Brighton Songwriters is only here because of the support and encouragement other music lovers have given us. Here are some of our partners in the wider music community.
If you run an event or space and you would like to collaborate – or you simply think we’re a great initiative you’d like to support – do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brunswick owners and staff love music and creativity – and they’ve kindly given us a home from July 2009, and they’ve helped promote us too. This grand old Hove pub is where we hold our monthly workshops and where we will run our first day-long Songstorm on 28 March 2010.
The Brunswick is a music and arts venue – with high-tech sound and staging in the downstairs venue. Upstairs it hosts everything from acting classes, to Spanish classes, comedy improv and a photography group.
More importantly, the Brunswick hosts the top open mic night in Brighton. Thank you to Phil, Andy, Tom and the team who have made us very welcome and have helped us get Brighton Songwriters off the ground.
Started in Mid 2009 the Intro Music Event is a monthly meet up for musicians – where you can hear music industry professionals give talks on topics such as how to promote yourself, you can sample several live acts, plus have a chilled out drink and jam with fellow musos. We love the friendly, collaborative vibe that organiser Matthew Price creates. He even gets his mum along to sell tickets, and his singer / musician brother from pop band Dear John.
Intro Event is where we met Brighton Live promoter Mark Ede – so it’s great for networking. It’s held downstairs at the Sanctuary Cafe in Hove – The Sanctuary Cella – and tends to attract a youngish crowd of about 30-40 people each month. A good source of contacts for things like cut-price recording sessions, or tracking down that keyboard player you need.
IntroEvent runs on the first Wednesday of the month. It’s £3- £4 to get in, starts about 7.30pm for 8pm. Read the Myspace to confirm details and to join the mailing list www.myspace/introevent/
Brighton Live is a week of free music events across the city. The festival covers 20+ venues and showcases 150+ local bands to 20,000 music lovers every autum. The week is a feast of seminars, workshops and master classes.
In October 2010 Brighton Songwriters will have a stage at the festival – providing we can develop enough material to pass muster with Mark. So get honing your songs and come to Songstorm – the heat is on!
A big thank you to Brighton Live organiser and music promoter Mark Ede for his genuine love of great songwriting, his inspired marketing advice and for linking us up with talented musicians to host events. Mark is facilitating some of our Tuesday night songshares too.
This rockschool – run by pro guitarist Gordon Russell – is about nurturing creativity and songwriting. Gordon is one of our guest tutors and he’s a facilitator for the March 2010 Songstorm. Thanks to Gordon for encouraging Kath to write songs – which led to Brighton Songwriters being born.
Jam Brighton hooks you up with a music teacher, then matches you up with other people to form a band. Meanwhile you’ll write and record songs and rehearse a set together in the run up to a showcase night. Jam’s clients are mainly teenagers and pre-teens but it’s open to adults of any age including singer-songwriters.
Brighton & Hove City Council have included our workshops in the city-wide Adult Learning Festival. We have received funding to subsidise our events between January 2010 and March 2010.
This support has energised and inspired us. And more practically, it’s enabled us to open our songshares and our tricks with lyrics workshop up to the public free of charge. We’ve also used some money to buy a camcorder so we can film members’ songs for youtube and as mementos. And we’ve got our own email address and we’ve paid for Songstorm – including facilitators’ fees, lunch and refreshments.