Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England. Between 2005 and 2008, we are investing 7 billion of public funds from




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Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England. Between 2005 and 2008, we are investing £1.7 billion of public funds from government and the National Lottery. This is the bedrock of support for the arts in England.

Our vision is to promote the arts at the heart of national life, reflecting England’s rich and diverse cultural identity.

We believe that the arts have the power to transform lives and communities, and to create opportunities for people throughout

the country.


Contents


Welcome

World music in England 1

Directory

Government departments 23

Statutory agencies 27

Festivals 42

Media 73

Support bodies 84

Competitions and awards 100

Venues and promoters 103

Agents and managers 145

Labels and distributors 155


Commissioning editor: Alan James

Editor: Jan Cumming

Author: Adam Jeanes

Additional research and text: Victoria Burns

Welcome to Arts Council England’s guide to the world music industry in England. We hope that you will find this publication both a practical guide, and fuel for thought, as we examine some of the key issues for the sector in the 21st century.

World music has been around in England for several decades – the 1970 Fela Kuti record (see photo opposite) was produced by a British-owned label, EMI Nigeria Ltd. Fela Kuti himself was to be found studying music

at Trinity College in London in the early 60s.


At the beginning of the 80s it was possible to count the major world music players on two hands. In the last 20 years the activity has grown exponentially to become a significant and vibrant part of this country’s creative industries. The Arts Council has nurtured that activity and helped to build an exciting world music sector in England that is respected globally. This publication describes how it

all came about and also provides valuable information for all those involved and interested in the world music industry.


The guide begins with an overview, looking at the current situation of the business and its infrastructure, as many world music operators perceive it to be. These views indicate that the sector has many internal strengths, especially in how it self-regulates the quality of its own repertoire, the professionalism it applies, the value and respect it places on musicians, the commitment it shows in bringing new audiences to different musics and in the productivity of its networking. There are however opportunities for development, such as the extent to which the world music business synchronises and interacts with artists and organisations arising from Britain’s own culturally diverse communities. Particularly when, in recent years, many great talents living in our towns and cities have started to appear on prestigious concert stages around the world.


Support for culturally diverse and diasporic arts is a major part of Arts Council England’s work and it is timely therefore, with the first Womex in the UK in 2005, to take stock. This publication does that by tracing the history of world music and providing a wealth of information on musicians and organisations and all those involved in the current business. The overview of the world music scene at the beginning of the guide is based on interviews and desk research. The second part is a directory of organisations arranged by type. The directory is selective and is designed to indicate the range and variety of activities that take place, and give some sense of their inter-connections. The research focuses on England, but refers to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We hope that you will find world music in England helpful, whether you are seeking some further context from a British perspective or looking over at our activities from abroad.

Whatever your reasons for using this book we hope you will agree that world music in Britain has made an important and dramatic impact – not just on the way we listen to music but on how we look at life.

Kim Evans, Executive Director, Arts

Alan James, Head of Contemporary Music

Arts Council England


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