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Un-Convention A series of music conferences for the makers and champions of independent music. Founded in 2008, Un-Convention is a UK based global music network and development agency.

Our events and projects bring together artists and practioners to share knowledge and expertise. Through this we develop new and innovative approaches to building sustainable careers and alternative models for the music industries. Un-Convention events have taken place all around the world, and every year we work with thousands of artists and industry practioners through our conferences, workshops, youth projects, music co-operatives, gigs, festival stages and touring networks.

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SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITY - LAST FEW DAYS TO APPLYApplications close at 5pm on Sunday 3rd April. We're looking for artists ...
31/03/2022

SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITY - LAST FEW DAYS TO APPLY
Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 3rd April.

We're looking for artists from all genres to play at this year's Un-Convention Manchester.

Un-Convention brings together hundreds of music professionals from across the UK and Europe to discuss the future of independent music and we are taking the opportunity to showcase a host of brilliant artists at the event with a view to helping them develop their careers.

This year's Un-Convention Manchester takes place on the 7th and 8th July at Band on the Wall - all showcasing artists receive a fee for performing.

The application window closes on the 3rd April 2022.
To find out more about the criteria, and how to apply then please visit https://www.unconventionhub.org/applytoplay

SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITY - Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 3rd April. There's just over a week left to apply to play a...
25/03/2022

SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITY - Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 3rd April.

There's just over a week left to apply to play at this year's Un-Convention Manchester.

Un-Convention brings together hundreds of music professionals from across the UK and Europe to discuss the future of independent music and we are taking the opportunity to showcase a host of brilliant artists at the event with a view to helping them develop their careers.

This year's Un-Convention Manchester takes place on the 7th and 8th July at Band on the Wall - all showcasing artists receive a fee for performing.
The application window closes on the 3rd April 2022.

To find out more about the criteria, and how to apply then please visit https://www.unconventionhub.org/applytoplay

The brilliant Thirty Pound Gentleman have an initiative to support Black developing music professionals (aged 18 - 30). ...
11/03/2022

The brilliant Thirty Pound Gentleman have an initiative to support Black developing music professionals (aged 18 - 30). The session is aimed at artists and managers and takes place online at 11am on Wednesday 16th March.

Contact details for taking part can be found on the event flyer.

SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITYWe are delighted to once again be inviting artists of all genres to apply to play at Un-Convention...
04/03/2022

SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITY

We are delighted to once again be inviting artists of all genres to apply to play at Un-Convention Manchester.

Un-Convention brings together hundreds of music professionals from across the UK and Europe to discuss the future of independent music and we are taking the opportunity to showcase a host of brilliant artists at the event with a view to helping them develop their careers.

This year's Un-Convention Manchester takes place on the 7th and 8th July at Band on the Wall - all showcasing artists receive a fee for performing.

The application window closes on the 3rd April 2022.

To find out more about the criteria, and how to apply then please visit https://www.unconventionhub.org/applytoplay

The fantastic Jazz North have announced their Northern Line initiative to support northern based artists performing in j...
03/03/2022
Opportunities - Jazz North

The fantastic Jazz North have announced their Northern Line initiative to support northern based artists performing in jazz or jazz-related genres. A great opportunity to gain industry insights and showcasing opportunities.

Details can be found at: https://www.jazznorth.org/opportunities/

Northern Line supports artists across the north of England to deliver high quality live shows on profile-raising stages.

Thank you to everyone who made it to the 107th Un-Convention on Friday, a truly inspirational day all made possible by t...
28/02/2022

Thank you to everyone who made it to the 107th Un-Convention on Friday, a truly inspirational day all made possible by the incredible team at Hastings Fat Tuesday. Some great insights from a host of managers, labels, publishers, promoters, and artists exploring the modern industry, as well as issues around well-being, sustaining careers and developing scenes.

After a difficult couple of years, it’s also fantastic to see the festival once again bringing together the local community - a timely reminder of the value of music and the role it plays in galvanising and improving our society. We look forward to returning next year.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Un-Convention Manchester will take place on the 7th and 8th July at Band o...
17/02/2022

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Un-Convention Manchester will take place on the 7th and 8th July at Band on the Wall.

Our 108th music conference and showcase event will once again bring together hundreds of pioneering artists, managers, venues, labels, and promoters, alongside a host of key industry champions from across the UK and Europe to develop new ideas and opportunities for the independent sector.

Over two days and nights, we will explore ideas for building sustainable careers in music, effective release and live strategies, the challenges for artists and organisations in the modern era, developing regional scenes, music as a tool for social change, and a host of other key issues in the current industry.

The event will also showcase some of the finest new music from across the country.

For the last fourteen years Un-Convention has been providing a platform for the makers and champions of independent music to build networks, share ideas, and develop new ways of working. If you're involved in the sector, then we do hope you can join us in Manchester this summer.

Please be aware that Un-Convention Manchester ordinarily sells out in advance, so we do recommend securing tickets as soon as possible. A limited number of discounted early bird tickets are currently available at: https://www.skiddle.com/e/36016099

Un-Convention Manchester 2022 is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Organi...
08/02/2022

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Organisations for our work this year.

We've had fantastic support from the Foundation over the years, helping us to bring together thousands of artists and industry professionals to share ideas and discover new music, and we very look forward to announcing our plans for this year soon.

#FundedbyPRSF #TheOpenFund

We're delighted to announce that we are returning to Hastings for the first Un-Convention of 2022. The conference will b...
03/02/2022

We're delighted to announce that we are returning to Hastings for the first Un-Convention of 2022. The conference will be taking place on Friday 25th of February as part of the incredible Hastings Fat Tuesday festival.

It will bring together a host of music professionals from all levels and areas of the industry to explore the current challenges and opportunites of the sector. Speakers include Ace (Skunk Anansie), Tony Crean (The Chemical Brothers / Hot Chip), Anna Moulson (Melting Vinyl), Jonathan Tester (Bucks Music Publishing), James Endeacott (1965 Records / Rough Trade), Melita Dennet (BBC Introducing) and many more.

Full details can be found at: https://hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/whats-on/unconvention

We're absolutely delighted to be working with Kendal Calling to present some of the finest new music from around the UK ...
29/11/2021

We're absolutely delighted to be working with Kendal Calling to present some of the finest new music from around the UK on the Woodlands Stage this coming July. The festival do a phenomenal job of supporting new talent and we're once again really proud to be a part of it.

The first acts for next year's festival have been announced - ticketing information can be found at: https://bit.ly/3p0dFZ

This time last week it was an absolute pleasure to be in Paris at the MaMA Festival & Convention meeting up with our par...
22/10/2021

This time last week it was an absolute pleasure to be in Paris at the MaMA Festival & Convention meeting up with our partners and participants on the JUMP - European Music Market Accelerator. The programme is full of incredible entrepreneurs from across Europe working on ideas to revolutionise the sector. We were event visited by the French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot.

You can find out more about the projects at: www.jumpmusic.eu

Photos: (c) Quentin Allaert

20/10/2021

A great opportunity for music creators based in Manchester via Nine Nights.

On the 29th of October, Nine Nights will take over Contact for one day of music skills sharing with key talents from Manchester providing music workshops – production and songwriting – plus a music feedback session by industry experts and networking for free.

Industry experts attending the music feedback session include Gaika, GLOR1A and Shannen SP

If you are a keen music creator, live in Manchester and are interested to develop your career to the next level please apply for this full-day workshop for music makers to meet industry professionals, gain valuable music insight and feedback and learn from cultural trailblazers.

Apply for a place at: https://www.ninenights.net/future-matter-manchester

Great to be back in Paris to meet up with our partners from the JUMP - European Music Market Accelerator.
14/10/2021

Great to be back in Paris to meet up with our partners from the JUMP - European Music Market Accelerator.

Great to see the return of Nobody Talks Anymore to Manchester this weekend. Two days of panels and talks looking at rout...
09/09/2021
Nobody Talks Anymore III - The Pentatonic

Great to see the return of Nobody Talks Anymore to Manchester this weekend. Two days of panels and talks looking at routes into the music industry and advice for artists. There's a host of great people involved so well worth checking out if you are aspiring to a career in music.

September 11, 2021 5:00 pm - September 12, 2021 11:00 pm Off The Square, Manchester The Pentatonic Presents ** Nobody Talks […]

We're delighted to be working with our good friends at the Kenya Music Cooperative this week, looking at how the industr...
07/09/2021

We're delighted to be working with our good friends at the Kenya Music Cooperative this week, looking at how the industry can develop as things begin to reopen.

Congratulations to the brilliant Mogwai for their Mercury Prize nomination. We were lucky enough to have Stuart Braithwa...
22/07/2021
In Conversation with Stuart Braithwaite - Un-Convention Manchester 2021

Congratulations to the brilliant Mogwai for their Mercury Prize nomination. We were lucky enough to have Stuart Braithwaite join us in Manchester earlier this month to talk about the spirit of independence and of course the making of 'As the Love Continues' in the most unusual of circumstances.

IN CONVERSATION WITH STUART BRAITHWAITEStuart is a founding member of Mogwai who have recorded ten studio albums together over the last 26 years. The band’s ...

15/07/2021

Last week we opened the doors on our 106th Un-Convention, the first in-person music industry conference to take place in the UK for over 16 months.

Here's a short film about the event, with contributions from Frank Turner, Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Beverley Whitrick (Music Venue Trust), Kelly Wood (Musicians' Union), Greater Manchester's Mayor, (Andy Burnham and more.

If you missed the conference you can watch the panels and talks again by visiting www.unconventionhub.org

"Something like Un-Convention absolutely illustrates that music is an ecosystem, and we're so much stronger when we work together." Beverly Whitrick (Music Venue Trust)

Film by: A Film By Joel Gardner
Music by: The Lottery Winners

Thank you to everyone who made it to our Un-Convention music conference in Manchester last week. If you missed it then w...
12/07/2021

Thank you to everyone who made it to our Un-Convention music conference in Manchester last week. If you missed it then we’ll be posting highlights on the Un-Convention page, and you can also access the full panels and performances at https://streamgm.co.uk. If you make or champion independent music, then we recommend taking a look.

This was our 15th music conference in our hometown of Manchester. Ordinarily we would welcome around 500 delegates to the event - last year music professionals attended from across 45 towns and cities in the UK, as well 17 European countries. Of course, this year was very different, and we were only able to have a very limited physical audience.

Despite this, it was still an absolute honour to have so many influential people from the sector joining us, including Frank Turner, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Beverly Whitrick from the Music Venue Trust, Paul Reed from the Association of Independent Festivals. Annabella Coldrick from the Music Managers Forum and many more. Alongside the limited in-person audience we were also delighted to welcome a further 5500 online viewers, with the conference being watched across five continents, everywhere from Australia and South Africa to Germany and the United States.

It really is a huge privilege to be part of such a brilliant community of artists and music professionals and we look forward to welcoming many more of you back to Manchester next year.

That's it for Un-Convention Manchester 2021. A huge thanks to the O2 Ritz and all the staff, crew, speakers, volunteers,...
09/07/2021

That's it for Un-Convention Manchester 2021. A huge thanks to the O2 Ritz and all the staff, crew, speakers, volunteers, funders and delegates that have made the last two days possible. We're so proud of everyone involved and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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Founded in 2008, Un-Convention is a UK based global music network and development agency. Our events and projects bring together artists and practioners to share knowledge and expertise. Through this we develop new and innovative approaches to building sustainable careers and alternative models for the music industries.

Un-Convention events have taken place all around the world, and every year we work with thousands of artists and industry practioners through our conferences, workshops, youth projects, music co-operatives, gigs, festival stages and touring networks.

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BANDS / MUSICIANS showcase at Un-Convention at Band on the Wall Manchester 7-8 July ➡ hundreds of music industry, fellow musicians and good people APPLY by 5pm TOMORROW at ➡ https://www.unconventionhub.org/applytoplay Un-Convention is supported by PRS Foundation Open Fund
Folk were pretty keen on my Un-Convention solo performance of "The Ballad of Bant Singh" so here's how it'll sound at these upcoming shows with the full band! This version originally from our SXSW / PRS Foundation series of live streams from Leith Theatre with Wide Days Edinburgh, 15th August: https://www.summerhall.co.uk/sh-event/kapil-seshasayee/ Glasgow, 24th August: http://ticketweb.uk/.../kapil-seshasayee-yana.../11091105
One of two performances to an actual audience post lockdown from a couple of weeks ago - this one was just me performing to folk in O2 Ritz Manchester for Un-Convention. Nice to be back at it and not long to wait before I'm doing it again: Debuting the new LP start to finish for the first time with the whole band and other surprises this time next month. https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/kapil-seshasayee-yana-amur-nathan-king-tuts-wah-wah-hut-tickets/11091105 Playing "The Ballad of Bant Singh" here from my debut.
*Show announcement* Not long back from Manchester's Un-Convention and I've another show to announce! Excited to announce that the amazing folk behind that charity LP I was on alongside the likes of Riz Ahmed & Nabihah Iqbal have organised a live show in London with No ID and Daytimers which me and the band will be playing! First capital show since 2019 - In a beer brewery! See you all in September, tickets: https://dice.fm/partner/chalo-hq-ltd/event/mmdmk-dialled-in-11th-sep-uplands-business-park-london-tickets
Missed Stuart (Mogwai) in conversation with John Robb at last week's Un-Convention? Fret not! You can check it out in full below (Starts around 4.41):
new found love for this city! 🏟 over the passed few days i had the opportunity to chat w/ artist managers, label owners, producers, artists, pr people, tutors, lecturers, publishers etc. so many people w/ a wealth of experience at Un-Convention in a beautiful city & it didn’t rain! it was so refreshing meeting people from all over the uk & learning about their industries & how they compare to london, as it’s so easy for my city to feel like the whole world 😄 but it’s defo not! 😅 travelling as a musician & entrepreneur is so important for education, culture, identity, promo, inspo & i’ve learnt a lot! thank you to the JUMP - European Music Market Accelerator programme & my mentor carina sava for all your support and the opportunity! 💗✨💗✨ The RecordShop & i got so much love out here! i wanna do a uk tour!!! 🚎 #music #businesswoman #manchester #travel #businesstrip #wondrwomn #entrepreneur #ambassador
felt cute might delete latr 🤪🍹huge thank you to Un-Convention for the manny hospitality! currently on the train back to london & i feel so inspired! my first ‘kinda holi-day’ out of london & i got to stay at a lovely hotel, chat with music professionals & do a selfie shoot in my ripped jeans 👖🦁! woop woop my caption is also inspired by my cocktail from INNSiDE by Meliá p.s. The RecordShop made the Social & Community Capital x Pioneers Post top 25 trailblazing social enterprise list! ✨💗🏆 #winner #wondrwomn #selfie #hotel #manchester #flex #unconvention #music #conference #businesstrip
This Friday - Stuart will be chatting to #johnrobb as part of this year's Un-Convention at O2 Ritz Manchester⚡️ Stream it live here 👉 unconventionhub.org
This Friday! Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite chats to John Robb for Un-Convention at O2 Ritz Manchester. Stream it live here: https://unconventionhub.org
⏩ polecamy konferencję Jutro zaczyna się Un-convention Manchester - wydarzenie dla branży muzycznej dostępne w tym roku bezpłatnie z każdego miejsca na świecie dzięki transmisji na profilu Un-Convention! Wydarzenie skupia prelegentów z niezależnego sektora muzycznego Wielkiej Brytanii. Wśród nich: artyści tacy, jak Frank Turner i Ed O'Brien z Radiohead, wielu profesjonalistów z branży, organizacje, a wśród nich: MMF (Music Managers Forum UK), Featured Artists Coalition, Association of Independent Festivals, Music Venue Trust, Musicians' Union i wiele innych. 8 i 9 lipca na żywo od 11.15 do 18.30 (CEST) streamy z paneli, które będą badać aktualny stan niezależnego sektora, podsumowywać lekcje wyciągnięte z pandemicznego zamknięcia i planować możliwe działania, które pozwolą branży się rozwijać. Zapiszcie to! I czuwajcie dzisiaj, bo przed nami dzień TAKIEJ premiery, a wieczorem ślemy Wam newsletter, w którym zaczynamy temat lipca: #oddech Pięknego dnia 💗💐☀️
Join Derek McCutcheon on his Rebellious Jukebox Show 8-10pm when he will be chatting to Jeff about this weeks Un-Convention. Also chatting about their new Single 'Dallas' will be @anavri1_band Loads of great tunes as well
Dragon Soop is Sooper proud to be sponsoring 'Artist of the Week' in The Scotsman Scotland on Sunday 🎶. Do have a read & a listen to Forgetting The Future Big thanks to New Found Sound Un-Convention for the opportunity 🙏