about us

Yorkshire Music Forum

Yorkshire Music Forum is a consortium of organisations working in artist and music industry development across the region – with an aim to provide a deeper connection to national representative music bodies and make it easier to communicate and raise awareness of opportunities across the Yorkshire region.


Yorkshire Music Forum currently consists of Come Play With Me, DMF Digital, Higher Rhythm, Arnold Brown Ltd, and Music:Leeds.


Yorkshire Music Forum is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner recognising our cumulative work and specifically funding our YMF Emerging Artists Project.




Come Play With Me

Come Play With Me was established as a social enterprise in 2015 to support people in the Leeds City Region into sustainable careers within music. Its first project is a 7” singles club which aims to identify and showcase the most exciting new artists coming out of this part of the country - along with a few more established names along the way. Releases so far have included Katie Harkin, Fizzy Blood, ZoZo, Laminate Pet Animal, Magick Mountain & Team Picture with the 9th in the series released on the day of the Unconference. CPWM has also started piloting a mentoring initiative to offer targeted support to a small number of individuals with the aim of extending this throughout 2018.


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DMF Digital

DMF Digital is an independent Artist Development Company based in Sheffield. Working in various areas of the industry, we specialise in taking artists who are stuck at street level and developing them into high profile, financially sustainable businesses.


Alya Records is proud to be an innovator in Music Publishing. Our efficient royalty collection boasts a personal, authentic touch, and we guarantee 100% transparency in royalty reporting.


We work with many Festivals and Showcases, both at home in the UK and across the world. We are proud to have sent our artists to SXSW (Texas), Zandari Festa (South Korea), Reeperbahn (Germany) and many more in between. We pride ourselves in growing artists’ audiences to both home based and international markets. 


Our creative team love to help artists any way we can, from branding and marketing to assistance with booking opportunities, social media management and general help and advice.


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Higher Rhythm Ltd

Higher Rhythm Ltd is an award-winning not for profit organisation, providing music, media, digital and creative industry activities for the Yorkshire region. We offer a regional Artist Development Programme, working with local, national and international industry partners to provide exposure for developing and emerging artists.


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Music:Leeds is a project about making music in Leeds better – creating more opportunities, increasing collaborations and raising awareness. Its aim is to explore, nurture and promote music in Leeds as an experience, as a business and as a cultural driver. 


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Arnold Brown Ltd

Has 40 years’ experience in the Music Industry working with musicians through to management of the YMF annual convention and further international showcases. They also managed the Music Development Agency (HAIL) & goNORTH Festival based in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.