Help Musicians UK is excited to announce its partnership with BBC Music Introducing Live 2018, culminating in three days of extensive, in-depth programming this November 8-10 at London’s Tobacco Dock.
The charity’s involvement will focus on the three key strands of its output: the artist, the industry and health & wellbeing, designed to showcase the breadth of the charity’s work.
HMUK has curated three panels to lead its programming each day. From 10:15am in The Cockpit Room, members of HMUK’s staff, industry experts and artists will unpack some of the biggest issues facing the industry.
The first panel, taking place Thursday 8, is Doing it Differently: Sustaining Art, Business and Health, followed by Creating an Inclusive Industry: Taking Action on Equality and Accessibility on Friday 9 and ending with The Art of Self-Care: Practical Ways to Maintain Your Health and Welfare on Saturday 10.
These panels will bring together some of the best in the biz to push the conversation forward, including: Paulette Long OBE (UK Music Diversity Taskforce), Samantha Parker (co-founder Music Support), Melody Kane (1Xtra), Amanda Maxwell (Boiler Room, SheSaid.So), John Shortell (Musicians' Union) and Andy Inglis (5000, manager) as well as HMUK supported artist Signkid.
In addition to these panels, HMUK will also host its own intimate space in the North Vaults at Tobacco Dock for the entirety of the festival. This space will offer festival-goers a taste of what the charity can potentially do for them through a range of practical wellbeing workshops, thought provoking discussions, industry presentations, live performances and funding advice sessions.
James Ainscough, Interim CEO of Help Musicians UK said: “We at HMUK are delighted to bring together such an impeccable roster of industry titans for BBC Music Introducing Live; we are stronger when we work together. Through this programming we aim to create as much value as possible for our beneficiaries and the wider music industry. It is truly an honour to align and partner with such a pivotal event as BBC Music Introducing Live.”
Practical selfcare will be available in the form of sleep advice from Tom Middleton, meditation from Happy Heads, ‘breath science’ from Stuart Sandeman, examining crisis prevention tools with vocal coach Lucy Heyman and addressing ‘how to keep it together in dance music’ with Carly Wilford, Ben Pearce. Mental health researchers Sally Ann Gross and Dr George Musgrave (Context) will get together to review the next steps for music and mental health, as well as feature an update from HMUK’s around the clock support service Music Minds Matter.
Room takeovers will come from Association of Independent Music (AIM), where CEO Paul Pacifico will offer a practical, interactive, step-by-step guide to getting started as a creative entrepreneur in the 21st Century; The Musicians' Union (MU) will introduce the actions it has taken under its Safespace and Fair Pay campaigns; MOBO will spotlight what it means to be DIY in 2018; Music Managers Forum (MMF) will be in conversation with artist ECKOES to examine the art of self-managing; the Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) will discuss its work and direction with Blur drummer and Board member David Rowntree, and the Music Venue Trust (MVT) will highlight its Agent of Change campaign and ongoing Fightback Grassroots Promoter programme.
HMUK will also play host to a swathe of top-level performances from artists who have benefited from some of the charity’s many funding initiatives. Expect sets from the likes of award-winning beatboxer and recipient of HMUK’s Emerging Artists funding Grace Savage, singer songwriter Cat Delphi who last year became one of the first ever recipients of the MOBO Help Musicians Fund, songwriter and MC Shunaji who received a HMUK Future Bubblers bursary this May, plus many more. Each artist will also discuss how they used their funding and the ongoing effect it has had on their career.
Our friends from the PRS Foundation will also be at the festival, where they'll be running an 'in conversation' session with south London grime MC Novelist, a panel discussion on their Keychange inititative that pledges to have gender-balanced festival lineups by 2022, one-on-one advice sessions with PRS Foundation staff and much more.
HMUK’s full BBC Music Introducing Live 2018 Schedule is available here.
Tickets are available from £10 via the BBC Introducing website.