Generator are constantly working at supporting and enabling musicians, artists, and those working in the creative industries to reach their full potential in their chosen career path, right here in the North East. Here at The Common Room, we were delighted to host their ‘Mini Music Conference‘ in December which included the following:

Songwriting Workshop with Bernard Butler

2022 Mercury Prize nominee and critically acclaimed songwriter Bernard Butler hosted two exclusive, collaborative songwriting workshops for artists looking to try out new songwriting techniques in a safe space. Bernard Butler has been noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential musicians working with the likes of Duffy, The Libertines, Kate Nash, James Morrison, and spent 5 years as Lead Lecturer in Songwriting at BIMM University and the Abbey Road Institute.

‘Listen To The Radio’: In the round discussion with Tom Robinson

Renowned songwriter, BBC Radio 6 presenter and Generator patron Tom Robinson hosted an ‘in the round’ discussion. Tom shared insights into What can airplay do for your music career? What can’t it do? And does it even matter?

Panel Discussion: Taking Up Space

An insightful panel of industry trailblazers who have fought and earned their place in an industry with a crippling diversity and access problem. Panelists included Imogen Williams (Ivors Alumni, Co-Chair of Ivors Youth Council), Eve Simpson (Artist, In The Room Ivors), Hannabiell Sanders (Artist, Artistic Director & Producer) and Chelsea Woods (Artist Manager).

Panel Discussion: Unlocking Funding

This was your ultimate guide to raising funds as an artist or music freelancer, as the panel of funding experts discussed everything from bid writing to reporting and accounts. Panelists included Howard Monk (TheWRD from The Ivors Academy), Keith Harris (EMI Records, Music Industry Consultant).

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