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More speakers lined up for Music:DIY in Norwich 

By | Published on Tuesday 10 October 2017


More speakers have been announced for the first edition of Music:DIY, the new educational programme for new artists being staged by CMU:DIY and the Featured Artists Coalition.

The full-day event provides a practical guide for entrepreneurial artists on how you go about building a business around your music, and the business partners you’ll want to work with along the way. Combining talks and interviews, it will be hosted by CMU’s Chris Cooke.

The day will look at key revenue streams, how to monetise songs and recordings, how to make money from gigs, fanbase building, and an artist’s key business partners.

Stuart Belsham from PRS For Music and George Bacon from PPL will explain when collective licensing applies, and how songwriters and artists can make sure they get every penny they are due from when their music is played and performed.

Meanwhile, TuneCore’s Sam Taylor will talk everyone through digital distribution, and how to make sure your music is available and earning royalties on all the key streaming services.

Music Glue’s Will Spencer and music blogger Adam Hill from Alphabet Bands will join the conversation on building and engaging a fanbase, while music lawyer Chloe Forsyth will explain how artist deals are structured with key business partners like labels, publishers, agents and managers. And MPA’s Kirsty Booth will explain more about the role of the publisher.

Of course, the best people to advise artists on the business of music are other artists. And at Music:DIY Roxanne de Bastion will discuss gigging, ShaoDow will talk about engaging your fans, Eckoes will explain how she chose her business partners, and Blur’s Dave Rowntree will be in conversation offering tips and insights galore.

Music:DIY takes place this Friday as part of this year’s Norwich Sound + Vision at the Norwich Arts Centre. The full schedule is here and tickets are available here. The Music:DIY event will then tour the UK next year, staged in partnership with numerous other organisations that work to support new musical talent.