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Daylight Music needs your help to continue in 2022.
In the Autumn of 2021 with a sigh of relief we returned with a reimagined series of eight events, which, as typical of our series, contained a dash of everything - music plucked from the sky and stars, pendulums, slinkys and plainchant, not forgetting some anarchist poetry and a peculiar house on chicken legs. This was possible thanks to the support of those who backed our initial crowdfunder and a successful Arts Council grant.
After the lockdown break away from live music it was incredibly rewarding not only to return but to stretch our wings and be welcomed by new communities, new venues and reconnect with some of our loyal regulars.
So here is the thing. We’d like to do this again in 2022 and once again we need your help to make this happen.
Let’s first recap what is Daylight Music.? The short answer is: for over a decade Daylight Music has been a Saturday afternoon concert series crammed full of music, tea and cake in a gothic church in north London. It has been featured regularly in Time Out’s 101 Things To Do in London, cited in The Rough Guide to Make the Most of Your Time in Britain and featured in many other publications such as The Guardian. For some it is an institution or a reason to visit London!
What is your help is needed for? As we’ve moved to different venues, we need to continue to raise money in advance for hiring the venue, bringing in a sound system (with all that it entails such as microphones, stands, mixer, etc.) with a van to transport it in and an experienced engineer, who will set it up and pack it down. Then there are the costs of designing and producing the adverts for the events, social media, website and the financial support for the time to plan and deliver the series. We also want to make sure we can financially compensate our musicians for their time, transport and where possible childcare, which cannot always come from the Pay-What-You-Can door entry. Additionally with the unpredictability of audiences and changing guidance this Autumn season, have set us back considerably with our initial plans for 2022.
Our fundraising continues to be ambitious, and we are doing all this alongside a second Arts Council England proposal. The two together could potentially give us what we need for another season of dates in early/mid 2022. We aim for another season of eight events across our new venues and perhaps eventually further afield. We also hope to launch new initiatives, such as a label, a membership scheme alongside a forthcoming podcast series and blog.
What will it sound like? We will continue to work with organisations, ensembles and labels we admire such as London Accordion Orchestra, Orindal Records, Hackoustic, Lost Map and Goldsmith to name just a few, explore new themes and ideas such as puppetry and dance, which will include a diverse range of artists drawn from all backgrounds and ages, and not forgetting a Mammoth Beat Organ!
Daylight Music has supported over a thousand artists during its 341 events so far and has allowed them to showcase their talents in front of one of the most welcoming family audiences in London.
We know a lot of you haven’t returned to live music and we’d like to be there when you’re ready. So, with a cup of tea in one hand and a slice of cake in the other, we’d like this expedition into new music to continue with your help….
Ben Eshmade (Daylight Music / Arctic Circle)
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Jan 11, 2022
I need my Saturday fix. Good luck
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Well done on this year!Here's to the future!
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Freelance Audio Producer for Barbican Centre, Culture Blast, Southbank Sinfonia. Creator of Daylight Music, Arctic Circle and the Age of Not Believing. Found by the sea and the city in Margate & London.