Our next FFWD production course starts on 24th March. Apply for your place here: http://t.co/XjXoXsxm0Y
Nice little mention of last weekend's By Day events in @ChrisHawkinsUK's #6MusicFestival review: http://t.co/EM8PBghfeh
Here's another chance to read about last weekend's #6MusicFestival and our role in it all: http://t.co/NIpuwlEw7M @TheJournalNews
Here's @laurenlaverne's interview with @bryanferry at @thecluny 2 from #6MusicFestival's By Day event on Saturday: http://t.co/Tzhj7ywqOl
Here's @EveningChron's review of last Sunday's By Day event at @steamerevent featuring @Hydeandbeast & @TesseraSkies: http://t.co/1fDWWu7OfI
If you missed it earlier, here's today's second tip @commoonicate with 'Eureka Moment' as featured on @diymagazine: http://t.co/eom9gcaQh9

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.

  • Digital Union: SF Trade Mission

    2 Mar


    5 Mar

  • Innovate UK Regional Event Sunderland

    12 Mar

  • FFWD Production Masterclass

    17 Mar

  • Creative Employability Workshop

    24 Mar

  • FFWD Production Course

    24 Mar

  • Digital Music Marketing Masterclass

    25 Mar

Digital Union: SF Trade Mission

02-03-2015 00:00

Digital Union the North East’s digital network, have organised a trade mission to San Francisco, for eligible SME’s in the Games and associated digital industries.

Taking place from 2-6 March 2015, the trade mission will assist companies that would like to explore market opportunities in San Francisco, and have secured grant funding of up to £1,000 for each eligible SME, to support their travel and accommodation costs.

Primarily, the trade mission is being centred around GDC Conference, which takes place annually in San Francisco and provides an excellent platform for those companies operating in the fields of gaming consoles, online gaming, mobile, handheld devices, smartphones, tablet devices, VR and AR. However, for those SME’s not interested in attending GDC, please do still get in touch to discuss your visit priorities and aims.

As part of the trade mission, Digital Union will ensure that companies participating receive a full pre-visit briefing (including relevant market sector information), along with an opportunity to meet with the other companies attending.

During the market visit, Digital Union will provide a number of other added value activities (including a networking event) to support the companies in attendance.

About GDC 2015

GDC attracts over 24,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals and business decision-makers gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

This market defining conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts.

In addition, the GDC expo showcases all of the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward. The conference also features the seventeenth annual Independent Games Festival, the longest-running and largest festival relating to independent games worldwide, where original games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the fifteenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.

Grant Funding

The £1,000 grant funding is available for eligible SME’s who have not previously received funding through UKTI or participated in the Passport to Export & Gateway to Global programmes. The grant covers travel and accommodation costs (not expo or marketing), and is paid upon completion of the market visit and submission of receipts.

How to Apply

If you are interested in attending, please contact Marissa Brindley for further information and to check grant funding eligibility.

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05-03-2015 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
Feedback on songwriting and production
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:

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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Innovate UK Regional Event Sunderland

12-03-2015 12:00 Sunderland Software City Building

The digital team at Innovate UK are partnering with Sunderland Software City, to host a regional meet-up event in Sunderland on the 12th March. The event aims to inform companies on how they can access support from Innovate UK and KTN; whether that be funding of other support.

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The event will start with an hour of networking over lunch, followed by a “show and tell”, session where local digital and tech companies and businesses based at other NVIs (National Virtual Incubators) are invited to present.

This event forms part of a series of events around the country. So far this year we have been to Birmingham, Newcastle, Cambridge, Manchester, Northern Ireland, Hull, Edinburgh, Bristol, Loughborough & Liverpool.

Innovate UK is looking to involve more digital companies from across the UK in their competitions and networks: attend and see how they can support your business innovation and growth.

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If you have any questions re the event please email – carri.cunliffe@innovateuk.gov.uk.
If you want to have a regular update on Innovate UK contests, support, networking and events please join

12noon – Networking, Lunch and refreshments
1pm – Matt Sansam, Head of IC tomorrow, Innovate UK, “Overview of support and funding”
1.30pm – Jon Kingsbury, KTN, “Overview of KTN & Horizon 2020 project”
2.00pm – David Dunn, Sunderland Software City, Overview
2.15pm – Tom Beardsmore, Coatsink
2.30pm – quick coffee break
2.40pm – Shaun Cutler, Clixta
2.55pm– 4.00pm other presentations from NVIs
4.00pm – event closes

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FFWD Production Masterclass

17-03-2015 17:30

FFWD Production Masterclass with special guest Chris Scott

Tuesday 17th March
5.30pm – 8.30pm
Loft Music Studios, 4th Floor, British India House, 15 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF

Generator are pleased to announce the first FFWD Production Masterclass with special guest Chris Scott:

Chris Scott is an esteemed writer and producer with his astonishing discography marking his achievements beyond the doubt of even the most cynical of househeads. He’s appeared on the best major and independent labels in the world including: Virgin, Island, Mute, PWL, Mercury, Deconstruction, Yoshitoshi, Airtight, Hooj Choons, Paper Recordings, Saw Recordings, Stereo, Audio Therapy, Junior Boys Own, NRK and Rennaisance.

Chris has tasted national chart success with four top 30 records in the ’90′s , co-founded/owned Forensic Records with Scott Bradford of Shindig and remixed everyone from Depeche Mode to Danny Tenaglia.

Over the last fifteen years, performing and DJing live with his Lexicon Avenue and Echomen monikers has taken him to some of the planets’ best locations and most exciting clubs in New York, Buenos Aries, Barcelona, Lima, Tokyo, Moscow, Budapest, Mexico City, Bratislava, Montevideo, Madrid to name but a few; he’s proved that he’s just at home in the DJ booth as he is in the studio.

The amazing reactions of A list DJs like Deep Dish, John Digweed, Sasha, Satoshi Tomiie and Hernan Cattaneo who champion his productions are always mirrored by the reactions of any crowd he plays to. So, with over two decades of moving dancefloors in person or through his productions, you can always hear Chris’s understanding and love of house music.

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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Creative Employability Workshop

24-03-2015 10:00 Myplace

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 have been helping 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. With this in mind we’ve decided to host one final full-day masterclass in Middlesbrough to help you develop the skills you need to find a job that you love and find the motivation you need to get ahead in highly competitive industries.

The day will comprise offun creative group sessions where you will learn about communication, team work, time management, professionalism  and commitment. Your newly acquired skills will then be put into practice with a variety of creative industry focused activities where you will look at things like PR, marketing and pitching.

The day will feature insight and practical advice from special guest Grant Brydon. Grant is a journalist and blogger specialising in hip-hop and new music. After studying art at university he changed direction and began building his own brand online through free blogging platforms, allowing him to get his work out in front of an audience. He has since written for the likes of Noisey, Pigeons & Planes, SB.TV and I-D as well as being the Online Music Editor at the UK’s biggest youth lifestyle magazine, RWD Mag, and Hip-Hop editor at Clash Magazine. He also set up a small marketing and PR business called Fiend Digital which helped new independent artists to begin thinking strategically about releases and make their first steps into the music industry, as well as helping a few more established acts to advance their brand in the online world.

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FFWD Production Course

24-03-2015 17:30




Start date: Next course begins 24th March 2015
Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm-9pm
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 last 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”

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Digital Music Marketing Masterclass

25-03-2015 10:00 Blast Studio

Back by popular demand, Generator’s Digital Marketing Masterclass features insight and practical advice from special guest Lucy Blair, who’s created award-winning campaigns for artists including Example, DJ Fresh and Wretch 32.

Whatever type of music business or artist you are, social networking and direct-to-fan online tools are integral to your approach. For a start, they are mostly free, and are used every day by almost everyone. Online marketing and promotion offers you easy access to your target audience, but maybe there are better ways to do it, or maybe better ways to use them.

Our Digital Marketing Masterclass will take a detailed look at the online tools available and offers practical, bespoke advice to you through expert tuition and group case studies and practical tasks, covering key digital marketing and promotion tools, communicating effectively on Facebook and Twitter, making the most of video content, how to build your fan or customer base, managing mailing lists, how to analyse your Facebook and digital data, and take advantage of it.

About Lucy Blair

As Director at digital marketing agency Motive Unknown, Lucy delivers strategic digital marketing consultancy and campaigns for music clients including Sony RED, Houndstooth, BMG Chrysalis and Brownswood Recordings, and artists including The Charlatans, Etienne de Crecy and Jack Savoretti.

Lucy started her music career at Ministry of Sound, where as Digital Marketing Manager she developed digital platforms and technologies for the Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi and Speakerbox brands, record labels and events, and created award-winning campaigns for artists including Example, DJ Fresh and Wretch 32.

Limited places available, please register interest via the link above.

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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