Forming part of the ‘Interfaces’ European Cultural project (www.interfacesnetwork.eu), the Participatory New Music Hub site (http://interfaces.dmu.ac.uk/hub/) is intended to act as an information hub regarding initiatives, in particular around Europe but also well beyond, that focus on offer access to new music by a diversity of audiences not familiar with it. By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector.
This resource hub which, to the best of our knowledge is the first of its kind, will bring together information regarding current and previously undertaken projects related to this theme in order to uncover forms of good practice and allow for sharing of information between individuals, groups and organisations focused on issues related to making new music accessible to new individuals and communities of interest. Initiatives range from single events, such as workshops, to longer-term initiatives (e.g., ongoing festivals, participatory and educational initiatives and dissemination activities).
The site uses a basic template as its starting point. For those who submit who already have information related to their initiative(s) online, hyperlinks to their own websites are included. For those who would like to share further information about their work on this website will be invited to submit further information including relevant media that will be included on their project pages.
This site is intended to be as inclusive as possible offering interested parties the ability to be informed about their colleagues’ work and communicate with them regarding collaboration, queries about their work, networking opportunities and so on.
Associated with this initiative, an international conference, also called, ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ will be held in September 2018 at De Montfort University, Leicester UK and hosted by its Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre in association with the European University of Cyprus as part of the ‘Interfaces’ project.