Mill Hill Jazz Club needs your support

The Save London Music Campaign is working to support hard pressed London Promoters. Good promoters have, over the years, defined the shape of the London Music scene. Generally the very best combine a love of music, a passion for a specific genre, a strong focused vision and a good degree of business acumen. Sadly it doesn’t take much to upset the delicate balance of income and expenditure that promoters need to ensure the bills are paid and the music can continue.  Our campaign is rooted in local, grassroots music. A fine example of one such promoter is Valerie O’Donoghue, who has run the Mill Hill Jazz club for nearly a decade, taking over from founder Paul Amsterdam. Val has brought an amazing collection of the best Jazz acts to Mill Hill in North West London over the years.

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North Finchley Festival – Full Program

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There is some great news. The full line up for the North Finchley Music Festival has been announced,
for the weekend 20-21 May. There are some amazing musicians at Six
great venues and best of all, it is all free.There is probably just about every genre of music represented over the weekend and whether you fancy some classical piano, Ska, Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Jazz, Swing, Country, to name just a few. Please check the full list and click a few links!

Many thanks to Barnet Council for the generous grant to make it all possible and allow such an
incredible line up of varied acts to perform.

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Britain Deserves a Grassroots Music Venue Circuit fit for the Artists and Audience of the 21st Century

Latest News from Music Venues Trust:

It’s Time: Britain Deserves a Grassroots Music Venue Circuit fit for the Artists and Audience of the 21st Century

Music Venue Trust has announced its response to HM Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper and Creative Sector Review. You can read all about it and download the full response from our website here: http://musicvenuetrust.com/…/its-time-britain-deserves-wor…/

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So you think it’s easy to run a music studio?

mhmcMill Hill Music Complex has been running since 1979, in various guises.  We started in one room in a derelict caretakers cottage, progressed to what is now studio 2, opened the recording studio (studio 1) in 1990, studios 3-10 between 1994 and 2001. We then had a little break until April 2012, when we opened our new studio complex, in the big blue building, with studios 14-19 in. You may wonder what happened to studios 11-13? Well studios 11 & 12 were temporary studios in the caretakers cottage between 2004- 2008 when it was demolished and studio 13 is the hire store! This originally was going to be another drum room, but we needed an easy to access PA store, so we used it for that instead! Continue Reading

London has lost a quarter of its live music venues in just eight years. Time to rethink

Last week, two bodies that represent major record labels, Music Canada and the IFPI, teamed up to publish a landmark study, The Mastering of a Music City. The report’s goal was to qualify and quantify the term “music city”: what it means, how to create one and if it’s worthwhile.

After surveying 22 cities, the study concluded that music, when incorporated into municipal policy, improves public spaces, licensing and noise issues and most importantly, quality of life. To achieve that, it said, a city needs to consider seven specific factors. Here’s the list:

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Creativity under attack

Re-post from Mill Hill Music Complex

Britains Got Talent! Yep, real talent. Creative industries in the UK add over £8 million per hour to the UK economy. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols, The Clash,  David Bowie, Mark Bolan, Hank B. Marvin & The Shadows, Pink Floyd, The Specials, Madness, Amy Winehouse… I could go on.

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