an 80% female led cohort this year with artists selected from across the whole Yorkshire region, and Breakthrough 2019 also follows the example set by the programme’s previous years in supporting widely diverse musical genres.
We’ve been working hard with the artists for the past few months to make sure they get maximum impact out of their place on Breakthrough. Here’s a quick intro to this year’s artists:
LIO, a female fronted alt-pop band from Sheffield
The Paper Waits, a female-male duo from Harrogate
PARK FIRES an all female Indie-Pop band from Leeds
Young Tarzan Yxungtarzaan (aka Will Phillips), a male beats producer from Doncaster.
Holly Redford Jones a female singer songwriter from Sheffield
If you went to Live at Leeds this year you might have caught The Paper Waits on the Yorkshire Music forum stage, or if you got to our Skinny Pelembe promotion earlier this year or had a wristband for the main arena at Tramlines last weekend, you will have probably seen LIO, but if not, don’t worry because there will be more opportunities to see all artists live and hear their new recorded works as this year of the programme progresses.
Here’s a few of the artists we’ve supported on the Breakthrough programme alomg the way…
A whopping 425 people turned up to the Dome in #Doncaster to see 10 young bands playing live at the first event on the evening of 4th July.
More Stage Invasion news coming soon asd we prepare for year 2!
The Yorkshire Music Forum (YMF) links Higher Rhythm with 4 other partner organisations from across the region in an association with a mission of providing support and development for music artists and the music industry across Yorkshire.
The YMF is a Talent Development Partner of The PRS Foundation and our Talent Development Programme for 2019 /20 which kicks off April 2019, will develop entry, emerging and developing level, Yorkshire based music artists, to advance their careers through bespoke, targeted support including recordings, releases, mentoring, advice sessions and industry events. The funding received from PRS Foundation for this project works alongside match funding from other funders and sources including Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK, and private income.
In January 2018 we launched a project funded by Youth Music, giving young people from Doncaster, opportunity to create recorded recording music our studios, learn about broadcast media through our radio station, and organise live music events.
The following video reflects on the above experiences in the words of the people involved…
As part of the call for the new cohort of artists to be supported through our Breakthrough programme, an artist development programme funded by Help Musicians UK, with match from Arts Council England, this year we are offering an additional opportunity for one artist to win a slot on the Yorkshire Music Forum stage at Live at Leeds on Saturday 4th May
We will be presenting this stage alongside our partners from the YMF, an association of music industry organisations working across the region, and to be in with a chance, you just have to be an artist from the Yorkshire and Humber region, making original music and not currently signed to a recording contract.
Simply complete the form below to enter, before 12 midday on Monday 25th March, and a panel of industry judges will select one artist to be announced soon after. Good luck!
We are delighted to announce that Higher Rhythm, has been accepted onto Doncaster Council’s, Short Breaks framework.
Short Breaks, enable young people with a disability or complex health needs, including Special Educational Needs, to access activities that will enhance their life experiences.
Higher Rhythm will offer music industry, creative technology and community media centred activities, putting young people in the centre of exciting and fun creative experiences where they can work towards new goals, create a digital products (such as a music single) and enjoy developing transferable skills.
More details on programmes on our offer will be announced soon via the news section of the Higher Rhythm website and also on the Short Breaks section of Doncaster Borough Council’s website at http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/short-breaks
The music industry is a growth sector worth over £4.4 billion to the UK economy, growing year on year, and Higher Rhythm, believe that anyone, anywhere, with the correct support and determination, can play a part in this National success story. We are therefore excited to announce that we are putting the music industry firmly on the agenda at this year’s DN Skills Fest being held on 7th February at The Dome, Doncaster.
Organised by Doncaster chamber and Doncaster Skills Academy, DN Skills Fest will see over 1500 local young people visiting on the day to find out more about their further education and career options. As well as presenting a stand about the music industry career options available through both of our professional music industry facilities in Doncaster, such as our new BTEC National Diploma we will also be presenting a panel of music industry experts discussing the ever expanding range of roles and careers now available in the music industry.
The panel will feature: Timm Cleasby – Operation Director Tramlines Festival, Skinny Pelembe – locally raised music artist signed to a global record deal (and cited as one of the UK’s most exciting new music prospects), Simon Benger- Music Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, and Bex Ransom, Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians UK. The panel will also be compared by Christian Carlisle, presenter and producer at BBC Introducing South Yorkshire.
The experts will share their experience and tips about employment in the modern music industry and the things you need to do to secure a career in it, also answering any questions from the audience. The event will start at 10am, it’s free to enter, and it will be perfectly pitched for young people considering their career options, or even for teachers or careers advisors who need better information for signposting young people to the music industry.
Graduating from Higher Rhythm’s Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England funded, Breakthrough Artist Development programme in 2016, and following his stellar success 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 (to name but a few…) Higher Rhythm is proud to bring Skinny Pelembe, cited as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging music artists, back to his home town of Doncaster, for this one-off live date at, CAST.
Tickets for Skinny’s gigs across the UK, sell out quickly, but thanks to Higher Rhythm’s relationship with Youth Music, tickets for this one off event, will be offered FREE OF CHARGE, one per person, to make this gig open to all.
We are inviting quotes to carry out light building works at our HQ on Nether Hall Road.
It is expected that building works start by 1st March 2019 (or earlier) with all pre-works meetings and required actions completed before the start of works.
We have detailed the works in the attached document.
We are happy to announce that our very own Steve Mundin and Paul Littlewood have seats on the Sheffield City Region music industry board.
Isn’t it great to be based in a region where the music industry is valued as highly (as it deserves to be) by policy makers?
UK Music will also be on side to guide the board’s development and this initiative has been pullled together by the Sheffield City Region Mayor, MP Dan Jarvis
Steve and Paul, are looking forward to the first meeting and the work to follow, and we are proud to be able to represent Doncaster and bring our many years of wider music industry experience as an organisation to help support the growth of our region’s music industry.
Yorkshire Music Forum (which is a regional music industry development consortium that includes Higher Rhythm) present our very own venue at Wakefield’s Long Division Festival, consisting of two stages at St Austin’s Theatre, a beautiful community Theatre on a leafy street in Wakefield.
Fizzy Blood / Life / Rival Bones / Team Picture / Laminate Pet Animal / Hot Soles / The Golden Age Of TV / I Set The Sea On Fire / Engine / The Boxing
Silver Wilson / Floodhounds / Maya Kally / Patrick McCallion / Thomas & The Empty Orchestra / The Harriets / No Fixed Identity / Emily Jane / Beth Holland
St Austin’s is just one of over 20 venues on June 2nd, with over 100 performances taking place across the city. Tickets are £25 for access to the entir