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CMU:DIY to return at Roundhouse Rising, line-up confirmed

By | Published on Wednesday 5 February 2014


Full details have been announced about the next CMU:DIY event at the Roundhouse in London, a day of insights and conversations aimed at the grass roots music community, offering plenty of tips, advice and information for new artists, songwriters and producers, and anyone moving into artist or label management, or who aspires to work in this here business of music.

Hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, the day will explain how the business side of an artist’s career works, and crucially how acts can turn their content, performance and ‘fan relationship’ into revenue. The second half of the day will look at how new artists connect with music companies, what role the label plays, and how deals are done.

A stack of great artists and industry experts will be on hand to share their advice and experience. DIY acts Gabby Young, Laura Kidd and MJ Hibbett will discuss how to go about building and engaging a fanbase, while Music Glue’s Mark Meharry will explain how direct-to-fan platforms can assist in this process.

Offering label insights will be Fred Bolza from Sony Music, Pip Newby from [PIAS] and Jack Pop from Alcopop! Records, while artist manager James Barton will discuss what kind of business partnerships artists need – and how that’s changing – while leading music lawyers will reveal how label agreements work from both sides of the deal making.

The CMU:DIY event takes place 23 Feb at the Roundhouse as part of the Roundhouse Rising festival, and a £8 ticket gets you into all the CMU sessions and a whole lot more.
Click here for info and ticket links.

And click here for full information about this year’s Roundhouse Rising festival, which also includes an Artist Development Masterclass Day from Generator and loads of great music, including Ninja Tune’s electronic-funk-hip-hop duo Letherette; one half of Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Mariam The Believer; electronic producer Tim Exile; the marvellous DEMS; and East London producer Midnight Davis.

Commenting on this year’s full Roundhouse Rising programme, the festival’s producer Oli Kluczewski told CMU: “Rising Festival 2014 is our biggest and boldest to date, showcasing even more fantastic new music than ever. We really want people to come to the festival, experience the building and discover something new, take part and be inspired. In addition to the all the great music, the programme features loads of practical advice sessions for emerging artists and young people looking to get ahead in the creative industries. The Roundhouse aims to make Rising an essential event on the festival calendar for anyone looking to break into the music business”.