September sees the On Song Festival take over the Academy for a month.
‘On Song’ will celebrate and showcase the finest song writers and artists, alongside local emerging talent. The month long series will focus on the whole process of writing, crafting and giving life to songs. ‘On Song’ will include established genres such as rock and rhythm and blues, as well as newer, contemporary urban styles which reflect the increasingly young and diverse populations of the major cities across the UK. The festival will be tailored to reflect the unique flavour and strong musical legacy of the Midlands.
Each festival has an integrated education and outreach programme – including higher education institutions, national music industry bodies and local arts organisations – where established songwriters work with emerging local talent. ‘On Song’ will also schedule symposiums, workshops and showcases in Birmingham to discuss current song writing and broader industry issues. These discussions are an integral part in the development of the ‘On Song’ infrastructure and to encourage communications between the commercial music industry and public sectors. Full details and line-up to be announced in due course.
No sign of the education and outreach stuff yet but the Line-up is online and, allowing for the fact that most of these acts you’d expect to see at the Academy at some point, it’s a pretty good one. Nice to see they’ve included links to most of the acts, though some integration with the Academy site itself would be handy for times and tickets.
via an article on Fused.