dBs Dialogues Panel in Berlin - 19th April 2018 by francine gorman

Honoured to have been invited to chair one of dBs Berlin's 'Dialogues' sessions, set to take place at Funkhaus on the 19th April. We'll be talking about mental health in the creative industries - the state of it, care and considerations for yourself and your team, and ultimately, how to successfully get by in an industry that relies so much on sharing yourself, as well as your work.

Come along! It's free! All info here...

"#4 Industry & Environment - Thursday 19 April, 18:30

Precariousness of earnings, constant exposure to feedback, definitions of success; the very nature of the creative industries we work in has a huge impact our mental health. In October last year Help Musicians UK's research exposed higher than average mental health issues in the UK music industry. But they also produced some clear guidance on how to turn this around, starting with education.

Let's create a better environment for all future artists and creative practitioners. Join us as we discuss: Who is responsible for duty of care? What can we do to give credibility to creative career paths? How can we be bold in our expression of self care?"


Keychange: Gender Equality at festivals and conferences by francine gorman

New project on the go! Very happy to share the news that i'm working with the PRS Foundation on their Keychange initiative, encouraging events to make a pledge towards achieving or maintaining a 50/50 gender balance across their festivals by 2022 (including live line-ups, conferences and commissions). 

It's a really brilliant and really important project, founded by festivals including Iceland Airwaves, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape - find out more about Keychange here, and for more info, send me an email by clicking just here!


Export Music Sweden presents... The UK Music Market by francine gorman

Very pleased to be joining the fine folks of Export Music Sweden in Stockholm on the Friday 13th October (uh-oh...) to present a keynote on the UK music market, covering all of the topics that are keeping us entertained at the moment. 

Also heading to Stockholm are the likes of Jon Hillcock (BBC 6 Music), Jason Reed (Domino Recording Co.) and Sam Lee (Songular), to chat about subjects from streaming, to radio, to royalties and more.

Find out more about the programme here, and come down to Nalen to say hello if you're in town! 


Sørveiv Conference - Kristiansand, November 2017! by francine gorman

Very excited to share the news that i've joined the Sørveiv Conference team alongside the brilliant Andy Inglis and Daniel Nordgård!

Set to take place in Kristiansand, Norway in November, we're working hard to put together an innovative, insightful programme representing all voices within the industry - so read more about our mission and the great people that will be taking part right here...

"Conferences should be a catalyst for change and renewal, and an opportunity to raise the level of discourse in our industry, but too often revolve around the same topics, debated by the same voices. Sørveiv offers new perspectives in a conference landscape that’s become tired and formulaic. We gather the brightest minds from the global music community to meet, encourage and inform, inviting a younger, more diverse, gender-balanced and socially representative group of delegates to work through the issues and better arm our industry for the challenges that lie ahead."

Ja Ja Ja and the Nordic Playlist join forces! by francine gorman

It's here! After a long time in the making, the Ja Ja Ja and Nordic Playlist websites have joined forces! 

We've integrated the brilliant archive of curated Nordic Playlists into the Ja Ja Ja site, to create one definitive destination to discover all of the amazing things that are happening in the Nordics right now. The result is a totally gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves...!) new site that we'll be continuing to expand and develop, all with the worthy ambition of spreading the good word of Nordic music as far and wide as possible.

The Ja Ja Ja club nights will return to London and Berlin in September, and in the meantime, i'd like to thank all of our contributors for helping to keep the Ja Ja Ja platform so lively and packed full of great content. Looking forward to continuing to work with you all! 

So please take a look, and if you like it, and you feel so inclined, help us to spread the word by sharing the site with your social pals and acquaintances! And if you have any editorial requests, please get in touch : Francine Gorman, Ja Ja Ja Editor - hello@jajajamusic.com



Hits & Bits - A playlist for your perusal... by francine gorman

Alongside the other playlists that I work on, I've decided to create this little gem!

'Hits & Bits' is a lazily titled sonic glimpse into whatever i'm listening to at any one time. I try to update it each week with new things that have grabbed my attention, and most weeks, it'll have Thee Oh Sees in it. This week it has two of their tracks - a starter and a finisher, both from the Live In San Francisco record which is just. brilliant. 

There's also a recent track from Peckham based artist Mellah, and a dreamy new number from up and coming Norwegian musician Jakob Ogawa, among others. So please have a listen! I hope you enjoy, and if you feel so inclined, please give the playlist a little follow and I promise to update it with great things, all the time.

Hosting 'The Export Conference' at The Great Escape Festival 2017 by francine gorman

The Great Escape Festival in Brighton is once again upon is, and i'm very happy to have been asked to host one of the convention days, 'The Export Conference', this year!

Friday will see all kinds of matters relating to the export of music addressed in a day's worth of talks, panels and interviews. So, if you're looking for information on approaching new markets, if you're an artist or manager looking for tips on succeeding in Visa processes, or if you're wondering just how this Brexit mess is going to affect the working lives of musicians and the music industry alike, then come and join us.

The Export Conference takes place in Dukes (Screen 1) at Komedia on Friday 19th May, kicking off at 10.45am and is open to all delegates attending the festival. More information is available via CMU Insights.

Production Project: Episode 5 - Beats 1 Show, hosted by Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson by francine gorman

The final episode of the by:Larm Takeover series airs today at 2pm (UK time)! It's hosted by Black Metal legend and top notch dude Ivar Bjørnson, known as the leader of the hugely successful Enslaved, as well as for his work with Einar Selvik of Wardruna!

He gives us a brilliant insight into the thriving Black Metal scene of not just Norway, but of the Nordics as a whole - so tune in at 2pm to hear it, or Apple Music subscribers can hear it whenever they like via this link.

This has been a fantastic project to work on, so huge thanks to Aurora, Sigrid, Ina Wroldsen, Seeb and Ivar Bjørnson for their phenomenal efforts, and big thanks to Music Norway and by:Larm for bringing me into the project <3 

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Chatting on a Panel - Tallinn Music Week 2017 by francine gorman

Very much looking forward to returning to beautiful Estonia for Tallinn Music Week this year, to speak on a panel called 'Introducing new music – human curation in the AI age' alongside my esteemed colleagues Lauren Down (The Line of Best Fit/End of the Road), Kevin Cole (KEXP) and Mariusz Herma (BeeHype).

Find out more about the conference here, and get in touch if you fancy meeting up in Tallinn!