Moving Tone News celebrates 1st birthday with a present for music lovers

Moving Tone News - Cambridgeshire's local live music network - will be celebrating its first birthday on 10 May, at a special Moving Tone concert to raise funds for 209radio - part of the Heart Of The World Festival. To mark the occasion - and help the county's music lovers to plan their summer - Moving Tone News will give away a copy of the summer festival guide to all those attending the concert and, thereafter, will distribute it around the county.

The guide is the latest in a long line of innovations by the free, web-based music network, which has grown from humble beginnings to become a leading music resource for Cambridgeshire - especially the city of Cambridge. The past year has seen an incredibly positive response to its inspirational but practical approach, with new services being added month by month, including review and preview coverage of live music, exclusive interviews, regular podcasts (in conjunction with 209radio), a monthly e-newsletter with a substantial subscriber base, a directory of music professionals and a new CD shop for local artists.

Founder Anne L Ryan, who has a long history as a vocalist/composer and event organiser on the Cambridge scene, attributes MTN's success not only to a real passion for music and a dedication to local, live acts, but also to its refreshingly different approach. ‘Moving Tone News is really unique in that it is not only a listings and information service - nor even just a web-based music magazine, though it offers the benefits of both. It is a true network, as much for the musicians and event organisers as for their audiences.' Whether you want to link up with other musicians, are interested in a workshop, have an event you need to promote, need a band to play at an event or just want to find out what's on, MTN aims to bring it all together. It is also dedicated to covering every style, whether it be rock, blues, jazz, dance, classical, an Indie band or your local choir. ‘What we hope to achieve is a true sense of community among all those who are interested in great, live music,' says Anne, ‘no matter what genre it may be, no matter how large or small the event.'

It certainly seems to be getting the message across, with the website currently averaging over 6,000 unique users a month, with a 40% return rate. Anne believes the festival guide - a handy calendar of some of the year's most significant music events around the county - will inspire even more people to get involved. ‘We know there are many more small festivals, but hopefully this will help to spread the word and show event organisers, audiences, potential sponsors and advertisers what we can do for them.'

The first issue of the Moving Tone News Festival Guide will be presented to the audience on Thursday night 10 May 2007 at a concert given by the London Bulgarian Choir and Chela, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. 7.30pm, part of the Heart of the World Festival, Cambridge.

Moving Tone News is part of Moving Tone Promotions Ltd - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting live music through teaching, workshops, the web and its own live music performances: the Moving Tone Sessions.