Our Artist Management Panel next Wed features @foals, @PEACE4EVEREVER & @elizaandthebear's managers. Register here: http://t.co/yBRuIYXooX
Need some advice on succeeding in the music industry? Book an appointment at our next Bigger Beat advice clinic: http://t.co/Wo9dosT9r5
Check out our newly updated Tipping Point playlist featuring @wearefleu, @CurbBand, @disraeligears & @fictonian: http://t.co/9hteq7cjvd #TTP
RT @attitudetweets: The deadline to apply for our #NorthEast freelance Project Manager role closes on Weds (22/4). Based at @GeneratorNE: h…
Our latest Bigger Beat advice clinic takes place next Thursday with @waynecmcdonald. Book your appointment here: http://t.co/Wo9dosT9r5
Want to meet the managers of @foals, @twinatlantic, @PEACE4EVEREVER & @elizaandthebear? This is the event for you: http://t.co/yBRuIYXooX
Our latest FFWD Production Masterclass takes place next Wed (22nd) with @TheILLIONNaires. Apply for your place here: http://t.co/vZisuqdT0p
If you missed it earlier, today's tip is Brum trio @CurbBand as featured on @LittleIndieBlog & @Sonofmarketing: http://t.co/NBuCoKbrVm #TTP
We're still taking applications for next Wednesday's FFWD Production Masterclass with @TheILLIONNaires. Apply here: http://t.co/vZisuqdT0p

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.

  • FFWD Production Masterclass

    22 Apr

  • The Business of… Artist Management

    22 Apr

  • BIGGER BEAT ADVICE CLINIC

    23 Apr

  • The Business of… Music Synchronisation

    29 Apr

  • The Business of… Record Labels

    6 May

  • Evolution Emerging 2015

    23 May

  • FFWD Production Course

    26 May

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… NEWCASTLE

    28 May

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… HARTLEPOOL

    29 May

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… SCUNTHORPE

    30 May

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… SHEFFIELD

    31 May

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… PRESTON

    2 Jun

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… LIVERPOOL

    4 Jun

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… BIRMINGHAM

    5 Jun

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… NORWICH

    7 Jun

  • MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… STOWMARKET

    12 Jun

FFWD Production Masterclass

22-04-2015 17:00

FFWD Production Masterclass with special guests Wayne McDonald and Dex Nicholson

Wednesday 22nd April
5.00pm – 9.00pm
Loft Music Studios, 4th Floor, British India House, 15 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF

Generator are pleased to announce the second FFWD Production Masterclass with special guests Wayne McDonald and Dex Nicholson:

Wayne McDonald is a very successful songwriter/producer and forms one half of electronic duo THE ILLIONNaires along with multi-instrumentalist Dex Nicholson.

The ILLIONNaires are currently collaborating and working on new material for a host of esteemed artists including Bridget Kelly, Maxi Priest, Amplify Dot, Busta Rhymes, A*M*E, RASCALS, M.O. and Ghetts and are always looking for new and exciting projects to get in the mix with. 

You can also check out Wayne on his hugely influential weekly R&B radio show via the links on his Facebook.

The session will be guided by Mark Lowry (FFWD/SHINDIG) and give producers the opportunity to learn about techniques, views and influences of an experienced producer as they demonstrate to attendees how they build, mix and record tracks while describing their industry pathways. This masterclass is essential for young producers aged 16 – 24 looking to gain an insight into music production or develop their existing skills.

FFWD music production courses

Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD provides entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways.

To find out more and register your interest in an upcoming course head here: http://www.generator.org.uk/ffwd/

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The Business of… Artist Management

22-04-2015 18:00 The Core, Science Central

Generator is pleased to announce details of their Artist Management Panel which will feature practical advice and firsthand experiences from the best young artist managers in the UK – those in the artist development frontline, keeping ahead of industry trends and taking alternative approaches to breaking artists and building long-term careers.

Artist managers including Aimmi Dunsmuir (Twin Atlantic, Eliza and The Bear), Sam Denniston (Jungle) and Tara Richardson (Foals, Peace, Declan McKenna) will join Amazing Radio‘s Head of Music and budding artist manager Tom Cotton to discuss their approach to artist development.

The panel will look at how they go about discovering artists and how they create that initial buzz as well as the changing role of artist managers. You can also expect to hear about building a live profile and the role labels and publishers play in artist development today.

The event will also feature a networking session at the end and a Q&A.

Further guests to be announced.

Tom Cotton

Tom is Head of Music at Amazing Radio, the station dedicated to playing new and emerging music and he’s  recently taken his first steps into Artist Management with London band Dios Mio.

Aimmi Dunsmuir

Aimmi is an artist manager from Mi Familia Management who currently represent the likes of Twin Atlantic and Eliza and The Bear.

Sam Denniston

Sam Denniston started his career in music as an artist, touring with various projects, after finishing a music degree in Brighton. He then formed the management company ‘Verdigris Management’ whilst working out of Blink Productions. He has now been solely looking after artists for the last 3 years, the company’s roster consists of: Jungle,  Beaty Heart, Beach Baby, Eyedress and INHEAVEN

Sam also co-runs an indie label called Handsome Dad Records, releasing such artists as; Fun Adults and Spring King.

Tara Richardson

Tara currently manages Foals, Peace and Declan McKenna.

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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BIGGER BEAT ADVICE CLINIC

23-04-2015 12:00 Generator

Bigger Beat is for artists based in the North East of England* who wish to clarify their career and musical objectives. The sessions provide an excellent entry point if you are unfamiliar with Generator’s work and a chance to introduce yourself if you would like to find out about our other programmes.

Bigger Beat provides ‘street-level’ access – if you are looking for advice in any of the following areas, or simply looking for some helpful contacts, get in touch with us to book your place.

Artist development
Management
Feedback on songwriting and production
Collaboration
Funding / Access to finance
Performance opportunities

The sessions are run by Wayne C. McDonald and take place every Thursday between 12-6pm.

Appointments are free, but must be booked in advance – please contact matty@generator.org.uk with the following information to book an appointment:

Name:
Contact number:
Reason for coming to Bigger Beat:
Link to your music (if applicable) e.g. Youtube, soundcloud:

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

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The Business of… Music Synchronisation

29-04-2015 18:00 The Core, Science Central

Ever wondered how they choose the music that’s played in the background of your favourite shows? Who picks the music for adverts and films? And how you can get them to use your music? Well, wonder no more! Generator are pleased to announce details of their Sync Panel which will see the people making these decisions come together and advise you how to go about it.

Sentric Music’s Simon Pursehouse will head up a panel of music supervisors and composers including Alex Hancock (Skins, Misfits and Youngers), Amelia Hartley (Endemol) and James Warburton (BBC, ITV, Channel 4)who will offer practical advice and help improve your chances of getting synced.

The event will also feature a networking session at the end and a Q&A.

Further guests to be announced.

Simon Pursehouse

As Director of Music Services, Simon heads up synchronisation and licensing at independent music publisher Sentric Music. They work closely with the likes of Channel 4, Sky, BBC and Fox and can get your music synced to TV/movies/adverts/games worldwide. Simon also writes a popular music industry blog and is always on the lookout for new interesting music to work with.

Alex Hancock

Alex has been the music supervisor for the likes of Skins, Misfits and Youngers and was once named the 24th most important person in the music industry in an NME poll. Alex also works at Warp Music Publishing as an A&R Consultant.

Amelia Hartley

Amelia is Head of Music at Endemol and is responsible for all music across the group, including all licensing, commissioning and publishing. She has been music supervisor for the likes of The iTunes Festival, The Brit Awards and Big Brother.

James Warburton

James is a freelance composer of music for media who has written music for BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4 and E4. He was also music supervisor and composer at Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks, Geordie Shore) for 7 years.

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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The Business of… Record Labels

06-05-2015 18:00 The Core, Science Central

The old days of knocking on the doors of labels are long gone and this panel will discuss the role of A&R and the record label in today’s industry and how things might change further in the future. New models are giving artists the freedom to take new approaches and the panel will look at the options available to emerging artists in 2015.

Nathaniel Cramp (Sonic Cathedral) will join Gareth Dobson (Wichita), Jack Clothier (Alcopop! Records) and Victoria Ree (Polydor) to discuss the changes that have taken place in finding new artists, how technological advances have affected the repertoire development of artists and essentially the best way to get the attention of both major and independent labels.

The event will also feature a networking session at the end and a Q+A.

Nathaniel Cramp

Nathaniel began Sonic Cathedral as a live/club night in London in 2004, before it grew into a record label a couple of years later, starting with a series of 7″s and eventually graduating to full album releases. The label remains a one-man operation and recent releases include acclaimed albums by Spectres, The Vacant Lots, Gulp, Dean Wareham and Lorelle Meets The Obsolete.

Gareth Dobson

Gareth is co-founder of Wichita Management , the management arm of Wichita Recordings, an independent label founded in 2001 from the ashes of Creation Records. Wichita have signed and released records by the likes of Bloc Party, The Cribs, First Aid Kit and Bright Eyes. Gareth has worked with a huge variety of labels during his career, including EMI, XL and Domino.

Victoria Ree

Victoria works as an A&R at Polydor whose roster includes the likes of Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Haim and Kaiser Chiefs.

Jack Clothier

Jack is co-founder of Alcopop! Records an indie label based in Oxford who work with the likes of Johnny Foreigner, Tellison, My First Tooth, Freeze The Atlantic, Sam Duckworth and Brawlers  to name but a few.

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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Evolution Emerging 2015

23-05-2015 19:00

Following last year’s sell-out event Generator are proud to announce this year’s Evolution Emerging festival.

Generator were overwhelmed to receive over 400 artist submissions this year and are thrilled to be showcasing a diverse lineup with 40 artists performing at our 2015 event, including a national act selected through our continued partnership with independent music publisher Sentric Music.

On Saturday 23rd May 40 of the best emerging artists will take over 9 venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle with very special guest headliners Lisbon, Hyde & Beast and Shields.

See www.evoemerging.com for full lineup and tickets

As the event enters its biggest year yet, Generator is continuing its low ticket fee to reflect the ambitions of the event and to ensure growth in future years. All this new music can be seen for just £5 which includes free entry to our aftershow party at Retreat.

Generator’s Artist Development Manager, Bob Allan says:

“We’re really proud to be in our seventh year of Evolution Emerging and with our 2014 event selling out it proves that people have an appetite to discover the next big thing.

Generator’s ability to programme the best emerging talent in the region and beyond has provided a fantastic platform for new acts to follow in the footsteps of Lulu James, Mausi, Beth Jeans Houghton, The Lake Poets, Nadine Shah, Eliza and the Bear and Boy Jumps Ship. We’re really excited to once again fill the Ouseburn Valley with an abundance of new talent and continue to build the national profile of the event.”

Tickets are on sale now. See you in the valley!

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FFWD Production Course

26-05-2015 17:30

 

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FREE COURSES & MASTERCLASSES FOR ASPIRING PRODUCERS 

Start date: Next course begins 26th May 2015
Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Location : Our custom space inside Gateshead Old Town Hall
Cost: FREE
Who’s it for: Young People (16-24)
How to apply to take part: Please fill in the short form at the bottom of this page

FFWD is looking for dedicated young people (16-24) with an existing interest in produced electronic music and a passion to learn. A basic experience of music production software would be beneficial but not absolutely essential. All stylistic preferences will be considered from HipHop , Electronica and Drum n Bass, to House , Techno and Dubstep, and the skills you develop can be applied to your preferred style while working alongside Pop, Urban and Electronic music experts.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their interest in producing music on a professional level.”
-Smoove (Smoove & Turrell)

Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD will provide entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways.

You will get the opportunity receive support and advice on:

  • Equipment
  • Effects
  • Sampling
  • Groove
  • Working with Room Acoustics
  • Synthesis
  • Arrangment
  • Music Theory
  • Preparing Tracks to be Release Ready

Production courses lasting 6 weeks, will run throughout 2015 and while there will be no cost to participate, spaces will be extremely limited. Also, as part of Generator’s search for individuals who show commitment, ability and potential, there will be an extension to these 6-week courses where exceptional participants will be selected to receive shorter, more intense support. This will include one-on-one tuition alongside full campaign and release support.

FFWD will be linked intrinsically to the industry with high profile producers and songwriters delivering 12 masterclasses throughout the year where they will offer insights into their own work, and creative processes but most importantly, offer information on their individual routes into the industry.  Producer and Course leader Mark Lowry (Shindig) agrees, adding:

“If you’re serious about your music and production then this course is a must”

APPLY NOW by filling in the following DETAILS:

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MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… NEWCASTLE

28-05-2015 20:00 The Cluny

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

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MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… HARTLEPOOL

29-05-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

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MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… SCUNTHORPE

30-05-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

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MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… SHEFFIELD

31-05-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

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MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… PRESTON

02-06-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

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MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… LIVERPOOL

04-06-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

View event and register

MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… BIRMINGHAM

05-06-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

View event and register

MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… NORWICH

07-06-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

View event and register

MAPPED OUT PRESENTS… STOWMARKET

12-06-2015 20:00

Rozi Plain has been confirmed to headline Generator’s seventh Mapped Out tour. The Winchester native has developed quite a reputation for herself in recent years with UK, European and American tours seeing her performing alongside the likes of Devendra Banhart, KT TunstallJames Yorkston and Viking Moses.

The talented songstress opened The Park stage at Glastonbury 2013 and has also featured on the lineups for Green Man and End Of The Road, whilst BBC 6 Music recognition from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley has lead to regular live sessions.

Plain released her latest single ‘Friend City’ in April this year and with bittersweet new album ‘Friend’ arriving on 4th May, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the stunning lyricist.

Catch her on our latest Mapped Out tour beginning on 28th May with a gig at Cluny 2 in Newcastle, with stops in SheffieldLiverpool and Birmingham amongst others to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

View event and register

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