We are a not-for-profit music and art fund based in North West UK. Founded to help the artists, the crafts people, the makers, the builders and the music scene we love, thrive and grow in a world of ever increasing banality. Oh, we love ethical, and people who are commited to their artistic dreams.
Whether drawing the knowledge of people in the team, or from our contacts in PR, management, promotion, recording, mastering or venues, or digital services like web hosting, e-commerce or just art supplies, we are here to help. From your first steps towards your first gig / exhibition, that difficult to find deal, or shooting a video we can probably get you there. If not we will know someone that can.
We have been working in the music and arts for over 30 years. Our founder first gigged in the early 80s (yes he is THAT old), and still fronts a band. Between us we have been roadies, ticket agents, promoters, managers, merch staff and liggers! We have worked with some of the very biggest names on the planet, and founded and run ethical fair trade businesses, but now are concentrating on the grass roots.
After very successful careers in technology, media and commerce, we felt it was time to give back to those people that are starting out. So The Analog Fund was founded on not-for-profit principles with the fund being seeded by our fouder. We are not looking to take away anything you own, or anything you do, or how you do it. We are trying to help you get to where you want to be, and reach your full potential. To do this sometimes money is needed.
Diverse backgrounds across the creative arts, along with an endless passion makes us unique in every sense.
Ian started out as a lighting engineer and guitar tech, he moved on from there to then work in technology and media his whole life. From the dawn of consumer satellite television to the birth of mobile media, Ian has driven some of the most important innovations, that have gone on to become industry standards. He also counts himself lucky enough to haved worked with all the major Hollywood studios and most of the major record labels.
In 2014 he suffered a brain haemorrhage and subsequent breakdown. It took nearly 2 years for him to recover fully. Music and in particular the sound of the North West was integral in that recovery.
Since then Ian formed a company which has gone on to become very successful, and now puts him in a position to be able to put something back to the music scene that became key in his path back.
Ian is the main AV creative behind The Weasel Kings a world inspired EDM band, who play real instruments when gigging. Additionally he also fronts The Band of Wandering Thieves, a high energy Balkan and Turkish gypsy music band.
Sean started working in the music industry as a stage manager for the NEC. He then went on to work in a ticketing agency, where he and Ian first met. This has continued until this day with him managing artist direct ticketing with some of the biggest names on the planet.
Sean brings a unique and highly pragmatic approach to dealing with artists, and venues. He provides backup to Ian when needed, and is a valued member of the small but perfectly formed Analog familiy.
Sophie worked with Ian as his head of design for a number of years, in a mobile media company that launched some of the biggest services for companies such as Samsung, Sony and Nokia. She also worked closely with the major Hollywood studios designing key marketing mobile websites to support the launch of key movies.
Sophie recently returned from Shanghai, where she had been designing educational software. She brings a global knowledge of design, and the nuances of each country and culture. From bold and beautiful to slick and polished, Sophie is adept in whatever style is required.
Ian and the team at Analog have been instrumental in The Far North's evolution as a band. Making what started off as a side project, into a fully fledged vehicle for the music I've always wanted to write and perform. Without them I wouldn't have been able to launch The Far North - it wouldn't have been achievable, but they have made it all possible.
The Analog guys made the whole process very easy, no egos to fight and the artist is given the space and support to realise their creative potential.
Thank you Ian, you are such an inspiring and influential being, sending you lots of Love from us all! xXx
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A donation, whatever amount, helps musicians and artists across the North West and beyond. Use the button to donate securely using PayPal. 100% of all donations goes to the artists, nothing will be used for administration. If you would like to get more involved, please use the contact form below.
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