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Great Escape’s Focus On DIY line-up confirmed: Billy Bragg, Korda Marshall, Jake Shillingford

By | Published on Friday 3 May 2013

Billy Bragg

The full line-up has been announced for the Focus On DIY strand at the CMU Insights-programmed Great Escape convention this year, a day of sessions aimed at the grass-roots artist community, early-career managers and those interested in new approaches for launching and managing new talent. The DIY strand will take place on the Saturday this year (18 May), at The Basement in Brighton.

The day, led by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, will include seminars, panels, interviews and a keynote from Mr Billy Bragg. Cooke himself will provide a briefing on the basics any new artist should know, whether they are planning on going the DIY route long-term, or are simply looking to make themselves ‘label ready’. He will then question leading DIY artists Chris T-T, Laura Kidd, Mishkin Fitzgerald and Tom Williams for their tips on building profile, getting gigs and engaging fans.

Later in the day, for those artists who are ultimately looking to do deals within the music industry, Adam Brown of legal firm Simons Muirhead Burton and Damien Yare of Warner Music will dissect an artist contract, while Infectious chief Korda Marshall and My Life Story frontman and BIMM Brighton music business department head Jake Shillingford will both offer insightful advice, on working with labels and setting up your own music enterprises.

And to wrap things up, Billy Bragg, fresh from his Brighton Dome headline show the night before, will offer his words of wisdom and take questions from the floor. Bragg told CMU: “Although I’ve been working in the industry a long time, I have adopted an increasingly DIY approach since my last record, producing my own merchandise and CDs to be made available via my website and at gigs. I’m currently immersed in the process of applying that principle to releasing a proper album. These are exciting times for musicians and I look forward to sharing some of the insights I’ve gathered trying to negotiate the record industry, whilst retaining both my rights and my ability to earn a living”.

The Focus On DIY strand is open to all TGE convention delegates, plus a small number of standalone tickets are available for grass roots artists and Great Escape festival-goers who are interested in taking part priced at £25. More at this link.