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Hastings Music Town - An Update

Announcing Hastings Music Month

Written By Andy Gunton

As promised we thought we'd update you with further developments with regard to the Hastings Music Town idea.

The Steering Group mentioned in previous updates met recently to discuss our options, after being unsuccessful with our bid for the Great Place Scheme.

As a result of decisions made during that meeting we have some exciting announcements to make.

This is the text of the official Press Release concerning those decisions.

"Hastings & Rother ‘Music City’

Conversations have been happening for the past few months about how to support and develop the music sector and music economy in Hastings and Rother.

Lots of organisations have been involved with some big ideas and ambitions.

While this is a long term project, we are going to kick things off by declaring Hastings and Rother a ‘Music City’.

A Music City, by its simplest definition, is a place with a vibrant music sector. The report that inspired us says,
The essential elements of Music Cities are:
- Artists and musicians;
- A thriving music scene;
- Access to spaces and places;
- A receptive and engaged audience; and
- Record labels and other music-related businesses.

We think Hastings and Rother can justifiably lay claim to the title.

The first initiative is going to be branding 14 February – 17 March 2017 as Music Month.

This will take us from Valentine’s Day to St Patrick’s Day and encompass some of the area’s best music events including Fat Tuesday and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

All venues or organisations are invited to include music events already in their calendar, or to programme events during the period, under the banner of Music Month.

There will be a marketing campaign delivered by Visit 1066 Country Marketing targeting regional and London audiences and complementing organisations’ individual marketing activity.

We will ask everyone involved to help cross-market by carrying the Music Month label and link to the full programme which will sit on the Visit 1066 Country website.

Consultation will also continue with the music sector and other partners about how to take things forward, including membership of a Music City Advisory Board.

Listings for the Music Month programme will need to be submitted by the end of January to

We appreciate this is short notice for some programmes, but we hope this will be the first of many opportunities.

With thanks from the Music Cities Steering Group:
Andy Gunton (The Stinger)
Adam Daly (Fat Tuesday)
Sally Lampitt (Battle Festival)
Stewart Drew (De La Warr Pavilion)
Sean Berkeley (St Mary in the Castle)
Karen Trimmings (Hastings Pier)
Paul Barnett (Chair, Cultural Leaders Group)
Melanie Powell (Rother District Council)
Polly Gifford & Michael Hambridge (Hastings Borough Council)"


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