Joining the Dots at The Great Escape #tge14

A quick plug:Joining the Dots

I’ll be at the Great Escape festival/convention tomorrow afternoon, talking about my involvement with Joining the Dots – a funding and collaborative innovation scheme testing four new ideas for revitalising the independent live music sector.


It’s a really interesting scheme that has attracted some fascinating ideas;  I’m looking forward to having some really good conversations and seeing how the projects develop over the next year or so. Organisers the::hub are programming tomorrow’s Blueprint: Creativity in Tech day at TGE, where the funding winners will be talking about their projects alongside a host of musicians, technologists, designers, journalists, managers and myself. There’s also an intriguing-sounding ‘Samplethon’ running all day.


I’ll be on the JTD panel at 2.50, where the two app-based projects – EventBox and Challenge Off – will be presented. I’ll be talking (briefly!) about my role representing King’s Cultural Institute and the value of academic research in innovation. Come!


More about Joining the Dots

The winning projects are:

• EVENTBOX, who are trialling a new location-based app that lets you listen to listings to discover gigs and club nights happening nearby.

• Un-Convention, for OFF AXIS, an online resource that enables artists to play shows to appreciative audiences across the UK, by trading audiences and gigs with other relevant artists.

• Daredevil Projects, who’ll be trialling the potential for CHALLENGE OFF, a mobile social game played around gigs and festivals, to increase fan and audience engagement and drive up live income.

• CAFE OTO, the Dalston, London-based space for experimental music, are trialling the viability of a digital membership service, that makes available exclusive downloads from their archive of live recordings.

Our ‘gang of four’ will work with us until June 2015, and as well as financial support, will get mentoring support and regular opportunities to meet and share ideas with each other and industry figures.

They’ll also share their ideas, questions and findings with peers in independent music, via blogs, webinars and other online content. That’s as part of the sector-wide online learning and sharing we’re hoping to encourage through the project.


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