Manchester Collective: A cultural organisation for “people who live in the real world”

Classical music has a reputation for being uppity, a bit exclusionary. But Manchester Collective, co-founded in 2016 by their music director Rahki Singh, and chief executive Adam Szabo, set out to be different: “we had just both got to the point where we were really sick of seeing audiences that were old and white and very affluent”.   In fact, when I spoke to Adam, he was…

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Coronaverses Collective: The zine helping to save the UK’s music scene

It’s coming up to a year since the pandemic brought an indefinite end to conventional live music in the UK. Stripped of their dominant source of income, musicians have been left to seek out alternative ways of keeping themselves afloat, while the government continues to leave them stranded. The lack of sufficient financial support for…

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Change of scene: Supporting emerging artists with Guts Gallery and Short Supply

In-person exhibitions, international travel and reliance on zero-hour contracts are unsustainable foundations for the traditional gallery model. The pandemic has highlighted their fragility. As the restrictive realities of multiple lockdowns set in, belt-tightening measures were implemented by those at the top of large arts organisations whilst the lowest-paid staff – and countless freelancers – were…

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