The bottom line is that there is less money around – promoters have less money, and punters are spending less – everyone’s a bit more risk averse. But gigs form the backbone of a lot of artists’, promoters and producers’ careers and income, so we need to find new models for financing tours, commissions and gigs. A few years ago a discussion around game-changing ideas might have focused on crowd funding, or artists doing gigs in people’s living rooms.

Joining the Dots wants to help people test new ideas – new relationships, deals or approaches – for making gigs, touring and commissioning more viable. Ideas that might be part of the answer in the future. More details on why we think this is important and examples of people already pioneering in this area in this blog.