We are thrilled to announce that RouteNote and RouteNote Elevate will be participating in the 8th I Know a Place conference organized by Come Play With Me at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on January 19th, 2024.

As advocates for diversity and inclusion in the music industry, our collaboration with Come Play With Me aligns seamlessly with the conference’s mission to celebrate and provide space for women and individuals of marginalised genders and groups in music.

To shed light on the upcoming event, we spoke with Matilde Mirotti and Tony Ereira from Come Play With Me. Their insights will offer a deeper understanding of what to expect from the conference and the driving force behind this empowering initiative.

Can you provide a brief overview of “Come Play With Me” and the “I Know A Place” event for those who may not be familiar with it?

Come Play With Me is a non-profit music development organisation. We specialise in supporting people from marginalised communities to further their careers in music. Our mission is to fight for an equitable, inclusive and diverse music industry. We provide tailored career development for individuals through our events, label, mentoring, podcast & magazine and workshops.

‘I Know a Place’ is our yearly music conference, developed to focus on women and people from marginalised communities. This year is the 8th edition of the event and we’re proud to have been able to double up with an event in London and Leeds as well.

How did the idea for “I Know A Place” come about, and what makes it unique compared to other events?

‘I Know a Place’ was born out of the desire of wanting a dedicated space for women and people from marginalised communities in the music industry to network, learn and upskill.

How does “I Know A Place” contribute to the local music and arts communities?

We think the event provides a safer and welcoming space for people to strengthen their relationships in the industry and within the scene, which inherently creates a stronger and more interconnected creative community.

Who are some of the notable experts and innovators that attendees can look forward to at the upcoming event on January 19th?

Throughout the day attendees will be able to hear from Tracy Brabin (the Majory of West Yorkshire, Sarah Jamieson (Managing Editor at DIY Magazine), GRAFT (a rising-star in the West Yorkshire and national grime scene) and the team at EMI North among others.

How can local businesses or artists get involved and support the event?

I would say the best way is to come down to the event. The tickets are free and you can find them here – https://ticketpass.org/event/EKUICV/i-know-a-place-leeds. Say hello to the team and if you’re interested in getting involved in next year’s edition we’re super happy to chat!

Can you provide a sneak peek into any future plans or developments for “Come Play With Me” and the “I Know A Place” events?

We’ve got lots of exciting things coming in 2024, both on the label and on the non-profit side of things. We don’t wanna spoil anything yet, so just follow us on our socials (@cpwmco) for all the latest news.

Where and when will the event take place on January 19th, and how can people purchase tickets?

The event will take place on January 19th at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. The tickets are free for the conference and only £8 for the afterparty – you can find everything here – https://ticketpass.org/event/EKUICV/i-know-a-place-leeds

Is there anything else you would like to share with our audience about “I Know A Place” and the work of “Come Play With Me”?

Yes – that its such a valuable event to take part in so please come along and you won’t be disappointed.