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:

Work opportunities for Tutors at Higher Rhythm

Job description – Functional Skills and GCSE Tutor(s)

Position1 x Functional Skills and GCSE Math Tutor
1 x Functional Skills and GCSE English Tutor
LocationClassroom based teaching at Higher Rhythm premises in Doncaster
Hours and days of work  2 hours, Fridays between 9.30am-3.30pm, January start
Reporting toCourse Leader
Purpose of the positionThe 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 RelationshipsPost-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 or use this e-mail address to request further information relating to the post.

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.

How to release your music and get paid event at Cafe Indiependent

PRS for Music, The Musicians’ Union and Higher Rhythm are delighted to invite you to ‘How To Release Your Music and Get Paid’.

About this Event

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.

Topics covered:

• 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.

Topics covered:

• 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

We look forward to seeing you there.


Date And Time

Thu, 12 March 2020
19:00 – 22:00 GMT


Cafe Indie
169-173 High Street 
DN15 6EH

Higher Rhythm Presents: LIO and The Paper Waits via Live Stream

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 from 7 pm, Tuesday the 10th.

See you there!

Big Boulder Festival 2019 partnership

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.

Skinny Pelembe will headline, with, LIO, Joe Russel Brown, Bernado, Dan Whitehouse and Holly Redford Jones completing the stage line up for the day.

Women take the lead on our Breakthrough 2019 Artist Development Programme

The new cohort of Yorkshire music artists have now been selected for on our Breakthrough 2019 Artist Development Programme funded by Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England

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…

Stage Invasion first event draws huge audience to Doncaster Dome

Wow! What an audience for the launch of our new initiative Stage Invasion a partnership between ourselves and Doncaster Music Education Hub, supporting young people into the live music industry.

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.

Huge thanks is due to Arts Council England BBC Children in Need Doncaster Leisure and Doncaster College and University Centre for supporting.

More Stage Invasion news coming soon asd we prepare for year 2!

Yorkshire Music Forum is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner for 2019

PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner

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 EnglandHelp Musicians UK, and private income.

Watch the video of our Youth Music project learners

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.

In January 2019 some of these young people helped to organise a live event at CAST performance venue featuring Brownswood recording artist Skinny Pelembe and Sheffield based artist LIO.

The following video  reflects on the above experiences in the words of the people involved…

Play Live At Leeds

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!

Higher Rhythm’s Short Break Programme

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 



Music Industry Panel at DN Skills Fest

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.


Higher Rhythm presents, Skinny Pelembe

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.


Building Works Required – Quotes Sought Now from Local Firms

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.




Higher Rhythm join the Sheffield City Region Music board

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 Stage at Long Division 2018

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.

Main Stage:

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

Acoustic Stage:

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

YMF Live At Leeds Fringe Stage

Yorkshire Music Forum is a consortium of organisations working in artist and music industry development across the region, including, Higher Rhythm.

Yorkshire Music Forum are pleased to present a fringe stage as part of this years’ Live At Leeds Festival at Santiago Bar.

Drahla // Hands Off Gretel // ENGINE // The Boxing // RIVAL BONES // The Hot Soles // The Harriets // FloodHounds // Beth Holland // Luke Todd Music

Entry is free to those with a Live at Leeds Festival 2018 wristband, and £5 on the door for others. First band 12pm. 5th May. Bands include:

The Unconference 2018

We are pleased to announce a full range of speakers at this years event from a range of organisations including:

BBC Radio 1 • Music Manager’s Forum • Spring King • PRS Foundation • The Leaf Label • Deluxxe Management • The Independent • Kaiser Chiefs • Brudenell Social Club • Music Support • Big Life Management • Hookworms • Leeds City Council • Brighter Sound • Awesome Merchandise • Come Play With Me • Hannah Peel • BBC Introducing • Girl Gang • HA! Music  • Studio 12 • MAP Charity • Paramount Music • Chapel FM • Marsicans • Equaliser + more!

Check out a range of speakers profiles, a breakdown of all the panels and details of how to register to attend at

You can also join the Facebook event where we’ll be posting regular updates here.

The Unconference is part of Live At Leeds and Leeds International Festival, takes place across Leeds College of Music and The Wardrobe in the city centre and is supported by Leeds Beckett University, Music:Leeds and PRS Foundation.

Leeds International Festival runs from the 28th April – 12th May, with a programme of compelling speakers, original performances and discussions that celebrate innovations in science, music, interactive media and world culture. Check out the full range of events here.

Full schedule for Sound City+2018 revealed

Diverse range of industry execs and experts will discuss artist development, new tech, mental health and more at the British Music Experience.

The full schedule for this year’s Sound City+ conference in association with Bruntwood has been revealed.

The annual Sound City + business event is the UK’s leading independent conference for new music – founded to champion the rich and diverse creative output of the North of England, in particular, but welcoming and celebrating exciting artists and leading executives from all over the world every year.

Kick starting the bank holiday weekend on Friday 4th May, the 2018 edition of Sound City+ will take over the British Music Experience and Signature Living’s Cunard House, which celebrates the UK’s finest musical exports from the last century inside Liverpool’s historical Cunard Building.

The event will welcome music industry faces from all over the world, including representatives from member festivals that make up the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES) which is supported by Creative Europe. They’ll be discussing the opportunities open to UK and European artists, how the live industry differs in each and how to secure gigs beyond an act’s native borders.

Sound City+ will also host a series of workshops aimed at helping young talent make strides in every aspect of their career from sync to distribution to production, as well as personal development in terms of mental well-being and self-confidence.

For the full lineup and tickets go to

Breakthrough Artists Showcase – Hull

Higher Rhythm in association with Warren Records will host a free night at Hull’s New Adelphi on 28th Feb 2018 featuring emerging regional artists, Floodhounds (Sheffield), The Harriets (Leeds), and Let Man Loose (Hull).

This event is being delivered as part of the Breakthrough artist development programme, which is funded by Help Musicians UK as part of their National Grants Programme with part match funding through Arts Council England

The event is FREE to attend by booking your e-ticket here (places are limited)

Doors open at 8pm

The New Adelphi Club
89 De Grey Street
Beverley Road

Professional Support and Free Studio Time for Emerging Music Artists

Throughout 2018 we will deliver a project funded by PRS Foundation, engaging 20, developing / emerging level music creators from Yorkshire in an artist development programme led by established professional music creators, allowing participants to learn directly from current industry professionals. These creators will typically be at the developing and emerging stages of their career, and will be already potentially playing gigs, releasing demos and have a basic web presence, so this programme aims to refine these existing practices and fill knowledge gaps to support their transition from being ‘hobbyists’ to professionals.

Participants will develop their knowledge of music production to industry standards, creating higher quality videos, self-promoting using online tools and radio, managing royalty collections, and generating revenues by taking music to market via digital platforms. Each act will also produce or master a recording to release quality and then release the recorded music.

This support will be structured around group and one-to-one sessions and ultimately enable the participants to reach wider fan-bases to sell music to, access better quality gigs and achieve greater media / radio exposure to build their profile supporting short and longer term development.


PRS Foundation

Higher Rhythm Ltd is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund