LINKS

 

  • Arts Organisations and Charities

  • Artefacts Guide to what’s on in the arts in Cumbria.
  • Arts Professional on Twitter Keep in touch with the UK-based fortnightly arts management magazine.
  • BBC Blast A BBC initiative encouraging 13-19 year olds throughout the UK to get involved in dance, film, art and music.
  • Brewery Arts Centre The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal is a hub of creativity with a 450 capacity music venue, three cinemas, visual arts & photographic galleries, a drama studio, art and crafts workshops, darkroom facilities, playgroup and meeting rooms, bars and food.
  • Creative Futures Cumbria Creative Futures Cumbria works with creative professionals, including artists, scientists, architects, chefs and web designers, promoting the capacity of the creative and cultural sectors to work within education and across the community to put creativity
  • Culture Cumbria Culture Cumbria provides an independent, accountable body to represent the cultural sector’s diverse interests.
  • Cumbria Cultural Skills Parnership Developing and promoting continuous professional development for Cumbria’s cultural sector and creative industries CCSP supports people working or intending to work in the cultural sector and creative industries throughout Cumbria to develop their skil
  • Cumbria Film Makers Aims to provide information about film activity in Cumbria for filmmakers of any standard, creating opportunities and access to training.
  • Eden Arts Eden Arts exists to promote, support, develop and advise on arts and cultural activity in the area.
  • folly Working in Cumbria, Lancashire and online, folly is committed to enabling new audiences to explore art through technology, cultivating innovation and celebrating excellence in emergent practice.
  • Green Door Studios Green Door Studios is a group of practicing, independent contemporary artists based in Kendal. Our membership is drawn from artists in South Lakeland and the surrounding areas.
  • Grizedale Arts Run a programme of events, projects, residencies and activity which seeks to develop the contemporary arts in new directions, away from the romantic and modern assumptions of culture.
  • Lakes Alive A new programme of arts and performance events running across The Lake District and Cumbria, UK for the next four years.
  • Lanternhouse International Lanternhouse International, based in Ulverston, Cumbria, is a pioneering creative company which creates unique, large-scale, mass participation, trans-generational performance work
  • Love Carlisle Love Carlisle is an independent arts organisation dedicated to representing and integrating all cultural activities in the city, enabling Carlisle to become a major cultural centre for the UK.
  • Prism Arts Prism Arts exists to support and enable excluded groups in Cumbria to realise their creative potential and celebrate their experience through active participation in and exploration of the arts.
  • The Cumbria Network Supports artists in Cumbria through information sharing and networking activities – a central HUB for the artistic community.
  • Tuned-In Tuned-in is a not for profit subscription service for UK schools produced by Cumbria County Council. It is an exciting new venture aimed at maximising the potential of the internet to promote Music and the Arts in schools in imaginative and practical ways
  • Voluntary Arts Network Aims to promote participation in the arts and crafts across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • Wild Women Press Wild Women supports creative and individual freedom. Over the last 8 years, Victoria Bennett has initiated and facilitated residencies, poetry tours, live events, workshops, on-line projects and publishing ventures, and more.



  • Blogs/Websites

  • Apollo Creative Blog Information about projects and activities associated with Apollo Creative
  • Art + Culture Art and Culture connects art lovers, artists and organizations to make and share recommendations across all the arts making a new generation of cultural critics heard.
  • Audio Cookbook Recipes for Sound Design – A non-profit resource for music and sound enthusiasts with a slant toward the avant-garde or experimental side of audio production.
  • Auracle (online music making) Auracle is a networked sound instrument, controlled by the voice. It is played and heard over the Internet. To participate, simply launch Auracle in your web browser, join an ensemble, and create sounds with other participants in real time.
  • Cleverbot Cleverbot is Artificial Intelligence. Say whatever you like – songs, jokes, memes or anything, and it will respond. It learns what people say, in context, and imitates. Cleverbot is an entertainment – not made to be logical, give advice, or be useful.
  • Create Digital Motion Create Digital Motion is is an online magazine and community for artists using technology for live and interactive visuals.
  • Create Digital Music Create Digital Music is an online magazine and community for musicians using technology. Publishing since 2005, we cover the development of the latest products, technologies, and trends that surround how music is produced, performed, and shared.
  • David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars David Byrne article from Wired about the music industry.
  • Digital Artists Handbook The Digital Artists Handbook is an up to date, reliable and accessible source of information that introduces you to different tools, resources and ways of working related to digital art.
  • Drawdio Drawdio: A Pencil that Lets You Draw Music
  • Flickr Online photo management and sharing
  • Free Music Archive A interesting library of legal audio downloads.
  • GENE POOL podcast (iTunes link) The GENE POOL podcast is produced at the Digital Media Centre, drawing material from their quarterly media arts meeting of the same name.
  • GetLoFi – Circuit Bending Synth DIY Circuit Bending tips and resources for Beginners and Pros alike.
  • Indaba A collaboration and networking platform for musicians. Members can connect with an international community to create online music projects – editing and mixing tracks using an online digital audio workstation.
  • Instant Action Object Archive and interactive web art
  • Jabberwacky AI Jabberwacky learns the behaviour and words of its users. It may use language and produce apparent meanings that some will consider inappropriate. Use this site with discretion, and entirely at your own risk.
  • Learn To Play Anything . Com New website indexing links to YouTube tutorials on a range of songs, instruments and DJ techniques.
  • let them sing it for you An interactive web art project created for the internet art platform SRc of the Swedish National Radio. So far it has had over four million individual users all over the world.
  • London Sound Survey London Sound Survey, a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of places, events and wildlife in the capital
  • MacApplePi Have your Apple computer serviced, repaired or upgraded – all work undertaken at your convenience. Used parts and spares can be sourced for many repairs, saving you money.
  • Musical Banter Interesting blog by Rob Lewis – hints for musicians, songwriters and producers
  • New Music Strategies Blog about the impact of the Internet on the music industry.
  • Odd Music Oddmusic is home to unique, odd, ethnic, experimental and unusual musical instruments and resources.
  • Rivmixx Rivmixx.com is a music industry-based networking site, which allows fans to keep in constant contact with the latest music, news and information from their favourite Artists, DJs, Clubs and Labels, as well as providing the perfect promotional platform and
  • Sound Around You The University of Salford is building a sound map of the UK as part of a new study into how sounds in our everyday environment make us feel.
  • Sound is Art From abstraction to music, all forms of organized and naturally occurring sound are to be presented here. Every entry has a sound clip and the hope is that this site will be interesting to audiophiles and casual listeners alike.
  • Soundtoys (online interactive music making toys) Provides a space for the exhibition of exciting new works by a growing community of audio visual artists as well as a forum and general information
  • Soundtoys Links Virtual Museum of Soundtoys : Web-Native Audio & Music Applications (David Holmes’ excellent and extensive list of online resources)
  • Ted: Ideas worth spreading More than 450 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week.
  • Virtual Instrument Museum A great collection – images, sounds and videos of instruments from around the world





  • Funders

  • Arts Council England The national development agency for the arts works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. Between 2008 and 2011 they will invest more than £1.6 billion to support the arts
  • BBC Performing Arts Fund Urban Music Talent Scheme The scheme is designed to identify and support the best aspiring urban music artists, musicians, producers, promoters, label bosses, agents, journalists, managers and any combination of these aged 18 – 30.
  • Cumbria Community Foundation The Foundation was inaugurated in August 1999 and has grown quickly, developing a number of new funding sources for community groups. Its grants improve the quality of life for people experiencing disadvantage in Cumbria.
  • Cumbria Vision By leading economic regeneration in Cumbria, Cumbria Vision will transform the County through integrated, transformational and sustainable economic development into a competitive, high added value, knowledge based, inclusive economy.
  • DCSF Music and Dance Scheme The aim of the scheme is to help identify, and assist, children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.
  • Foyle Foundation The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. Since November 2001 it has disbursed over £36.4M in grants.
  • Frieda Scott Charitable Trust Based in Kendal, the Frieda Scott Charitable Trust is a local grant-giving charity established especially to make funds available to other charitable organisations in the old County of Westmorland and the area covered by SLDC.
  • Hadfield Trust The Hadfield Trust is a charitable trust which gives cash grants to charitable organisations in Cumbria.
  • Heritage Lottery Fund The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. Since 1994 HLF has awarded over £4.3 billion to more than 28,800 projects across the UK.
  • KidsOut KidsOut is a national charity working to help fund and deliver a range of fun activities offering rewarding and life changing experiences that are designed to socially engage and develop confidence for children and young people.
  • Lake District National Park Authority The Lake District Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that combine economic, social and environmental benefits and have positive impact on future generations.
  • Performing Right Society Foundation for New Music The Foundation supports a huge range of new music activity – everything from unsigned band showcases to residencies for music creators, from ground-breaking commissions to live electronica. Since March 2000 it has supported 3000+ new music initiatives.
  • TalkTalk Digital Heroes The awards will be given to outstanding individuals, working within UK community groups or charities, who are using the power of digital technology to implement bright ideas which bring about positive social change.
  • Youth Music Youth Music works alongside the formal and community-based sectors to support music-making and training. Funding complements music in the national curriculum by supporting activities held mainly outside of school hours.



  • Music Organisations and Charities

  • Bay Trust Radio University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust’s radio station has been running for over 30 years. It broadcasts round-the-clock online, and to patients, visitors, staff. Staffed by volunteers, it is self-funded through fundraising & donations.
  • BlueJam BlueJam is a music and arts project based in the Eden Valley, Cumbria promoting high-quality, non-formal music and arts activity in an inclusive and socially constructive way.
  • Cumbrio CumBrio is a long-term development programme for popular music in the county of Cumbria, providing help, access to a circuit of live venues, and a platform to bring like-minded people together in order to share their experience and skills.
  • Earth Monkey Productions Earth Monkey Productions is a non-profit making organisation based in Cumbria, UK. It promotes electronic and experimental music making in Cumbria and Internationally.
  • Furness Tradition Furness Tradition is a folk-arts development group based Ulverston on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria. The group was initiated by volunteers to celebrate, encourage and make familiar the musical inheritance of the Furness and South Lakeland area
  • Generator Generator is a Music Development Agency that organises music-related events and provides an information service for those working in the music industry.
  • Lake District Summer Music Lake District Summer Music is a closely integrated International Festival and Summer School based in the heart of the English Lake District.
  • Lakeland Composers The Lakeland Composers are a group of active composers, dedicated to writing and performing new works. Based in the north west of England, the group organise regular performances of their own and others’ music.
  • LD50 A website promoting West Cumbrian bands that play alternative, indie,metal, rock and blues.
  • Mostly Acoustic Cumbria An online guide to the Cumbrian roots music scene.
  • Music Manifesto The Music Manifesto is a government-supported campaign to improve young people’s music education in England based on an agreed strategy and set of priorities. It promotes a ‘music for all’ agenda and wishes to increase musical opportunities for youth.
  • Musicians' Union The Musicians’ Union represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business, negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry and offering a range of services for professional and student musicians.
  • North Westmorland Arts North Westmorland Arts has been running its concert series in the Appleby district since 1969
  • PRS For Music Collects and pays royalties to its members when their music is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online.
  • Sound and Music Sound and Music is the UK’s landmark agency for new music and sound, working in partnership with complementary organisations to raise awareness of this vital and inspiring art form.
  • Soundwave Soundwave is the Cumbria Youth Music Action Zone. Based in Workington, Cumbria it is one of 24 similar zones in the UK, set up by national charity Youth Music to provide music-making activities to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
  • South Cumbria Musical Festival South Cumbria Musical Festival was formed in 1976. The Festival is well known for its high standards, friendliness and efficient organisation. It provides an opportunity to perform on a stage in a beautifully refurbished venue, with ideal facilities
  • Sunbeams Music Sunbeams was founded by Annie Mawson in 1992 to provide therapeutic music to people with special needs. The Charity provides Music For Life in over 100 live music workshops per month to people who are disadvantaged.
  • The Music Mag A new website showcasing unsigned bands.
  • The Music Vision Project Music Vision’s objective is simple – Personal Development. Using music as the central theme they encourage people to try and develop their talent within a supportive group environment.



  • Musicians and Bands

  • Andy Halsey This is information about Andy.
  • Des Slow and the Stop Pills
  • Lakeland Fiddlers The Lakeland Fiddlers formed in 2000, having grown from Adult Education classes held at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal and in Ulverston. Lakeland Fiddlers have evolved from being a class, to a community band, appearing regularly at local festivals and fa
  • Shaun Blezard
  • Westmorland Orchestra The Westmorland Orchestra is made up of over 60 dedicated amateur musicians drawn from Cumbria and North Lancashire who rehearse weekly in Kendal from September to May and give three public concerts a year.
  • Westmorland Youth Orchestra An orchestra of about 50 from South Lakeland conducted by Noel Bertram. Rehearsals are held on each Friday during term-time 7.00pm – 9.30pm at the Castle Street Youth Centre in Kendal.





  • Software

  • Apollo Ensemble The Apollo Ensemble provides interactive control allowing for the creation of sensory rooms and interactive play areas. MusicLinks is currently using an Ensemble unit on the Scribble project.
  • Audacity Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
  • Don't Crack Audio Freeware Directory
  • dyne:bolic Linux – dyne:bolic is a downloadable Live CD with low system requirements and a focus on multimedia production.
  • Gimp The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free image and graphics manipulation application.
  • Hitsquad Shareware Music Machine Download from 6500+ music making software titles at Shareware Music Machine
  • MU.LAB MU.LAB is a user-friendly yet rock-solid musical tool designed to create, finetune and play your music.
  • Open Office The leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
  • Top 10 Linux Distributions for Audio Production Descriptions and links to some very interesting 100% FREE, Open Source Linux distributions with enhancements and features aimed at music, sound and even video production.
  • Wavosaur This compact free audio editor and recorder doesn’t need to be installed and can run on Windows 98, XP, and Vista. It features useful effects, is VST compatible and handles a wide range of audio formats.
  • Wikipedia list of free audio software