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Published 25th Nov 2011

Sound Foundations

Sound Foundations wants to open up spaces and places for local musicians to perform, share, showcase, and develop their work. They are hoping to produce a regular feature for people interested in building up the local music community. They want to hear about your Middlesbrough music based ideas, projects, and opportunities.

The idea for a central source of information came from feedback about what could help in the development of local music opportunities. In future they plan on being less wordy, with events and activities. They are also on Facebook at so they can keep up with your activities and let you know about others.

If you have any details about your group, activities, future project plans, or anything music related that you would like to share with email by the 1st of the month. They aim to have the ebulletin out by the 20th of the month.

Any feedback, comments, suggestions or offers of support would be very welcome with thanks to Clare for pulling the information together for this first bulletin.

What's on

28 November at 8.00pm - Teesside University are holding a talent contest. Talented but currently undiscovered bands, groups and singers are being invited to show a leading London record label what they’ve got at the Students Union. Winners will play in front of a live audience, and have the opportunity to secure a recording contract with Imogen Records. 

Further details on Facebook at

1 December at 1.30pm -Middlesbrough Town Hall are hosting ‘Winter Wonderings’ a touring musical performance aimed at primary school children. The show is set in a magical winter wood where all the fairy tales take place. Tickets are £3, or £4 with a workshop included. Further details from: Town Hall Audience Development Officer

3 December at 7.30pm – The Kids are Solid Gold presents Forest Fire (Brooklyn), The Imagineers, The Winter Hill Transmission at the Westgarth Social Club. £8 Adv. Tickets available from ticketweb and the venue.

10 December at 7.00pm -The Stockton Silver Singers are hosting a charity concert in aid of dementia. The public are invited to this ‘Big Christmas Song Sharing’. The concert will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Stockton. Further details from:

14 December at 7.45pm -Northern Sinfonia are playing at Middlesbrough Town Hall. There will be a pre-concert performance at 7.10pm. The orchestra will be playing the Stravinsky suite ‘The Soldier’s Tale,’ Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Minor, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B flat. Tickets are from £12.50; Conc. £11.50. Conductor is Thierry Fischer, with soloist Imogen Cooper. Tickets from Town Hall Box Office Tel. 01642 729729.

15 December at 6.00pm – Come along to Centre Square to sing your favourite Christmas carols accompanied by a traditional brass band, led by the Town Hall and Beverly School Community Choirs. TFM Radio’s Cash for Kids will have a gift drop-off point on site. For more information on the charity visit 

21 December at 7.30pm -The London Community Gospel Choir is performing at Middlesbrough Town Hall.  The event is anticipated to be energetic, professional, inspiring and spirit filled, from the Gospel Choir that has grown to be a world wide phenomenon. Tickets are £15 from Town Hall Box Office Tel. 01642 729729.

Showcasing opportunity

3, 11, 18 December at 1.00- 3.00pm -As part of the Middlesbrough Christmas Celebrations local community groups are being offered an opportunity to perform to Christmas shoppers on the three Sundays in the run up to Christmas day. 

The location of the performance will by the Christmas tree outside Debenhams and BHS.

Unfortunately there won’t be any technical equipment other than a boom box and a portable speaker with the ability to play CDs and MP3s to which you can attach a microphone.

Christmas themed performances would be preferred to help shoppers get into the festive spirit. If you are interested in performing (even if not Christmas themed) please contact JR Bowes at Middlesbrough Council Tel. 01642 729076.

Local musicians: profile

As this is the first edition we haven’t had a chance to profile any of you yet! If you would like to be featured let them know on

Featured resources for musicians

The Audio Engineering Teesside University Society
We are the Audio Engineering Teesside University Society and we are a group of skilled engineers who are at various stages of our education in the music technology degree at Teesside University. We are all highly skilled in all aspects of audio manipulation and control and are looking for potential clients who we can work with to gain real world experience to augment our technical abilities. We can offer artists a state of the art digital recoding studio which has a vast array of equipment, of which every member has been taught how to use,  and can record, mix and master the artists work to a professional level whilst being mindful of their own technical limitations and preferences. 

We also have access to a portable recording rig and transport to near by areas to bring our recording expertise to live performances or in situations where our facilities are not adequate for the task (for example: a large ensemble which would not fit into our studio). Finally, all second and third years are taught live sound and so can offer their services to anyone who requires an engineer for a live event. With all of this our ethos is the more challenging the better, which has driven us to achieve brilliant results in the past in situations that seemed improbable. As engineers we find a solution and as students this helps us learn. We constantly strive to learn more and so we want to encourage any potential artists to come forward to take advantage of what we can offer so that we can learn and that they can benefit from this.

We can be found at 

Alternatively, contact and they can arrange for one of their members to contact the artist to set up what they require.

Know about a resource that should be featured in a future edition? Let them know at!


7 & 8 December - Generator will be bringing ‘Compact: Artist Management & Making Money from Recordings’ events at Teesside University.

Compact: Artist Management looks at the roles and responsibilities of an artist manager and qualities required to make a good one. Up for discussion at the event is building a team around the artist and when the manager should look to bring in external help. The event looks at how to structure a management team around an artist and how artist managers and suppliers can work together. It is free to attend but places are limited. Check for availability.

Compact: Making Money From Recordings covers how to establish a record label and generate revenue from your recordings, new business models, digital distribution, consumer relations and an introduction to synchronisation and licensing. Places are limited. Please check for availability.

Music Leader has lots of new opportunities for up and coming musicians to get involved in. Artists interested in establishing themselves as music leaders can take part in training throughout the area. Anyone interested in becoming a music leader can find out more information at

CV Workshop
 9 December – Writers Block, Unit 5 Broadcasting House

Following the successful Start Up Training, Music Leader return to Middlesbrough for another one-day course. Designed for those who work in, through and around music communities and industry, this course comes with the added incentive of personal tutor follow-ups.

At times of employment opportunity or indeed uncertainty, having a well-written, concise, positive and inspired CV is an essential tool for any Music Leader. Make sure your skills, achievements and potential are presented in the best possible way. This training is delivered in being delivered in partnership with The Musicians Union, Middlesbrough Council and Music Leader who exist to raise the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK. Registration is FREE but pre-registration is required by phone or e-mail. Your contact is Darren Poyzer, e-mail:, tel:  08454 635052.


North East Music Workforce Research

Do you lead music activities in the North East? If so, artsinform would like to hear from you.

artsinform is carrying out research into the extent and needs of the music workforce in the North East region on behalf of Youth Music. They are seeking information from Music Leaders who work with young people aged up to 18 in the North East.

The term ‘Music Leader’ includes both professional and volunteer workers. It embraces all kinds of music activities such as Early Years, instrumental teaching, youth ensembles, working with young offenders and carrying out specialised workshops, and all genres of music.

The results of this survey will enable Youth Music and its regional partners to plan for the future training and development needs of the region’s music workforce.

The Music Leaders survey is at

The Employers and Commissioners survey is at

This link will also be available on our website, at

The deadline for responses to the surveys is Monday, 5 December 2011.


Youth Music is the leading UK charity that uses music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. The organization has recently launched their new funding model, where ideas for developing music provision for young people were discussed. One significant change outlined is that organisations will be able to hold more than one grant, and that current grant holders can apply to the new fund immediately. The deadline for the first stage of applications for funding is December 1. Visit for more information.

Additional news

Government's National Plan for Music Education has just come out today - see

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