Support Sound It Out

5 04 2011

Sound It Out, the community music charity based in Birmingham (whom I do a great deal of work for), had it’s core funding cut by 100% in last weeks Arts Council budget announcement.

The total funding lost is only around 12% of SIO’s current income, it is core funding that pays for the core staff that help to raise funds for projects all over the West Midlands. Having worked for SIO over the past 3 years, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the life changing projects they facilitate. The difference made to adults and young people across the West Midlands is huge. Countless communities have benefitted from SIO’s vision to empower individuals with rich and diverse experiences. Generations, cultures, races and even rivalling gangs have been brought together through projects co-ordinated through SIO. The loss to communities and individuals will be immeasurable as the potential positive difference SIO makes is left reeling after the announced cuts.

Show your support for this amazing charity by signing a petition against the proposed cuts here.

There is also a “Sing for Sound It Out”, campaign. Details are available at Clare Edwards’ blog here.

Get on board everyone!!



“Every pop song only ever uses 4 chords”…

9 07 2010

…Courtesy of some delightful Australians.

Now get practicing those [i-V-VI-iv] chords progressions!!

Musician? Music Lover? Enjoy the VAT increase…

23 06 2010

…details here.

It makes for delightful reading

It’s a shame more of this doesn’t exist…

13 06 2010

Howlin’ Wolf speaking in 1966.

I’ve heard the year is fairly topical at the moment…


5 06 2010

…It’s always best to define what you are before you start working.

As I’ve seen numerous times before, musicians don’t always always make the best teachers. I agree it can be difficult to separate 2 personalities but musicians seem to struggle more than most and at times, mentoring/workshop leading/teaching can suffer at the expensive of trying to create a high quality musical output.

Maybe this is just my viewpoint and given the sorts of young people I work with-I’m happy to get any musical outcome, let alone one that is of industry standard.

Just a thought…

Far from good news…

27 05 2010

…to the tune of £19 million cut from Arts Council England’s funding. This, in addition to the £4 million already cut pre- 2010/2011 means that they have £23 million less to dish out this year.

As the statement says, there’s talks with the Treasury to allow ACE to take the hit by using their apparent reserve funds as a contingency but I’m not crossing any fingers, although a statement from ACE’s Chair Dame Liz Forgan seems positive.

I like most was more than aware that these cuts had to/were going to happen, it’s just disappointing to see the figures…

UK Garage you say….

26 05 2010


I miss these days (download here).

Massive love to Logan Sama for the link.