It is with great excitement that I can announce that the end of year report and accounts for Operation New Music have been formally accepted by the Arts Council of England. So all focus is now on delivering the commitments given to the Arts Council of England and National Lottery for Year 2 which they have kindly provided further funding for. Although the current COVID 19 situation continues to frustrate my efforts to get live music events up and running again, the audience statistics for the radio and TV shows are a huge boost and I have been able to introduce new content onto Trust The Doc TV in late January. 2021 is set to be a very exciting year for all elements of Trust The Doc Media and Operation New Music. Your amazing support is an inspiration and I would like to thank everyone who continues to engage with these activities. Independent music has never been in a better state of health.
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The new Alternatives To Despair EP by Neil March has received two rave reviews from Evelin Mercedes. One is in https://music-trails.com/neil-march-produces-four-track-ep-alternatives-to-despair-with-distinctive-sounds-close-tohome/. The other is in https://medium.com/music-trails/neil-march-introduces-latest-ep-alternatives-to-despair-9142bbd17243
Demerara Records are delighted to announce that Neil March’s Operation New Music project has received a second year’s grant from the Arts Council of England and National Lottery. This is great news for all the music artists and those in their support networks who the project aims to support through opportunities, exposure and advice. Neil has expressed his gratitude to these fine organisations for supporting new music through his activities.
The new EP by Neil March is out now. Alternatives To Despair received its first spin this weekend on Resonance FM’s Hello Goodbye Show with Dexter Bentley and will feature on Exile FM this week. It finds Neil utilising various environmental sounds from which he can derive pitch and create harmony that is juxtaposed against conventional harmony. Check out the EP on Bandcamp. It will be available shortly on all digital platforms too. Neil hopes to be performing live in early 2020 with a newly revamped version of The Musc Of Sound too.
Tickets are on sale for the first Trust The Doc Live event since March. It takes place at the Amersham Arms, New Cross, London (opposite New Cross Station on National Rail & London Overground) on Thursday 15th October 2020. Tickets are £6 and it will be seated with table service under strict COVID guidelines. Get tickets here.
On the bill are Moses; Emma Kelly; Calm & The Fragile States. More info is available at https://facebook.com/DemeraraRecords
Summer may be in full bloom (and searing heat and humidity) but New Music never sleeps. The Trust The Doc Media momentum rolls on with the two radio shows reaching their highest audience engagement figures yet and Edition 8 of the TV show due to land on Tuesday 18th August. Keep checking in for all the latest news.
As the audience continues to grow for the Trust the Doc Radio show and its midweek podcast extra show so the numbers and types of submissions to the show are rising too. So presenter and producer Neil March has issued the following statement on the show’s social media pages.
Hey Music Lovers, as S Express once cried, a quick word on airplay given the levels of submissions to my Trust The Doc radio show. I definitely don’t want to discourage anyone from sending me tracks. It’s a privilege to receive and broadcast so much cool new music.
But it is a fact that the numbers regularly tuning in live and interacting with me and with fellow listeners continues to rise and so does the number of people accessing the podcast between live shows.
The midweek pre-recorded podcast show Trust The Doc Extra is also now seeing a week on week increase in listeners. I am massively grateful and hope it carries on. It does mean though that I am getting more and more labels, managers, pluggers, PR people and agents bringing me content every week, most of it being of a good standard too. And more artists are sending me direct submissions too. This is in addition to tracks I am picking up via Fresh on the Net moderation. So I have had to look at my policy for airplay.
It means sadly I am having to say no to some artists (which I really don’t like doing) purely because of the time I have each week to play new tracks. I recognise that repeat plays are really valuable to aspiring artists so I am trying to play a lot of tracks more than once but that is not always possible. The midweek show allows me to play more than was previously possible but I would need even more shows to play everything and, as things stand, that is not a practical possibility. So I apologise to anyone who has sent me music that has not been played.
I am continuously working through what I’ve been sent and playing as much new music as possible. As ever please don’t be put off submitting. And massive thanks to everyone who keeps on supporting the show. Saturday was an absolute blast. You can still hear it on the podcast at http://exilefm.com/podcasts/trust-the-doc-47.
It has been quite a week for all things relating to Demerara Records and Trust The Doc. To subscribe to the YouTube channel and watch all editions, including future ones, of Trust The Doc TV click here.
So what has all the excitement been about? Well Edition 2 of Trust The Doc TV was a triumph thanks to amazing content from all the talented music artists who appeared in it. Well over 200 views and counting so far.
Then there was the release of Josie‘s debut EP digitally worldwide after months of it only being available at live shows as a limited edition CD. It has already been played on Exile FM, Lonely Oak Radio and RKC. More airplay to follow we hope and the lyric video is now doing the rounds on social media.
The Trust The Doc Radio Show has enjoyed another strong week with over 5,600 listeners live or by podcast and another nailbiting Track of the Week poll that went down to the wire. The midweek podcast show Trust The Doc Extra is also building and this week it was an afterparty show for the TV show that aired on YouTube the previous night.
Last but not least Neil March‘s book The Independent Music Sector (2nd Edition) continues to sell and has received a couple of wonderful reviews from customers on the Amazon site. As the blurb points out it has more than twice the content of the first edition but for the same low price of £10 for the paperback. So if you are looking for a book that tells you all the essential information about operating across all the different areas of independent music it’s a no-brainer!