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We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. We offer PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office and Account Managers, you will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

  • To assist the Account Managers with their set of clients, working with them in securing press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience in PR, marketing or social media
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Fluency in another language
  • 3-6 month internship in an arts PR organisation or similar experience

Salary: £20,000 per annum (plus opportunities for bonuses) for full-time role

We are open to receiving applicants looking for a part-time role as an Account Manager. Please ask Olivia Brown for more details on this.

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their ethnicity, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat Junior Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 27th August 2018.

(Written on August 10, 2018 )

Keith Burstein’s new opera, ‘The Prometheus Revolution’, has been performed by Fulham Opera at the Arcola Theatre this week, as part of 2018’s Grimeborn festival.

It’s been such a fantastic campaign, we wanted to share some of the press highlights! Have a look below…

Planet Hugill

Robert Hugill (Planet Hugill)

“Highly charged and richly passionate music….

An uneasy mix: politics, spirituality and melody in Keith Burstein’s new opera

A new opera which combines politics, new-age spirituality and an unashamedly tonal score.

…Burstein’s music is unashamedly tonal and after the complex piano prelude we were plunged into a torrent of melody. Just as the plot began in media res, Burstein’s score is similarly highly charged and passionate from the outset. His writing is a stream of melody; as a composer, I also write tunes in my operas but mine are usually hard won and I cannot help but admire Burstein’s sheer fertility…

…Burstein used familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways…

…The confined space also meant that it was rather a noisy affair at times, in richly passionate music you can hardly expect singers to shut up, and I longed for a larger auditorium…

…I have to commend the cast, all of whom gave sterling performances. Each singer had their own moment or moments, and there were a lot of notes. Everyone really committed themselves to the performance and to the piece, and their support for new opera is admirable.”

Meirion Bowen

“…Burstein’s music… had an adroitly conceived mixture of styles indebted not only to opera, but to Broadway and pop ballads. The singers here, led by Alex Haigh, as the billionaire, and Lucie Louvrier as his infatuated PA, were uniformly excellent, clearly relishing their voice-lines, and acting skilfully. They were accompanied throughout by a pianist (Ben Woodward, a skilful performer, here): but it seemed to me that Burstein’s score would have made a much stronger impact if it had been orchestrated. A project for the future: though I hope Burstein has the opportunity to embark on fresh dramatic projects, as he quite clearly has both talent and imagination.”

TheatreCat

“…Prometheus stole fire from the gods in order to ensure human progress, and met with a grisly eternal punishment as a reward: Zeus’ eagle devouring his liver daily. Keith Burstein’s new opera The Prometheus Revolution attempts to engage with this Greek myth through a story of modern-day capitalism and revolt. Peter (Alex Haigh) redirects two trillion pounds from the City to the Prometheus Peace Movement, revivifying a socially rebellious organisation which he founded, but left to become a successful banker or deep undercover rebel agent: his erstwhile partner in the Prometheus Movement, Aaron (Robert Garland), can’t be sure which, as the (mainly sexual) tensions of their youth threaten to break the Movement apart just as civil war finally gets going. Fulham Opera field a dazzlingly strong young cast to give Burstein’s opera its world premiere; singing is lyrical and compelling throughout, piano accompaniment from Ben Woodward richly expressive, direction from Sophie Gilpin clear and clever. Sunny Smith’s pared-down, efficient design uses a grid of steel ropes on a platform in the centre of the playing space to suggest the glass and steel of a City office, or a prison cell; the addition of blinds, swags or banners suggests meeting rooms, hotel balconies and Movement HQ…..

…However, despite music, design and direction all being on point, The Prometheus Revolution is a severe test of performance…

…Caroline Carragher’s Wona is outstanding; James Schouten’s Des, brilliantly vivid; Nick Dwyer’s oily Zapruder, eye-catchingly charismatic…

…what [the singers] achieve with this piece is seriously impressive.”

Audience feedback

“Great show, incredible music, amazing night.” – Danai Nardi
 
“ It has completely changed my view of opera. Great journey and incredibly deep ideas.” – Abdurahman Jafar
 
“An unforgettable experience. Tremendously moving music.” – Ken Jones
 
“I left humming the tunes.” – Richard Stoner
 
“Good to see how well your opera has been received. Not at all surprising given its quality of composition and the outstanding performance by Fulham Opera.” – David and Sue Fergusson

(Written on August 9, 2018 )

The 2018/19 season for the Milton Keynes City Orchestra has been announced today.

The fantastic programme includes performances from the likes of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough and Craig Ogden, who will join the ensemble in Milton Keynes. The season kicks off in September with the MK Proms, featuring soprano Ellie Laugharne.

Musical Director Damian Iorio said: “MKCO has over 40 years of tradition and it is a great pleasure to present the new season which will include a broad range of works covering the string, chamber and symphonic orchestra repertoire. I also look forward to working with some fantastic soloists, including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough and Federico Colli.”

The orchestra also welcomes its new leader, violinist Helena Wood, and also continues its collaboration with Yamaha, giving a concerto opportunity to the winner of their Music Foundation of Europe scholarship.

A link to the full concert season brochure is here. Tickets now on-sale.

(Written on July 30, 2018 )

We are delighted to be working with North-West based ensemble, Psappha, on its 2018/19 concert season. Furthermore, we can announce that Mark-Anthony Turnage has been announced as Psappha’s newest Patron, following the death of longtime Psappha Patron and collaborator Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in 2016.

“I’m really pleased that Psappha has asked me to become their new Patron. It’s an honour to take on the position from Max after his 21 years in the role… The group’s commitment to living composers is a vital element in British musical life and I’m looking forward to supporting these brilliant musicians and their work in the future.” – Mark-Anthony Turnage, July 2018

Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group, comprising seven core instrumentalists, is based at St Michael’s, the former Italian chapel in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It shares this venue with The Hallé.

Psappha is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England (ACE) and a Talent Development Partner for PRS for Music Foundation.

In addition to public performancees, Psappha offers a wealth of online content for contemporary classical enthusiasts. Its YouTube channel has achieved more than 70,000 views in the past 12 months, and offers more than 160 free-to-view films of live performances and a number of free online film-based resources for young composers.

Psappha’s Composition Lab offers support to GCSE and A-level music students through 100 short films presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood, which explore different orchestral instruments, musical styles and instrumental techniques. Psappha Kids is a free resource specially devised to support the teaching of classroom music by specialist and non-specialist teachers of children aged 7-11, and includes lesson plans, class-based musical activities and extension tasks, fully supported through a series of short films.

The Composing for… scheme is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent. They will be offered expert support and professional guidance over an extended period to create new works that will be filmed and hosted on Psappha’s YouTube Channel, and considered for a future Psappha performance.

Psappha is supported by ACE’s Catalyst: Evolve scheme, which matches donations pound-for- pound, helping to create a “more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector”.

The first concert in the 2018/19 will be ‘New Adventures’ on Thursday 27 September at Stoller Hall, Manchester.

See Psappha in action below!

(Written on July 18, 2018 )

WildKat PR freut sich auf die Fortsetzung der Arbeit mit dem Koreanischen Kulturzentrum. Das nächste Projekt dreht sich um eine der wichtigsten weiblichen Künstlerinnen der 80er Jahre: Eine Retrospektive der amerikanisch-koreanischen Künstlerin Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.

1951 in Busan, Südkorea geboren, flohen Theresa Cha und ihre Familie vor dem Koreakrieg an die Westküste der USA. Ein früher Einschnitt im Leben der Künstlerin, mit dem sie sich ihr ganzes Leben auseinandersetzen sollte. Denn kulturelle Entwurzelung und die Notwendigkeit eine neue, eine fremde Sprache zu lernen sind wichtige Motive ihrer Kunst.

Cha blieb aber zunächst noch länger in den USA. Sie studierte an der University of San Francisco und der University of California, Berkeley. Dann ging sie nach Europa ans Centre d’Etudes Americaine du Cinema in Paris. Von dort zog sie nach Kanada und ließ sich schließlich 1979 in New York nieder, um am Elizabeth Seton College zu unterrichten und beim Metropolitan Museum of Art zu arbeiten. Zugleich arbeitete sie in dieser Zeit als Redakteurin und Schriftstellerin bei Tanam Press. 1982 wurde sie vergewaltigt und brutal ermordet. Ihre Arbeiten sind geblieben und haben im Laufe der Zeit nur an Bedeutung gewonnen.

Gefeiert als eine der wichtigsten feministischen und postkolonialen Künstlerinnen sind ihre Arbeiten von einer solchen Dringlichkeit und Relevanz, dass man sich ihrer Kraft nicht entziehen kann. Cha erforschte die Grundlagen vieler heutiger Diskurse. Die Aspekte von Verlust und Verdrängung, geprägt durch ihre Erfahrungen von Flucht, Einwanderung und Integration, verbindet sie immer mit dem Akt des Sprechens und des sich-ausdrücken-könnens. Wie kann man sich das Leben in einer Welt vorstellen, der man fremd ist und die einem fremd ist? Die Denkrichtungen der Zeit aufnehmend hat sie ihre eigene Arbeit radikal gestaltet. Von Sprechen über das figurative Mutterland bis hin zu den sprachlosen Videoarbeiten, thematisiert sie die Verletzlichkeit des Menschen in einer entwurzelten Welt und die Ausbeutung der Frau im Besonderen.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Permutations, 1976; 16mm film; black-and-white, silent, 10 min.; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; gift of the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Memorial Foundation.

[Note: The artist’s sister (pictured) is the subject of this structuralist work. Cha herself appears in a single frame.]

Ihre Formen fand sie dabei sowohl im Film, in der Fotografie und in der Literatur. Die Retrospektive im koreanischen Kulturzentrum nimmt genau diese Vielfalt auf und präsentiert neben ihren Videoarbeiten auch ihr literarisches Hauptwerk Dictée. Das Buch, das Verbindungen zwischen weiblichen Märtyrerfiguren von der griechischen Antike, über die koreanische Mythologie bis hin zur französischen Revolution schafft, ist ein wirklich bemerkenswertes Stück Kunst. Das Buch ist im Original in einer Mischung aus Englisch, Französisch und Koreanisch geschrieben. Die Künstlerin Heide Hinrichs hat sich nun der Aufgabe angenommen, erstmals eine ins Deutsche übertragende Fassung zu präsentieren.

Theresa Chas Filme liefen zuletzt im MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) in New York, ihre bildende Kunst wurde in Ausstellungen an der Universität Berkeley, in Barcelona und Wien gezeigt und nun endlich in Berlin.

Eröffnet wird die Ausstellung am 20. September mit einer Performance von kate-hers RHEE. Die in Berlin lebende Künstlerin steht wie Cha in einer Linie von koreanisch-amerikanischen Künstlerinnen, die Heimat und Verlust erforschen. Zudem gibt es im November einen Workshop mit dem Filmemacher Mischa Leinkauf.

 

Cha made quiet work with a disquieting impact.

(New York Times)

(Written on July 16, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns sehr auf unsere kommende Zusammenarbeit mit dem russischen Komponisten und Pianisten Yury Kunets.

Als gefeierter Komponist lässt sich Yury Kunets von den Welten der Klassik-, Jazz- und Popmusik inspirieren, um vielfältige und inspirierende Musik zu schaffen. Er selbst beschreibt seine musikalische Herkunft wie folgt:

„Es waren die russischen Komponisten wie Tschaikowski, Schostakowitsch und Rachmaninow, die deutsch-österreichischen Größen wie Mozart, Bach und Beethoven, aber auch Jazz-Legenden wie Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder oder Al Jarreau, die meinen Stil maßgeblich beeinflussten. Ich wollte große Symphonien komponieren. Sie sollten unverkennbar die Handschrift meiner Herkunft tragen und dennoch internationales Format besitzen.“

1957 geboren und aufgewachsen in dem südostukrainischen Bergarbeiter-Städtchen Perwomajsk, schenkte ihm sein Onkel bereits im Kindesalter ein Akkordeon, auf dem er pausenlos spielte. In der achten Klasse war er Pianist und Komponist der schuleigenen Band. Anstatt anschließend auf das Konservatorium zu wechseln, musste er zuerst seinen Militärdienst leisten.

Im Jahr 1980 kam Kunets jedoch zur Musik zurück und schloss die Kulturhochschule im ukrainischen Tschernigow mit einem Doktor der Musikpädagogik ab. Die darauf folgenden zehn Jahre arbeitete er als Orchesterleiter in der sibirischen Stadt Surgut und tourte außerdem mit seiner ersten Band „Impuls Five“ durch Russland und Europa.

Als er den Autor und Regisseur Maxim Kapitanovsky traf und anfing an einzelnen Projekten mit ihm zu arbeiten, nahm seine Karriere eine neue Wendung ein. Zusammen produzierten sie zwei Musicalfilme, „Blame it all on the Beatles” für den russischen Fernsehsender Rossiya und „Don’t Shoot The Musicians.“

Seither komponiert Kunets insbesondere instrumentale Musik und lässt die Öffentlichkeit durch CD-Aufnahmen daran teilhaben. Zuletzt arbeitete er mit dem amerikanischen, preisgekrönten Dirigenten Lee Holdridge und dem britischem Grammy-Gewinner und Produzenten Christopher Alder zusammen. 2011 spielten sie „Renaissance“ mit dem Wroclaw Score Orchestra ein, 2014 produzierten sie die symphonische CD „Dedication“ beim Label Solo-Musica.

Kunets Komposition ‚Autumn’. Produziert von Chris Alder, dirigiert und orchestriert von Lee Holdridge. 

WildKat unterstützt Yury Kunets in den kommenden Monaten bei der Präsentation und Kontaktaufnahme zur internationalen Film- und Werbeindustrie. Darüber hinaus freuen wir uns die Promotion seiner nächsten CD zu übernehmen, die im Spätherbst 2018 veröffentlicht wird.

(Written on July 11, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fifth year. Music@Malling 2018 will take audiences on a journey through music and time: placing the music of contemporary composers alongside classical, jazz, vocal, world and film music in and around the stunning historic venues and landscapes of West Malling, Kent, from 16th – 29th September. Combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music, the eighth Music@Malling festival comprises 28 events across 14 days. A unique festival in Kent that has built audiences from scratch engaging people from the local area, region and beyond.

This year, outreach work includes 1,800 children from 20 primary schools composing theme tunes for the theme park rides in The Great Enormo, a 21st Century Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, written by Michael Rosen and set to music by husband and wife team, Morgan Pochin, featuring Chamber Domaine.

 

 

Concerts include an exciting array of artists; Tenebrae, Chamber Domaine, Tippett Quartet, leading young pianist Vanessa Benelli Mossel, organist Rupert Jeffcoat, outstanding Cellists Peter Gregson and Richard Harwood, Vocalist and Violinist Lizzie Ball, Violinist Thomas Bowes, guitarists Morgan Szymanksi and Craig Ogden, and James Pearson – Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s.

 

Contemporary composers are celebrated alongside composer greats; from Master of Queen’s Music Judith Weir, Owain Park, Debussy, Elgar, Tavener, Vaughn Williams, Parry, Bridge, to Bach alongside unsung composing talents such as Eugène Ysaÿe.

Notable periods of history are commemorated including The Armistice with Charles Dance, legendary actor narrating a programme with readings from Siegfried Sassoon and newly discovered correspondence from leading figures from the 20th century. Also ahead of its World Premiere at London’s V & A in November and to mark the end of the prestigious Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition, Lizzie Ball and Morgan Szymanksi, will be previewing a selection of works from Corrido – A Ballad for The Bravetaking musical and visual inspiration from the cultural landscape of Frida’s time in the inspiring All Saint’s Church, Tudeley with its famous Marc Chagall windows.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Music@Malling 2018 promises to be our biggest festival yet!  Including works by Debussy, Elgar, Vaughn Williams, Stanford, Parry, Bridge, Ysaÿe, Walton and Delius.  Judith Weir – Master the Queen’s Music and a leading contemporary composer, is featured across five programmes and will be giving a talk about her music and how it connects with the past.  I am also delighted to have side-by-side events, a jamming session with James Pearson and Go Compose to inspire young musicians from across Kent. I started my violin lessons in the kitchen at West Malling Primary and I know that I would have been thrilled to have such an opportunity’.

(Written on July 9, 2018 )

We are delighted to announce that we are working with the youth arts charity Music for Youth.

London Office Director Olivia Brown says, “This announcement comes at the end of a week of great news for our company, and really emphasises WildKat’s status as a creative agency. Alongside our creative PR services that will truly boost Music for Youth’s profile in both the mainstream media and the classical music press, we will be creating digital content and planning a creative campaign. These services are unique to WildKat and make sure that our clients are truly reaching the right audiences with the right approach. Our current team is made up of musicians, ex-music teachers, and funding experts, so we are really excited to have won this pitch and to begin a successful campaign with Music for Youth.”

The WildKat team is heading to Birmingham today for the National Festival, and we are excited to see the array of musical events put on by school groups from around the country. 10,000 young musicians will be taking to the stage at world-class performance venues and outdoor spaces across the city throughout the week.

© Music for Youth

Music for Youth is an organisation for people aged 21 and under, with a vision to be the UK’s most respected provider of musical performance opportunities for young people and a keen supporter and partner of music education.

Music for Youth has a Regional Festival that takes place between January and April every year. Over 40,000 young people take part in the series, showcasing jazz bands, school choirs, steel pans, string orchestras, and so much more! These events give young musicians the chance to feel part of something bigger and receive valuable feedback from their Music Mentors.

© Music for Youth

The organisation also gives the opportunity for children to perform who do not have access to school music lessons, and those who are self taught musicians and who play a wider range of instruments than those offered at their school. Schemes and engagements Music for Youth offer include the Festival Fringe, the Frequencies programme, the New Music Stage,  MFY Connects and the Music for Youth Proms, which take place at the Royal Albert Hall every year. These schemes generate opportunities for young people to take centre-stage at major business and industry events outside of Music for Youth’s season, giving access to new audiences, settings and experiences.

We very much look forward to representing and promoting Music for Youth as it approached its 50th anniversary year in 2020. We will be working on creative problem-solving and strategy, press and PR, digital content and placement, and a creative marketing campaign.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Instagram, where we’ll be sharing activities from throughout the day.

(Written on July 6, 2018 )

„Food & Farm“ portraitiert Musiker der Bamberger Symphoniker

Wir sind von guten Geschichten begeistert, wir lieben Musik und noch viel mehr, wir sind innovativ. Und: wir schauen über den Tellerrand und generieren Artikel in außermusikalischen Medien für unsere Kunden.

Die aktuelle Ausgabe der „Food & Farm“, Magazin für Natur und Lebensart, portraitiert erstmals Musiker der Bamberger Symphoniker und berichtet über ihre umwelt- und naturbewusste Lebensweise, ihren Gemüse- und Obstanbau und ihre eigene Tierhaltung.

„Food & Farm“ wird in Deutschland, Österreich, der Schweiz, Benelux, Spanien und Italien mit einer Auflage von 90.000 Exemplaren veröffentlicht.

 

 

 

Für PR-Arbeit braucht man oftmals viel Geduld und einen langen Atem. Doch wenn das Resultat stimmt, hat es sich gelohnt. Mit den Bamberger Symphonikern verbindet WildKat eine bereits über 5-jährige Zusammenarbeit. Neben Konzerten und CD-Veröffentlichungen kümmern wir uns auch um das Erreichen neuer Zielgruppen. Wir treffen uns regelmäßig mit dem Team des Orchesters und mit den Musikern, um deren Hobbies, Lebensweisen, besondere Talente etc. kennenzulernen und daraus Geschichten zu entwickeln.

Im Sommer 2016 sprachen wir erstmals mit dem Ehepaar Trunk, das hauptberuflich bei den Symphonikern spielt, und nebenher mit der Familie eine Art Selbstversorgerhof aufgebaut hat. Wir besuchten sie, um uns einen eigenen Eindruck zu verschaffen und waren überwältigt! Die Geschichte war authentisch, voller Lebensfreude, Naturverbundenheit und damit etwas wirklich Besonderes. Die Pitches gingen raus – und „Food & Farm“ biss an. Im Sommer 2017 erhielt Familie Trunk Besuch von einer Journalistin und einem Fotografen des Magazins. In der Juli/August-Ausgabe 2018 wurde der Artikel nun abgedruckt.

Kurz verweilen und einen Blick in den Artikel werfen? Dann hier klicken.

Und wir sind natürlich schon längst wieder an einer neuen Geschichte dran…

  

 

WildKat steps outside of the box!

“Food & Farm” writes about musicians from the Bamberg Symphony

We’re excited by great stories, we love music and so much more, we’re innovative, and we step outside the box in order to publish articles about our clients in unusual and non-music related publications.

The current edition of “Food & Farm”, a magazine for nature and lifestyle, has produced a portrait of two musicians from the Bamberg Symphony, a married couple with a family of their own, and writes about their environmentally friendly and nature conscious way of living, their fruit and vegetable plots and the rearing of their own livestock.

“Food & Farm” is published in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy with a print run of 90,000 copies per edition.

When it comes to PR, one must often have a lot of patience and be able to wait with bated breath for quite some time before one sees results. However, when the results come and the hard work pays off, boy is it worth it! WildKat PR has been working closely with the Bamberg Symphony for more than five years, taking care of concert and CD promotion and focusing on reaching out to new target groups. We regularly meet the orchestra’s administrative team and the musicians to get to know them better and to talk about their hobbies, lifestyle, special talents and so forth, and from there on to find and develop great stories.

We firstly spoke to the Trunk couple, who play with the orchestra as their main profession, in the summer of 2016 and spent a delightful time learning about how the family first developed their own style of independent living and self-subsistence. We visited the family to get our own idea of their setup and were utterly amazed! Their story was authentic and truly showed their joy for life and connection to nature. It was really something rather special. We then released a pitch about the couple – and “Food & Farm” took the bait. The Trunk family were visited by a journalist and a photographer from the magazine in the summer of 2017 and the story has just been published in the July/August 2018 edition.

Fancy a read? Click here for a sample of the full article!

And, of course, we’re already working on another story…

 

 

(Written on July 5, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw has joined WildKat PR as Composer Relations and PR Executive, and the company has launched new services for the culture and music communities.

Naomi’s inclusion into the company brings expert knowledge in the fields of copyright, music royalties, funding and publishing, accumulated from over ten years’ experience of working at PRS for Music, MCPS and PRS Foundation.

With this in mind, WildKat will be offering affordable consultancy for composers and small-scale organisations in the following areas:

  • Composer Consultancy– a tailored handbook for composers on all things to kick-start your career, and music royalty administration
  • Funding Advice – creative approaches to funding, and how/where to apply

These new services will be made affordable through hourly billing. This means that composers can get long-term support and tailored advice from WildKat, in an affordable and accessible way, ensuring accessibility for all.

 

Led by Naomi, WildKat is also bringing back #OpenSessions, starting with the following new themes:

  • Funding 101
  • #Royalties – How to get paid for writing music
  • Grand Rights – What is that?
  • Publishing for Dummies

#OpenSessions are free of charge 15-minute sessions. Through quick-fire consultancy, industry individuals including artists and musicians, labels, management, designers and creatives are able to learn about different part of the sector from members of the WildKat team.

Naomi Belshaw commented: “I am really excited about the prospect of giving tailored advice to early career composers. The landscape of the music industry has changed enormously in the last decade and now a composer needs to think differently about publishing, commissioning and much, much more. For example, the number of young composers being taken on by classical publishers today total less than one per year. As the classical composer “giants” of the 19th and 20th centuries go out of copyright, publishers are having to change their models to survive; taking on composers who cross genre boundaries, write for TV, film and games or only on a work by work basis. Suffice it to say from publishing to recording to promotion, the modern composer has to be much more agile and savvy in the 21st century.”

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat, says: “I am really thrilled to have Naomi join our team in London. She brings with her a wealth of experience and embodies the WildKat ethos through and through: a love for music and furthering careers in this sector.

WildKat has always been the leader in innovating and adapting to challenging times in this sector and I feel particularly the new sort of musician or ensemble need a much more wholesome approach with many elements, such as publishing, thread into their requirements. We are excited to offer such comprehensive advice and services.”

Director of the London Office Olivia Brown says: “As WildKat has adapted to changes in the industry over the years, we have developed the company into a creative agency. Through our recent signings, including Music for Youth, Spitalfields Music and Radio France, we are truly demonstrating that our multifaceted, creative approach works for all types of organisations and artists on an international scale. I have always loved our free #OpenSessions and I’m so happy that we are extending this into affordable packages for composers. WildKat always has something for everyone, from advice for those starting out to full-scale branding packages for established organisations and artists. We’re delighted that Naomi has joined the team and is developing the company in this way with unparalleled experience and skills.”

 

About WildKat

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. Our services include PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for cultural institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

Services 

Branding

Creative Campaigns

Social Media & Content Creation

Press and PR

Event and Tour Organisation

Marketing

Recording Consultancy

Industry Connections

Composer Consultancy

Funding Advice

 

WildKat Management team now consists of:

Kathleen Alder, Founder

Olivia Brown, Director of London and New Offices

Carolin Denz, Director of Berlin Office and Central Europe

Naomi Belshaw, Composer Relations and PR Executive

(Written on July 3, 2018 )