Last winter we conducted a Members Survey, to get some invaluable insight into what we were doing well with and areas we could improve.
You can see the full results on the website, we published them after last years AGM in December, but the long and short of it was;
These insights gave us a clear steer on what we needed to focus on this year and beyond. I’m delighted that Radio Festival was really well received, with lots of new faces there this year, the Reelworld Radio Academy 30 under 30 had the highest number of entries ever and we’ve been able to build on their recognition with a moment on stage at this years ARIAS, and the ARIAS themselves had nearly double the number of entries as last year too.
We’ve been able to make the ARIAS FREE to attend for our Members and we also dramatically reduced the Entry Fees, making it a much more accessible industry awards than ever before.
The ARIAS show at the first direct Arena in Leeds is going to be fab, with Scott Mills hosting, Busted headlining and also featuring the exciting new artist Sigrid, Big Moon & The Fratellis and as you’d expect from us, a little surprise too.
As you can see then, we’ve tried to enhance our existing popular initiatives to meet the recommendations from the Survey.
In addition though, I really wanted to see what we could do to offer more Masterclasses, Opportunities to Learn and Share, Networking and above all, to see if we could make them FREE and outside London.
Hence, SEGUE [seg:way] the new event in Leeds over the 18th & 19th of this month in the build up to the ARIAS.
I’m acutely aware that Radio Festival can be out of reach for some and so I wanted to try and create a series of informative and inspirational talks and masterclasses of the calibre you’d expect to see at Festival, but outside London, without stretching our very limited resource too far and without impacting on our Members bank accounts.
And wow, we’ve got some big hitters lined up to share their knowledge and passion with you, here’s a taster of just a few;
For details on the various sessions and to book your place visit www.segueleeds.com I hope you’ll support Segue with your presence and I look forward to seeing you in Leeds next week.