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Generator Business Support Opportunities

Through the business growth programme Generator and our partners provide over 250 interventions each year for the commercial, creative and digital industries.
From Conferences, Networking, Masterclasses, Workshops and the Interim Director Scheme to Showcasing, Legal Clinics, IP Licensing and Export advice.

  • DrupalCamp North East 2014

    25 Jul

  • Band Masterclass – Barnard Castle

    26 Jul

  • Digital Development Day

    30 Jul

  • Creative Employability Workshop

    20 Aug

  • Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

    5 Sep

  • VRTGO Conference

    11 Sep

DrupalCamp North East 2014

25-07-2014 09:00 Sunderland Software City

Between the 25-27th July 2014, the North East will welcome the Drupal Community with open arms to experience the thriving software, creative and tech industries, share best practice and get ready for Drupal 8 together.

Hosted at the Sunderland Software Centre, we’ll occupy cutting edge facilities to speak, share and sprint for three activity packed days.

  • 27 Speakers over 3 days
  • 6 Rooms including BoF, Games Room and Video Room
  • DrupalCamp BBQ and Beers

To find out more and to book your ticket go here.

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Band Masterclass – Barnard Castle

26-07-2014 15:00 TCR Hub

Generator is pleased to announce their second series of Band Masterclass events in County Durham – with FREE ENTRY for 13-19 year old young musicians and those wanting to get into the music industry or working in the youth sector.

Taking place at The TCR Hub in Barnard Castle, the Songwriting Band Masterclass features insight and practical advice from our special guests:

Wayne C McDonaldGenerator
Paul Gregory, Lanterns on the Lake
Martin Longstaff, The Lake Poets

You will get the opportunity to:
• Hear from music industry experts
• Get inspired to fast-track your music career
• Find out about opportunities for aspiring artists and music businesses
• Network with other musicians and music businesses in the area

What will the session cover?
• Approaches to songwriting and finding inspiration
• Writing lyrics
• Top lines, rhythm, song structure, arrangements & song dynamics
• Writing individually and collaboratively
• Practical sessions exploring songwriting

Who are Masterclasses aimed at? 
Band Masterclasses are aimed at young musicians, emerging artists, aspiring music businesses and youth sector professionals who are interested in supporting the careers of young musicians.

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Digital Development Day

30-07-2014 10:00 Generator

Generator’s Digital Development Day is aimed at music and wider creative businesses, and designed to assist in developing your digital presence. The day will offer intense insight into optimising your online presence and social media strategy, with delivery being interactive and step-by-step as you navigate your way on your laptop to ensure you gain the maximum from the course. It is essential that each attendee brings a laptop, if this is not possible Generator do have several available to use on the day, but this will have to be arranged in advance.

We will cover everything you need to know from domain names and hosting, to uploading and maintaining your content using WordPress as a content management system. This is a practical session and at the end of the day you will come away with a fully functioning customised website which will help attract new fans and customers, keeping you ahead of the game in the digital marketplace.

To ensure attendees get exactly what they need from the sessions, places are limited to 6 per session. However, we will be running further sessions regularly throughout the year.

Places at this event are priced at £79 per place, or FREE OF CHARGE for artists or businesses from the North East of England, thanks to our ERDF funding.*

*County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear

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Creative Employability Workshop

20-08-2014 08:30 Newcastle City Library

Generator is looking for young people with an interest in Music, Film, TV, Games or Digital Media Do you have an idea for an enterprise in the creative industries? Or would you just like to find out more about finding a job in the creative industries? Our ‘Ladders’ Creative Employability Workshops help young people in the North-East aged 16-24 with interests in music, film, TV, games or digital media, develop skills and improve chances of getting a job. Creative Employability Workshops

  • Develop the skills you need to find a job that you love
  • Find the motivation you need to get ahead in highly competitive industries
  • Fun creative group sessions to learn about communication – Team Work – Time Management – Professionalism – Commitment

This workshop is delivered over 2 days – 20th & 21st August- to get the most out the session you will be required to attend both days.

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Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

05-09-2014 10:00 Aurora House Media Centre

This one day Introduction to FCPX workshop is designed for those with little or no experience of using Final Cut Pro X (but you do need previous experience of editing video on a Mac)

You will learn:
● Exploring the interface
● The library structure
● Importing media
● Working with dual system media
● Organising your media
● Editing to the primary storyline
● Connected clips and secondary stories
● Editing in the timeline
● Editing and mixing audio
● Exporting for distribution
● Transformations, effects, titles and generators

The workshop is delivered by Apple Certified trainer Ian Bailey in Teesside University’s Aurora House which is an Apple Authorised Training Centre.

To find out more and to book your place on this workshop click here.

For further information call Scott Watson on: 01642 738527 or email:

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VRTGO Conference

11-09-2014 09:00 Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts

The North East of England will be host to the first major Virtual Reality conference in Europe on 11th September 2014 at the Baltic Centre Gateshead.

The VRTGO Conference  will feature speakers from Oculus, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, CCP, ZeroLight and many more.
Attend this conference and find out where the future of VR is taking the entertainment and games industry and also see how this cutting edge technology is being used to create serious applications for the automotive, modelling, training and marketing industries.

There will be a “hands on” exhibition space to allow attendees to explore various headsets and applications and break-out sessions to enhance networking opportunities.

There will also be an after-show party.

To attend and witness the future of interactive entertainment first hand.

To sign up for this event go here!


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