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CMU to share insights with new artists at Edinburgh Fringe

By | Published on Friday 27 July 2012

Edinburgh Fringe

A week today the world’s biggest cultural festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, officially kicks off for 2012, with previews beginning next Wednesday. Comedy, theatre, dance, debate, art, music, musicals, cabaret and spoken word will abound at the biggest Fringe festival ever, with well over 2500 shows taking place. And that’s before you consider the International Festival, Book Festival, Art Festival and Festival Of Politics that also take place in the Scottish capital in August.

In amongst all that, the Fringe Society, the organisation that supports the network of independent performers, promoters and venue operators who stage the Fringe, runs a series of events at its own venue, Fringe Central, aimed at those working in the creative sector, and that includes a session run by CMU on Sunday 5 Aug at 1pm for those starting out in music.

Packed with insights and advice for any artist starting out, or label or manager working with new talent, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will lead the proceedings with contributions from Edinburgh-based label owners Matthew Young (Song, By Toad) and Scott Maple (Armellodie), plus Soundcloud’s Ben Fawkes, the BBC’s James Bursey and Scottish music journalist Lisa-Marie Ferla. Entry is free, and there’ll be drinks after the panel provided by Deuchars. You can reserve tickets right now via this URL.

And for grass roots music makers in Edinburgh this August, that’s not your only opportunity to gain insights into making it as an artist in the modern music industry. The following weekend the CMU Training team will present the first ever CMU Music Business Bootcamp at StageTime, a new two day event for artists about live performance taking place from 11-12 Aug.

The Bootcamp, on Saturday 11 Aug, will cover all the basics that artists need to know about the modern music industry, including how music can be monetised, music companies and artist deals, copyright and licensing, and how to use social and traditional media to build an audience. For more details about StageTime go to