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Tees Music Alliance and Generator have teamed up to present two days of free events in Stockton for music businesses and musicians looking to use the digital marketplace

‘Compact’ takes place on the 8th and 9th March and will focus on key areas of digital music marketing and self-releasing music online; aiming to demystify digital techniques to help participants to get the most out of the internet, email and social media – boosting their fan-base and selling their music.

Hosted by Generator and Tees Music Alliance; people taking part will hear from experts explaining how they market and sell music to online audiences. There are also opportunities for regional music businesses to get one-to-one advice.

The programme is wide ranging and will provide much needed support for the region’s burgeoning music industry. 

Leading digital music business information and strategy company Music Ally will present a session on ‘Digital Music Marketing Platforms’ on TUESDAY 8th MARCH (2.00pm to 6.00pm) in Green Dragon Studios.

A day of ‘Music Clinic’ advice sessions will offer one to one support on WEDNESDAY 9th MARCH (10.00am to 5.00pm) also in Green Dragon Studios; followed by a panel event (6.00pm – 8.00pm) in The Georgian Theatre. Titled ‘DIY – Do it yourself online’ the panel will discuss the best techniques for promoting yourself online and will evaluate the importance of bloggers to the music industry.

Places are FREE but should be booked through www.generator.org.uk or www.teesmusicalliance.org.uk

Music / Apply to play at Evolution Emerging
« on: January 17, 2011, 03:59:55 pm »
We're looking for people to play at this year's Evolution Emerging event in Newcastle's Ouseburn valley. Last year we had more than 25 acts in six venues with appearances from Detroit Social Club, Let's Buy Happiness, Mammal Club, Brilliant Mind, We Are Knuckle Dragger and quite a few more.

This year it will take place on 27 May and we'd very much like people to send us their music so we can pick the very best emerging acts from the North East and make sure it's even better than last year.

There's more info here: http://www.generator.org.uk/evolutionemerging2011

And we're asking people to send one track to our SoundCloud group with a bit of info about how we can get in touch with you: http://soundcloud.com/groups/evolution-emerging-2011/

There are no restrictions on genre, in fact we want to give people a taste of everything that the North East has to offer (musically).

Entries close on February 7, so there's plenty of time - but we'd hate for you to miss out.

Generator's monthly SPEAR:LIVE gigs at Uncle Alberts continue to feature the best emerging music from around the North East, supported by Middlesbrough Town Hall. This month we're moving to Friday night for a rock special.

Friday 28th January, 2011
Uncle Alberts
FREE Entry / 8:30pm / 18+

"This is the ideal soundtrack to a circle pit - get!" - Kerrang!

We Are Knuckle Dragger
"...Oh my God" Rocksound Magazine 10/10

Rosa Valle
Boro's premiere Math-Moshers

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=124775254255074

For further information on our SPEAR: events, contact Bob at Generator

T: 0191 255 4468
E: bob@generator.org.uk

Generator's monthly SPEAR:LIVE gigs at Uncle Alberts continue to feature the best emerging music from around the North East, supported by Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Saturday 18th December, 2010
Uncle Alberts
FREE Entry / 8:30pm / 18+

Let's Buy Happiness
"... one of the most thrilling new bands I've seen in years"- Sean Adams, Drowned in Sound
Soviet Disco
"Like the fun of The Rapture fuzzed up with the melodic distortion of OK Computer and the dirty, cocky blues of The Stones." - Muso's Guide

Sister Rose
Rousing, boisterous, exhuberant indie rock
For further information on our SPEAR: events, contact Bob at Generator

T: 0191 255 4468
E: bob@generator.org.uk

Generator's monthly SPEAR:LIVE gigs at Uncle Alberts continue to feature the best emerging music from around the North East, supported by Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Saturday 27th November, 2010
Uncle Alberts
FREE Entry / 8:30pm / 18+

"Toyger have set the bar remarkably high, delivering brave, ambitious music with panache "- Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
Brilliant Mind
"Brilliant Mind are five young pups from the North East who possess some lovely popping bass lines and jaunty, jangular pop moves." - Fierce Panda

Temporary Sons
"Unsettling yet strangely engaging, their dark and esoteric sound will stalk your cochleas for days"
For further information on our SPEAR: events, contact Bob at Generator

T: 0191 255 4468
E: bob@generator.org.uk

Music / Detroit Social Club looking for support bands
« on: October 28, 2010, 12:19:30 pm »
Detroit Social Club are looking for four North East bands to support them over two nights at The Cluny in Newcastle on 20-21 December.

They're special Christmas gigs as well, and the first night sold out pretty much straightaway.

Full details on our site: http://www.generator.org.uk/detroitsocialchristmas

October 30
Uncle Alberts
FREE entry, 8pm, 18+

Russell and The Wolves
"Excellent Pixies-style Surf rockers" Artrocker
High octane, trash-addled rock and roll inspired by The Cramps, The Birthday Party and Link Wray.

France and The Habsburgs
"France and The Habsburgs are one of the most refreshingly exciting new bands around at the moment, using the post-punk aesthetic entirely to their advantage to create brilliantly raw songs." NARC.

British Lichen Society
"Distorted punk rants that freewheel downhill, crash into a brick wall, and like some sort of Shellac-inspired zombie, refuse to die and instead stagger on, losing limbs and casiotone notes in the process." NARC.

For details on how to play at one of our SPEAR:LIVE events please email bob@generator.org.uk or submit your tracks via SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/generator

Music / Panel session with advice for musicians
« on: September 08, 2010, 01:40:40 pm »
Not sure if this is in the right section, it's not a gig though!

The next SPEAR:TALK is almost upon us. Taking place at The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall every two months, Generator hosts a series of events where we invite music industry professionals to pass on their advice for musicians and music businesses and can answer your questions directly.

September's event takes place on Thursday 23 at 6pm and is titled "Getting Noticed" and it's all about how you get noticed, which is a happy coincidence.

While technology makes it easier to get music out there, the internet can get a bit crowded with people all chasing the same thing. This practical session will provide a few easy steps to take to help you to get others to pay you attention.

Topics up for discussion include:

  • Creating a buzz
  • DIY releases
  • Building your team
  • Improving your online profile
  • Connecting with your fans
  • Attracting interest from labels and publishers
  • Increasing your press and radio presence
  • Building your live reputation and securing key gigs

We'll also have a chance to have a look at a few case studies, so if you want to be a guinea pig and volunteer for our panel of experts to look at how you're currently doing things and what steps you can take to raise your profile. If you'd like to volunteer send an email to bob@generator.org.uk and we'll put your name down.

Our esteemed panel is made up of:

Ellie Giles
A&R Manager
Fiction Records

David Burn
Detroit Social Club

Chris Slade
Achemy Radio

For more info visit: http://www.generator.org.uk/event/speartalk-getting-noticed
To book online visit: http://www.amiando.com/speartalk-gettingnoticed.html

Generator’s monthly SPEAR:LIVE gigs, bringing you the best emerging talent from across the North East.

Friday 27th August, 2010
Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt



Imagine bright melodies that add hope to emotionally torn limits, storytelling in the vein of Stephen Fretwell and the sort of tightly knit harmonies that you'd expect from the likes of Fleet Foxes.



A subtle slice of sparse alt-folk, there is an effortlessness to their demeanour, feeling like a warm blanket on a cold night, with a pleasingly offbeat and countrified male/female harmony, opting to soothe rather than be tripped over by complicated wordplay.



The Woven Project offer up laid back, folk influenced heartfelt melancholic songs from the heart with a plethora of instruments. They have been likened to Radiohead, Unbelievable Truth, Pink Floyd and Tom McRae.


FREE Entry / Doors: 8.00pm / 18+
Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1EP

SPEAR:LIVE runs in conjunction with SPEAR:TALK, Generator’s seminar series using music industry professionals to help fast-track your career. Next TALK: 'Getting Noticed', Thursday 23rd September

For further information on our SPEAR: events, contact Bob at Generator
T: 0191 255 4468
E: bob@generator.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GeneratorNE

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/GeneratorNE


Transmission – the NEw wave - a celebration of emerging North East music presented by Generator.

APPLY TO PLAY - rules below

On Saturday 4th September, the Discovery Museum, Newcastle will host a spectacular day of music from the North East’s rising stars.

Following the success of last year’s North East Beat Unsigned event in the museum’s stunning Great Hall, Generator are pleased to announce another all-ages afternoon event in this unique venue.

Last year’s event saw 7 emerging artists, including Brilliant Mind and Let’s Buy Happiness playing to fans and a panel of industry professionals including Peter Brewis, Claire Dupree and Tom Robinson from BBC 6Music.

Tom Robinson was so impressed that he’s jumped at the opportunity to hear and advise the NEw wave of North East talent this time round. Each band from last year has been played on Tom’s BBC Introducing shows and he has been championing new music from the region ever since.

Black Cab Casino went on to play a session for Tom, many of the bands have played other high profile shows for Generator including Evolution Emerging and UMT Emerging, Brilliant Mind have gone to release singles with Fierce Panda and Let’s Buy Happiness have filmed sessions for BBC Maida Vale and played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury this year.

And we’re looking for more young and new artists this time round.

Transmission – the NEw wave will give 5 new bands and solo artists the opportunity to showcase to Tom Robinson and other industry professionals and fans to fast-track their careers.

Artists will also play alongside two of the most talked about bands from the region and we’re asking young musicians to apply to join the bill.

Bands and solo artists are invited to submit their music via Soundcloud - http://soundcloud.com/thenewwave, to reach us by MONDAY 5th JULY and we’ll then select the best entrants to join the line-up. Chosen artists will be announced shortly after.

For more information on our Transmission project, see http://generator.org.uk/musician/spear-transmission

To contact us regarding SPEAR: Transmission and Transmission - the NEw wave, email bob@generator.org.uk


- YOU MUST submit the following information along with your track in order to be considered for this event:
Artist Name; Contact Name; Contact Email; Address; Phone Number; Preferred Weblink, Age of Artist(s)

- We're looking for emerging bands and solo artists from the North East of England only. Those outside of this region need not apply and priority will be given to artists from Tyne and Wear.

- Due to the nature of the event and the funding available for our SPEAR: Transmission project, we are primarily looking for new and young artists. Although we will accept submissions from all ages, we will prioritise emerging artists over established artists and artists under 25 years old. Please consider this when applying and feel free to contact us about other opportunities Generator has for all musicians in the region.

- By submitting your track and information, you are agreeing to sign up to our newsletter/blog 'The Gen'. If you are chosen for the event, you are also granting permission for Generator to request and embed your track via http://www.generator.org.uk . Generator will stream the chosen tracks for promotional purposes only in order to promote the event and the artists involved.

Good luck!

As part of Generator's SPEAR: events series in Middlesbrough we will be hosting two events in The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall with Maxïmo Park on July 8 to support the release of Quicken The Heart Remixed. Both events are also supported by NARC. magazine.

SPEAR:LIVE Maximo Park Special

Generator's monthly takeover of The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall features a special event for July with our friends Maximo Park and supported by NARC. magazine.

Alongside a headline DJ set from Maximo Park we continue our tradition of bringing you three of the best acts the North East has to offer. As usual the event is completely free of charge.

The Crypt
Thu 8 July

FREE entry
Doors 8pm / 18+

Maximo Park DJ Set
One of the North East's finest acts, Maximo Park have released three full-length albums, toured all over the world and are returning to Paul Smith's native Teesside for our SPEAR:LIVE event.

The Chapman Family
The Chapman Family merge intensity with chaos and aim to provide a distortion fuelled antidote in a musical climate big on apathy and lacking in integrity.

Mammal Club
Mammal Club are free of the idea of guilty pleasures or ironic posturing, solely aiming to make complex music sound simple in pursuit of melody.

Jimmy & The Sounds
Teessiders Jimmy & the Sounds play heartfelt indie rock, like the Gaslight Anthem but with a distinctly North East twist - definitely ones to watch.

SPEAR:TALK - In conversation with Maximo Park

The Crypt
Thu 8 July

FREE Entry - places are limited and must be reserved in advance

SPEAR:TALK is Generator's bi-monthly seminar series for Teesside, bringing industry experts and experienced musicians to The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall to pass on their experiences and advice first-hand.

As part of our Maximo Park special, supported by NARC. magazine, we'll be hosting a special event with the band where you can find out what it's like to be in one of the UK's biggest bands and how they've changed and progressed throughout their career.

Paul and Lukas of Maximo Park will discuss the history of the band, how they formed and the challenges faced and lessons learned along the way. From their formation and origins in the North East to touring internationally and playing to huge audiences at festivals around the world, the critically acclaimed band have released three full-length album on independent label Warp.

Currently writing their fourth album in Newcastle (despite members living all over the UK), Maximo Park are at a point where they can reflect on their career so far and what the future may hold in store for them and other artists aspiring to follow in their footsteps.

This event is free to attend, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance due to the popularity of the talk. To reserve your space email bob@generator.org.uk or call 0191 255 4468.


Generator's monthly takeover of The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall, featuring the best emerging artists from across the North East.

The Crypt
Fri 25th June

FREE entry
Doors 8pm / 18+

Credible pop music that comes laced with euphoric melodic hooks and anthemic choruses, all hammered home on the back of trance rhythms that define the Ibiza-indie sound.

Young Hegelians
A jazz-tinged indie trio that combine jagged time signatures with startling ynamic shifts and socio political lyrics.

"These four young lads know how to put on a damn good show. With the great Alex Turner and The Smiths as strong influences, Kinfauns are an absolute treat to watch." - Sumo

Music / SPEAR events in Boro - May-June
« on: May 18, 2010, 04:26:13 pm »
SPEAR May-June 2010
SPEAR:TALK bi-monthly seminar series led by music industry professionals to help fast-track your career

SPEAR:LIVE monthly live event featuring the best emerging bands and artists from across the North East

Admission is FREE, places are limited for all events.

SPEAR:TALK A&R - Publishing

Thursday 27 May
The Crypt, Middlesbrough Town Hall

The SPEAR:TALK series invites music industry professionals to demystify the industry and offer practical advice on how you can get ahead.

This seminar will look at the issues, barriers and opportunities facing those involved or interested in today's music publishing industry. Overflowing with practical advice and insightful analysis from three of the biggest names in UK music publishing.

Topics covered include:
  • What is music publishing?
  • The importance of publishing income to songwriters
  • Creative publishing strategies
  • The publisher's role in breaking new talent
  • When and how to find the right publisher
  • Synchronisation - songs into film, games and TV

Demo Jury

If your music requires attention, bring a CD for direct/individual feedback - get along early (spaces are limited)!

Panel guests
Craig Michie - A&R Scout, Chrysalis Music
Ryan Farley - A&R, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Stephen Jones - A&R Consultant (The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Sigur Ros)


To book individual or group places contact Joe at Generator.

T. 0191 255 4465
E. joe@generator.org.uk

SPEAR:LIVE Folk Special

Friday 4 June
FREE Entry / Doors: 8.00pm / 18+
The Crypt, Middlesbrough Town Hall

A Folk special for June, bringing you some of the best talent from the North East

Samantha Durnan
Dot to Dots
Suzanne Elizabeth Marron


Friday 25 June
FREE Entry / Doors: 8.00pm / 18+
The Crypt, Middlesbrough Town Hall

Generator's monthly takeover of The Crypt, featuring the best emerging artists from across the North East

Soviet Disco
Young Hegelians

For further information on our SPEAR: events contact Joe at Generator.

T. 0191 255 4465
E. joe@generator.org.uk


Music / The Know How - May 24-27
« on: May 06, 2010, 02:40:40 pm »

May 24-27 2010
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Leading music professionals and artists share their experiences and discuss the state of the industry in 2010
The Know How programme has been created to offer support to musicians and music businesses by furthering their careers by means of advice-based seminars and events.

Utilise the experiences built up by established music professionals and artists to clarify your career objectives or define direction.

Spaces are FREE but limited.


Monday 24 May
The Roxy

This panel will discuss the future of regional broadcasting and the importance of the local platform.

  • The changes to regional broadcasting – consequences for artists
  • New broadcasting formats/platforms – what is social broadcasting – trace origins back to traditional broadcasting
  • Modern consumption of music
  • New revenue models for these platforms (from artist & business perspective)
Jonas Woost - Head of Music, Last.fm
Paul Campbell - Founder, Amazing Radio
Ben Perreau - Founder, Gigulate / Director of Digital Content, Global Radio


Tuesday 25 May
The Roxy

An exclusive ‘In conversation with Richard Russell' – Chairman, XL Recordings

In 1989, Richard Russell helped co-found XL Recordings as an offshoot of the Beggars Banquet-owned Citybeat label and quickly established XL as a highly-respected and successful label in its own right. Over the years as the label broadened its roster beyond the confines of dance, an ear for groundbreaking artists has led Russell to play a major role in the careers of numerous acts, not least the extraordinary rise of The Prodigy and the success of The White Stripes. Russell has now grown XL Recordings into one of the UK’s leading independent record companies, home to an impressive array of acts including Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Dizzee Rascal, Adele and M.I.A.

Tony Wadsworth, Chair of BPI, and former CEO at EMI will be asking the questions and offering his own views.


Wednesday 26 May
The Roxy

This panel will look at how artists maintain control and protect their rights.

  • Ownership of music – is it still necessary for artists to assign their copyright to a record label?
  • How can labels adapt to better meet artist needs?
  • DIY – how artists and artist managers are bypassing traditional models.
  • Should music law change to reflect the new music landscape?
  • Investment – is it fair for record companies to take all the financial risk without retaining rights? What other options are available?
Ross Millard - Director, Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) / The Futureheads
Jon Webster - CEO, Music Managers Forum (MMF)
Alison Wenham - Chairman/CEO, Association of Independent Music (AIM)


Thursday 27 May
The Roxy

This panel will look at the changing relationship between artists and their labels.

  • Diverse sounds – how to build brand loyalty while still pushing the boundaries
  • How will labels and artists manage their relationships in the future?
  • Where does the role of the label finish and the role of the manager start?
  • Is music enough? What else are artists doing to generate interest and new revenue streams?
  • How will labels change shape in the future?
  • Consumer diversification – cross markets – new and additional products
Steve Hill - Head of Marketing and New Projects, Warp Records
Lukas Wooller - Maximo Park
Mark Jones - MD, Wall of Sound
Christian Paul - Kids on Bridges

To book individual/group spaces or for further information on this programme contact Jonny at Generator.

T. 0191 255 4469
E. jonny@generator.org.uk


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