Day In The Life: Bob Allan, Artist Development, Generator
Blog by Louise Dodgson under Artist Managers, Finance, Law & Music Business, Music Training & Careers, Selling & Distributing Your Music
It's been a little while since we've brought you a Day In The Life blog, but let's kick things back into action by hearing from Bob Allan, part of team Generator, a Music Development Agency based in the North East who provide business support to both the music industry and the wider, commercial and creative, digital industries. Bob works on their Artist Development Programme so let's see what unfolds during his typical day...
8:00am – It’s a Wednesday, I’m up fairly early. I head to the East End Pool for a swim before a sunny stroll down to our office above The Cluny in Ouseburn Valley. It’s a great area to be based with plenty of venues (which we use for our annual Evolution Emerging event), galleries, an independent cinema, studios, a city farm and loads of good bars. I’m greeted by a giant plastic giraffe as I walk past the farm and head upstairs to the office. Most of my colleagues are in and the brilliant sounds of St Vincent are on BBC 6 Music. There is the odd occasion when my colleague Marty is in early and has some classical music on, sometimes a bit of jazz. Those days are quite different, I can’t tell if it makes me more productive or not.
10:00am – I grab a cup of tea and scan through a few music blogs/Twitter feed before rewriting my jobs list for the day. We run a wide range of programmes at Generator so I need to prioritse tasks and get stuff right in my head. A cup of tea and writing a list is the best way to do this. The first job is to upload today’s new music tip to our blog The Tipping Point so we can include it in our fortnightly mailout. The blog was set up to find new UK artists to work with on our Artist Development programme, I enjoy chatting to bloggers, DJs and promoters who are passionate about new music and sending us tracks they’re enjoying. We blog about the best tips, feature our favourites in the mailout and then approach artists or managers to work with on a release. So far we’ve worked with Eliza & The Bear, Azekel, Fé, Blessa and The Lake Poets.
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