We produce, curate and programme brilliant jazz, world, roots, folk, contemporary classical, improvised music and beyond.
We work with some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations and festivals to independent producers and small venues, creating personal, adventurous music and multi-arts performances, alongside workshops, community programmes, and productions for families, children and schools, helping to inspire social change through music participation.
Our ongoing projects include producing the long-running monthly Musical Picnic series at Symphony Hall, Birmingham – a whole host of diverse musics, instruments, artists and cultures performing for children, parents and families, which we estimate has seen approaching 20,000 visits since we began in 2011. We have worked with artists as varied as Shlomo and the Carducci Quartet to Soweto Kinch and Arun Ghosh.
2020 will be our fifth year producing and programming the ever-expanding family music programme at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, ranging from the award-winning beatboxing of Grace Savage to the Arabic Oud and South American Charango!
We also currently produce Live In The Lodge – a year-round, community-led socially-inspired programme of music in Falcon Lodge, Sutton Coldfield, with regular performances, music in schools, a community choir and free weekly instrumental lessons for all ages across the local community. Participants now span nine decades from across the whole community, with partners ranging from the YMCA and local churches to Sutton Concerts In The Park and Town Council.
Other recent Mubu projects have included programming 14 days of contemporary improvising jazz musicians around the streets of Birmingham for the city’s International Dance Festival; producing performances for the Birmingham Weekender Festival; a programme for Appetite’s World In One City International Feast, and taking a series of music into both Birmingham Children’s and Women’s hospitals.
We are also working as part of No.11 Arts to support city-wide community and neighbourhood arts in Birmingham.