An unexpected year to say the least?
From political shifts to a worldwide pandemic that has affected us all.
It's a time to think positive. Think music. Think future.
Lest we forget, the support from everyone in the scratch community and those that supported TTW, other stores, labels, manufacturers and the industry as a whole during these difficult times. Salute.
2020 has seen continuous operational challenges and we are thankful to all the postal and courier companies for maintaining a robust service allowing TTW to meet customer demand, albeit with the odd delay.
Most of our plans for the year were pushed back due to the pandemic, however, we do have 2 successes that we wanted to take this opportunity to share.
The plan during 2020 was to introduce the Programme further afield, from the pioneering Leicestershire Schools Music Service, to other Music Services and Hubs nationally. We are proud to say that the syllabus has been accepted and launched by Severn Arts (Worchester Music Educaton Hub) and Sefton Music Service (SKY Hub Liverpool). We are optimistic for the year ahead and are looking forward to growing the scheme of work up and down the country.
A key driver to support the growth and expansion of the Programme has been the introduction of the Reloop SPiN Portable Turntable System as the preferred musical instrument.
Additionally, we also have acquired bespoke 'Class Cuts' branded flight cases by Magma Bags, that house a 'set' of 6 turntables and all ancillaries.
Further updates to follow.
BEATGEEK 2020 commenced it's planning stages in February 2020 and was awarded Arts Council England funding. Due to the pandemic, the funding was withdrawn from the Arts Council and placed into a recovery fund to help artists and venues.
The UK entered a second lockdown during November with a statement from the Government that parts of the UK will open up into a 'tier' system at the beginning of December.
There was belief internally that the UK, notably London, would 'open' up elements of the hospitality sector during December for the festive period. A unique window of opportunity to secure funding from Arts Council England arose and we were again successful.
The decision was therefore made to move the dates of BEATGEEK to the second weekend in December.
Seven different 'COVID Secure' event plans were drawn up to react to the evolving situation and to facilitate a 'live' physical event with the support of a 'live' digital streaming capability.
Plan C was triggered into operation, consisting of Friday evening and Saturday daytime events.
History - we pulled off the only live physical and digital DJ Battle and hybrid Beatbox event in 2020.
Those that believed in the vision.
BREXIT is here and we have been working hard to ensure all the back-end infrastructure is in place for an easy transition.
We will be continually assessing import/exports, logistics and all that is involved with an online store.
Within the first quarter of 2021, we will be initiating 2 major projects associated with the 2 successes mentioned above.
TTW will soon be recruiting.
Have a fantastic leap into 2021.
As always, many thanks for supporting TTW!
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