Sŵn Festival co-founder appointed Making Music Wales Manager
Making Music, the UK’s membership organisation for leisure-time music groups, is delighted to announce the appointment of John Rostron as Wales Manager. While continuing to serve as Chair of the Association of Independent Promoters, Rostron will support Making Music member groups in Wales and undertake campaigning and advocacy for Making Music members and the Welsh leisure-time music community in general.
Barbara Eifler, Making Music Chief Executive, commented:
We are thrilled that John, with his wide-ranging knowledge and experience of the Welsh music scene, is joining us to support and represent Making Music members in Wales. His senior-level experience, combined with a track record of providing a national platform for grassroots music, presents an exciting new chapter for our current, and future, Welsh membership.
Leisure-time musicians are the greatest contributors to the music ecology of Wales, numbering in their many thousands of groups, collectives and individuals. Making Music is a fantastic membership organisation, providing so much invaluable support to help them do what they do. I’m delighted to now be a part of the team.
A promoter in Wales for over a decade, Rostron recently completed his role as a consultant for Sound Diplomacy, supporting their authorship of the Cardiff Council Music Strategy. He helped to deliver Independent Venue Week’s growth in Wales and continues to run the Welsh Music Prize supporting new music in Wales.
Previously, Rostron co-founded the award-winning Sŵn Festival with BBC DJ Huw Stephens, taking artists from grassroots music venues to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Until recently, he was Vice-Chair of the Association of Independent Festivals and and served as Chief Executive of the Welsh Music Foundation from 2012-14, helping to deliver the World Music Expo (Womex) to Cardiff in 2013.
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Since 1935, Making Music has championed leisure-time music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,700 groups made up of around 190,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their group so they can get on with making music! www.makingmusic.org.uk