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DINA Sheffield’s DIY artspace has been commissioned by Arts Council England to produce  i-NOW " a ground breaking season of work dedicated to offsetting the damage to Sheffield's music scene created by COVID" 


According to ‘This is Music’ the economic measurement tool of the UK music industry,  their post-COVID impact report shows that music unemployment rose to 35% of the countries active musicians - with music's contribution to the UK's economy falling from £5.8 billion to £3.1 billion.

Changes include management shift at the Leadmill - as it falls out of local independent control, the closures of CODE, Gut Level, Sheffield Creative Guild, Foodhall, Radio Mondo  and the ongoing threat to small independent DIY venues like the Dorothy Pax and DINA itself.

Collaborating with grassroots organisations and venues, we will be profiling emergent trends and opportunties via  workshops offering practical production techniques,  live gigs, production skills  and the launch of a radical new label. 

Image: Promotional image for our 3rd i-Now event. Artwork by Zoe Genders


i-NOW connects five innovators - UK curators Nik Colke Void, ITOA (Kalida Festival), Alex McClean (Algomech), Abdullah Al-Walli (WARP) and Rotherham based composer Mark Fell to a network of local grassroots organisations to design events and workshops to stimulate the cities audiences and musicians alike.


DINA curators and partners will also co create over 25 free to attend music workshops in South Yorkshire during January/February  2023 .


i-NOW ‘s new independent record label has been created in partnership with radio station Black Beacon Sound .‘The Label’ will only release music from artists offering  socially relevant messages and avoid mainstream themes - challenging artists to produce tracks that address contemporary problems and relevance to audiences .  .


 The first release will be launched live at an DINA on Tuesday 13th December - Free to attend. Read more about the event here.

Image: Nik Colk Void 

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