Creative Music Hub CIC

Creative Music Hub CIC is located at Studio 54 Exeter which is also home to other music industry organisations such as Academy of Music & Sound, AMSonline, Circadian Music Group, Daylight Music Productions and Studio 54 Recording Studio.


With fewer opportunities than elsewhere in the UK for talented artistes and creatives to showcase their talents, we organise events to help them achieve their career aspirations and to ultimately produce ‘home-grown’ talent from the South West. We organise networking events giving artistes and creatives the opportunity to meet with producers, publishers, record labels, music lawyers and other industry professionals who are key to artistes and creatives careers. We produce guidance for artistes and creatives through online courses, videos and webinars with a particular focus on ‘how to progress your career as a creative’ from the South West. For these artistes and creatives, we endeavour to increase confidence, practical (and vocational skills especially if undertaking validated courses), social skills and opportunities to succeed in the music and performing arts industry. We carefully select talented artistes and creatives and together with our industry partners help develop them in state of the art recording and music video production studios, live performance venues and industry training programmes

The Creative Music Hub CIC Team

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan has been an FE and HE Principal in music education for almost two decades, he is passionate about the transformative power of music and education for both individuals and communities.

This combined with lived experience of being a professional music performance artist and songwriter for over 40 years give him a unique and valuable perspective on the difficult challenges faced by today’s musicians.

Professionally performing as Rev Hammer, he has released 8 studio albums including the award -winning Freeborn John song cycle. He received a Gold disc for 100,000 sales of the song Maid of the River, recorded by the Levellers and in March 2023 received a Heritage Chart Number 1 for the song Down by the River O.

Having lived in Devon for over 25 years, he has a sound understanding of the characteristics of its musical landscape and is dedicated to removing barriers to accessing music, arts, and life-long learning.

Sanchia Ryan has a decade of experience in running third sector organisations, and is currently the CEO of The Juno Project, a charity that provides innovative self development programmes for young women.

A vocalist, lyricist, and a trained teacher, she has also run community based singing groups, taught creative lyric writing approaches to budding songwriters and designed and delivered accessible music and lyric writing workshops with a self development focus to people in recovery.

Sanchia has been a board member for a local creative arts based not for profit and a volunteer restorative justice practitioner.

She is passionate about the role that music and the arts can play in bringing communities together.

Rupes McDonald

Rupes has been playing guitar, teaching and performing for over 2 decades. He has worked as a guitar tutor with various schools, colleges and Universities since graduating Bathspa in 2003.

Rupes has supported individuals and groups through countless creative projects in his time in music education.

Rupes also works with AMS Online, an online HE music course provider, with whom Rupes has recruited over 200 students since 2020.

He regularly performs with Hazaar! A raucous 6 piece Klezmer band from Devon, and also Druzba, an Eastern European trio.

Rupes runs a YouTube channel and Patreon page for his online teaching, specialising in electric and acoustic blues.