Signifier partnered with BOP Consulting who were tasked by Arts Council England to consult upon and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the Midlan
Signifier partnered with BOP Consulting who were tasked by Arts Council England to consult upon and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the Midlands music sector, including talent development and music touring.
We put together an advisory group, including representatives from across the sector and region. This group advised on challenges and opportunities confronting the sector. We invited members of the midlands music community to complete a survey to help us gain greater understanding of the ecosystem.
The research covers three areas:
- Music Ecology – Identifying key players for music education, artists, artist management/labels, venues, formal and informal networks, industry bodies, and festivals within contemporary popular, folk, jazz and world music
- Talent Development – Establishing what talent development activity exists in the Midlands to support the development of artists and managers, especially diverse talent
- Touring – Uncovering the key venues and networks supporting music touring in the Midlands.
In each of these areas, the potential of the Midlands, as well as its barriers to further success, was assessed, helping Arts Council England and the sector respond to the Creative Case for Diversity.