Dedicated CIC was officially formed in March 2019 and is committed to providing free education and industry standard training in Music and the associated Arts. We aim to use public funding to deliver quality workshops and projects to people who would otherwise not be able to access them.
If people have an idea for a music based project that they would like to partner with the Dedicated team on, please get in touch via Will@imnotfromlondon.com
In 20220, Dedicated won a bid to create a live streamed music festival from their new HQ, Fisher Gate Point in March 2021, the venue was the first in the country to host a music venue (Light Hustle) in response to the pandemic and look like they may be the last to host one during lockdown.
To Hull and Back is an innovative response to the pandemic restrictions of the live sector that aims to boost promising musical careers that may have stalled due to the lack of touring opportunities of the indie circuit of small independent music venues, a rite of passage for upcoming acts looking to build their fanbases. To Hull and Back is being delivered in collaboration with Hull’s iconic independent music venue and long-standing champion of new artists, The Adelphi.
Among the diverse line up of acts were the Nottingham duo Haggard Cat, who released their third album, Common Sense Holiday, via Earache Records to wide critical acclaim. With their DIY ethic and propensity for pulling off memorable antics earning them a reputation as a band that push boundaries, a recent stunt involved the two musicians holed up in a small concrete box for 24-hours as a visual metaphor for how Brexit will impair British bands’ abilities to tour Europe.
Special guests, punk band LIFE have already made a splash attracting the attention of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Perhaps this sentence from the Hull band’s bio sums up why a project like To Hull and Back is so vital. The band’s DIY ethos came partly out of necessity – and reflects their geographical location in Hull, a geographically isolated, coastal city which resident poet Philip Larkin once said was “a city in the world yet sufficiently on the edge of it to have a different resonance”, and where things happen because people have to make them happen. On the cusp of an exciting future, LIFE have toured in Europe and America, appeared with kindred spirits Idles, Slaves and Nadine Shah, and made their Glastonbury debut.
Will Robinson said: “To Hull and Back builds on the work we’ve done over the last five years to establish musical links between the cities that we feel share a DIY spirit. We had been putting on nights in each city bringing bands from Nottingham to Hull and vice versa. Covid stopped this happening but this project will help continue the momentum that had been building.” Paul Sarel, GM at The New Adelphi, said: “As a musician as well, I know how tough it is for bands and artists not able to play live gigs for so long. I hope this experience will be a valuable chance for them to enjoy the feeling of playing for an audience again and ignite a spark of hope for the future.”
The livestream festival on 20 March will showcase the best of each city to a wider audience to help artists reach music fans outside of their native cities.
The curated line up features more than 20 acts from ambient alt pop to heavy blues and hip hop. With live sets being played at Fisher Gate Point in Nottingham and The Adelphi in Hull, music industry presenters in both cities will introduce the acts through the day, bringing them to the attention of new audiences, interspersed with interviews and guides to each city’s music scene.
If Covid restrictions allow, there will also be an invited audience at both venues. The audience will also be invited to interact with the presenters to talk about the acts they would most like to see on the festival bill in their own hometown. Some acts from Hull will secure a slot at I’m Not From
London’s The Waterfront Festival in July (most likely next year) while the Nottingham winner will play at The New Adelphi’s Fast & Bulbous Festival in August. For the audience, a competition to win a pair of tickets for each festival will run throughout the day. To Hull and Back will be streamed on 20 March from 4pm and available to watch on I’m Not From London’s Youtube Channel and The Adelphi’s Facebook channel!
Watch the festival (now) here!!
Big thanks to The Arts Council for all their support!
A ‘DEDICATED’ NEW HOME
FISHERGATE POINT CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
A brand new centre for the arts in Nottingham is set to become a hub for nurturing fresh talent, offering skills support and collaborative opportunities to artists as well as shining a light on the creative life of the city through an innovative programme of events.
Fisher Gate Point is a joint venture from the people behind Dedicated & I’m Not From London ( I’m Not From London & Dedicated [label, community Interest Company and independent promoter], Wigflex [multi-venue music festival], Circle of Light [youth music project], Garage, Kool Kat and The Lofthouse [former Nottingham club venues] driven by a shared passion to nurture the creative arts in Nottingham.
The venue on the southside of the city will house two recording studios; a co-working space; a Garden meeting space for nurturing seedling ideas; workshop rooms; a bar/kitchen; a multi-functional events space equipped with a custom built high spec sound & light system as well as the dedicated Circle of Light and Wigflex studios.
Seven of the 12 office units have been let to independent tenants including a photographer, community radio station and live streaming company, while an acting group and the Prince’s Trust are among those who regularly meet at the venue.
Avarni Bilan, FGP partner, said: “We have come together with a desire to help the grassroots community arts scene and this shared ethos is what has brought us together first and foremost. We want to become an incubator for the creative talent that exists in the city.
“FGP will be a place for creatives to test ideas, a seeding environment where they can access skills, knowledge and equipment. Physically, we are creating open spaces within the building along with a culture where everyone is invited to be experimental, with the freedom to fail and to inspire each other.”
Creatives – both new and established – will be invited to tap into the inhouse skills to help realise their ideas including engineers, technicians, photographers, filmmakers, videographers and social media marketeers.
The building is also now a permanent base for the award-winning Youth Music project Circle of Light. It’s just one of several projects to have taken place at FGP this year. Others have included the live stream festivals Light Hustle in April and Nottstopping Festival in May, demonstrating the team’s ability to react and respond nimbly to the constraints of lockdown.
A film and music video have also been shot at the venue this year with upcoming projects in the New Year already in place, including FlyGirl, a representation platform for creative womxn of colour, Be Scene and Heard, a music project for young deaf people and To Hull and Back, a two-city live music project to provide opportunities for musicians in Hull and Nottingham.
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DEDICATED FOLLOWERS OF FASHION!
In October 2019 Dedicated CIC was awarded a grant from Awards4All (funded by the National Lottery community fund). The project we designed was for Nottingham’s Arts community to engage in a series of workshops to learn how to upcycle their old, unwanted garments into something fresh and new. We also partnered with our good friends at Hockley Hustle to show the garments that the participants have made in their HH Festival 2020.
Orginally, Dedicated was originally a concept launched as the community arm to I’m Not From London. Our first project was the Dedicated Fashion Show in INFL’s old offices at The Corner on 8 Stony Street on March 3rd 2013. The fashion show featured designs and a catwalk and made from recyclable materials and through this event and a successful Indiegogo Campaign we raised £700 which was donated to Framework a Nottingham charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people across Nottinghamshire.
We’re so please to be following this event up in 2020!
The story of how the Circle of Light album came about is both inspiring and impressive. Tricia Gardiner of Greenshoots proposed and won a bid funded by Youth Music to give 60 Nottinghamshire musicians an opportunity to write, record and release a vinyl album which was released through I’m Not From London / Dedicated Records on World Mental Health Day – October 10. Many of the young musicians have struggled with their own mental health in some way or another, and this project was set up to offer support and help them.
A documentary of the project was shown on BBC’s INSIDE OUT. Check out the COL Youtube channel to see the footage.
Local rapper and co-organiser, Scor-zay-zee, spoke of his own struggles with mental health and how music saved his life. “I suffer with schizophrenia, and I got to a very low point – I was having hallucinations all the time. It was scary. But music gave me a way out of that – it saved my life, and I wanted to share that with these young people who have been struggling and show them the power of what music can do.”
The album was created in the space of three weeks – which is incredible in itself – with the help of singer/songwriter Nina Smith. She helped put the album together, and even performed a song with four other women on the night. Summaya Mughal of BBC Radio Nottingham and Fun Loving Criminal drummer, Frank Benbini also became involved with the project.
On the night, Mughal spoke of the group’s supportive atmosphere that made her push her own boundaries, even. Following her performance at the event, she explained – “I’m not a rapper, but Scorz [Scor-zay-zee] got me up on stage doing this. This group is so supportive, it’s amazing to have been a part of it – I feel blessed.”
The project has clearly had a positive effect on the young people involved, as Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies student Mae Monypenny proved when she rounded off her mesmerising performance with a show of emotion and a few tears.
Monypenny is attending the Youth Music Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 16 October. “Two of the other students from the group – Tiffany and Poppy – nominated me, and I’m so thankful that they did. I’m performing in Battersea Arts Centre – just me and my loop pedal!”
The project and launch party truly proved to be a success as Tricia Gardiner’s question to the audience; “public funding very well spent, right?” was met with excited cheers of agreement from the audience.
Click here to stream and download a digital album of Circle Of Light here!
Get your vinyl copy for £10.99 by emailing Will@imnotfromlondon.com