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UnConvention – free music industry conference

February 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

UnConvention, a FREE one-day music conference aimed at the grassroots of the industry, will be returning for its fourth year. The event takes place in the Sussex Hall, downstairs at the White Rock Theatre.

Targeted at anyone interested in pursuing a career in music, UnConvention will see panellists from across the music business in conversation about its future, discussing key elements including practical advice for gigging, and tips on securing crowdfunding & grants. The event will be interspersed with live music from Hastings Fat Tuesday 2018 artists.

Organisations represented at UnConvention include Help Musicians, PRS Foundation, Arts Council England, and Off Axis, while a number of musicians at different career stages will take part in the panel discussions, including the award-winning journalist, TV presenter and radio commentator John Robb.

The panels are as follows:

10.30am-11.15am: Playing Away – practical advice for gigging across the UK and abroad
In this panel we speak to a number of artists who have found ways to successfully break out of their local scene, and take their music to new places (both here in the UK, and abroad). Some practical advice on reaching new audiences, and building a bigger fanbase.

11.45am-12.30pm: Investing In Talent – crowd-funding and grants
Here we will look at a range of grant and crowd funding schemes that are designed to help new talent grow, build audiences, and work toward sustainable careers.

2pm-2.45pm: Building a Career in the Modern Music Industry
In this panel we look to explore the experiences of people who manage to make working in music their day (and night, and weekend) job, offering insight into what a modern music career looks like, and how we might go about pursuing one.

3.15pm-4pm: The Power of Music – music and young people
An opportunity to hear from local organisations working with young people and reflect on the importance that music making can have on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people.

4.30pm-5.15pm: Award-winning journalist, TV presenter and radio commentator John Robb in conversation
Award winning journalist and editor of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best-selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs, or performing spoken word.

UnConvention will be followed by a networking event at The Palace Bar, 37 White Rock, Hastings.

A networking event will follow at The Palace.

Un-Convention is a UK based global music network and development agency. Their events and projects bring together artists and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise.

To date there have been more than 80 UnConventions all around the world, from Manchester, Oxford and London to Brisbane, Groningen and Sao Paulo (


February 12, 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


White Rock Theatre
White Rock
Hastings, TN34 1JX GB
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