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 are proud to bring Skinny Pelembe, now 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
Yorkshire Music Forum is a consortium of organisations working in artist and music industry development across the region, including, Higher Rhythm.
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:
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 www.unconferenceleeds.com
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.
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 plus.soundcity.uk.com
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
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.
Higher Rhythm Ltd is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund
From January 2018, we are launching a, free to access, music project for young people from Doncaster.
We are calling young bands and music artists, or any young person interested in music to get involved, and we have priority places for young people currently not in education, employment or training.
There’s a wide choice of activities to get involved in including:
Learning how to produce your own music
Recording your music in a professional recording studio
Engineering in studio sessions for other artists
Performing live radio sessions and producing radio features
Organising or performing at events…
You will also gain real industry experience and can work towards achieving a qualification if you want to.
Places are limited so contact us today at: email@example.com or call 01302 327769 to find out more.
We are looking for self employed music and community media tutors to help us deliver a 3 year project funded by BBC Children in Need.
Summarised role details:
Lead Tutor –
Delivering music performance and recording activities and connecting with our radio station for live sessions. Must have 5 years experience delivering similar plus be a competent multi instrumentalist. Qualified tutors / teachers preferred. Will also be expected to engage young people from across the Doncaster borough to recruit into the project.
£17.09 per hour. 420 hours per year. 3 year project.
Support Tutor –
Supporting young people in the above project to attain their agreed goals, and assisting in radio focussed activities to produce features and broadcasts. Must have at leat 5 years experience delivering community media services for a range of people. Qualified tutors /teachers preferred.
£13.44 per hour. 420 hours per year. 3 year project.
Extensive job descriptions /person specs are available on request. Applications should be a CV accompanied by a cover letter (email preferred). Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 midday (GMT) on 15th December 2017
As part of the launch of the Breakthrough 2017 Artist Development Programme, 4 events were held through Music Industry Yorkshire, across the Yorkshire and Humber region in May and June 2017, themed around exploring the DIY culture of the modern music industry.
The events were run as panels of experts discussing common topics and responding to questions from the artists attending each event. More than 90 regional artists attended these events.
These events and conversations inspired us to create a compilation of the most commonly recurring topics discussed and the valuable advice for music artists, generated by the panel members. We have now published this as a short, free guide, called Sound Advice.
Sound Advice, is essentially tips and pointers for making your own way in the modern music industry, based on conversations with developing and emerging music artists