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WANTED: Freelance Music PR

New Music @ the Albany

A new home for new music in SE London


PR Brief


We’re looking for an experienced publicist with contacts across the music industry and with trade, London and national music media who can help us tell the story of our exciting new music programme. The suitable person will have knowledge and understanding of the funded music sector, and ideas as to how our work can become part of the story of the booming SE London music scene.  We’re aiming for coverage in arts pages, music industry trade magazines and for feature coverage across a broad range of outlets (national, London and online). We’re relaunching the music programme in Autumn 2018. It will focus on new jazz/experimental, contemporary, electronica, and new song-writing with a particular focus on cross-genre innovation. We’re also taking a developmental approach to working with musicians and bands. The overall focus is to establish the Albany as a home for the work that’s coming out of the thriving SE London scene, particularly jazz and new electronica.


Fixed fee, freelance contract. Ballpark fee £2k but negotiable.


Express your interest by sending some information about your experience and a brief overview of your proposal to: by 9am on 17 July.


To arrange an informal conversation about the role, email Kate Farrell, Head of Marketing:



Background and campaign information


The Albany is an arts centre based in the heart of Deptford with a history embedded in the local community, and driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. The venue has a 500 capacity ‘big top inspired’ main house, as well as two smaller studio spaces, many resident companies housed in offices throughout the building, a café and a large garden.  See


Trialling an innovative new model working with composers, producers and songwriters, the Albany will offer creative advice, producing support, grant application support and free rehearsal space to musicians focusing on artistic and professional development through bespoke support packages.


The Albany has a rich musical heritage and radical activist past - in the 70s hosted many roots, reggae and rock acts such as the Wailers and The Clash and 15 notable Rock against Racism gigs. More recently some amazing gigs last year included a sold-out Warsnare with 3D sound in our recently refurbished beautiful round theatre, Nubiyan Twist, Jazz Jamaica and The Unthanks. Our track record of developing young musicians e.g. Jay Johnson and Megan Tucker, through our Young Creatives programme and partnership with the Ed Renshaw Music Award has seen many go on to receive management and industry support.


Mercury-nominated songwriter Eska has been an Albany Associate Artist for the last 3 years, working across our Creative Programme, and over the next 2 years we will work with her on the development of a new opera.  Shingai Shoniwa developed as a young artist through the Albany and has chosen us our venue to launch her new solo project on 13 September which will also serve as the launch event for the programme. Daniel Potter (AKA Warsnare) is receiving producing support, funding advice and rehearsal space and Gwyneth Herbert is working with our over 60s participants to gain composition/facilitation experience and material for her next project. Leyendekker, a key part of the thriving SE London electronica scene, will host bi-monthly studio gigs and the acclaimed Steam Down Collective will also join us for a bi-monthly large-scale event, following their first gig with us as part of the LJF in November. This strategic way of working with artists will develop their practice and careers into new areas, their relationship with us as a venue and our audiences, and we are committed to the artist development which underpins this.


Forthcoming gigs/events

  • 13 Sept: Shingai Shoniwa (star of the Noisettes launching her own solo project)

  • 21 Sept: Leyendekker bi-monthly nights launch (presenting new SE London electronic acts)

  • 4 Oct: Sawa Manga (local SE act fast gaining industry attention)

  • 5 Oct: Daniel Potter presents Warchestra (young local composer producer)

  • 6 Oct: This Heat (Charles Hayward acclaimed drummer with last ever gig of his legendary 70s group This Heat – sold out Barbican gig last year)

  • 14 Oct: Gwyneth Herbert ‘Letters I have written’ (highly regarded jazz/folk singer/songwriter with her new project which will involve members of our over 60s artistic group ‘Meet Me at the Albany’)

  • 19 Oct: Tawiah (very hot upcoming solo artist with her last EP and some new tracks)

  • 31 Oct: Transglobal Underground & Natasha Atlas (Ed Renshaw awards fundraiser)

  • 1 Nov: Riot Jazz Ensemble (Ed Renshaw awards fundraiser)

  • 2 Nov: Tomorrow’s Warriors (Ed Renshaw awards Fundraiser)

  • 8 Nov: Lisa Knapp Quartet

  • 9 Nov: Hejira (fantastic award-winning London experimental group launching 2nd album)

  • 17 Nov: Steam Down collective (from the legendary Steam Down nights which take place in weekly residency at Buster Mantis in Deptford – bi-monthly events to take place from 2019)



Express your interest by sending some information about your experience and a brief overview of your proposal to: by 9am on 17 July.


To arrange an informal conversation about the role, email Kate Farrell, Head of Marketing: kate.farrell@thealbany.