Here at Leila & Geoffrey, we’re always looking for tips to share with our artist friends. We got really excited about this one!
The Help Musicians organisation launched a new program back in August – The Help Musicians Develop Fund. It is a fund to aid professional UK based-musicians access creative and professional development opportunities, both in the UK and internationally.
There are two streams:
The Transmission Fund – designed to help build careers by giving out grants between £500 – £1500, funding opportunities which allow musicians to focus on their development but supporting short courses, workshops, training, and coaching.
The Fusion Fund – offers £2,000 – £5,000 for musicians undertaking projects developing new work, ideas, and potential career directions through collaborative research.
We highly recommend researching more on the Help Musicians site!
There is so much help available, you just have to go look for it.
First of all, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who came out to LCPC’s big launch party a few weeks ago. It’s an exciting time, and we’re grateful to all who helped us celebrate this grand opening! The door is now open to this beautiful safe space. Whether it’s counselling you seek, or it’s you yourself who wishes to be a counsellor, LCPC offers a wide range of services. Low-cost appointments are available, as well as counselling courses – both certificate and diploma programs.
Also, there’s a pretty great deal if you pay a whopping £10 a year – become an LCPC member and receive a 10% discount on LCPC CPD events, talks and conferences. They’ve got some great events coming up, notably Michael Jacobs on November 25th who will be giving a workshop entitled ‘ Oedipus is Alive and Well’. Entrigued? Take a gander over here!
To cap off these exciting few weeks, Jason has been recently featured in a Daily Mail article to offer his insight on the growing number of women who ask their children not to call them ‘mum’.
Speaking to Maureen Brookbanks, he says ‘For some, there is a very real struggle in coming to terms with the life-long identity of being a mother…I suggest mums think carefully about the meaning and impact their demand not to be called Mum may have on their child. Relationships which use parental first names can still be very close, but why create a difference which the child will be impacted by?’
Read more about this phenomenon and what Jason has to say about it here
Leila & Geoffrey are excited to announce the launch of the Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Therapy! What is this you may ask? A lot of people might be familiar with CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Psychodynamic Therapy differs in that it tries to get at why you feel or behave the way you do (i.e., uncover deeper and often unconscious motivations for feelings and behavior) whereas CBT does not. CBT simply attempts to alleviate suffering as quickly as possible by training your mind to replace dysfunctional thought patterns, perceptions, and behaviour.
The Centre is located on New Walk in Leicester, and will offer an informal way of engaging the community in understanding mental health. Founder Jason Hughes has an ethos of inclusivity, so the purpose of LCPC is to give everyone the opportunity to access counselling services but offering sessions for as little as a fiver!
Come celebrate the opening, which will happen from 6pm on Friday, July 21st.
The Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling
For those of you in the Bristol area tomorrow evening, September Song will be giving a rare performance in their hometown to celebrate the release of their new concept album, ‘The Arrogance of Time’. Taking place at the Cube Microplex, their set also features featuring ex-members of Kid Sinister and Wushcatte.
John Douglass lost many members of his family to cancer and dementia over the past few years. Songwriting was the way he channeled his emotions through this difficult time, and from this the songs for the album were born. The band gave an interview for 365 Bristol – to find out more about the album, give it a read here.
Supporting them will be Eyebrow – a Bristol-based trumpet/drum duo. Take a listen to them here.
To pick yourself up some last minute tickets, visit www.seetickets.com and enjoy the show!
Sula Mae had a very exciting first half of 2017, what with her new EP ‘Blind’ peaking at an impressive no.4 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts!
In her interview with Beat Media, Sula explained a little about the title track which you can watch below. ‘I fell for a teacher at the school I worked at. I managed to build up the courage to tell him and realised he didn’t feel the same, it was all just a fascination I’d built up in my head. So ‘Blind’ is about that experience, of falling really fast and hard for someone, then realising afterwards that you kind of went a bit crazy and it wasn’t real. But I think you have to put yourself out there into these uncomfortable, vulnerable spaces or you’d never learn a thing.’
We love how our artists are using their voices to speak about important issues in our society that need addressing. Like Mila Falls, who is about to launch her ‘Life Unlabelled’ workshops in Norwich, Sula ran the #takehername campaign, which encouraged the support of women in music for International Woman’s Day. She used her EP release show to collaborate with Laid Bare Live’s launch of a new monthly event – ‘Songbirds’ – a series at 93 Feet East created to celebrate talented women in the music industry. PRS for Music reported that their membership of over 95,000 songwriters and composers is only 13 per cent female. And reportedly, there have been cases of female writers pitching songs under a male pseudonym to give themselves a better chance. The #takehername campaign’s aim is to help society move on from pigeon holing female musicians by image and understand that good musicianship and songwriting is all that counts.
Sula’s writing was featured in The F Word, so you can read all about #takehername here