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Indie Pride

Indie Pride

Indipendenti contro Omotransfobia, Bullismo e Sessismo
Event Production
Web Design
Non-profit
Project Management
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About

Indie Pride is the Italian network of musicians and music professionals united to contrast homotransphobia, bullying and sexism through music. We fight for diversity and inclusion in the Italian music industry. Indie stands for “independent”, as in “free” and “self-determined”.

Goals

  • give visibility to gender minorities through music and within the music industry

  • build a strong network of musicians who feel confident to speak up for LGBT rights and know the meaning of inclusion and their responsibility within the music industry;

  • start a conversation with music professionals in order to create a discrimination-free work environment, as well as the background for more diverse festival line ups & agency rosters;

  • be part of an international movement for inclusion and diversity, in order to exchange experiences and learn new practices;

  • gain credibility and trust, in order to be able to engage more with the Italian institutions on a national level.

What I do

Roles

Since 2019 I am President of the Association.

Operational activities
  • ADMIN & ACCOUNTING: bureaucracy, payments, cash-flow, reporting
  • PROJECT PLANNING & MANAGEMENT: planning, scheduling, budgeting, team coordination
  • TEAM COMMUNICATION: improving tools and resources to make internal communication smooth and flawless, helping team members develop their skillset
  • WEBSITE MANAGER: Design, Development & Content (graphics by Valentina Marcon)
  • FUNDRAISING: public grants, affiliates acquisition campaigns
  • INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: translation ITA-ENG, networking, partnerships
Projects
  • RESEARCH: “LANGUAGE AND INCLUSION IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS”
  • SURVEY & RESEARCH: “ARE LIVE CLUBS SAFE & INCLUSIVE?”
  • WORKSHOP COORDINATION: “THIS IS NOT A FANZINE”
  • INDIE PRIDE FESTIVAL 2013-2019
Talks & Panels
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Bacio tra un uomo e una donna
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Stagesurfing

StageSurfing

Tour It Yourself!

Communication
Music
Project MGMT
Business

About

StageSurfing is the idea of an online platform where you can find DIY tour tools to set up a live performance as well as a link between bands and professionals to help making new music connections. Our goal is to offer support to organize an entire tour and get heard outside your home-country. From beginning to end, we can help with everything that’s in between one gig and the other. Are you planning an itinerary or looking for a hotel? Do you need to rent a van or a drum-kit? Do you need a venue details, a photographer, or even help with daily routine management? On StageSurfing you will find all this, and much more. This is the reason why we welcome on our platform not only musicians, clubs, agents and managers but also anyone offering services for the live music scene. If you own a hostel or a restaurant, run a recording studio, rent vans or instruments, or do anything that can be useful to a touring band, just list it on StageSurfing and offer your deal!

Check the full website on the Internet Wayback Machine.

Works

Live consulting, booking & tour management
  • BIRDY HUNT – Indie Rock /Pop – Paris, France (Anisette Astronomie) ::: UK and ITALY
  • M+A – Dance /Future Pop – Italy (Monotreme Records) ::: GLASTONBURY & UK 2014
  • KAUFMAN – Indie Rock/Pop/Songwriting – Brescia, IT (Irma Records) ::: ITALY
  • WANA  Live Electronics – Padova, Italy (Irma Records) ::: ITALY & EU
Festivals and events implementation
  • REVOLUTION: Manchester 013 @Kraak, w/Princess Century (Maya Postepski of AUSTRA)
  • ECLECTICA: Manchester/London 014 @Various Venues
  • INDIE PRIDE: Bologna 013 @Locomotiv Club; Bologna 014 @TPO (18th October, w/ The Hidden Cameras)
  • CRONIKA: Bologna 014-015 @Cassero LGBT Center. Monthly appointment with queer electronic sounds. Launch: 22 November w/Olivia Louvel
Other work

And then what?

Our platform was launched as a beta project and got good feedback, however we found ourselves working more on consultancy. We’ve built a solid network of bands, labels, booking agencies, festivals and venues between France, Italy and the UK. We’ve booked gigs and arranged exposure opportunities for a few bands, then in 2013 I started working with the electro-pop duo M+A (now Shantii), who won Glastonbury ETC competition in 2014. I moved to Bologna, Bee moved to Lisbon, and StageSurfing has slowly been dropped.

Thoughts

Stagesurfing was thought as a gamified tool allowing anyone to organise a tour anywhere. We got good and interesting feedback, from bands as well as from music professionals. However it had many weaknesses: one of those was being a desktop-based platform at a time when mobile apps were about to take over. I still think it could be an interesting project, but I would definitely do things differently now.

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M+A UK Development

M+A UK Development 2014

International strategy
Music
Networking
Social media
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After winning Glastonbury Emegent Talent Competition in March 2014, the UK/Italy based duo M+A (now Santii) have played three gigs at Glastonbuy Festival and several summer shows in London and the UK. I joined the Italian booking and management team (BPM Concerti, Foolica) and was responsible for:

  • booking
  • tour production
  • liaison with promoters, labels, venues, agents, press
  • PR
  • tour manangement

Highlights

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M+A win Glastonbury ETC with 'Bouncy'

“We’re very pleased to announce that the winners of last night’s Emerging Talent Competition 2014 were the wonderful M+A (pictured above) who had a packed Pilton Working Men’s Club bouncing with their ebullient electronic sounds. The duo’s prize is a slot on one of the Festival’s main stages this year, plus a £5,000 cheque towards their development from the PRS Foundation (as part of our ongoing relationship with PRS for Music).” – Read more on the official website

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Glastonbury Festival

M+A opened Glastonbury’s prestigious West Holts Stage, headlined by Bonobo and Disclosure. Other shows: Rabbit Hole, Westholts Backstage private show.

M+A live

BBC 6 Live Session

Live session with host Dan Roberts. Radio plays include: BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Nemone, Rob Da Bank), XFM (Hattie Pearson), Amazing Radio, BBC London.

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Headline at London hip venue in Shoreditch, gig organised by London promoters Mama & Co (The Great Escape, Lovebox, Citadel, Wilderness).

Gigs

Press & Radio

  • Band Of The Week #10 on The Guardian
  • Featured in the New Music section on The Telegraph
  • ‘When’ was Track of the Day 23/6 on Clash Music Magazine
  • ‘When’ remix by Is Tropical has been premiered on This is Fake DIY in July.
  • Radio plays include: BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Nemone, Rob Da Bank), XFM (Hattie Pearson), Amazing Radio, BBC London.
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Poster of Birdy Hunt UK mini tour

Birdy Hunt: UK and Italy

Birdy Hunt (FR)

UK experience and Italy mini tour

Communication
International Strategy
Booking & Production
Networking
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UK - 2012

Known for their modern sound that includes a dash of electro and striking live energy, the Frenchies have been touring everywhere in France for the last year and played in London at sold out Lexington and a packed Proud Camden.

Following a great year for the band winning various competitions, playing at major French festivals (Rock en Seine, Printemps de Bourges etc.) and having their song chosen as the Official MIDEM* soundtrack, the French sextet BIRDY HUNT is back in the UK for the third time, this time to support the release of their 2nd EP on indie label Believe Digital,  and hoping to conquer a little more the British audience.

Italy - 2013

 
Birdy Hunt played a few shows to the Italian audience, to promote their new album produced by Sam Bell and to be released later in the year.

Download the press release and read an exclusive interview from the band here.