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Soundbytes explores opportunities for artists and independent music companies in the modern music landscape, looking at building sustainable careers and developing live opportunities


SoundBytes: music industry sessions
Arts Council England Grassroots Music Funding Event
Wednesday 26 June 
3.30 - 7.30 pm 
Blackpool Central Library Queen Street Blackpool FY1 1PX

Join Arts Lancashire, Creative Lancashire and Arts Council England for SoundBytes: an information & support event for Musicians, DJS, Live Music Event Producers, Promoters & Music Industry Professionals on Wednesday 26th June 2024. Free to attend.

Musician, journalist and owner of online music publication, Louder Than WarJohn Robb, will facilitate a series of interviews, talks, panel discussions with music industry professionals, live music event producers and Arts Council England, exploring opportunities to create, produce and perform music in Lancashire and beyond, and how you can secure funding for your music practice and events.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and if you’re looking to link up with other musicians, event producers, venues and Arts Council representatives, there will also be opportunities to network.

This event is presented by Creative Lancashire and Arts Lancashire in association with Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council.


SoundBytes music industry sessions are FREE to attend but registration is essential. To confirm your place please register via the Eventbrite page.


3.30pm: Registration & Networking (Ground Floor, Exhibition Space – Refreshments Served)
4.00pm: Welcome with John Robb (First Floor, Brunswick Room)
4.05pm: John Robb with Jay Taylor (Music Venue Trust) & Jeremy Rowlands (The Ferret)
4.35pm: Milo McManus: Bootleg Social – Local music scene & getting bands booked 
4.55pm: Lucy Wooley: Lancaster Jazz Festival – Creating a grassroots  festival from scratch
5.15pm: Industry Panel
5.45pm: Live Music Slot (TBA)
5.50pm: Networking with refreshments
6.15pm: Karen Boardman: ACE – Music Management. Are you ready & how will you know? 
6.45pm: Tom Salmon: ACE Grass Roots Music Fund Information Session + Q&A
7.25pm: Closing Remarks followed by Live Music Slot (TBA)
7.30pm: END


Available in the downstairs arrival area at the start of the event & interval. Representatives from Arts Council England, Creative Lancashire, Arts Lancashire and Crowdfund Lancashire to be in attendance.

Scheduled 1-2-1s with Arts Council England will be signposted at the event and promoted and arranged in the weeks following the event.

About SoundBytes Unconvention

Unconvention events aim to connect practitioners with each other; to provide them with practical and achievable strategies, and to encourage them to work together to create and support cultural activities in the region.

Previously SoundBytes Un-Convention’s have taken place across five continents, in places such as Belfast and Swansea through to Brisbane, Mumbai and Sao Paulo. Participants have included Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Youth (The Orb & The Fireman), Peter Hook (New Order), John McClure (Reverend And The Makers), Caroline Elleray (Coldplay & Keane), Pete Jobson (I Am Kloot), Mark Gardener (Ride), Tom Robinson, Don Letts, Jarvis Cocker, Bill Drummond (the KLF), Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails) and Billy Bragg, plus performances from I Am Kloot, The Whip, Reverend SoundSystem, Everything Everything, The Virginmarys, Young Fathers, Liam Frost, Beth Jeans Houghton, Gallops, Arthur Delaney and The Loose Salute, and many more.

SoundBytes Music Initiative: music industry sessions

We work closely with strategic partners including Creative Englandthe Musicians Union, PRS Foundation, BBC Introducing and Arts Council England (ACE), to deliver a package of workshops, seminars and surgeries to develop the careers of music industry practitioners with a focus on the following:

Industry Basics

  • How to make a living -revenue streams
  • Job roles, organisations and structure
  • Intellectual Property

Professional gateways & opportunities for career development

  • Starting up your creative industries business
  • Business planning
  • Professional gateways & career opportunities
  • Social media & web marketing
  • Role of radio, television, video, websites, podcasts, MySpace & SoundCloud et               

Management &  Live Music

  • Expertise in music management
  • Role of record labels, publishers and artist managers
  • Promoting and managing events, (gigs, seminars & workshops etc)
  • Changes in the music Industry (new concepts/ model for labels, artists and managers)
  • Realities of working in the industry (e.g, working with musicians and technicians etc)
  • Developing new venues, rehearsal and workspace

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