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How Tape London Became A Creative Hub For The UK Scene

How Tape London Became A Creative Hub For The UK Scene

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the UK’s 1600-plus nightclubs and live music venues were facing indefinite closure before the government stepped in with a grant to keep them open. The pandemic hit the industry hard, and it may take months—years even—for normality to fully resume.  

For West London’s Tape London, however, their plan to merge nightlife with the music business has allowed them to shift their focus away from hosting hedonistic nights and towards their long-term goal of creating music in the same building. With producers on their roster and a recording studio next door, Tape has been able to bring to life the idea of having artists partying in the club and then recording tracks with them in the very same night. Their advanced studio features the only pair of PMC QB1 XBD speakers in the UK, which allow for crystal-clear audio to be pumped out in a soundproof room that blocks out the sound you typically hear in other parts of a club.

The late Pop Smoke, Migos, Ludacris and Stormzy are just a few of the rap elite that have made music in Tape’s studio off the back of partying in the club, while the likes of Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Ella Mai, Koffee and Cardi B have performed live in front of small crowds of around 300, the club’s capacity. One night last year, AJ Tracey, MoStack and Steel Banglez were partying at Tape with their respective crews and, somehow, the stars aligned and they ended up hitting the studio next door. The end result was the chart-invading “Fashion Week”, which in-house producers The Elements had a big hand in. The track peaked at No. 7 and spent 15 weeks in the official singles chart. Tape was also involved in another recent hit: Tion Wayne,

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London Business School and LocalGlobe launch new VC course aimed at women, Black and Asian candidates

London Business School and LocalGlobe launch new VC course aimed at women, Black and Asian candidates

With the UK’s Black Tech Fest on this week it’s timely that a new executive education course aimed at those wanting to enter the venture capital industry has been launched to serve previously under-represented groups, especially women, Black, Asian and other minorities.

London Business School and LocalGlobe, one of Europe’s leading seed investors, worked together to created two new programs to provide formal business education for roles across the VC world. The Newton Venture Program courses will cover the full spectrum of investment roles in the venture ecosystem, from VC investors to Limited Partners, angel investors, accelerators, and tech transfer officers. The aim of the programs is to upskill the venture capital sector while broadening the routes through which people can join the industry. 

The courses will aim for a gender split of 50/50, with at least 50% coming from Black, Asian or other minorities. backgrounds, and will be available to anyone just starting out or mid-career professionals. 

There will be two cohorts a year, of up to 60 students, with the first online program set to start in April 2021. The first on-campus cohort will start in October 2021. Applicants are welcome to apply from anywhere around the world; the majority are expected to be from the UK, the EU, Africa and Israel.  

An online-only program will cost £2,050 or £16,000 for the in-person, on-campus program at London Business School, which is aimed at mid-career professionals. Scholarships of up to 100% will be available for both programs.

The initiative is backed by a grant from Research England, a part of UKRI, and the Newton program will be looking for other institutions or VC firms to under-write the course. LocalGlobe and Phoenix Court Works are committed to sponsoring 20 digital scholarships.

The program will give cohorts direct access to experts

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State and city leaders blame social gatherings, not businesses or schools, for coronavirus uptick in New London

State and city leaders blame social gatherings, not businesses or schools, for coronavirus uptick in New London

Connecticut and local officials said Monday that the recent uptick in coronavirus cases in New London can be traced back to a series of social gatherings and other small social interactions — not to local school or business reopenings, or to the nearby casinos.

“We’re being told by the contact tracers that it’s not coming from any institutional or business setting, it’s coming predominantly from social spread … where people are letting their guard down,” said New London Mayor Michael Passero.

He pointed to situations — such as small family gatherings that are well within the state limits on gathering size — where people may feel relaxed enough that they remove their masks or sit nearby one another. But COVID-19 can still spread, even among a small group of people and even from people who aren’t displaying any symptoms.

“The institutional environments — nursing homes, schools, even the casino — they have these strict protocols in place, people are less likely to let their guard down,” Passero said. “So where it’s spreading now is where people are more likely to be relaxed and let their guard down.”

The state issued a COVID-19 alert for New London on Thursday, after a steep increase in cases in the city. New London and the surrounding areas saw relatively few cases in the spring, and by Sept. 25 New London had recorded a total of 229 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March. But from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, New London’s cases jumped up to 368 — an increase of 139 in just two weeks.

The reported cause of the New London uptick align with comments made by Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a visit to UConn’s Hartford campus last week.

“This is really

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