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Superact would like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who have organised Our Big Gig events throughout July. From Durham to Plymouth, free community music festivals have been taking place across the country this July all organised by local community groups and volunteers. Pictures & Videos Check out our gallery of images from this year so far and please do send us your photos if you haven't done so already. Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or share them on our Facebook page. Prize Surveys If you organised an event this year we'd love to hear how it went. Ple...

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England’s biggest community music festival!  Our Big Gig events happening across the country in July Community groups organising free music events of all genres 10th - 12th July 2015 www.ourbiggig.co.uk Our Big Gig is here!  Superact CIC and the Department of Communities and Local Government have joined forces in supporting groups to organise summer music celebrations. The England-wide project has been dubbed the nation’s largest community music festival and is taking place from the 10th - 12th July. Communities Minister Baroness Williams said: “Our Big Gig gives music l...
You are invited to ......         Sea Changes 25th June 7.30pm A summer’s evening of songs, stories and music of the sea Fisherrow Centre, South St, Musselburgh We’re celebrating the last of our six workshops led by Eileen Penman and Martine Robertson. There will be snacks and refreshments, artwork by Linda McCann, and plenty of music and song.  Please RSVP to Gica Loening  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to let us know numbers coming Information about Sea Changes Sea Changes – songs and stories of the Sea, a series of ...
ONE MONTH TO GO TIL THE LAUNCH OF THE 2015 OUR BIG GIG! It’s one month to go until Our Big Gig the largest annual community music event will take place in towns and cities across England from the 10th – 12th July. Young people and community groups across the country have been working to bring their communities together to celebrate local musical talent and put on free music events for everyone to enjoy. This year communities are crowdfunding for their events through Spacehive, the crowdfunding website for civic projects, with support from the Department of Communities and Local Government an...
Our Big Gig EXTRA is bringing the community of Ealing together through music, with a series of workshops at Acton Community Forum from April 2015 onwards, leading to a FREE outdoor music festival on Saturday 13th June in Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ - just ten minutes walk from Ealing Broadway tube station.     This event will be a free, family-friendly one-day event showcasing local talent, offering music workshops and performances, with market stalls. We are working in partnership with Ealing Parks who will be running Wild About Walpole talks, demonstrations, natu...

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We're pleased to announce that we can now offer £200 to those wishing to take part in Our Big Gig this July, and it's not too late to get involved! To get your hands on this £200 you just need to set up a project with the crowdfunding platform Spacehive. More information on how to get involved can be found on our 2015 and Spacehive pages. Please contact the office or your Regional Manager if you have any questions about this year. If you have already set up a project with Spacehive, we will be pledging an additional £100 to you on the 4th June....

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The Our Big Gig team will be running an information and training event in London which everyone is welcome to attend.   Thursday 7th May 6.30pm - 9.30pm   Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets, Norvin House, 45-55 Commercial Street, London E1 6BD   Nearest tube: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East   This is a chance to hear more about the plans for this year, learn about crowdfunding through Spacehive and gain some new event management skills.   If you would like to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information  ...

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We have extended the deadline for people to register with Spacehive for Our Big Gig to the 31st May 2015.   This year in order to access funding from Our Big Gig you need to set up a project with Spacehive and crowdfund towards your event. You can add support in kind and existing funds to the campaign and Superact will pledge £100 towards your costs. More information on Spacehive and how to get involved can be found here We also have information events coming up in Birmingham and Salford this week - register here for more information. Superact's team of Regional Managers are on hand...
The Government have issued new Entertainment Licensing regulations which come into force from the 6th April 2015. This is important for those taking part in Our Big Gig this year as hopefully it should make thing slightly easier for organisers! Whether a licence is needed for music entertainment will depend on the circumstances. A licence is not required to stage a performance of live music, or the playing of recorded music if: it takes place between 8AM and 11PM; and it takes place at an alcohol on-licensed premises; and the audience is no more than 500 people You also don’t need a ...

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Our Big Gig, England’s largest community music festival is to return in 2015 from 10th to 12th July. The major change for 2015 is that all events requiring funding will be supported to crowdfund for their events on Spacehive.com, with match-funding available from the Department for Communities and Local Government.  Since 2013, over 380,000 people have attended 520 Our Big Gig events which have seen a wide variety of musical activities take place in a range of unusual spaces. From schools to skate parks, beaches to boats, some 8,000 volunteers have organised events f...
Extra, extra, read all about it! Our Big Gig EXTRA is bringing the communities of London together through music, with a series of workshops from April 2015 onwards, leading to two free outdoor music festivals on Saturday 13th June in Walpole Park in Ealing and Saturday 11th July in Mile End Park in Tower Hamlets. These events will be a free, family-friendly one-day events showcasing local talent, offering music workshops and performances, with food and market stalls. Outreach workshops From April 2015, there will be a series of free drop-in music workshops in both Ealing and Tower Hamlets....

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A creative new music project has been launched with four volunteer roles on offer to support the development of a new community music network in East Lothian  Created as part of the Our Big Gig EXTRA project, Superact are looking to recruit and train 4 specialist volunteers with responsibilities of fundraising, marketing, volunteer management and leading community music to build an ongoing programme of music making opportunities for people in East Lothian.  Interested applicants should apply by 3rd March 2015, and the new network will be supported by Superact to help build a commun...
Passionate about music? Want to help bring a community closer together through the arts? Yes to both? Then Superact wants to hear from you! Following the success of its Our Big Gig summer community music project, Superact is recruiting a part time Project Manager to deliver the Our Big Gig EXTRA programme in Scotland from January to June 2015. Using dedicated funding from Creative Scotland, Our Big Gig EXTRA will celebrate the diverse range of amateur and voluntary musicians in the local area and simultaneously get new people involved in music making activities.  The successful Pr...
Well we've poured through the data this summer and it's official - Our Big Gig 2014 rocked it!   Organised by Superact and backed by the Department for Communities and Local Government we can't wait for Our Big Gig 2015!  ...

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Eleni Taylor and Sophie Fleming have received the Community Star Award from the Communities Minister, Stephen Williams for their outstanding commitment to bring the Monks Road community in Lincoln together through music. Recognised for their efforts running Our Big Gig in the Arboretum as part of the national music festival Our Big Gig, Eleni and Sophie were selected as winners of the Community Star Award by Superact.  Receiving their award at the Houses of Parliament, Eleni and Sophie - both 16, presented details of their event to the Our Big Gig national advisory group which is chaire...
As a way of celebrating the tremendous work and achievements of our CEOs this year Our Big Gig is presenting a Community Star Award to one exceptional individual or duo that have shone out as outstanding organisers in their community.  Our Big Gig recognises how much time and effort goes into organising and promoting each event and as a way of showing our appreciation we’re giving away a special prize! What you will win: An expenses paid trip to London on September 10th or 11th - TBC A one night’s stay in a hotel Attend the Our Big Gig group advisory meeting where you will meet rep...
Our Big Gig 2014 came to a close on 13th July as over 180 different community events across England and Scotland drew in big crowds for the UK's biggest free community music festival. From 11th – 13th July people turned up at a variety of unususal spaces to enjoy a wealth of amateur and professional musical performances coupled with poetry readings, circus acts , song-writing workshops and more Part of the Inspired by 2012 brand, Our Big Gig once again achieved its aim of bringing communities together and inspiring individuals with hundreds of people signing up ...
Get out your guitar and drag out your drum for Our Big Gig is here! Launching today across England and Scotland, 177 communities up and down the country are set to enjoy a plethora of music celebrating culture from around the world. As the first events kick off across the country at 11am, no fewer than 31 gigs are scheduled for day one of the festival as communities from Hounslow to Huddersfield come together through music. Katharine Lane, Our Big Gig Project Manager said: “All of us at Superact are so excited that Our Big Gig is finally here. All around the country event organisers and vol...
Launched by National Funding Scheme in 2013, Donate is a way to give to the cultural things that inspire and move you. It’s been designed to make it easy for you to make donations to cultural causes either online or using your mobile phone. We are pleased to announce that Superact has now been set up as an official Donate partner, with Our Big Gig 2015 being our first cultural cause! If you are passionate about community music and arts, and believe in the work that Superact and Our Big Gig do, it would mean a lot to us if you made a donation – no matter how big or small. Your donation will h...
It's the final countdown with just one week to go until Our Big Gig 2014 launches across England and Scotland. Over 7,000 musicians will be performing on ferries across the Mersey, in skate parks, on village greens, in a hospital, a castle and in venues from St Ives to Shetland in the country’s biggest music festival from 11 to 13 July. Our Big Gig is expected to attract  thousands of people to free events designed to promote wellbeing and bring together communities through music. 2,000 volunteers will be helping to host 177 performances, workshops and communal events offering opportunit...
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