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In the latest update of many, a complete session-by-session guide to The Great Escape convention is now online. In addition to the previously announced six main ‘strands’, CMU has also announced details of its ‘conversations’ programme, featuring the legendary Seymour Stein (whom we have it on good authority is a Gen subscriber).
A new online portal aiming to connect labels, managers and artists with external creative has launched. Creative Commission is a free hub designed to simplify commissioning processes, linking creatives such as photographers, designers and video producers directly to artist campaigns.
Weekly rock magazine Kerrang! has launched a social media-powered radio show which will see the station playing the most requested songs via a Twitter hashtag.
Neil Young’s Pono music has become the third most-funded project in the history of crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, sailing past its target of $800,000 to raise over $6m. The high-end audio project has 18,220 backers, raising $6,225,354 (approx. £3, 706, 440) during a 30-day campaign.
Forest Swords (otherwise known as electronic artists and producer Matthew Barnes) has been named the winner of this year's GIT Award in Liverpool for 2013 debut album 'Engravings'. The award aims to recognize the best album released by a Liverpool musician over the last year.Barnes couldn’t make the ceremony earlier this week at the Kazmier venue, so Lee Scratch Perry (currently collaborating with Forest Swords) accepted on his behalf via video message.
Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister Mike Weatherley MP (pictured) has called on Cameron to pledge additional funds towards the UK’s Police IP Crime Unit. ‘PIPCU’ launched in September last year, to be funded to the tune of £2.56m up to the end of 2015.
The latest round of Momentum funded artists has been announced, including Beth Jeans Houghton (pictured), Ghostpoet and East India Youth. As previously reported, the £500,000 two-year Momentum fund is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, supported by Arts Council England and funded by lottery money, with Deezer as official partners.
The Pink Lane Jazz Co-operative based in Newcastle have launched a campaign to buy The Globe pub and music venue in the City to turn into a live music venue and education centre. Rather than simply fundraising or choosing the crowd funding route, they are offering shares to investors for between £200- £20,000. A statement said: “We aim to create an inclusive centre for jazz and improvised music – a place where people come to listen, play and dance; a place where artists can learn, share and develop their skills”.

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