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BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Blog #1

Hi! I’m Abi Ward, newly a BBC Fellow for the Bristol Music Trust based at Colston Hall.

So, the BMT went for funding from the BBC Performing Arts Trust Fund and we were one of 19 music organisations to get the grant! It’s really exciting and it allows me to work within a venue of this capacity and stature.  Over the year I’ll be doing lots of things including some audience development for the Hall, programming up and coming acts alongside some big shows we’ve got coming up! Taking a lead role on the young person’s events management steering group ‘New Generation Takeover’ and taking it in a good direction and to also help grow the profile of the South West and Bristol’s emerging talent!

So, quite a bit eh?!

I’ll be writing about what I’ve been doing every month or so giving updates on what I’ve been up to. It’s been a busy March/April to start with, settling in, sorting stuff out but it’s coming together nicely. So, what have I been up to I hear you ask? Getting together with the New Generation Takeover group, getting it up to speed and planning for the year ahead, confirming events/stages that we’re hoping to be involved with this year including; Windmill Hill City Farm Spring Festival and Brisfest that are already confirmed (WHCF 18th May and Brisfest 21st Sept) and I’m sorting out the line up for both. (It’s a secret for now though!) We’re also in talks with a couple of more festivals that we’re looking forward to announcing! We also held a recruitment day for budding young event managers to join the NGT team which was very successful and good to have some fresh ideas coming to the table!

Towards the end of April I headed off to Manchester to a networking meeting with the other BBC fellows from across the country at Media City. The Jubilation event was held on the 20th April with performances all across the city but in Colston Hall 2 we had the second performance from the Remix Youth Ensemble/The Cadbury Sisters/In The Pacific and loads more, it was a really great night!

That’s me for now, until next time…!

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