Brand new council partnership for music networking events

by | Jul 15, 2019 | News

Brand new council partnership for music networking events

Jul 15, 2019 | News

By Anthony Nichols

In a bid to make the city’s music and creative media scenes more legitimised and inclusive for all, Brighton Sound Social has forged a relationship with Brighton & Hove City Council as a brand-new steering group for music policy within the city.

This follows just over a year of work building up the free monthly networking events which are open to the public, and anyone connected to music in the city, in a bid to have the kinds of conversations which will in turn raise the cultural output of the city.

It is true that Brighton & Hove already hosts some impressive events such as The Great Escape, Brighton Pride and Fringe, however there is seemingly a bubbling undercurrent of frustration from promoters and artists surrounding the inclusion of local artist and the accessibility for local venues which is holding our city back, and there are other topics such as facilities and general licensing laws which have also been voiced as concerns.

Has Brighton & Hove slipped back in the cultural map of Europe when we talk about live music events and the issues surrounding them? Has there been years of neglect post the era of large-scale events such as ‘Big Beach Boutique’ which was arguably one of the largest events the city has seen in the last 20 years? Fatboy Slim taking to the stage and headlining his own massive beach party encouraging hundreds of thousands of visitors over a one-day event.

The plans set forward by the team behind Brighton Sound Social back in 2018 was to bring engaging and informative topics to the events, and to have influencer panels driving forward the conversation. This would then in turn change the way we look at music policy in the city and help support artists in their quest to grow.

Brighton Sound Social has come a long way since it began in the Spring of 2018. In just over 12 months the team have covered topics including mental health in music, equality for women in music, music piracy, merchandising as a revenue stream and producer collaborations.

BSS is also now an official supporter and partner of Brighton Music Conference, and each year the team moderate the content within the various theatres and conduct their own talk localising electronic music at the conference.

For artists who are in need of support there are brand new ‘help and support’ pages launching in the Summer 2019; ready for the new set of events which launch in the Autumn. The pages named ‘Creative Block’ aim to help artists with a range of challenges within the growth of their work in the music and media industries, and give artists a two stepped support network, from partners ‘Creative Block & Flow’ and ‘Help for Musicians UK’.

The first set of events within the new season look to be full of informative and useful discussions. Some of the topics for the new season look to build on existing discussions members said they wanted to build upon; they include media in promotion such as photography and video.

These will be supported with fresh new topics which members expressed their feelings on. These are a direct result of a recent survey carried out due to the new council partnership. Some of those topics include licensing and funding for new events within the city.

To register as a member for Brighton Sound Social you can register for free and add yourself into the Facebook Group here. Full details on the events and to get useful help and advice from the Creative Block support pages are available on the website.


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You will be helping us grow the station and everything we have to offer by selling our S&P packages. The role will involve sourcing, connecting and following up leads from the local business community and engaging with them on a level where you can offer them our on-air S&P packages, coupled with our online and digital platform opportunities.

You’ll be working within a small team who make up the S&P team and giving the others members any support or advice where needed. This role is a commission only flexi position to begin with and will grow into a full-time paid position for the right candidate. The role is flexible in that it can work around other commitments the candidate may have. There will be a full review at the 3-month and 6-month periods to look at how the role will further develop according to the needs of the station.



To own and take responsibility of the S&P side of the new radio side of the business which will include researching, sourcing, engaging and closing sponsorship deals across our on-air and online platforms. The successful candidate will also be there for support for an existing small support team of people who are also talking to the business community.

It’s vital the successful candidate understands the full product. By product we mean the radio station and everything which it consists of including shows and opportunities for potential sponsors. Understanding where you are able to up-sell and discount where applicable in order to help complete deals.

It’s important the S&P Manager is able to source and engage with suitable companies within various sectors depending on the S&P package available. Creating great repour and relationships with the local business community through a range of tools and opportunities including business fayres, networking events and face to face meetings. Having regular meetings with the support team and company directors to ensure targets and being met. The S&P Manager must ensure they are able to close deals effectively and to train the members of the support team to close effectively too.

You must be driven to work alone but also be able to work closely with the rest of the team whilst having that hunger to grow and hit targets and deadlines which are set by you and the directors. Your communication skills must be strong, and it is important to be a brand ambassador for the company at all times. Past experience in sales is very important as you will be expected to manage your sales. You are also required to have a strong knowledge of using the Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel.

A keen interest in music is advantageous when you are out and about talking about the station. Additionally, all members within the team are proactive, enthusiastic, and driven people who think on their feet, all striving to deliver our core four values: Creative, Reliable, Driven & Fair. Where possible we go the extra mile and are accountable. We treat everyone the way we would want to be treated.



Anyone interested in this role needs to apply via –

Please include any experience you think may be relevant to the position, along with your current CV and some brief detail about why you want to join us before the closing deadline which is 5:00pm on Friday 26th February 2021.

Please ensure you put the ref below into your application and send it through to a member of our team will get back to you after the closing date.

POSITION: Radio S&P Manager
CLOSING DATE: Friday 26th February 2021
JOB REF: DGR-SPM-2021/02