2006 to 2012, musician led award winning Social Enterprise: Timeless Music Project has been lobbying for, making the case for and delivering projects aimed at drawing attention to and supporting Yorkshire's talented music industry. This work has been undertaken on a "not for profit" and mostly voluntary basis. TMP has promoted Yorkshire music at events as far afield as Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Berlin, Cannes, Los Angeles and more.
Established in 2004 by singer Pat Fulgoni (Kava Kava, Hospital Records etc), projects include regional showcase CDs, events, festivals, Timeless Community Music Festival, campaigning and conferences.
TMP realised that unlike other UK regions, Yorkshire's presence at international music conferences was minimal despite boasting arguably the best scene in the North of England. So we have tried to put that right.
For example in 2009 Timeless Music Project made the case for and organised the FIRST EVER live All Yorkshire Music Showcase event at SXSW Music Conference, Texas at the British Music Embassy venue - just before the traditional Liverpool Sound City slot. Homegrown acts Wild Beasts, Sky Larkin, Talk To Angels, Rolo Tomassi and Paul Marshall played to packed music industry crowds. Yorkshire was also a regional partner in the British Music Stand at the Austin Convention Centre (again for the very first time). TMP and "Music Yorkshire" was subsequently nominated for a Going Global award "Best Export Initiative" category. Thanks to Yorkshire Forward, NorthernNet, Screen Yorkshire and Arts Council England funding a second Yorkshire SXSW Party was possible in 2010, One Night Only, Slow Club, Grammatics, Middleman and The Crookes playing to a packed house!
SXSW is regarded by many as the most important US based Music Conference relevant to British Music - helping to break acts including Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae and the Kaiser Chiefs to name a few. There was a sharp upturn in interest for Yorkshire Music at SXSW 2009 and 2010!
Since 2006 Timeless Music Project's regional CD samplers including the tastemaker Independent Sounds of Yorkshire and the Humber CD have been snapped up by the music industry delegates attending SXSW and the Yorkshire SXSW Parties (as well as those attending Conferences in Europe and more recently the Japanese Music Industry attending SummerSonic and British Embassy Conferences over in Tokyo). UKT&I Yorkshire also run a trades mission taking music, film & interactive companies to the conference, brought to Austin in collaboration with Timeless Music Project.
Despite many success stories (see "feedback" section), in 2011 TMP funding was suddenly really hard to come by so we teamed up with Generator to present a joint SXSW showcase presenting the best emerging music and music businesses in Yorkshire and (for the first time at SXSW) the North East of England, ensuring that the wealth of talent from both regions gets noticed at SXSW. The concert featured bands Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile Up, David Thomas Broughton, Viva City and Little Comets. Again our CD sampler spread the love for Yorkshire music further! Back on the Saturday slot too - the same day as Liverpool Sound City's showcase...so we knocked up a great "Northern Day" logo to help tie the two 2011 events together and ran some joint publicity.
Dinosaur Pile Up and Pulled Apart By Horses warming up outside the venue
Reactions from partners
Julian Wall (Director of International Events, BPI - trades association)
"thanks very much for inviting me up to your International Music Conference Briefing meeting in Leeds. I was most impressed by the exceptionally large turnout you delivered - I think that there were over 200 local companies represented at the event. It was most helpful to be able to meet, introduce the BPI and network with everybody and hopefully vice-versa. Alongside your excellent Yorkshire Music showcase at the annual South By South West (SXSW) festival in Austin Texas, I commend you and your partners at Timeless Music Project and musicyorkshire.com in the work you do supporting local music in the region"
Carlo Cavagna (Consul -- Head of Trade & Investment) at UK Trade & Investment (LA)
"Pat is a dedicated music professional. As the organizer of music industry briefings in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire music showcases at the British Music Embassy at South by South West, promotional Yorkshire music compilations, and community-oriented projects such as the Timeless Music Festival, Pat has consistently demonstrated selfless dedication and a passion for the idea that music can improve lives. Also, he is a fantastic vocalist"
Judith Govey (Association of Independent Music - trades association)
"It would be considered a major step backwards for the music industry in the Yorkshire region if this showcase and supporting activity were not to take place at SXSW"
See "feedback" section for more reactions
At the briefing event (Yorkshire leg), Leeds, UK
At the Yorkshire Showcase, SXSW, Texas
Wild Beasts at the Yorkshire Showcase, SXSW
Musicians in these parts don't pay much mind to the latest flavour of the month, patiently ploughing their own furrow and waiting for the rest of the world to catch on. How else do you explain the region's wonderfully idiosyncratic success stories? Leeds-bred Wild Beasts bagged a deserved Mercury nomination for second album 'Two Dancers', but have been perfecting their theatrical art-rock since 2004; members of Pulled Apart By Horses all paid their dues in various other outfits – alumni of whom also feature in Dinosaur Pile-Up and Lone Wolf – before becoming the Muse-supporting, venue-destroying rock behemoth we see today, while The Crookes (named after a Sheffield suburb) operate the aptly-named Bright Young Things fan club in their time off from making winsome, Smithsian guitar music. Elsewhere, Otley-born David Thomas Broughton's freeform folk-noise ticks beautifully under the radar, his improvised, spectacular live performances are already local legend. Pulp's recent reformation aside, it's the shock of the new that continues to offer the biggest thrill: York's Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Sheffield's David J. Roch are two classic singer-songwriters, Milk White White Teeth Leeds' antidote to Arcade Fire and Toddla T continues the Steel City's DJ tradition with his dancehall-inspired beats. They are but four - with so much new and undiscovered talent to spare, it's no wonder Yorkshire's residents describe it as God's Own County.
Queues for the Yorkshire Showcase at SXSW
"Once the home of synth-pop and goth, Yorkshire has, over the past decade, become the cradle of arguably the most exciting and diverse music scene in the UK.
Corinne Bailey Rae, the Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker and the Kaiser Chiefs will already be familiar to an international audience. Along with, perhaps, the Pigeon Detectives, the Sunshine Underground, Richard Hawley and the mighty Wild Beasts. But there's a wealth of talent waiting to break through. In Leeds, for example, Pulled Apart By Horses, Sky Larkin, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Middleman, I Like Trains and Grammatics are all on the cusp of great things.
Sheffield's musical renaissance continues with 65daysofstatic, Slow Club, the Black Spiders, Rolo Tomassi, Reverend and the Makers and the genre-defying DJ, producer and studio whiz Toddla T. From Wakefield comes the stunning wordsmithery of Skint & Demoralised and the sky-scraping indie of The Cribs, who now boast Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr among their number. Flying the flag for Huddersfield are dance-rock act Kava Kava; from Shipley, there's Britain's answer to Joanna Newsom, Blue Roses; up in the village of Helmsley One Night Only have been crafting their second album; in York Brit-poppers Shed Seven are active once more.
As a county, Yorkshire boasts a staggering array of musical talent. Where better to discover some of it than at South By South West?"
Ever since Kaiser Chiefs' "Everything's brilliant in Leeds" T-shirt in 2004, music in wider Yorkshire has undergone an enormous resurgence. From the Kaisers to Leeds's Pigeon Detectives and chanteuse Corinne Bailey Rae, to Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys, the northern county houses some of the biggest and most influential acts in the UK. There's no such thing as a "Yorkshire sound", but the diverse acts do share an independent spirit. The Kaisers' Britpop-influenced anthems ignored prevailing fashions. Following the example of Sheffield pioneers the Human League and Pulp, Arctic Monkeys' blend of storytelling and guitars has provided a blueprint for bands around the nation. Although Leeds and Sheffield boast thriving club and jazz scenes, the diversity of sound is shaped by the annual influx of students, many of whom form bands like Dinosaur Pile-Up and Wonderswan, who are trailblazing an unlikely but exciting Yorkshire grungey sound. Sheffield continues to hit the headlines with Mercury-nominated singer/producer Richard Hawley and his Made In Sheffield album union with Tony Christie, another of the city's famous sons. But now, even smaller Yorkshire towns are producing bands: indie rockers the Cribs and Skint And Demoralised from Wakefield and One Night Only, the tiny North Yorkshire village of Helmsley's unlikely pop sensations. Maybe someone should change that slogan to "Everything's brilliant in Yorkshire."
Dave Simpson, music writer, the Guardian and author of The Fallen: Searching For The Missing Members Of The Fall
Yorkshire's music scene is blooming marvellously. It's been on the up for over seven years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Four years ago Melvin Benn (Head of Mean Fiddler at the time, now Festival Republic) said in an interview on BBC Raw Talent Introducing; that Yorkshire was the new capital of UK music. Since then the infrastructure and expertise necessary to support this volume of new talent, has moved up from London or been created by local entrepreneurial enterprises. The result is sustained success for the regions artists such as Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Pigeon Detectives, Corrine Bailey Rae, and a new interested market for the emerging talent in and around Leeds, Hull, York and Sheffield who will be rightly showcased at SXSW this year. Artists like Paul Marshall, Nat Johnson, Awash with Antler, Sky Larkin, Rolo Tomassi, Hungry Ghosts & Talk To Angels, to name a few of the many superb artists and bands that are rising up in Yorkshire this year. The success of the summer events like the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds festival, Scarborough's Beached Festival, Timeless Festival, Huddersfield and the new stages at Beverley Folk Festival have focused media interest on Yorkshire and brought music audiences out to support these bands. The success is now on show and Yorkshire's future looks fantastic.
Alan Raw from BBC Raw Talent Introducing
Support this great event at the O2 in Leeds on 17th July. Finals of Centre Stage in aid of Martin House Hospice for kids. U21 band competition with a prize to play at Leeds & Reading
Great to see so many Yorkshire acts and music businesses going out to SXSW. Its a bumper year. If you are heading out this year make sure you check out Yorkshire acts KAISER CHIEFS, TODDLA-T, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, THE CHEVIN, THE VIOLET MAY, PAUL WOOLFORD, THE WEDDING PRESENT, SCARS ON 45, THE DUNWELLS + also BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH, SLOW CLUBand SPECTRALS who we featured on previous Cds / showcases. We should claim ED SHEERAN too as he's originally from Halifax and we've just learnt that two local singer songwriters Jasmine Kennedy and Emily Sargent are now off to Texas too!
Some nice local folk are running this benefit gig at BUDDAH BAR, HUDDERSFIELD on Friday 24th 7 pm. Asaviour, Jasmine Kennedy and more...... details here
Deadline for Canadian Music Week is today. Check it out here.
Yorkshire bands! Apply to PRSF's British Music Abroad Scheme by 2nd December here. For Yorkshire music companies going to SXSW: UKT&I have a support package and funding available. Funding and also mentoring from Carlo Cavagna (Los Angeles) and Phil Patterson (London). Contact Jo Hubbard email: email@example.com.
SXSW let us know some ace local bands have applied for 2012. More info soon. In the meantime our Leeds Briefing is featured in SXSWorld Magazine. Yorkshire Power! Can you see yourself? P18 (online) P16 (print) here
Yorkshire bands, apply for your official SXSW showcases here. Also check back at musicyorkshire.com regularly regarding specific Yorkshire showcases, the CD etc. Rest assured that we are working hard to keep the Yorkshire project going. More news soon.
Sxsw / midem etc briefing went well. As usual the yorkshire leg was the busiest and best (of course). Well done everyone who attended! Hope you get lots of goodness from it. Many thanks to SXSW (Texas), MIDEM (Cannes), The Great Escape (Brighton), BPI, AIM, Musicians Union, UKT&I for coming up to Leeds. Timeless Music Project x footage here
This weekend. Ace line up and sold out. Outstanding for Yorkshire details here
lots of coverage coming in for our 1st September SXSW / MIDEM / international music conferences briefing at the HIFI Club Leeds - including this from tonight's Yorkshire Evening Post here
Register now. Send your name, address, company / artist name, role and your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you asap
LEEDS FESTIVAL: 26 - 28 AUGUST 2011. The big one. Make sure you check out the BBC Introducing Stage too! details here
LIMETREE FESTIVAL: 26 - 28 AUGUST 2011. Not going to Leeds Festival? Fancy something smaller and funkier. Ace festival vibes nr Ripon, York this year with added Dance Music Therapy Village details here
LEEDS MUSIC HISTORY EXHIBITION: 11- 27 AUGUST 2011. Excellent Leeds Music History Exhibition is being held at Leeds Town Hall. More info here details here
LEEDS FRINGE FESTIVAL: 18 - 24 AUGUST 2011. Leeds Festival Fringe is a 7 day event held across music venues in Leeds in the week prior to Leeds Festival details here
RIOTS: Finally deeply saddened by the PIAS/SONY fire in Enfield. Big up AIM and BPI for establishing funds to help the many independent labels affected by this vandalism. Find out how you can help out: here
22 - 24 JULY 2011. Free to attend with an excellent lineup consisting of national and local artists. details here
We'll be at these excellent music biz events in June which we hope you will find interesting too
UNCONVENTION, PRESTON: 17 June
Excellent touring DIY music conference hits Preston
more details here
PEOPLES MUSIC AWARDS: 18 June
We'll be presenting an award at this years TPMA to take place at the Scala, Kings Cross, London
We hope to have information concerning any SXSW 2012 briefing events soon. In the meantime here are a few other music biz events coming up this month that you might find interesting
MUSIC CONNECTED, LONDON: 5 May click here
SENSORIA, SHEFFIELD: 5-6 May click here
GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON: 12-14 May click here
LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: 19-21 May click here
THE KNOW HOW, NEWCASTLE: 23-26 May click here
Some great photos coming in from our SXSW showcase at the British Music Embassy click here!
Congratulations to Leeds band Tigers That Talked who won $2500 out at SXSW. Read their Beat Surrender SXSW blog here
Interview with Timeless Music Project - this time from BBC studios Leeds. All about the initiative. Listen again. Streaming for 7 days. 2 Hours 35 minutes in .... click here
Interview with Timeless Music Project live from Austin. All about the initiative. Streaming (just one day left) and 32 minutes in click here
Lots of great feedback coming in from the Yorkshire & NE SXSW Party. Dinosaur Pile-Up are "Best SXSW discovery" in Spin magazine here There's an excellent Pulled Apart By Horses live review: here and David Thomas Broughton was Mojo Magazine's "pick of the day"
Wow! British Music Embassy was full to capacity and all the acts played amazing sets at the Yorkshire & NE SXSW Party. Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, David Thomas Broughton plus North East bands Little Comets, Viva City ... You did us proud! Hope you get some great opportunities from this one!
Pulled Apart By Horses and Tigers That Talked smashed it last night. Great to see this evening's Yorkshire Evening Post article and interview on BBC West Yorkshire Introducing. Off to see New Mastersounds, Asking Alexandria and Bear Driver tonight. Lots of promo out for the Yorkshire and North East Showcase on Saturday and the Yorkshire CD is being snapped up via the Brits Stand. All in all a freakin Yorkshire takeover!
Wow its the week of the Showcase. Can taste that Dos Equis. The Observer newspaper clearly KNOWS whats going off - name checking Yorkshire's Dinosaur Pile-Up and Pulled Apart By Horses as two of the main bands to look out for at SXSW. You can see both at our gig on Saturday >> article here
Tracks on this year's CD and the digital dropcard are ace. If you are heading out to SXSW, make sure you pick one up from the venue or from the stand. This year's lucky artistes are: Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, David Thomas Broughton, Bear Driver, Juice, Rolo Tomassi, Tigers That Talked, Alvarez Kings, Threads Orchestra, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Spectrals, Shake Aletti, Napoleon IIIrd, Black Diamond Bay, Tom Staar, Submotion Orchestra, Vessels, The Beaus, End Of Level Baddie, Let’s Buy Happiness, Emily Portman, We Are Knuckle Dragger, Waskerley Way, Nadine Shah, Mammal Club, Viva City, Little Comets ... check it out here!
Big thanks to Ewan at SXSWBABY for the interview on today's podcast listen to it here
Yes lots of Animal names playing SXSW 2011! Tigers That Talked, Bear Driver, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Pulled Apart By Horses! Is this a Leeds thing? Its not just this year either. We've had Lone Wolf and Wild Beasts play back in 2009. Sky Lark(in) too! Read all about it here!
One of this year's sponsors "Plugged In" has organised a tasty music biz event called Music Futures. Read all about it here!
Our Yorkshire and North East SXSW Party on the 19th March is part of a special Northern Day at the British Music Embassy venue. Read all about it here!
Generator & Timeless Music Project presents YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST SXSW PARTY! Sat 19th March 12-3 pm. LITTLE COMETS, DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON, PULLED APART BY HORSES, DINOSAUR PILE UP, VIVA CITY at BRITISH MUSIC EMBASSY, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto, Austin, Texas. RSVP here
6pm @ Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. More details: from here
If you are a Yorkshire based act or creative business and planning to go out to SXSW, Texas make sure you get in touch as we may well be able to help you out with one or two things - for example the annual Independent Sounds Of Yorkshire & The Humber CD, digital dropcards, advice on funding etc etc
In this era of cuts we just couldn't raise enough funding for the third Yorkshire SXSW Party but we (Timeless Music Project) have joined forces with Generator to establish a massive joint YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST SHOWCASE event for SXSW 2011. Once more it will take place at the British Music Embassy venue, Austin on Saturday March 19th, 12 - 3 pm and promises to be an amazing showcase! More details soon.
Amazing to hear that SO MANY YORKSHIRE ACTS have already been offered SXSW 2011 showcases. A bumper crop. We really do have the best UK music scene right now. More news on Yorkshire at SXSW in the New Year. Happy Christmas!
Been a few changes but we've caught up now. Check it out here here
Friendly nudge to any Yorkshire bands who SXSW may have been in touch with to play in 2011. Go to this website for British Music Abroad application forms
1st December, 6pm @ PRS for Music Boardroom, 6th Floor, Copyright House, 29-33 Berners Street, W1T 3AB. Tickets going fast from here
6pm @ Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. More details: from here
Alan Raw for BBC Introducing discussing 2011, 2 hrs 9 mins in - streaming for 6 days here
We've learnt there are a few bursaries available for festival managers to attend. More details: here
SXSW Briefing with a focus on VISAS in Manchester on October 14th, 1.30 pm.
It's FREE entry and you get reduced rates for "In The City" too. Details here: here
Well everyone else is! Join us: here
Down in historical Norwich to contribute to some excellent industry panels. More info: here
22nd Sept, Leeds. More info: here
Happy 10th anniversary Welsh Music Foundation. Timeless Music Project is off to Cardiff to chair a very interesting music biz panel for "Independents Day" at the Millennium Centre. Organised by WMF and AIM. Looks quite tasty, speakers incl Sharon Matheson – AIM, Chris Mitchell – Debt Records, Bethan Elfyn - BBC Radio One, Guto Brychan – Gwymon / Copa. More info: here
Much bigger venue than last year and BUSY! Top constructive vibes last night at the SXSW and MIDEM briefing, Yorkshire. Footage: here
Congratulations to the lovely Corinne Bailey Rae and of course the Wild Beasts who played our showcase at SXSW in 2009. Both Yorkshire and nominated for a Mercury prize. Best of luck
More details and registration infos here soon. Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen's Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY. Check back soon. Footage from last year's here
University of Hull on Tuesday 13 July (Record labels) and Mercure Hotel, Sheffield Thursday 22 July (A&R and publishing). More details here
Plugged In artist management event featuring Cerne Canning (Franz Ferdinand) and Graham Wrench (Richard Hawley, Tom McRae) - 17th June in Leeds: here
Streaming for 2 more days here
Sheffield will hold a SXSW briefing event on the 29th April at the Workstation. More details to be announced here
Read Bethan's views here: here
Page 14 onwards here
US magazine Twangville goes as far as suggesting this! Read on: here
Nice feature about Yorkshire's SXSW Party in This Festival Feeling: here
Receiving some amazing feedback about the Yorkshire SXSW Party. Here are some: photos
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Kava Kava and Middleman play Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park tonight (Thursday). Grammatics play The Well on the 8th March. Serious Sam Barrett plays Duck and Drake on the 10th
Register now for the Yorkshire SXSW Party here
Ooops the dreaded US visa curse struck us down. We'll not be defeated. Here's the new line up: Thursday 18th March 12-3 pm @ British Music Embassy venue features One Night Only, The Crookes, Grammatics, Slow Club and Middleman
Soundtrack specialists In The Nursery (Sheffield) perform their live score to the classic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, at the Alamo Ritz Cinema on Wed 17th March as a SXSW special event (Film Festival)
Thursday 18th March 12-3 pm @ British Music Embassy venue features One Night Only, Pulled Apart By Horses, Slow Club and Middleman!
NorthernNet proves that it's fast up North with its high speed symmetric broadband network (up to 1 Gbps). NorthernNet is available to businesses as a direct connection and, for the first time ever, as pay-as-you-go via 17 Media Access Bureaux. www.northernnet.co.uk
Yorkshire bands playing this year's SXSW Music Conference, Texas - get in touch asap for some free promotion
Working hard to raise the necessary funding and sponsorship needed to ensure we have another quality Yorkshire presence at SXSW in 2010. Good to see that so many Yorkshire acts applied for showcases this year!
Thanks to the venue, screen yorkshire, the panelists and the large crowd of delegates who turned up. We hope it leads to a Yorkshire invasion at SXSW 2010!
Round Foundry Media Centre, Leeds - SXSW briefing explains all on 15th September 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Great to see the Yorkshire CD snapped up by Japanese Music Industry at the SummerSonic and British Embassy bashes in Tokyo!
This is great. Steve Lamacq and Alan Raw are talking about the Yorkshire cd AND the showcase gig on BBC Radio 6. Ace. They even plug this website. Thanks guys!
Huge relief. We can safely say that Yorkshire made an impact at SXSW 2009!
The promo for our gig is out there. Seen the adverts now, got rid of most of the flyers and handed out a tonne of CDs ... As usual there is a serious amount of competition here. 100s of gigs on all at the same time! Fingers crossed.
We've already made it to excellent sets from Yorkshire acts Slow Club, Ralph Lawson's 2020 Soundsystem, Stoney and Little Boots. Yes Little Boots. Come on, play fair ... we claim her! She's from Leeds dammit.
Pretty stoked that SXSW is nearly upon us...
A bit of background info if you’ve never heard of it. SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 1,400 performers from around the world playing on over eighty stages in downtown Austin, Texas over four days in March. By day, conference registrants do business in the SXSW Trade Show in the Austin Convention Center and partake of a full agenda of informative, provocative panel discussions featuring hundreds of speakers of international stature.
Running about trying to find Yorkshire pudding recipes that Americans might understand and tekkin tha whippet out for a few last walks down t’ginnel before crossing ova tha pond.
Not just bands there’s a few Yorkshire music, film and interactive types going over too so check out www.y2tx.com
Let’s be ‘avin’ yer! It’s tahm fer a rub-a-dub-dub!
So don’t be shy come down to Latitude 30 on the Saturday. Get there early at 11.30am and make sure you pick up a copy of Independent Sounds of Yorkshire and the Humber 2009. We might even throw in some curd tart and a pickled egg!