Feargal Sharkey to present North East live music & film launch

News: 31st January 2011 by Louise Dodgson under Live, Music Training & Careers

Ex-Undertones front man Feargal Sharkey will present a live music performance and film screening featuring rising Teesside indie quartet Jimmy & The Sounds in Newcastle on 4 February.

Sharkey, who heads up commercial music body UK Music, will host the finale of Sound & Vision – a new initiative launched by screen agency Northern Film & Media and music development body Generator to bring North East musicians, music producers and filmmakers together.

The project worked in three stages with online voters selecting Jimmy & the Sounds to record their track Sounds and DJ Franco Philippe – AKA Alex Hindle – winning the call out to remix the track. Finally, Villing Chong was commissioned to produce an industry-standard music video filmed at Seaton Carew working alongside Oasis and Rolling Stones producer/director Dick Carruthers.

The opportunity for North East music fans to sample the results of the 8 month programme comes as hotly tipped Jimmy & The Sounds prepare to release  their debut single Heart for Rent on Valentine’s Day.

 The band will be performing both Sounds and Heart for Rent at the event taking place on 4 February at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab. A strictly limited number of free places are available by registering at
Sound & Vision is supported by the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13. The ERDF programme is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

Feargal Sharkey, CEO, UK Music: “Collaboration has always bred creativity, and Sound & Vision offers a fantastic way of bringing together musicians, remixers and video makers. I’m looking forward to seeing the results first-hand, and watching the rising careers of the commissioned band, DJ and filmmaker.”

Agnes Wilkie, Creative Industry Director, Northern Film & Media: “Sound & Vision links some of the North East’s hottest music and film prospects. Working with Generator and key partners, we have been able to commission a complete music release package, bringing the work of Jimmy & the Sounds, DJ Franco Philippe and Villing Chong to a global stage.”

Jim Mawdsley, CEO, Generator: “Sound & Vision is a unique collaboration between Generator and Northern Film & Media that allows music producers and filmmakers work together in a manner they wouldn’t do otherwise. Videos are increasingly made of remixed tracks rather than original versions and this scheme provided a new opportunity to producers and remixers to work with a genre of music unfamiliar to them with a diverse range of results. The video produced for Jimmy & The Sounds demonstrates fantastic results of further collaboration between artist and filmmaker and we are extremely excited about showing this for the first time on February 4th.”

Sound & Vision
Friday 4 February
Culture Lab, King’s Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne
Free Entry
Doors: 6.45pm

About Northern Film & Media:
Northern Film & Media (NFM) is the screen agency for the North East of England. Our vision is to create a strong commercial creative economy in the North East by commercialising talent and ideas.
Historically we have generated £4 for every £1 of public money we have invested and operate on an overhead budget of 9%.

NFM provides the link between talent, experts and the market, introducing the talent to the market and introducing the market to the talent. 

The independent agency invests in talented individuals and innovative companies, ensuring that creative enterprise succeeds in national, regional and international markets.

NFM takes an entrepreneurial rather than bureaucratic approach, drawing funding from a number of sources to deliver a high economic return for the North East. However, funding is only part of the picture. Because the agency is industry-led and agile, NFM uses seed investment, influence, leverage, industry expertise and partnership working to make an impact.

Northern Film & Media have become an efficient and dynamic entity for supporting creative industry development and have an industry board, including practitioners from film, television, games, web, mobile, games and music.

About Generator:
•    Generator was established in 1991 and is recognised as the leading popular music development agency in the UK. It provides a framework where current and emerging talent, existing and new music businesses and other organisations can easily and regularly access information, skills-building programmes, advice and guidance to allow them to be a commercial success.
•    Initially servicing the North East, Generator’s role has expanded nationally, now providing help, support and guidance in policy, programme development, governance and funding to fledgling agencies, organisations and groups across the UK.
•    Generator currently produces robust programmes in areas including: Music business development, musician support (including the development of commercial viability of artists), live music (most significantly in supporting promoters) and in supporting and representing the music development sector.
•    Generator leads the Music Development Association, a body set up to establish common aims among similar organisations in the UK.

About ERDF:
•    The ERDF Competitiveness programme 2007-13 for North East England is managed by One North East on behalf of the European Commission, national government and regional partners.
•    The ERDF Competitiveness programme 2007-13 is focusing on:
•    Innovation – promoting science technology and innovation in businesses and institutions across the region.
•    Enterprise and business support – encouraging more people to start up in business, particularly those in disadvantaged areas, and helping established businesses develop, grow and innovate.
•    Over £300m ERDF is available for the region from 2007-13.  ERDF investment is limited to 50% of total eligible cost and must be matched by other public and private sources.  For every pound of ERDF investment, we lever another pound for the key priorities of innovation, enterprise and business support.
•    The programme is underpinned by the three important cross cutting themes of environmental sustainability, equality of opportunity and sustainable communities.

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