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UK Music reopens Diversity Survey for 2017

Original article from: http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/news/uk-music-reopens-diversity-survey-2017/

UK Music Diversity Taskforce has reopened its industry-wide workforce survey for 2017.

The study, which was launched last year and is supported by the whole music business, aims to gain an accurate snapshot of diversity in the workplace.

The taskforce will use the findings from the 2017 to measure, analyse and act – helping to ensure the British music business is as representative, vibrant and diverse as possible.

By repeating the survey year-on-year, UK Music will also be able to map out progress. The results will be published later this year.

2016’s survey revealed the proportion of BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) representation in the music industry’s workforce is 15.6 percent, higher than the UK population as a whole (12.8 percent).

At the same time, the research discovered that the proportion decreases by age: between the ages of 35 and 44 the figure is 11.7 percent and from 45 to 64, this figures sits at 7.6 percent.

The overall split of men to women (53.6 percent to 45.3 percent) in the music industry shows women are slightly underrepresented in comparison with the UK population (49.3 percent to 50.7 percent).

However, between the ages of 25 and 34, women account for 54.5 percent of the workforce which looks more positive for younger women in the industry.

This number drops to 41.4 percent in the 35 to 44 age range and to 32.7 percent between 45 and 64.

If you are a music business or employee and wish to complete this year’s survey, click here.

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Cutting edge acts lined up for Steve Reid Innovation showcase

Original article from: http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/news/events/cutting-edge-acts-lined-steve-reid-innovation-showcase/

Nubya Garcia (pictured), Ola Szmidt and The Little Unsaid are to perform at the upcoming Steve Reid Innovation Fund showcase.

They will be joined by rising jazz ace Femi Koleoso, who will DJ at the event on 12 September at Omeara, London.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available now and priced at £5 (plus booking fee) from Omeara’s website here. The showcase is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

The Steve Reid Innovation Fund is run by PRS Foundation together with the Steve Reid Foundation to offer vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries.

All talent performing at the showcase are recent grantees, who have each received talent development bursaries and mentoring from Steve Reid Foundation trustees.

The current roster of trustees include pioneering artists Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, RocketnumberNine, Emanative and Charlie Dark.

Previous recipients of the award include Moses Boyd, Lady Vendredi, Hector Plimmer and Sarathy Korwar.

Read our recent New Jazz Generation feature, which includes Nubya Garcia and Femi Koleoso.

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Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to perform together one last time at farewell gig

Original article from: http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/106907/Kenny-Rogers-and-Dolly-Parton-to-perform-together-one-last-time-at-farewell-gig

Little Big Town and Alison Krauss will also be guests at the retirement gig.


Foster The People – ‘Sacred Hearts Club’

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LA four-piece Foster The People return to the fore with their third studio album Sacred Hearts Club, three years after their previous LP Supermodel. For the band that skyrocketed into the public conscious via their 2011 single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, this third record was always going to be a defining moment and an opportunity to cement their status as one of the most exciting rock bands of the decade.

Their latest album is once again defined by several tracks that are tailor-made for summer or at least will provide the hope of summer to come for us here in Australia. Tracks like ‘Doing It For The Money’ and ‘Sit Next To Me’ shimmer with gorgeous harmonies and dance-ready synth melodies.

The former in particular has the potential to be the biggest single of the whole record, as the band discover how playing around with instrumental and vocal textures can alter the feel of a single riff, even when it’s played over and over again.

With the ability of every band member to sing backing vocals behind their inimitable lead and band namesake Mark Foster, Foster The People have always been able to transform what is, on a surface level, a fairly simple melody, into a glistening and joyous musical experience. ‘Static Space Lover’ is another example of a track based around modest and upbeat instrumentation, that becomes other-worldly thanks to masterful vocal manipulation and harmonies featuring members of the band and a guest vocal from Jena Malone.

Founding bass player Jacob Fink leaving the band in 2015 was a big moment for Foster The People, but thanks to the multi-instrumental abilities of the other band members, his loss hasn’t proved too detrimental to Sacred Hearts Club. The initiation of former touring members Isom Innis and Seam Cimino as official band members this year, the addition of bassist Tyler Halford and continued work with Phil Danyew has allowed the band to once again craft a record that largely remains true to a sound you’d expect.

Sacred Hearts Club does also provide some more exploratory moments. Several tracks delve into ambiguous tonalities, with the band once again taking several opportunities to stray far from common major chord progressions. For example, ‘I Love My Friends’ straddles the line between melodic development and dissonance, demonstrating how Foster The People are able to manipulate the tonality of a song to reflect its subject material. The song, after all, celebrates loving your friends even if your friendship can be a disaster sometimes.

The record also features perhaps Foster The People’s most experimental track to date, a tune called ‘Loyal Like Sid and Nancy’. A difficult track to wrap your head around, it sees Mark Foster go pretty close to rapping, and brings together quite a bizarre instrumental, made up of a strong, glitchy house bassline, as well as hop violin and horns.

Sacred Hearts Club
is a perfect third album for a band like Foster The People, as it simultaneously keeps the vibes for those who’ve loved their commercially successful music and also provides a glimpse into what they might be capable of, if they were to continue genre hopping down the rabbit hole into the worlds of hip hop and electronic music.

‘Sacred Hearts Club’ is out Friday, 21st July. Pre-order here.

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Aaron Carter breaks down as he slams drug lies

Original article from: http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/106906/Aaron-Carter-breaks-down-as-he-slams-drug-lies

The troubled star broke down in his first TV interview following his weekend arrest.