Advice & Guidance

Generator and partners Bristol Music Foundation boast a strong track record in the areas of Artist, Promoter and Live Music development within and around their own specific regions. Effective programmes have been developed that have shown both significant levels of engagement and indeed results.

Generator’s music business programme in the North East of England, has various levels of entry. Seminars are programmed not only to expand the knowledge of existing practitioners but also to inspire those wishing to pursue the formation of a new business.

Music Clinics are provided to analyse business viability and advice is offered on business planning, legal issues and associated strategies such as marketing.

Music Business mentors are allocated to businesses showing promise while businesses showing signs of significant expansion can be offered the opportunity to access the services of a consultant.

Furthermore Generator has developed an up to date, music industry approved Level 3 Business to Business course that can be delivered with partner organisations across the UK ensuring anyone starting any music related business has the best grounding. The course is endorsed by both CC Skills  and has been scrutinised by the music industry umbrella organisation, UK Music.

In the field of artist development the partnership again has robust programmes (SPEAR programme and Teenage Rampage) which seek out a particular region’s most accomplished talent and nurture them through mentoring, performance enhancement and showcasing at national conferences. This has often led to artists being signed by management, publishing and recording companies and further success.

With Live Music, Generator has produced the highly successful Transit scheme. With funding from Arts Council since 2001 this scheme has seen over 100 budding promoters find their feet and develop their skills in a vital sub sector of any grass roots regional music industry. The scheme operates throughout England and offers subsidies, training, mentoring and network opportunities as well as countless appearances from the country's unsigned artists.

Some promoters have gone on to great success and with the experience gained by BMF and Generator staff the partnership has been in the position to assist those who have come through the scheme to raise their ambitions by producing large scale events.

The experience outlined merely touches on the breadth of programme that has been developed by this partnership. All of this can be offered as good practise and can be shaped to suit individual organisational needs. We are happy to share our thoughts, knowledge experience with anyone wishing to improve conditions for music growth in their area or region.

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