Calling all Essex based musicians! Are you starting out and need to know more about how the industry works? Do you want to make a career as a musician? Or maybe you are already doing it but would like some help? Whichever it is, this event is for you and it’s FREE! Friday 22 February 12pm – 4pm. 


EMDA & CMU have put together an afternoon of talks featuring a panel of industry experts to offer a beginners guide to music topics such as PRS, PPL, MU , MCPS, Distribution, Copyright and much more.

Noon – Welcome and intros. 

12.30pm Session One. Making Money From Your Songs And Recordings

If you want to give up the day job and focus on your music full time, you need to find ways to make money from your music. There are three main ways to do it: intellectual property, live performance and the fan relationship. To get things started, we’ll explain what each of these involve.

If you’ve written a song, you have created a copyright. If you’ve recorded a track, you have created another copyright. Welcome to the copyright business! Find out how copyright works, how you know who owns any one song or recording, what happens when you collaborate, and how copyrights make money. Plus…

  • What is collective licensing all about – and where do PPL, PRS and MCPS fit in? We’ll introduce the collecting societies.
  • When and where should your music be streaming? We’ll provide a beginners guide to digital distribution and how streaming services pay you.

1.30pm Session Two. Making Money From Your Shows / Building Your Fan Business

For many established artists today touring is the key revenue stream, though at the outset gigging is as much about marketing as it is money. We’ll explain how the gigs business works, and talk you through all you need to know about putting on your own shows and getting booked to play other people’s gig and club nights, support slots and festivals.

Every artist has the same business plan: build a fanbase, understand your fanbase, and then sell them stuff!

We provide some top tips for how to use social media and other digital channels to grow your fanbase and connect with your audience. Plus…

  • When you should start reaching out to music media – blogs, magazines, websites, radio, YouTube channels – and what your opening pitch should be.
  • How you can start to monetise the online fan relationship with a direct-to-fan store selling downloads, tickets and merchandise.

2.30pm Session Three. Choosing Your Business Partners

As your artist business grows, you’ll need to start working with other people – and companies – to unlock all your potential revenue streams.

From collecting societies to distributors to labels to publishers to agents to promoters to management and beyond, we talk you through the business partners you might involve in your artist business. Find out about…

  • How an artist’s different deals work from a legal perspective and when new artists should be seeking legal advice.
  • The role played by certain key business partners that we put ‘in the spotlight’.
  • How guest artists have decided which business partners to work with, and what they learned along the way.

3.30pm: Q & A Session. Your chance to talk to the panellists

EMDA – Essex Music Development Agency. It’s aim is to help those working within the music sector based in Essex. We work with musicians, venues, promoters, schools and more. We are here to help.Click hereto find out more about EMDA

Complete Music UpdateCMU. It’s aim is tohelp people navigate and understand the music business through media, training, consultancy and education. Click hereto find out more about CMU.

For more information and to book, click here

Friday 22 February 12pm – 4pm.


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