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Line-up announced for CMU:DIY at The Great Escape

By | Published on Thursday 23 April 2015


The line-up has been announced for CMU:DIY @ The Great Escape, a full day of talks, interviews and discussions aimed at future music talent, both aspiring artists and those looking to work in the music business.

As previously reported, Blur’s Dave Rowntree will headline the proceedings, taking part in a discussion on how new talent can secure radio support. As host of a weekly show on Xfm, Rowntree will discuss how he discovers new artists and how he decides what music to play and champion on the airwaves.

Earlier in the day a series of talks will explain how artists can get their music on record, online and on CD. Artist Chris T-T will offer tips and advice on when is right for new artists to record their songs and how to go about it on a tight budget. Louis Brown from Spinnup will explain how to get music online, while Karen Emanuel from Key Productions will talk delegates through pressing CDs and vinyl. Plus Aneesh Patel and Scott McKinlay from Harbottle & Lewis will cover the legal side.

Attention will then turn to the music industry, and the companies and people artists form partnerships with as their careers progress, with PRS For Music hosting a ‘day in the life’ panel with artist manager Claire Mas, music PR Tash Anderson, Great Escape booker Adam Ryan and music supervisor Michelle de Vries discussing their careers to date, and what services they provide the artists they work with.

In the afternoon CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will chair a series of conversations looking at the role of photography and video in music, the role and evolution of A&R, and the aforementioned session focused on radio.

Concluding the proceedings, and wrapping up the whole of the Great Escape Convention for 2015, will be the latest edition of Heroes & Villains, the TGE institution that sees leading players from across the music industry talk candidly about the highs and the lows of their life in music. Rowntree will also join this session, alongside the legendary Annie Nightingale and – as TGE celebrates its tenth anniversary year – the festival’s founders Martin Elbourne and Jon Mcildowie.

For more information on CMU:DIY @ The Great Escape click here. The programme is open to all TGE delegates, plus standalone tickets are also available for just £15 from this link here.