David Agnew has worked in the arts sector for over 15 years. So It is seeks to work with new audiences between festivals and venues, music and theatre to better connect new work by artists to potential audiences.

As artistic director of BMAA David programmes over 200 events a year including touring theatre, music, comedy into The Met and local events. 2016 will see Ramsbottom festival’s 6th anniversary and the 4th  Homegrown English Folk Festival in October welcoming industry delegates from throughout the world to Bury. BMAA also runs recording studio and programme of workshops and touring theatre.

So It Is will produce the second Lost Carnival project in partnership with Wild Rumpus in 2016. The Lost Carnival is a multi media, touring outdoor theatre show for families.

Previously David has worked as venue manager with Stockport Arts Development team and as a venue manager for Edinburgh Fringe.

David has always maintained an unhealthy obsession with audience development and how that might unlock and sustain new opportunities for artists.

Alongside The Met, David has been a board member for The Audience Agency, a national agency working strategically to develop audiences for arts and Horse and Bamboo, a visual theatre company based in Waterfoot. David sits on the Cultural Economy Group in Bury, working in partnership with Bury Council and other partners to develop the borough culturally and economically through the support of high quality and inspiring cultural events.

So It Is is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to try new things and test the impact of innovative and exciting projects working across the arts and music industry, connecting and sustaining audiences.