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SoundBytes: Un-Convention Meet Up

In collaboration with Blackburn Is Open - First Thursday

Time & Date: 6.30-10pm, Thursday 5th February

Adam Daly (Key Music Management)
Mike Burgess (HeavyFeet)
Thomas Rylance (The Lottery Winners)
Joe Sparrow (ASK ME PR)

The event will explore opportunities for artists and independent music companies in the modern music landscape, looking at building sustainable careers and developing live opportunities

What is the distinction between being ‘amateur’ and ‘professional’?

For many of us music is more than just a hobby, but at the same time is some way from being a ‘job’. There can be a huge gap between the desire to commit as much time and effort to making music required to pursue a career, and the time when that commitment produces any kind of financial return. The juggling of work commitments and mid week long distance gigs, leaving work early (without the boss noticing) in order to make soundcheck, coordinating annual leave to book some studio time – these are things that all artists go through. Being a professional musician is determined by your mindset rather than your bank balance.

The event also aims 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.

The event is free to attend and includes a live set by The Lottery Winners.

'This event is an opportunity to meet other people involved in music in the area… whether you’re an artist, label owner, promoter, writer, manager, or someone just starting out, the better connected we are, the more things are possible.' Ed Matthews-Gentle – SoundBytes

This is the third in a series of Monthly Meet Ups taking place across Lancashire.


This SoundBytes Un-Convention Meet Up is free to attend but pre-registration is essential. To confirm your place please complete the form on the opposite side of this page.

The meet up's are aimed at musicians, record labels, producers, promoters, journalists and any one else working in the Lancashire music scene.

For more information visit the SoundBytes Un-Convention Meet up page or our SoundBytes programme page.

SoundBytes work closely with strategic partners including Creative England, the 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 professional gateways & opportunities for career development in management & live music.

Previously 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.

The SoundBytes Music Initiative and Creative Lancashire are services provided by Lancashire county Council


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St John the Evangelist
Victoria Street
Blackburn Central


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