We deliver Creative Enterprise Support, assisting hundreds of individuals and organisations each year, whilst also working with funders / partners such as Arts Council England and National Lottery Community Fund, through programmes that support enterprises, people and their communities.
Our industry experts offer wide ranging support for pre-start, new start and established enterprises of different sizes. Recent work ranges from mentoring record labels to build their profile, helping individuals to establish new arts organisations and working with professional sports clubs (and their venues) to deliver outdooor live music events which showcased dozens of emerging music artists to thousands of sports fans.
Beyond our own in-house team of mentors and advisors we have also developed a wide network over 20 years, including enterprises and experts we can also sign post to for specialist advice. Our team also includes qualified IAG advisors, adding extra support particularly relevant for younger people, who are generally at pre start-up stage and lack established networks.
Because Higher Rhythm offers the entire music & radio industries in-house, we can also often provide practical solutions for an enterprise by offering access to our own recording studios, radio station, record label, distribution and event promotions, where appropriate. Talking is always valuable when supporting creative enterprises, but actually ‘doing’ is often needed too and that’s where Higher Rhythm’s huge bank of in-house resources and expertise really makes the difference.
See below for a few success stories of people and orgs we have worked with in delivering Creative Enterprise Support :
Running the sound system Ram Goat HiFi, and being a DJ for a few years, Daniel ‘Demus’ came to our radio station, Sine FM, wanting to become a presenter playing, dancehall. Gathering followers and momentum as a radio DJ he then saw a gap for a record label specialising in his kind of music and supporting the many artists he’d connected with. With a few advice sessions from us and support distributing his digital releases, his label, Ram Goat Records was born. The label is now going from strength to strength with collaborations with international artists and limited edition runs of vinyl, all built on outstanding production.
Storrs Records is a student-run record label at High Storrs School, Sheffield, releasing the next generation of Sheffield based music-makers. We worked alongside The University of Sheffield, and MA Music Management lecturer Neil McSweeney, to support the school and their students to understand and build the infrastructure required to produce and release digital music products to a global market. The young people involved in this unique project wasted no time in practicing the skills and knowledge that they picked up from Higher Rhythm workshops, distributing 10 music releases in their first year!
Starting out as a young artist in various bands recording at Higher Rhythm, then graduating from our Breakthrough artist development programme in 2016, Skinny Pelembe’s stellar success followed, signing with Brownswood Recordings, playing sell out tours and major festivals, and, being championed by BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbs, Giles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft. Skinny still records his music at Higher Rhythm Recording Studio and helps out as an ambassador on programmes to support other music artists develop their careers.
Higher Rhythm worked with Doncaster Rovers football club throughout 2019/20 to deliver a series of outdoor stage music events in the fan park outside of the club’s stadium. Site surveys were conducted alongside the general live event consultation to create a series of live music outdoor-stage events featuring lineups of emerging music artists (who were also selected and supported through the process by higher rhythm) Working closely with rovers we helped them assure the events ran smoothly, safely and deliver a great experience for the large outdoor audiences that attended them. Our radio station, Sine FM is now official partner of Doncaster Rovers supporting the club to produce their weekly digital video and audio podcasts for fans.
Belwood Music is a UK based website that showcases new music, created and run by, James Fenney. With a keen ear for Indie, Alternative, Rock, Blues, Prog, Folk, Soul, Pop, and plenty of album reviews, live music reviews, and general music discussion, there’s something for everyone. With a few advice sessions from us, James developed his popular music blog and launched a PR service to sit alongside this.
The Big Boulder Music & Arts Festival, Sheffield was in its fourth year in 2018 and is growing in popularity and size. The Big Boulder Music & Arts Festival is a part of a concerted effort by Heeley Development Trust to bring music, creativity and art into the popular park and its neighbourhood. 2018 saw the first ‘Breakthrough’ stage, curated by Higher Rhythm, providing artists on our Breakthrough artist development programme another opportunity of a live festival showcase.
Cafe Indie are a coffee house, music venue, and social project on Scunthorpe’s high street, that give young people work experience, training and youth work support. We are proud to have developed a fantastic relationship with this amazing organisation who continually create positive, and inclusive opportunities for local people. Our partnership work has included delivering sound engineering and song writing workshops, and music industry advice panel events at the venue, and several hugely successful Breakthrough live music showcases, held throughout 2018.
Through our radio station, Sine FM, we have supported Tramlines music festival in Sheffield for many years, providing a free radio advertising campaign each year and pre / post event media coverage. It’s been a pleasure to watch this festival grow each year and we’re really proud to have this event in our closest neighbouring city.
It’s always great to see a community get together and create something wonderful, and that’s why we loved supporting Conisborough Music Festival. From sound engineering training to enable staff and volunteers to run their own live sound, provided through our Big Lottery Fund funded Sound Progress, project, to free radio advertising campaigns to promote the event, we were pleased to play our small part in helping this local festival grow into what it has today. Listen out for their new, CMF radio show, launched as part of our Big Lottery Fund supported Sound Conclusions project.
Higher Rhythm provided advice, site surveys and consultation to help, flying futures deliver a series of multi day festivals for young people at an outdoor woodland location near Doncaster in summer 2019. Involving exploring site safety, power considerations, consultation with stage and sound hire companies, and sourcing a range of artists to play across the festivals, we worked closely with flying futures, to help them make sure the events went smoothly whatever the weather. Future events at the same location were planned as a result of the success of these initial outdoor events.
Come Play With Me is a social enterprise putting out split 7” single releases from the most exciting artists from the Leeds City Region. We originally worked with CPWM in 2015, through a mentoring programme, giving advice on how to shape the then informal org into a social enterprise and then later, helping to put together their first bid to Arts Council for 2 years project funding. With label lead, Tony Eirera having a background in the finance industry and already having experience of running a record label, CPWM took off quickly, developing into a fabulous social enterprise who we are proud to still be working alongside as part of our role as a member org of the Yorkshire Music Forum.
Higher Rhythm are matched to Coppice School through the Doncaster Enterprise Adviser Network. This innovative pairing provides young people with severe learning difficulties and autism with work experience in a commercial recording studio and a project that introduces them to the music industry. The success of these sessions has led to the creation of a school record label, managed by young people and has now supported the global release of three original digital music products, composed, performed and recorded by young people from Coppice School.
90 Minute Music use state of the art digital technology to deliver practical music sessions which are fun, dynamic, and give a real platform of confidence to the young people who participate. As an experienced music educator, Higher Rhythm support the organisation with information, advice and guidance regarding best practice when engaging young people with a range of needs and abilities, and ways and means of marking the achievements of young people.
The Creative & Cultural Company is a not for profit arts development organisation based in Hull, managing art spaces including galleries, studios, stages, theatre & dance spaces & rehearsal rooms. Higher Rhythm supported the organisation by donating studio equipment to help them develop their music production project.