Turkey got you beat? Here's some vibrant news to stir you from that sofa slump. We delve straight into how Brexit may affect touring musicians, and note our industry highlights and achievements this year...
Turkey got you beat? Here's some vibrant news to stir you from that sofa slump. We delve straight into how Brexit may affect touring musicians, and note our industry highlights and achievements this year...
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~ This month's featured stories ~
Above: Let's rave like it's Christmas: Introducing our neon vinyl range
Access Some Areas - What Brexit may hold for touring musicians
A Beginner's Guide: Best practises when looking for your first gigs
Making a Difference - The second life of our tech in Ugandan school
Pressing of the month: Data Discs' latest lenticular masterpiece

What Brexit means for touring acts

It used to be so easy. You’d arrange a clutch of shows, book the Eurotunnel, grab your passports, hop in the van and go wild on the continent. Alas, that relatively serene scenario seems set to change for the worse if/when Brexit is finally delivered next year. So how will touring musicians be affected?
Darren Johns delves into the options currently on the table for touring musicians if freedom of movement of entertainers and their crews is not protected in post-Brexit Britain. With so much uncertainty and such a lack lack of any clear directive from the negotiating table, it’s hard to not to see this as the end of an era, and the beginning of a serious headache for the next generation of touring musicians.

So you're ready to take to the stage?

Making the jump from garage/rehearsal room to the stage is the first major hurdle in fulfilling any new acts' musical ambitions, but with very little crowd draw or stage stature under your belt, that first hurdle can often seem insurmountable.
For this article in our Emerging Artist Series, Chris spent some time with local venue managers and promoters Dan James and Benjamin Turner, to ask their advice on how to best go about securing some stage time, how to approach the people that you need to impress, and what avoid when doing so.

Looking back: Our 2018 industry highlight

#keepmusiclive campaign hails success

35% of UK music venues have closed in the last decade, a truly staggering number by all counts. Alongside rising rents, soaring business rates and stricter licensing restrictions, venues often cite the development of real estate - particularly in our capital - as the main cause behind the decline of a once thriving live scene.

Major music bodies campaigned tirelessly throughout 2018 to reverse this raging tide, and the Government finally paid them heed. The
National Planning Policy Framework was published earlier this year, and within its many pages is one key paragraph that provides key protections against closure of venues, pubs, clubs and entertainment hubs due to nearby property development.

"Planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing businesses and community facilities (such as places of worship, pubs, music venues and sports clubs). Existing businesses and facilities should not have unreasonable restrictions placed on them as a result of development permitted after they were established. Where the operation of an existing business or community facility could have a significant adverse effect on new development (including changes of use) in its vicinity, the applicant (or ‘agent of change’) should be required to provide suitable mitigation before the development has been completed."
We salute UK Music, Music Venue Trust and the Musician's Union, and all of their patrons and supporters - including Steve Lamacq, Frank Turner and Sir Paul McCartney - for raising their collective voice, taking positive action and achieving such a momentous victory for the future of British music and culture.

IT suite a success in Ugandan school

From campaigning to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used by the music industry, to supporting a wonderful local Plymouth charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged youths through music therapy, we're proud to support worthy causes relating to music around the world.
The latest such project partnered us with a boarding school on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The school have being doing incredible work since 1968, providing physically disabled children with access to a meaningful education and a route into employment. The school has an enrolment of 100 pupils with physical disabilities between the ages of 6 and 18, including those with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal bifida and polio.
Richard Bona addressed the school students with a moving message of self-worth and capability.
After being introduced to the headmistress through an African client, we actioned a five year financial support plan, and rolled out our system-wide IT upgrade a few years ahead of schedule in order to also donate over thirty professionally refurbished computer systems to the school. These have now been installed and form the basis of their first ever IT suite, providing the students with the opportunity to pick up valuable computer skills that will help them to financially sustain themselves in later life.

~ Pressing of the month ~

Data Discs were the first label to remaster and release video game soundtracks on vinyl, promoting the works of game composers who are still all too often overlooked. Game music is culturally significant but has seldom been available on any format, let alone on such stunning colour effect vinyl. Each offering is a work of art in every sense, with consideration and attention to detail across the spectrum, which produces epic releases that sell out every time.


Oh and one last thing... Merry Christmas!

You made it to the end! That really must have been a large turkey. We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and an incredibly Happy New Year. We've had another tremendous year here at DMS HQ, with some new faces joining our ranks and many amazing new artists and labels coming to us for help with their releases. We're incredibly thankful for all of you, and very much look forward to pressing a load more great music in 2019! Onwards and upwards! With love,

The DMS Family

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