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A new, exciting venture for professional orchestral players in the London area.

The Freedom Orchestra

A new, exciting venture for professional orchestral players in the London area.

For musicians, by musicians and free from exploitation is the mission statement of the now renown musicians cooperative Freedom For Musicians established in 2016 to provide promotional opportunities for all musicians across the world. This year, FFM announce the foundation of the UKs first fully cooperative orchestra based in South London. The Freedom Orchestra will be owned, run and staffed by its members, the players.

“The co-operative movement is a dynamic, creative mindset that roots long-term social value inside financial value. When you accord each individual the dignity of ownership you unleash creativity and innovation on a scale few traditional business leaders dare dream of.” Margaret Heffernan, A Bigger Prize, 2014

TFO now seek to build a database of interested orchestral musicians who are ready and qualified to become the first members of this exciting venture. If you are an experienced professional or final year music student, we would like to invite you to register your interest by completing the online form.

Behind the scenes, a lot of preparation is underway and in the near future, you will be invited to a founders meeting at Ruskin House, Croydon where the next steps will be outlined.

Ruskin House
Ruskin House, the home of TFO

What is a co-operative?

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Central Florida’s Best: Celebrate With Us!

Celebrate With Us!

Since opening for business last year, we’ve grown to a membership of more than 500 talented musicians and industry professionals. As a fast and simple solution to gig challenges, we’re celebrating with a special event. Save the date for June 28, 6-9:00 p.m. EST

Central Florida’s Best

Live Music
Complimentary Appetizers Free Drink or Cocktail
Door Prizes
Great Networking, and more!

Wednesday, June 28
6-9:00 p.m. EST

Jazz Tastings
164 Lake Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

It’s like a backstage pass to meet the most sought after musicians in the area.

Pro Musician’s List Networking Event





Karen Kai Alece Hodge and Rachelle Bivins launched Pro Musician’s List in early 2016. Both Jacksonville, Florida natives are accomplished entrepreneurs, currently residing in Central Florida.

Karen is a pop, soul, R&B, and jazz vocalist, writer, and band leader of Kai Alece & Company Dance Band. The artist’s latest release is a smooth jazz CD titled, REASON SEASON OR LIFETIME. Karen is a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

Rachelle is the creator of Abyss Live, a Jacksonville, Florida entertainment live music night. She is also a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

A Time to Kill iTunes: What next?

Hell-tinged iTunes

A Time to Kill iTunes

“It’s like giving somebody a glass of hell in ice water.”

Okay, so the quote above isn’t actually a quote. Well, I said it on Twitter, but it’s not a famous quote. Nor does it technically make sense. But it is, of course, a play on a famous quote.¹

A decade ago, on stage at the (then-called) D conference, Steve Jobs was asked by Walt Mossberg about Apple’s decision to bring iTunes to Windows. “It’s like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell,” Jobs quipped.

It was and remains a great line. But times have also changed.

Today brought the news that Apple would soon be distributing iTunes through the Windows Store for the first time. This may not seem like a big deal — again, iTunes came to Windows over a decade ago — but it is a big deal in the context of the forthcoming Windows 10 S operating system, which will only be able to run apps distributed through the store. So, without this move, every iPhone user who buys one of the new Surface laptops wouldn’t be able to sync it with their machine.

Anyway, the jokes came fast and furious on Twitter after the news was announced. But what’s actually funny here is that the jokes are basically the exact opposite of the one Steve Jobs made. Whereas Jobs noted that many Windows users would write to Apple to tell them that their favorite software on Microsoft’s OS was iTunes, no one says that anymore. In fact, no sane macOS user, myself included, would dare say such a thing about iTunes. Because it has been awful for the better part of this past decade now.

In fact, at this point, it’s old hat to rag on iTunes. It has been so bad, for so long, that the joke is stale. And yet, somehow Apple doesn’t seem to be in on the joke. Because if they were, surely iTunes would no longer exist.

Yeah, yeah, I know such software has to exist for a huge number of users. Mainly those who still want to sync their music (and/or files) from their computer hard drives without using the cloud. It is 2017. And yet this is still a thing. And it is a thing for many people.

But there’s no reason that such software has to be iTunes. Apple could easily make a more svelte piece of software that handles the syncing tasks. And they should. Because iTunes is a bloated piece of junk.

Most of the time when I listen to music these days, I do it through my iPhone. This is true even if I happen to be using my computer. It’s just so much easier and better to play music through my device than through my desktop. Earlier this week, I found myself loading iTunes for the first time in a while to try to listen through my MacBook and it was a comedy of errors.

Pop-up alerts galore. Sign in screens. TOS updates. Then came the automatic downloads. iTunes decided I might want to download all six seasons of Lost in HD right then and there. And a bunch of other old shows. Like a terabyte of data. Even more beachballs.



Did I mention this POS (piece of software, of course) is still called “iTunes”? TV shows. Movies. Podcasts. Audiobooks. Apps. iTunes U. Ringtones. They’re all shoved into this one piece of software. “Tunes” are now a minority.

Of course, said tunes are still probably the most useful part of the app. After all, Apple Music is now a part of it as well. That’s the entire reason I tried to load iTunes. 30 minutes later I was still doing tasks and trying to figure out how to actually play music.²

Here’s what Apple obviously — obviously — should do:

  1. Create the aforementioned new syncing app for those old-school non-cloud users.
  2. Apple Music should be its own app. This would include streaming music, your music stored in the cloud, and anything you’ve downloaded.
  3. Then there should be a separate app for the iTunes Store (which should absolutely, positively be rebranded — again, “tunes” are a minority and the concept of buying individual “tunes” is quickly fading into time).
  4. The macOS App Store app should be expanded to include the iOS App Store (where you could find apps and “push” them to your iOS devices).
  5. Podcasts should be its own macOS app.
  6. iTunes U should be its own macOS app.
  7. Audiobooks go into iBooks.
  8. Movies/TV should be its own macOS app — on iOS (and Apple TV), this is now called “TV” which is fine I guess because it’s the delivery mechanism typically associated with such content. But something to interplay movies into the mix would be better, honestly. I could see something like “Hollywood” working to some extent (and plays nicely with Apple’s California themes), but it’s also probably too region-centric in an increasingly global world for such content…

In other words, this should all work exactly as it does on iOS. The Apple Music app on macOS would be the same as the “Music” app on iOS (which is also confusing given it has the same logo/branding as iTunes on macOS).

Again, this is all so obvious that I’m sort of dumbfounded it hasn’t happened yet. Instead, we’re left with this bloated piece of garbage humorously still called iTunes that people generally hate.

And now Windows Store users will get to hate it as well. Swell in hell.

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Get to work with Encore: The online home for musicians.

Encore is the fastest way to find and book great musicians for gigs.

We’re building the future of live music – a platform connecting every musician and giving them the tools to further their careers.

Our Mission

We dream of a future where live music is everywhere, where musicians worldwide are brought together and given the best opportunities to advance their careers.

We’re creating:

The online home for musicians. By connecting every musician in the world, Encore are building an invaluable resource for musicians everywhere.

A resurgence in live music performance. By making it easier than ever to find and book great musicians, we enable people to choose unique live experiences over pre-recorded music.

How it works

Fed up of hunting for gigs?

  • Create a profile on Encore.
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Within minutes, you’ll receive tailored quotes and messages from outstanding local performers who match your needs.
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The Stunning Work of Cadies Art for Musicians and Bands


CadiesArt – Digital ArtWork is an international graphic design studio specialized in Artworks and Designs for Bands, Musicians, Stamps, Labels and Companies around the world in music industry.

First at all… what I do it’s for a passion. I’m really happy to have so many bands, friends, clients around the world, that respect and love my job, my art at all. I had this opportunity to work near to great bands doing what I love… that’s listen to Metal bands, and making albums covers for them. It’s really appreciated see a lot of independent bands with honest and professional work.


Caio Caldas, freelancer graphic designer, from Sao Paulo – Brazil. Artist, Graphic Designer, Art Director and Owner of CadiesArt – Digital ArtWork starting in October 2009.

Caio Caldas has extensive knowledge of the music industry, with experience as a musician, listener and as a graphic artist and designer. Even though specialized in illustrations for album covers, knows exactly what the bands needs and offers an extensive list of graphics and digital services that are necessary in the music business and releases. Propose also prices that works for small independent customers budgets.

CadiesArt emerged due to the interest of the graphic designer, Caio Caldas, for music and rock, since his childhood, where every day was submitted for a new band, awakening his interest in working in the music business someway. Starting the interest in music, choosing to become a musician, getting to play some instruments such as keyboard, guitar and bass, for a long time. Naturally made to approach to other independent and undergrounds musicians and bands. Since starting to have an interest in music genres around Rock and Metal, what caught attention to discover new bands were the album covers and the beauty of their arts, while keeping the relation between the album art and the music. Then got interest in working in the business of Design and Graphic Arts for Music Industry, making graphic arts for bands, musicians, record labels, national and international, with focus in Rock and Metal genres.

Brazilian, but speak English and Spanish too. Don’t speak german, dutch, japanese, or any other language, so please when you send me an email, you can use Spanish, English or Portuguese.


CadiesArt are about 6 years working with Bands, Musicians, Stamps, Labels and Companies around the world in music industry.

Always evolving in graphics softwares on their own since 2007, decided to go to a new professional level, in late 2009, marking the beginning of own brand and design studio called “CadiesArt”, with a focus on design for the music industry.

The studio design emerged from identified opportunity to act as an intermediary in the Music Industry in process services in idealization of graphic designs for small bands and independent labels. Want to contribute to the approach of the listener with the graphic design of the record, contributing to the Music Industry and the sale of albums in their physical format, wich is on CD or Vinyl (LP). CadiesArt wants to restore the importance of the relationship between music and art in download times and piracy in the music business. Music is not only for the ears!

As CadiesArt is a design brand that provides online graphic designs for worldwide, maintains contact with the customers only by e-mail, social networking and online chats.

The brand have already worked for about 40 countries, including the UK, Germany, USA, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Austria, Australia, Canada, Norway, Ukraine, England, Brazil, Portugal, Japan France, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia, Mexico, Croatia, Russia, Finland and more. It has good recommendations from worldwide.


CadiesArt has a unique particular studio, not commercial, where all graphic and digital productions are performed. Don’t have professional internal printers, only partcular small printers for quick prints for proof.


The CadiesArt team consists of a single professional graphic designer, which has solid experience in the music business and design. Already having past experience as a musician and 6 years working as a freelance designer only for music industry. With great training and above all, motivation to face and overcome the challenges of managing a brand, generating positive results and expanding to worldwide, CadiesArt through the art helps to overcome the difficulties of maintaining in the national and international music industry.


The Vitruvian Man and CadiesArt Signature.

Inspired by the work of the Roman architect Vitruvius Pollio, De Architecture, which explains the relationship between symmetry and perfection, Leonardo Da Vinci produced his most famous design, which became the world’s most famous design, too: “Vitruvian Man”.

Da Vinci’s drawing is used as a reference aesthetics of symmetry and proportion in the world.

Inspired by the work of these two great artists, CadiesArt’s Symbol represents the Symmetry, Proportion and Perfection.

The slogan “The Man Behind The ArtWork” is the connection of the symbol and man proportions.

On the link below you can see the whole design progress of the symbol:



My area is Digital Art. All my artwork is 100% digital, with photomanipulation techniques, digital resources, with Photoshop, mostly. I don’t use techniques of illustration and hand drawing on paper.

When we talk about digital artwork, image editing or photo manipulation, Adobe Photoshop is the first thing that comes to our minds. “Photomontage” or “Photo Manipulation” can be one of the most fun things to do in Adobe Photoshop. With the right tools and techniques you can get unique and exquisite photo effects.

In the case of photo manipulation, it consists of fusing several images, photos and graphics – but it’s not only put many pictures togheter, this is only one of the many steps – that, when all together, create a single scene that can result in a realistic scene, a fantasy scene, a surrealist or abstract art.

Everyday I look for a new digital references, a new job, meet new artists.

Most of my time as a digital artist is dedicated to image search, from free or paid stocks and my own image stock that has about 14.913 images, always with high resolution and always respecting their rightful copyrights for use. In the process of idealization of an artwork I always try to have artistic references, before starting to produce it. After this step I start an image search, seeing what fits together and then apply digital techniques. I always try to learn new techniques that can be used in my future work. Design is a process that involves research, dedication, technique, time and above all, creativity.

How To Crowdfund Your Next Album in 5 Steps

Crowdfunding can be one of the most effective ways for musicians to fund a new project, whether it be the production of an album, a tour, or other recording projects, while also creating a strong community of fans and supporters.

Many musicians, however, make mistakes in their crowdfunding efforts, and their campaigns are often plagued with unrealistic goals and expectations. Despite this, there have been plenty of successful, impressive and innovative crowdfunding campaigns for musicians.

Melbourne-based Colombian band Amaru Tribe began running a campaign on the crowdfunding site Pozible in March 2017, with the aim of raising money to fund the manufacturing and launch of their album.

In a video posted to the band’s YouTube channel, they outlined their reasons for the campaign, how their fans could help and the benefits their fans would enjoy from supporting the project. The band utilised social media to gain more supporters for their campaign and successfully hosted their album launch in Melbourne in April.

 How to crowdfund an album

After achieving a successful album launch in just over a month through crowdfunding alone, here are Amaru Tribe’s top 5 tips on how to pull off a successful crowdfunding campaign.

How to crowdfund an album successfully

1. Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve

If you’re in a band looking to produce, launch and release an album, you will need to sit down and look at the numbers; your fan base, the venue size etc. Write a list of what the most important costs are and what are the things you can really do yourself.

Record? Mix? Printing? Promo? Making as many tasks as you can DIY, will really reduce the cost of the project and can help create a more realistic campaign

2. Timing is key

Look around at what’s happening during your campaign; what other gigs are at a similar time and the popularity of these other musicians. Other gigs can really affect the support you receive for a campaign as potential supporters may be interested in buying tickets to a well-established band playing on the same night.

Being able to promote your campaign in an appropriate time frame, where there may not be many big names touring or even bands attempting to achieve similar goals as your band is crucial for your campaign being a success. The more opportunities you get to promote yourself the better.

3. Make a short, interesting video for your campaign

A funny and engaging video is the best tool for promoting your campaign to your fans and potential supporters. However, it can get boring if you try to explain the entire campaign from start to finish, as well as explaining why you need funding.

Sometimes it is better to leave the finer details out and focus on what fans need to do and what the end result of the campaign will be. Often these factors are what makes a campaign more effective as it is streamlined and easy to remember. Make it the video short and easy to understand, 2 -3 mins max.

Amaru Tribe’s Pozible crowdfunding campaign video

4. Give yourself enough time to prepare after your campaign finishes, but not too much!

Probably no more than a month’s planning, no further than 6 months after the campaign. We had a pretty tight schedule after our campaign which wasn’t the best idea, but after all, it was really good to use all the promo we had from the campaign for the launch.

If you wait too long it loses momentum. Creating a timeline for your band’s launch is important to ensure there is the perfect amount of time to spend planning and putting together your album launch as well as maintaining the hype you generate from your campaign

5. Don’t give up. Ask friends and family for support.

Things might look cloudy in the middle of your campaign. We had some tough moments when we thought it wasn’t going to happen, and even close friends telling us it was too much. We didn’t pay attention to any of that and sent emails and personal messages to our friends to remind them about the campaign. Many people are too busy and can forget, but they always want to support you if they know the campaign is for a good cause.

Strong and consistent promotion of your campaign is just as important as rallying support from those closest to you and your band. These people are important to recruit in gaining support for your campaign as they will see your vision and feel the passion for your project.

If done right, crowdfunding can be hugely successful. Connecting and engaging with your fans is a key part of the process.

Make sure you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve from your project and promote yourself with a campaign you are confident in and know your audience will support. Good luck with your crowdfunding campaign!

Have you carried out a successful crowdfunding campaign before? Got any great tips to share with other artists? Let us know in the comments below and share this advice with your fellow musician

10 Ways To Get More Playlist Followers On Spotify

You’ve made a great playlist and you’re really excited about it! But you want other music lovers to listen to it, right? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get more Spotify playlist followers organically. Here’s how:

How to get more Spotify playlist followers

1. Plan your campaign & don’t stop plugging

The best way to earn new followers and listeners is to push your playlists online as much as possible, whilst continuously taking inspiration from what’s trending on social media. Plan how you’ll advertise and plug your playlist in advance and try lots of different ways to win new followers.

The follow-for-follow technique is a one way to connect with other curators whilst also checking that your playlist ideas haven’t been used before, but there are plenty more options to attempt.

2. Advertise it to your personal network

In the same way social media users increase their followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, aim to get your playlist popular amongst Spotify users.

A quick way to do this is to use simple promotional tools like sponsored posts to reach out to your social media network. Your playlist could also be advertised personally. Contact your local venues, bars, independent shops and cafés and ask them to shuffle it.

3. Reach out to playlisting sites

Find websites that push playlists like Sound Plate and and submit yours to a network of curators. is connected to the ‘Playlist a Day’ app, which is compatible with iPhone and Android. It randomises Spotify playlists and sends users one themed playlist a day. It’s also free to download from iTunes and Google Play.

Get More Playlist Followers On SpotifyConnect your playlist to the Playlist a Day app 

4. Post on Reddit

Reddit’s Spotify Playlists subreddit hosts a competition every month for the best playlist created within a theme. Alternatively, you can simply upload to this subreddit which helps to bring the power of Reddit’s ranking algorithm to Spotify playlist discovery.

The We Are the Music Makers subreddit is another online community perfect for playlist exchanges. There are different competitions every week to create a buzz, where users post comments and regularly check out the work of others.

5. Spotify Playlist Exchange

Join the Spotify Community! Log in with your Spotify username/password and post your playlist to the Spotify Playlist Exchange with a brief description informing other users of the genre, why you created it and whether you’re going to keep it updated or not. Remember to tag related genres in case users search for particular music through the playlist exchange.

You can also rate playlists submitted by other curators, comment on their threads with your playlist attached and encourage them to follow it.

6. Collaborate with other playlist curators

Collaborate with popular playlist-makers such as Filtr, Indiemono, Streaming Promotions and Playlist Pump.

Create a playlist that’s mutually beneficial; with the help of these platforms, it could rank highly on Spotify searches. Send in a proposition along with your playlist idea via email or through the websites. Remember to advertise yourself as a curator who can work professionally and within a deadline.

Get More Playlist Followers On SpotifySubmit your playlist to Indiemono’s playlist community

7. Contact artists on your playlist

Speaking of platforms, contact the artists you have playlisted and ask them to share with their fans. If you don’t know them personally or don’t want to get in touch via their management, then the best way to do this is through Twitter. Attach a link and playlist artwork in case they re-tweet!

8. Make use of blogs and influencers

Contact popular music bloggers and work on a collaboration or a playlist takeover with them. Have the blogger post about it to their social media profiles encouraging fans to share.

An easy way to contact influencers is through Famebit. It’s free to sign up and you can meet tastemakers worldwide who post daily on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Alternatively, create your own weekly blog post and keep it fresh with new music and update it with your own playlist links.

9. Share with Spotify Codes

Make your playlists more shareable with Spotify Codes. You can get your friends and followers to scan your playlist code on their phones to instantly play music. You’ll find your playlist’s code by clicking on the ellipsis (…) menu, and the code will be attached to the bottom of your playlist artwork. You can then save it to your camera roll for easy sharing.

You could also upload a photo or screenshot of your playlist code to Instagram for your followers to scan using the new camera icon situated to the right of the Spotify searchbar, or include it on any flyers, posters or promotional material.

10. Keep creating new playlists

Why stop there? Create more playlists! Consider mood and genre, which artists are popular and most importantly, your own tastes. Put together music you’re proud to promote and you’re currently excited about.

Although you may be curating playlists with music created by other artists, there are lots of ways to keep it original. Try to create your own unique themes and set yourself apart from other Spotify playlist-makers.

Do you curate and promote your own playlists on Spotify? How do you increase your followers? Let us know in the comments below and share these tips with other Spotify playlist makers.


How To Get Your Music Played On The Radio

We may be living in an age of instant access to music, where playlisting is key, but despite the rise of streaming and songs on demand, getting your music played on the radio is one of the most effective ways to reach the masses.

Getting your tracks played on the radio can make a big impact on your career, so it’s important to approach radio stations in the right way, to give yourself the best chance of making it onto the airwaves. Airplay is tricky to secure, so be patient, make sure your tracks are water-tight and don’t be too discouraged if you don’t the results you want immediately.

How to get your song on the radio

 Know who to approach

When it comes to approaching radio stations, you need to know who to contact.

If you’re targeting larger radio stations, you should find the contact details of whoever decides which tracks get played. This could be a specific DJ, or the station’s producer, program director or music director. If you’re approaching a smaller radio station, it’s likely they won’t have many staff on-board, so a generic contact (at) radiostation (dot) com should do the trick.

Look on the station’s website or social media to get the contact details you need, or alternatively just give them a call and ask for the producer’s info (they may or may not give it to you – but it’s worth a try!).

Some stations will only accept submissions from certain sources or in a specific formats, so do some research to make sure you’re doing things the right way before sending anything.

For example, BBC Introducing requires you to make an artist profile before you upload your tracks to their system. You can get started submitting music to BBC Introducing via the Introducing Uploader.

Know how to submit your music

Have you found the contact details of the decision-makers at the stations you’re targeting, but there’s no clear information on how you can submit tracks?

Sending an electronic press kit, press release or one-sheet including links to 1-3 of your best tracks is the most common way to approach radio stations, as well as press publications and blogs. The key is to make your email or press pack stand out and grab their attention. Make sure your tracks are clearly named and don’t send mp3 files. Instead include links to your songs.

Some people prefer to send or receive physical copies of their music to radio stations, but this is becoming less and less prevalent. Generally, DJs and stations receive the majority of their submissions and demos in digital format.
BBC Scotland DJ Vic Galloway discusses how to get played on the radio

Target the right stations

Don’t expect to get your track played on a huge national station right away. Radio airplay is incredibly competitive, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other artists out there in the same position as you.

But it’s ok to start small. There are plenty of independent, student and internet radio stations accepting submissions from up and coming bands and artists. These smaller stations won’t be as inundated with submissions either, so you’ll stand a much better chance of getting played early in your career.

Contacting genre-specific stations is also an effective way to get airplay. If you’re an emerging rapper, send your track to a hip-hop broadcaster, or if you play thrash metal, make sure you’re contacting a station that regularly plays your style of music.

Create a buzz

Ultimately, the most effective (but also most difficult) way to get radio airplay is to create hype around your music organically, develop a loyal fan base, and force the radio stations to take notice.

There’s no guaranteed formula for success when it comes to generating a buzz around your band. Just get out there, play live as often as possible, connect with your fans and the music biz, release music on iTunes, Spotify and other stores, and most importantly, make great music!

How to get radio airplayGet out there and make a name for yourself! 

 Hire a radio plugger

If you make great music, but you’re struggling to get the radio airplay you deserve, it could be time to hire a radio plugger.

Radio pluggers act as a mediator between you and the radio stations and usually have a long list of contacts they acquired over many years in the industry. These industry professionals will have an existing relationship with radio tastemakers, giving them more influence and sway when it comes to radio stations, DJs and decision makers.

If a radio promotor is what you need to get your tracks on the air, you can enquire about a radio plugging campaign for your music.

Getting your songs played on the radio isn’t easy. Make sure you’re targeting stations that are suitable for your music and the stage you are at in your music career.

It’s important to be realistic, persistent and most of all, make music that will grab the attention of influencers and radio stations. Good luck!

Have you had your music played on the radio? Got any tips on securing airplay? Let us know in the comments below and share this info with your friends.

Culture For All: Labour Manifesto Promise

The Labour Vision for the Arts

CULTURE FOR ALL Britain’s creative industries are the envy of the world, a source of national pride, a driver of inward investment and tourism, and a symbol of the kind of country we are now and aspire to be in the future. As Britain leaves the EU, we will put our world-class creative sector at the heart of our negotiations and future industrial strategy. We need to do more to open up the arts and creative industries to everyone. We will introduce a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to upgrade our existing cultural and creative infrastructure to be ready for the digital age and invest in creative clusters across the country, based on a similar model to enterprise zones. Administered by the Arts Council, the fund will be available over a five-year period. It will be among the biggest arts infrastructure funds ever, transforming the country’s cultural landscape.

Labour will maintain free entry to museums and invest in our museums and heritage sector. Conservative cuts to the Arts Council and local authorities have created a very tough financial climate for museums, with some closing or reducing their services, and others starting to charge entry fees. The Cultural Capital Fund will have a particular focus on projects that could increase museums’ and galleries’ income and viability.

Labour will end cuts to local authority budgets to support the provision of libraries, museums and galleries. We will take steps to widen the reach of the Government Art Collection so that more people can enjoy it. We will continue to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War, and the sacrifice of all those who died during it.

Labour remains committed to honouring the role of all who have served our country, including the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish soldiers who fought for Britain. Our thriving creative sector, from the games industry to fashion, needs a strong pipeline of skilled talent to sustain its growth.

Labour will introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England – a £160 million annual per year boost for schools to invest in projects that will support cultural activities for schools over the longer term. We will put creativity back at the heart of the curriculum, reviewing the EBacc performance measure to make sure arts are not sidelined from secondary education.

Labour will launch a creative careers advice campaign in schools to 96 FOR THE MANY NOT THE FEW demonstrate the range of careers and opportunities available, and the skills required in the creative industries, from the tech sector to theatre production. Being a performer is a great career. But too often the culture of low or no pay means it isn’t an option for those without well-off families to support them. We will work with trade unions and employers to agree sector-specific advice and guidelines on pay and employment standards that will make the sector more accessible to all. :e will improve diversity on and offscreen, working with the film industry and public service and commercial broadcasters to find rapid solutions to improve diversity.

We recognise the serious concern about the ‘value gap’ between producers of creative content and the digital services that profit from its use, and we will work with all sides to review the way that innovators and artists are rewarded for their work in the digital age. Music venues play a vital role in supporting the music industry’s infrastructure and ensuring a healthy music industry continues in Britain.

Labour will review extending the £1,000 pub relief business rates scheme to small music venues. And we will introduce an ‘agent of change’ principle in planning law, to ensure that new housing developments can coexist with existing music venues. We all need to work harder to keep children safe online. Labour will ensure that tech companies are obliged to take measures that further protect children and tackle online abuse. We will ensure that young people understand and are able to easily remove any content they shared on the internet before they turned 18


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RagaMix: The Ultimate Site for the Indian Music Scene

RagaMix provides you with an unlimited possibility of connecting with any music related talent or resource in your area in order to make music.

Singers, Musicians, Bands, Teachers, Educators, Studios and all individuals inclusive of students, professionals, institutions and the music industry can connect and interact with each other based on matching requirements and similar interests.

RAGAMIX is a dedicated platform for musicians, singers, teachers along with the entire music industry to create and promote music across all boundaries
Company Overview
Our team comprises of experts in different walks of life but with a strong passion for music which guides us on this mission. This dedicated team is constantly working on innovative yet simple mechanisms to ensure musicians’ requirements are met in order to facilitate good music production