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CMU:DIY to return to The Roundhouse this weekend

By | Published on Friday 5 December 2014


The CMU:DIY team will return to The Roundhouse in Camden this Sunday to host the venue’s Artist Toolkit Day for the second year running, and the full line-up for the proceedings has now been confirmed. Led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, the day of sessions for brand new artists, and young people who aspire to work in the music industry, will consist of three main sessions.

In ‘Get Started’, Cooke will provide a concise overview of how the music industry works, how artists turn their content, performance and fanbase into revenue, and the companies and people they will work with along the way. He’ll then be joined by an artist manager, booking agent, label exec and publishing rep to discuss what role they play in their artists’ careers, with Agency X’s Grant Heinrich, Coda’s Matt Hanner, Island Records’ Louis Brown and BMG’s Michael Orchudesch all providing insights.

‘Get Noticed’ will look at how new artists can start to build a profile for themselves, and connect with key gatekeepers, including journalists, radio, and gig and festival bookers. Offering tips and advice on when it’s right for new artists to reach out, and how to go about doing it, will be Alex Dale from ANASA Music, Billy Clark from Roundhouse Radio and Joe Schiavon from Transmission Music Group.

Finally ‘Get Planning’ will provide a guide to how aspiring artists and music industry professionals can kickstart their careers, including how grass roots artists can start to generate revenues, capture fanbase and build a direct-to-fan store, and what people could and should be doing to secure work opportunities in music companies large and small. Artists Chris T-T and Cynikal will dish out some advice, as will Music Glue’s Dan Rosies, The Roundhouse’s Peter Quinn and Sony Music’s Emma Adler.

So that’s a packed day. For people aged 16-25 who aspire to work in music, on stage or behind the scenes (or both), a small number of tickets are still available via The Roundhouse at this link.