Keith Ames

Songwriting & music industry comms

The future of food

My thanks go to Sailesh Mehta of accountants HW Fisher, who very kindly invited me to their event at the Victoria & Albert Museum this evening dedicated to sustainability and the future of food.

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Venues Day

I could be found at Islington Assembly Hall early this morning, setting up the MU mini-stand at the Music Venues Trust ‘Venues Day’, which is an annual event for several hundred managers and proprietors of grassroots venues across the UK.

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Ashridge GC

Last night I drove from MU HQ in Oval to Hemel Hempstead, where I stayed overnight, so that I could make an early start at Ashridge Golf Club, the venue for the annual PPL and PRS for Music Golf Day.

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Kingston kicks

I spent an enjoyable  afternoon visiting Kingston. Firstly dropping into Printstore where designer Steve Ames was ready to assist in creating “Musicians’ Passport” images for our promo materials ahead of the impending party political conferences.

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Wembley sunshine

My son Ben and I caught the train from Marylebone out to Wembley Stadium this afternoon and, having enjoyed the England band playing the classics around the Bobby Moore statue, met up with my long-term England match friend Peter Brown before taking our seats in the F Section behind a goal (in what was once the home fan C Section at the old Wembley).

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Upstairs at Ronnie’s

A fun evening in Soho in the company of Mark Batchelor as we shared a curry at the Delhi Brasserie and dropped in at Ronnie Scott’s following an invitation to the Cuban music night being held in the Upstairs’ bar.

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Meeting AFCB

My son Ben and I are spending a few days in my hometown of Bournemouth, enjoying the summer sun and visiting old haunts around the town and in the neighbouring  Christchurch and Poole.

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Two days in Bath

I completed my regular mid-summer visit to magazine publishers Future Fusion in Bath today. I caught the 8am train from Paddington yesterday and arrived in good time to have a full day working on the autumn issue of The Musician magazine.

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Sarastro

I caught a train from Beckenham into Charing Cross this evening to visit Sarastro in Covent Garden and to meet up with Luisa Santiago, the Brit School graduate, who had been one of the songwriters at the Chris Difford retreat I attended earlier this month. She was performing at a weekly residency at the restaurant in Drury Lane alongside her father, Gustavo, a percussionist.

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Brighton 2019

I travelled by train on Sunday from East Croydon to Brighton to attend and organise the MU’s Delegate Conference, which occurs every other year and is an opportunity for members to hear of, and question if appropriate, the work of the Union’s Executive Committee (EC) and Officials in the previous two years. The event also discusses possible changes to the MU Rules as well as the motions proposed by the Union’s Regions, all of which call on the EC to act on the issues of the day affecting working musicians.

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