Brighter Sound

Brighter Sound is a creative music charity, based in Manchester and working across the North and nationally. They believe music-making and creativity should be a central pillar in the lives of all children and young people, that emerging musicians should be supported to develop their artistic confidence and originality, and that the music landscape should be equal and diverse.

Both Sides Now is a large-scale initiative taking place across the North of England to support emerging female artists and up-and-coming industry professionals to transform the future of the music industry.

We want to create a growing network, deliver sustainable activity, and affect permanent change around the perception, opportunities and profiling of women in music, from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the stage.

Both Sides Now is supported by through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund.

Bray & Krais

Bray & Krais is a leading music, sports and entertainment law firm. For over 20 years, the firm has advised some of the biggest names in the music industry from their earliest beginnings through to multi-platinum success.

The lawyers at Bray & Krais pride themselves on long-standing relationships with their clients, who include artists, managers, producers, DJs, record labels, publishers, executives, songwriters, promoters, festival organisers, venues, brands, agencies, music tech companies, websites and app developers.

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Leaf Label

Founded by Tony Morley in 1995, The Leaf Label’s impressive international
catalogue is simultaneously pioneering and timeless, with enough warmth, melody,
playfulness and passion to distinguish Leaf from its contemporaries.

From the first release (a Boymerang 12”), The Leaf Label has worked with artists
from around the world, including Caribou (Canada), Efterklang (Denmark), Colleen
(France), Murcof (Mexico), AU, volcano! and A Hawk And A Hacksaw (USA),
Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Roll The Dice (Sweden) and Polar Bear, Melt
Yourself Down and The Comet Is Coming (UK) and Susumu Yokota and Asa-
Chang & Junray (both from Japan).

Among the current roster there is little to suggest a common musical thread, and yet
the artists are bound together with an understanding of aesthetics and a strong mark
of individuality and timelessness. Leaf continues to evade classification and build on
its enviable reputation.

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Girl Gang

Girl Gang Leeds is a creative community working to celebrate and uplift people in Leeds by creating fun, safe and empowering spaces for women and non-binary people.

Girl Gang Leeds, in collaboration with numerous creatives, put on parties, workshops, meet-ups, exhibitions, gigs, talks and more. Girl Gang Leeds is a sister community with Girl Gang Manchester, Girl Gang Sheffield and Girl Gang Edinburgh.

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Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council’s Culture & Sport service includes Museums and Galleries managing collections, engagement, exhibition and education programmes across its nine sites including Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museum, Temple Newsam and the historic Kirkstall Abbey; Sport and Active Lifestyle covering 17 leisure centres across the city and supporting health and wellbeing initiatives from This Girl Can to Change for Life; Arts, Events & Venues managing major events in the city such as Light Night, Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds International Beer Festival, and operating venues including Leeds Town Hall, Carriageworks and Millennium Square; providing grant support for cultural organisations and events through the Arts@Leeds and Leeds Inspired programmes, curating the city’s What’s On guide, delivering the Breeze service for children and young people and covering major strategic initiatives such as Leeds Culture Strategy and Leeds 2023.

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MAP Charity

MAP Charity is a pioneering alternative provider in creative education, offering qualifications and first-hand experience to young people at risk of exclusion from the mainstream school system. Its vision is to inspire young people to reach their potential through a unique and replicable model which transforms how education and businesses interact.

Underpinned by a belief in the transformative social impact of music and art within society, MAP Charity aims to forge an innovative blueprint for what creative education and charities can become, ensuring sustainable development opportunities.

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Come Play With Me

Come Play With Me was established as a social enterprise in 2015 to support people in the Leeds City Region into sustainable careers within music. Its first project is a 7” singles club which aims to identify and showcase the most exciting new artists coming out of this part of the country - along with a few more established names along the way.

Releases so far have included Katie Harkin, Fizzy Blood, ZoZo, Laminate Pet Animal, Magick Mountain & Team Picture with the 9th in the series released on the day of the Unconference.CPWM has also started piloting a mentoring initiative to offer targeted support to a small number of individuals with the aim of extending this throughout 2018.

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I Like Press

I Like Press is a music, food & drink and specialist PR company based in Leeds. Founded in 2009 by directors Simon Fogal & Simon Glacken, I Like Press have since become one of the North’s premiere PR agencies with a huge range of clients encompassing everything from Indian street food to Norwegian black metal.

The music side of the company, handled by director Simon Glacken and press officer Harry Ridgway, has worked with a diverse range of artists, events and labels including Kscope, Opeth, Darkthrone, Guy Andrews, Peaceville, Sony, Universal, Fabric London’s Houndstooth label, 65daysofstatic, Leeds College of Music, Best Kept Secret Festival, Long Division, Live at Leeds, Post War Glamour Girls, Nordic Giants, Plastic Mermaids, Hide & Seek Records, Fierce Panda, Anathema, Black Moth, The MOBO’s and Robin Fink (Nine Inch Nails) amongst many others. They are currently working with artists including Charlie Barnes (Bastille live guitarist), Christof van der Ven, Mansun, TesseracT and many more.

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