Tobacco Dock, London
31 October - 2 November 2019
Tobacco Dock, London 31 October - 2 November 2019
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Tobacco Dock, London 31 October - 2 November 2019

Chris Bye

Head of Artist Development, Pirate Studios

Get The Show On The Road! Playing Live and Getting Gigs

  • 15:45 - 16:45
  • Thursday 8 November
  • Playing Live
  • The Astoria Room

    About Chris Bye

    Chris Bye is Head of Artist Development at Pirate Studios, the largest network of 24/7 rehearsal and DJ spaces in the world. He previously spent a decade at Arts Council England as a key supporter of emerging music talent; promoted; run a DIY label and moderated Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net.   

    In three years, Pirate Studios has grown from a single site to a community of over 35,000 artists, with over 250 rooms spanning 20 locations across three countries. The studios are open 24/7, 365 days-a-year at market-leading prices and sit alongside continual investment in technology, equipment and acoustic treatment. 

    Whilst rehearsal studios remain the core, the offer has diversified to include everything from writing, production and recording facilities; to programming festivals. The live-streaming programme, ‘Pirate Live’ provides the community with professionally mixed and mastered, HD, multi-camera production; as well as the opportunity to stream live alongside the hottest acts in the country. The inaugural ‘Pirate Prodigies’ talent development programme attracted 2000 entries in a single month and is already providing life-changing opportunities to the four winners.  

    Pirate Studios is not just just about rehearsals, it’s creating a genuine, artist-focused ecosystem. And it’s working.

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