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Communication, Community and Celebration – Combatting mental health issues within the music industry

What to look out for and how to ensure that the people you love don't suffer in silence.

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CD or not CD? That is the question.

Where did it all fall apart? In defence of the beleaguered compact disc

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We Are Expanding - Join the Family

We're on the hunt for candidates to fill a creative role in account management - is that you?

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Making a Difference - Preserving The Creative Heart of Cornwall's Forgotten Corner

Maker Heights provides affordable art studios and music spaces for the benefit of the community

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For The Record - The Do's and Don'ts of Releasing Your First Album

So you've recorded your debut album? Nice work! What's next? Well, all of this basically...

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Closing Time - How Can We Save Our Music Venues?

Grassroots venues are disappearing fast. For the music industry to survive, the show must go on...

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The Stylus Council - The Changing Face of Record Store Day

DMS music writer Darren Johns delves into how Record Store Day has evolved since it began 10 years ago.

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Festival Fever - Still Looking To Perform at Music Festivals in 2018?

It's not too late! Top tips for bands applying for those last few 2018 festival slots...

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'Time for T' Winners of £2000 DMS x Awesome Merch Competition Prize

Brighton folk quintet bag 250 colour records and £1000 of Awesome merch in recent competition

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Representing DMS at FastForward International Music Conference

We sent Sam and Tom across to the FastForward flagship music conference in Amsterdam

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DMS & Awesome Merch Offer Up £2000+ Album Launch Package Prize

In a Band? Dream of Starting A Label? You Could Win 250 Colour Records In Custom Sleeves and £1000 of Awesome Merchandise...

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DMS Pledge New Computer Suite for African School

DMS Action a 5 Year Financial Support Plan and Begin Accumulating Further Donations of Technology

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DMS Sponsored 'Indie-Con 2018' is a Roaring Success

DMS Continue to Support Association of Independent Music at Their Annual Conference

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Legislation to Protect Future of Music Venues Brought to Parliament

Today Could Mark a Significant Turning Point in The Future Of The British Music Industry

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DMS Announced as Title Sponsor For AIM's Indie-Con 2018

DMS Link Up With AIM Once Again To Support Our Vibrant Independent Music Sector

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Back in Time - A Brief History of the Vinyl Record

We all love them now, but where did the vinyl record originate?

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Southwest Composer Joins Alter Bridge at Royal Albert Hall

Simon Dobson Conducted The Accompanying Parallax Orchestra

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Dave Cornthwaite Completes 14th 1000+ Mile Expedition

The Pedal Powered Adventurer Cycled The Length or Norway, By Boat

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Renowned Frontman To Reopen Local Pub as Music Venue

Mike Mathieson of Mad Dog McRea Has Always Supported Emerging Talent

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DMS at The Great Escape Festival 2017

DMS & AIM To Host The Great Escape Festival Opening Drinks Reception

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Picking Up The Pace With Dino Zamparelli

DMS Team Up With Southwest Racing Driver To Battle For The Porsche Carrera Cup

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DMS in Zimbabwe with the Makakoba Project

DMS Collaborate With Major Artists On An African Sustainable Education Mission

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1600 Miles And Counting

Positivity & Exploration - Dave Cornthwaite vs The Mississippi River

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Dave Cornthwaites' Expedition1000

From Designer to Adventurer - Why We Love Dave Cornthwaites' Style

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DMS & Pete Goss say PACK IT IN!

DMS Join Forces With Legendary Southwest Sailor Pete Goss MBE

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2007 Archipelago Raid

DMS Sponsor Two British Teams in the 2007 Archipelago Raid

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Introducing Conrad Humphreys

DMS Partner With International Yachtsman Conrad Humphreys

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Blue Climate And Oceans Project
Conrad Humphreys

Conrad Humphreys Launches the ‘Blue Climate And Oceans Project'

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The Progression of The Music Industry Starts at Home

We caught up with the Incorporated Society of Musicians recently to chat about some of the issues ailing the Southwest music scene, many of which are mirrored nationally and urgently need addressing. The original article can be read here on the ISM blog.

Born out of a community music collective at the turn of the century, DMS are proud to have always made time to nurture our roots and to lay out a path behind us, down which future generations of artists and entrepreneurs may carry the torch. Operating outside of the major city bubble in the Southwest of England, the adverse effects of a declining music scene have never been more visible.

The situation is complex but to chase it to the core, a lack of national funding for community-led music projects and the seemingly incessant closure of grassroots venues where emerging artists cut their teeth, are two areas that desperately need spotlighting if the situation is to turn itself around. These local-level projects and spaces have more than proven to benefit youth development, and through inspiring and encouraging their creativity, they can have a wide range of benefits to the music industry and thus the UK economy as a whole.One such project is Plymouth Music Zone, a charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged youths through music therapy. Their team hold a passionate belief in the power music to make a positive difference and they work with highly skilled music leaders, often professional artists themselves, to deliver interactive music workshops that are vibrant, engaging, inspiring and fun.

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We at DMS recognised the significance of such a venture and have worked closely ever since to ensure their needs are met, donating countless refurbished computer systems and providing financial support to keep the project rolling between funding bids. Many of those positively affected by the work of PMZ have, and will continue to have, a positive impact on the industry themselves as musicians, songwriters and even mentors to others that find themselves in similar situations.

More recently, another music-based organisation caught our attention. The philanthropic duo behind Street Factory have been working tirelessly to inspire up-and-coming generations from the streets of Plymouth and into their studios, where they learn to express themselves through hip-hop and dance while forming lasting social connections in a safe and welcoming space.We contacted Toby G, a recent recipient of an MBE for his communal services, who was buzzing after a successful crowdfunding campaign had just unlocked the next stage of their project. With some impressive financial backers that we were happy to reach out and stand with, Street Factory’s plans for a 550 capacity multi-purpose performance space and adjoining studios and workshops that are now much closer to becoming a reality.

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Our team here at DMS work proudly to serve the independent music sector, both through helping artists and labels through the process of manufacturing their music and by supporting the very community that we emerged from all those years ago. If every company working within the music industry managed to find the time to champion their local roots and enrich the creative communities that raised them, this vibrant sector would be even stronger still.

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