Thursday 7th November 2013

Music Futures Conference 2013  – Baltic

I was asked to represent Hive Radio at the Music Futures Conference on Thursday 7th November 2013 at the Baltic Gateshead.  It was organised by Generator, a music development agency with a base in Newcastle.  The conference was really well attended with representatives from across the music business, as well as musicians, artists, promoters and representatives.  I attended the Keynote speech delivered by Jo Dipple, director of UK Music.  It was an interesting and thought provoking presentation on the future of music and how artists, promoters and venues can continue to make a living in an increasingly digital age.  I attended the two Artist Hub workshops.  The first was a chance to listen to David and Peter Brewis from Field Music.  They were informative, funny and very grounded, giving practical advice to the young musicians in the audience.  The second session involved four 15 minute presentations covering music royalties, music discovery, building a professional YouTube platform and artists and technology.  Again these were informative but of necessity also very fast paced.  The four presenters had in-depth knowledge of their subject and were able to give a great deal of information in in very short time.  Again there was time for questions from the audience.  This was my first experience of a conference of this type and I found it rewarding, well-organised and informative.  Hopefully some of the information gathered at the event will help Hive Radio to continue to develop in the future.

Ben Hudson


2nd June

Sunday we had our live broadcast, including music to complement the arrival at Bede’s World of Classic Cars that were being exhibited. We broadcast of a feature interview with Positive Notes a singing group from Tyneside Women’s Health.

Positive Notes: A feature recorded by Mark Gibson with the Female Singing Group by Hive_Radio on Mixcloud

The museum’s Living History Group came in to talk to us, dressed in 1940s clothing, as they were part of the Home Guard for the day to look after the pre-war cars on site. We then had a Tribute to Abba, before closing the day with another musical Journey with a Car themed Jazz, Soul and Funk show. Thanks to Keith, Mark, John, Rosie, Sophie, India, Joe and Les for presenting throughout the day. Though I did muscle my way in as well.


And for this week we plan to have a trial of our new interactive tables with the Local History Group, who will be asked to record their reminiscences of the site onto the tables. Then it is off to Woodhorn Museum for the second of the Music in Museums events with Bridie Jackson and the Arbour. The rest of the time will be spent planning and organising, in particular the next Art Project with South Tyneside Homes due to take place on 11th June. Then progressing our own Music in Museums event to be held on 20th July at Bede’s World.


31st May & 1st June

Visit Salford Quays for the CMA Conference. It was our first visit to the conference and was very interesting, and everyone was so kind. We are rather new to all this.



30th May

A short breath, but the day did include planning for our Great Gatsby Night to take place on 2nd August with live music and optional dressing up. Recordings of the event will be broadcast after the event.



29th May

A trip to Woodhorn Museum to plan for the next Music in Museums event on Saturday 8th June.

As a special treat our team meeting was held at the local ice cream parlour.  Very nice too even though the weather left a great deal to be desired.  After that our first group of artists to be taking up places in our art studios came in to meet each other and take a look around the site.


28th May

Mature adults visiting us from South Tyneside Homes, for an art class with a difference. Water pistols loaded with paint to shoot at moving targets certainly wasn’t what they expected. Mark Gibson organised this event with great success. The completed artwork is still to be revealed, but attached photo shows the work so far.

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Photography by Karen Atkinson Photography – www.photomuso.co.uk

We also received some cover from the local Shields Gazette: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/what-s-on/artists-quick-on-the-draw-in-a-hive-of-activity-1-5726713


27th May

The first of four Music in Museums events organised by Bridie Jackson and the Arbour took place at Preston Hall Museum Stockton, we broadcast live and interviewed the musicians to allow us to document the work being done. All of which will be edited and podcast in the near future.


Live session recorded for The Wall Garden Festival a mix of interviews & music with Bridie Jackson by Hive_Radio on Mixcloud

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