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Congratulations go to Paisley's Brick Lane Studios near Glasgow for its award "Best Band Rehearsal space & Recording Studio - Glasgow" from the Scottish Enterprises Awards 2021. The award recognises the hard work and dedication organisations across Scotland have made during the global pandemic. Well done guys.

 

In the south west, Exeter's Sound Gallery Studios' new facility, The Sub, opened this month to offer high-end pre-production and recording with filming and live streaming services. Bristol's Brunel Studios opened a new studio space with bigger rooms, better soundproofing and higher quality equipment. Elsewhere, Stockport Studios in erm, Stockport, has finished building 14 new practice rooms. Derby's Radar Rehearsal Rooms re-opened this month after a bit of layoff from The Covid. Vintage & Valve near Sheffield has returned to increase its hourly rental charges due to electricity prices going up. In Essex Card Trick Music and Kent's Doz Recording Studios have upgraded their lighting rigs in their practice rooms. Card Trick Music have also been endorsed by sE Electronics. Sadly, Andy at Swindon's Gatehouse Studios has had to close his doors after 13 years.

 

Celebrations

A warm round of applause go to the following. The Rooms Rehearsal Studios in Hampshire celebrates 20 years of operation. London's Bally Studios celebrated its 16th year and Washington's Overall Studios in the Newcastle/Sunderland area reached its fifth birthday. Drummer John Chamberlain who established Rewind Rehearsal Rooms near Leicester in 2000 has now hung up his sticks and handed running the space over to his son. Happy retirement John.

 

Vacancies

The following vacancies have been advertised:

  • Stayfree Music in Leicester is looking for a Marketing Assistant

  • Bath's Stage 2 Studios has a work opportunity for someone to cover shifts at the studio

  • London's Engine Rooms is on the lookout for studio staff

  • Essex's AT Music Group is looking to recruit a part-time Studio Assistant

 

Education

Projects encouraging children and young people to participate in music-making in rehearsal spaces continue apace. Thanks to Wolverhampton City Council The Beatsabar Music Project ran a free 4-day music project in its studios for children aged 11-15 years during the October school holidays.

 

Southampton's River Studios held an open day for teenagers with taster sessions in singing, drumming, piano, production, songwriting and recording. It already runs a youth group using the facility on a weekday afternoon.

 

Kent's Seaview Studios held a free 5-week music production course Beatz By Girlz for girls, women and gender expansive individuals to encourage more women to get involved in music.

 

MAS Records is a well-established young musician development programme based in Kidderminster College, not far from Birmingham. It approves music studios to host subsidised musician and band development courses including rehearsal sessions for young people. It currently operates in 16 locations and is currently recruiting bands and solo artists to its programmes. More info here.

 

The 10 P's of studio success

This month's feature is written by guest contributor Gavin Hyatt at Oxfordshire's leading rehearsal space, Green Room Studios. The piece argues a music rehearsal facility has a much higher throughput of musicians using its rooms and equipment than a recording studio and therefore calls for greater vigilance from those running the space to ensure it is used safely. The 10 P's of studio success covers all the basics from planning to perseverance. Check it out here.

 

The Bandspace map

New to the Bandspace website is a map of music rehearsal spaces spanning the UK. It can be found here. It lists 357 spaces from A-Z and includes the address, phone, web and email addresses for each space. We're promoting this function across Facebook's Musician pages reaching thousands of rehearsing musicians each month.

 

The Bandspace shop

We've launched an online shop too. We've designed and published a series of humorous greeting cards aimed at musicians. There are a couple of bulk purchase offers aimed at retailers with an attractive display stand. More info can be found here.

 

Remember, to get up to the minute news from the music rehearsal sector follow the Bandspace Facebook page.

 

Otherwise, thanks for reading this far, stay safe and see you next month with the latest news from the world of music rehearsal spaces.

 

Thanks

Trevor at Bandspace

 
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