• Ladders: Creative Enterprise Programme

    Following the success of our summer cohort, Generator have launched round two of the creative enterprise programme, Ladders.

    The programme is aimed at providing young people with a foot in the door of the creative and digital sector.  Ladders consists of three, 8-week creative courses in Music, Software Development and Film and TV, along with enterprise and employability workshops to provide 18-24 year old beneficiaries with valuable industry insight.

    Schools and universities no longer have the resources to offer specific careers advice, and young people need more than an hour with a careers advisor to make important decisions. Generator recognizes the role that local businesses must play in educating the younger generations, and Ladders is a step towards bridging the gap.

    Beneficiaries can expect to visit local businesses, engage in roundtable and panel discussions with startups and freelancers, hone their technical skills in recording studios and film suites that would be otherwise inaccessible.
    Weekly employability and enterprise support will be available, with Enterprise Support Workshops still underway.

    To sign up for Ladders go here.

    To find out more contact Louise at Generator.

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  • Ladders Programme Launch

    Generator has teamed up with three of the North East’s youth support and creative organisations to launch Ladders, a programme to support 18-24 year olds wishing to pursue a career in the creative and digital industries.

    This industry is growing fast, a recent report by the North East Chamber of Commerce stated that 1.2 million new workers will be needed by 2022 in order to keep up with its growth. Ladders aims to rise to the challenge, helping provide the region’s young people with credible and industry focused sources of careers and enterprise advice.

    Young people will gain industry knowledge and experience in music, film and digital media alongside the skills needed to progress in these competitive industries.

    To find out more go here.

    Over the coming three years, Ladders aims to develop and prepare over 180 young people for a career or self employment in the creative and digital industries, none of which would be achievable without both delivery and funding partners. Creative Courses, enterprise support, “Reducing The Skills Gap” workshops and advice clinics will be delivered by This is Creative Enterprise, Youth Focus: North East and Foundation Futures.

    Ladders part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of theEuropean Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 alongside Big Lottery Funding.

    Courses begin on 26th September – place are free but extremely limited, please contact Louise atlouise@generator.org.uk for more information.

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  • BPI Want Songs To Remain The Same

    The recorded industry has made its views clear on the impending EU referendum, with a recent BPI survey revealing that almost 68% of labels want to remain in the EU. The survey, conducted between April 25th and May 6th, also confirmed that almost all (95%) BPI members produce recorded music and services that are commercially available in EU markets.

    The survey said that almost half (47%) of respondents earn at least a quarter or more of their revenues outside of the UK from the EU and a key concern is retaining influence over EU copyright rules.

    Chief Executive of the BPI & BRIT Awards Geoff Taylor said: “British music is riding high and now accounts for a quarter of the total market in Europe for recorded music. This success helps to create jobs in the UK and fund exceptionally high levels of investment by British labels into new music. A strong majority of the UK labels we polled believe that remaining in the EU is critical to their business and that leaving would risk harming their future prospects”.

    Taylor continued: “Music and the wider creative industries are a major success story for the UK economy. Given the importance of exports to Europe to our business, we believe that the prospects for British music are brighter if the UK remains within the European Union”.

    70% of respondents said the EU was either very (50%) or quite important (20%) to their future prospects and 59% of respondents believed that leaving the EU could make it more difficult to successfully promote British music and artists in Europe.

    56% believe that withdrawal from the EU could have negative consequences for fans, with only 4% feeling it would be positive and 30% believing it would actually make no difference. The EU referendum takes place on June 23rd.

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  • Generator Tender Opportunity

    Generator is seeking to appoint appropriately qualified and experienced organisations to deliver on its enterprise and employability programme – Ladders – which is a 3-year project that will target young adults (18-24) with an interest in developing a business idea and/or a career within the creative and digital industries, specifically, music, film and TV and interactive media (games). Ladders forms a part of Generator’s wider business support programme.

    Ladders is part-funded by England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020

    Ladders delivery interventions have been grouped into 3 separate tenders so that the best results can be found for beneficiaries:

    Creative Enterprise Delivery

    • Creative courses
    • Workshops
    • Enterprise support
    • Creative Careers Fair

    Ladders Creative Enterprise Delivery Tender
    Ladders Creative Enterprise Delivery – pro forma

    Employability Programme

    • Employability programme
    • Evaluation framework

    Ladders Employability Programme Tender
    Ladders Employability Programme – pro forma

    Clinics & Pastoral Support

    • One-to-one clinics
    • Beneficiary support

    Ladders Clinics & Pastoral Support Tender
    Ladders Clinics & Pastoral Support – pro forma

    Detail on separate interventions and information about proposal submission can be found in the tender documents alongside a telephone and email contact for any enquiries.

    Date Posted: Thursday 5th May 2016

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  • New Awards on Radar

    Just what the entertainment industry needs- another awards ceremony!

    Online music video commissioning company Radar has announced its inaugural awards, dedicated to acknowledging the best music videos from emerging directors, artist and bands.

    Taking place at YouTube, London on July 14th, a call for entries is open now with categories including best new directors and best creative artists.

    Radar founder & company director Caroline Bottomley said: “There’s so much creativity out there and it’s such a pleasure to be working in this industry and with such great partners. We can’t wait to see all the videos, and welcome entries from directors, artists, bands, managers & labels from far and wide”.

    Directors’ prizes include internships with production companies, training packages and festival entries including the UK Music Video Awards.

    To find out more, go here.

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  • Evolution Emerging 2016 Lineup

    Building on two consecutive sold out events, Generator are proud to announce this year’s Evolution Emerging festival.

    The Evolution Emerging team were overwhelmed to receive over 450 artist submissions this year and are thrilled to be showcasing a diverse lineup with 44 artists performing at the 2016 event, including two national acts selected through Generator’s continued partnership with independent music publisher Sentric Music.

    On Saturday 28th May, 44 of the best emerging artists will take over 10 venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle with very special guest headliners Cattle & Cane.



    See www.evolutionemerging.com for the full lineup and tickets

    As the event continues to grow year on year, Generator has consulted with its loyal and passionate audience to build Evolution Emerging in a way that works within the cultural context of the vibrant Ouseburn Valley.  The opportunity to enjoy 44 exciting, emerging artists and attend the event afterparty for only £8 is testament to the event’s ambition to offer real value for money whilst continuing to develop in future years. The team is also delighted to welcome a host of new sponsors and event partners including Sentric Music Publishing, Gigs North East and Igloo.

    Generator’s Artist Development Manager, Bob Allan says:

    “Following another sold out year we’re really excited to be heading into our eighth Evolution Emerging festival, the event continues to showcase the best new artists from the North East alongside some of our favourites from around the UK. The growth of this event is testament to the talent that thrives in our region and the appetite of festival goers to discover the best we have to offer.

    We’re really excited to once again fill the Ouseburn Valley with more than 40 new artists and continue to shine a national spotlight on the abundance of emerging talent that graces our stage each year. See you in the valley!”

    HEADLINER – Cattle & Cane

    It may have been five years in the making, but Cattle & Cane’s debut album ‘Home’, released late last year, suggests every single day was worth it. With their melding of soaring choruses and delicate melodies to their everyman lyrics that swerve cliché to create a sense of community and shared experience, Cattle & Cane’s ubiquity in the North East is set to spread across the UK.

    Never one for arrogance – Cattle & Cane’s Joseph Hammill is possessed of a justified surety, supported by songs full of singalong moments … ‘I’ve got total belief in the songs and in us. I believe we’re going to keep getting better and better and keep finding friends wherever we go; that’s why we started this band and it’s still the reason we love playing.’

    With that said it’s clear that this very family concern (Joe, his sister Helen and brothers Fran and Vin make up 4/5ths of the band) is only at the opening of their story and it’s a pleasure to welcome them as headliners for Evolution Emerging 2016

    Cattle & Cane released their debut album, ‘Home’ on September 14th 2015 via Quiet Crown Recordings.

    Discovered through Sentric Music, Chesterfield based TRASH and SHE DREW THE GUN (coming from The Wirral) alsoplay at The Cluny whose lineup is completed by the excellent and enigmatic EAT and dream pop 5 piece SEEING HANDS

    In the Cluny 2, the event will witness the ‘cabaret death songs’ of KINGSLEY CHAPMAN AND THE MURDER together with the raw and energetic MOUSES, a re-inspired EVA STONE, the brand spanking new HEIST and the soaring and fragile delicacy of IMMY WILLIAMS.

    The Tyne Bar stage sees one of the region’s most exciting new prospects – A FESTIVAL, A PARADE joined by the immediate garage punk of AVALANCHE PARTY, the brilliant DRIFTS, the anthemic math pop of PLAZA and thedark, melancholic alt-rock of THE WELCOME PARTY

    Elsewhere on the lineup, The Cumberland Arms will play host to the excellent BAKER ISLAND who brilliantly describe their music as ‘lo-fi noise pop with weird bits’. They will be accompanied by otherworldly, electronic explorers TEN STICKS, along with the explosive and political CASUAL THREATS, thesublime songwriter JAKE HOULSBY and the deeply inventive, nonchalant musings of JAMES LEONARD HEWITSON

    The Tanners will be home for the night to the alternative hip-hop of CEILING DEMONS, KAY GREYSON and JAY SIMIAN AND THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY alongsidethe gritty electro pop of TALK LIKE TIGERS and the ‘navel gazing heartache mixed with deadpan wit’ of OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE

    In addition, Evolution Emerging will be taking over four great intimate venues again, with Old Prides, Bares, Crying Lions, Behold a Pale Horse, Kate Edwards, Callum Pitt, Haythem, Soham De, YUMA, Eve Simpson, Ditte Elly, Hannah Brown and Life Mechanics among the many acts playing Blank Studios, Blast Studios, Ernest and Little Buildings across the Ouseburn Valley.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the event once again will feature a brand new venue in COBALT,situated on Boyd Street just along from ERNEST, which will feature some of the most exciting electronic and pop acts includingthe experimental imagination of GREY TAPES andthe colourful alt pop of JOY ATLAS alongside must- see breakthrough artists SOSHE, PARASTATIC and TCHOTCKHE.

    Ace producer XAATU will get theafterparty started which will continue in COBALT until late.

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  • Video Joins the Streaming Star

    According to various reports, Spotify is about to launch video content.

    In this report on WSJ, Spotify VP of Product Shiva Rajaraman talks video shop, saying that the service has been gradually testing video on its apps over the past several months with less than 10% of its users in the four launch territories of the UK, US, Germany and Sweden. Also, companies, such as Tastemade, have been developing original, music themed series specifically for Spotify.

    According to Music Week, trials included artists showing viewers around their hometowns, and a cooking show where acts work with celebrity chefs. And they dare to say that technology has chipped the mystique of pop stars away.

    That said, watching Jack Garratt boiling an egg would be infinitely more interesting than listening to his music.

    The Gen can’t help but feel that this all ends with videos of music stars literally singing for their supper like a scene from Dave Egger’s 2013 novel ‘The Circle’.

    Rajaraman said: “We are at the end of a journey of testing. We are going out effectively as planned. Our goal was largely to get a wide breadth of content and experiment and test”.

    Early tests (try not to think of Clockwork Orange) unsurprisingly showed that contextually relevant videos, based on the type of music users listen to, or videos related to music were popular, including comedic rap series Epic Rap Battles.

    The beta period also showed that Spotify was offering too many options to view clips, so it has focused on separating it out and creating themed packages.

    Jesting aside, it’s a significant move and one that proves that the battleground for streaming services has changed- and with partners such as ABC, Condé Nast Entertainment and Fusion weighing in, it will be interesting to see where this goes. Video will be introduced to its Android app this week, with iOS reportedly appearing next week.

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  • Creative Accounting: £84bn in 2014

    2016 is so far shaping up to be another major stats party, with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recently revealing that the creative industries were worth over £84bn to the economy in 2014- generating almost £9.6m per hour.

    The figures demonstrate sector is growing at an impressive rate, almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy.

    Gross value added was up 8.9% year-on-year to £84.1bn in 2014, accounting for 5.2% of the UK economy.
    The value of services exported by the creative industries was £17.9bn in 2014, 8.7% of total UK service exports and in the UK, they accounted for 1.8bn jobs, a 5.5% increase on 2013.

    If only there was a political figure on tap to spout something about a great UK success story. Enter Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey, who commented: “The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, with British musicians, artists, fashion brands and films immediately recognisable in nations across the globe. Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy and worth a staggering £84 billion a year, our Creative Industries are well and truly thriving and we are determined to ensure its continued growth and success”.

    However, an annex to the report acknowledges that there are issues in how music is categorized and also challenges “related to capture of micro-businesses and the inaccurate classification of music businesses in the ONS Business Register“- UK Music are reportedly working with DCMS to attempt to address these issues.

    Not to worry- let’s roll those stats out and shout them from the rooftops anyway. Commenting on the figures, UK Music CEO Jo Dipple listed a bunch of British artists and added: “British music has created more emotional and cultural value for the citizens of this country than can be measured. During his Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 speech in November the Chancellor recognised this and said one of the best investments we can make is in the arts”.

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  • MIDEM Hits Key Notes

    Annual industry bash Midem has announced the first trio of keynote names confirmed for the 2016 conference programme.

    They are Neil Warnock, head of music worldwide at United Talent Agency, Gao Xiaosong, Chairman of China’s Alibaba Music Group and music supervisor at Saturday Music, Mary Ramos, who will all be taking part in keynote Q and A interviews.

    Warnock, whose career spans five decades working with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton said: “The opportunities presented by the internationalisation of the music business are huge. Thanks to digital tools, fans are everywhere and it has become key for artists and their teams to have an international strategy. I am very excited to be speaking at Midem as it is a great opportunity to meet key players from around the world in a single place”.

    Interestingly, Mary Ramos has worked with numerous high profile directors including Quentin Tarantino, with whom she collaborated on Pulp Fiction (pictured), Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained and both Kill Bill movies. Ramos will talk about the international sync market, the practicalities of licensing and her latest projects.

    Ramos commented: “Synchronisation is a growing segment of the music market and sync deals can provide a stable and significant source of additional revenues to labels and publishers. I am pleased to participate in Midem 2016 and share my vision on the business today and what are the creative and commercial considerations involved in programming the music for Tarantino’s movies”.

    Organised by Reed MIDEM, the trade event again takes place in Cannes, France this year from June 3rd-6th. Find out more here.

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  • UKTI Mission to SXSW: Northern Powerhouse

    UKTI are supporting companies from the Northern Powerhouse region to attend the SXSW conference in the Interactive, Film and Music sectors. They also plan to hold a Northern Powerhouse showcase at the British Music Embassy showcasing bands from the region, and to use the opportunity to promote the Northern Powerhouse region and its creative talent to the rest of the world.

    SXSW Interactive Conference (March 11-15, 2016) is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies, digital creativity and unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.

    SXSW Film Festival & Conference (March 11-19, 2016) champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition.

    South by Southwest Music Festival and Conference Celebrating 30 years in 2016, SXSW Music (March 15-20, 2016) offers unmatched access to ideas and global viewpoints on an increasingly borderless industry and showcases over 2,200 acts ranging from the unsigned to the iconic.

    What are the benefits?

    • A Market Visit Support (MVS) grant of £650 is available to eligible companies in the Northern Powerhouse regions.
    • Receive in-market support from a UKTI creative industry specialist for the duration of your visit.

    For more Information please contact:

    Jo Hubbard – Creative Industries Specialist

    E: jo.hubbard@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
    T: +44 (0) 7500 082589

    To register your interest & receive a booking form please contact:

    Claire Broughton – Trade Mission Coordinator
    E: yorkshiretrademissions@mobile.ukti.gov.uk
    T: +44 (0) 1226 720789

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