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Tees Music Alliance’s music conference, On Point, was set to return in February after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. But sadly Omicron had other plans and so the in-person event was shelved for another year… However, in 1989 Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web and thanks to his creation all the content of this information filled day will be able to be enjoyed virtually when On Point goes Online on Friday 4th March.

Throughout the day the Tees Music Alliance Facebook page and YouTube channel will premiere a series of pre-recorded videos that feature the best and brightest in the business chatting about all things music, and offering advice to help musicians and music activists get on in the industry. Opening the day at 10am is rapper Kema Kay and RnB artist Chloe Castro who will be discussing being a musician during and coming out of the pandemic. Next up (11am), a panel hosted by rapper Shakk and including Eva Davies (Come Play With Me/Long Division Festival / Grrls Do That Too), Scott Lewis (Clue Records/Come Play With Me) & Lisa Murphy (Production Room Studios) will be discussing recording and releasing music. 

Kicking off the afternoon at 12pm is a talk on gigging, touring and DIY shows with Sarah Wilson (Tracks / Noisy Daughters), Jayne Dent (aka Me Lost Me), Matt Hanner (Runway Artists) & Sue Collier (Durham BRASS Festival/Lamplight Festival/Mouth of the Tyne Festival). Following them at 1pm, TMA Chief Executive Paul Burns will be talking about funding and support for artists with Barnaby Duff (PRS for Music Foundation), Louise Henry (Youth Music) & Dan Jones (PRS).

The final panel discussion of the day takes place at 2am and sees Forward NE, a supportive network for women, trans and non-binary people in the North East music industry, taking over and discussing Digital Strategy & Promotion. It is hosted by our very own Claire Dupree and features Laura Rothwell (Crystallised), Helen Walkinshaw (Generator) & rapper Kay Greyson.

Anyone who might have questions or want to talk about some of the things discussed can head to see Tees Music Alliance’s dynamic duo Chris & Dave for an On Point edition of their Zoom drop-in session at 3pm. 

More details about the day and links to the videos/Zoom session can be found here.

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