LIFT OFF! Music industry seminars
A free taster workshop for young people aged between 13 and 18 to try out our Singer Songwriter Club. The Young Singer Songwriter Club meets every week during term-time, and explores exciting approaches to writing music and lyrics. Participants do not need to read music but must play an instrument or sing at basic level. Places at this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance – please call the Exeter Phoenix Box Office to book your place: 01392 667080.
2.45 – 3.45: BUILDING THE BUZZ & THE DREAM TEAM
So, you’ve played some shows in your hometown and a little further afield in the region, your fanbase is growing nicely and you have had some great feedback about your music. Now, how do you capitalise on that and start to build a real buzz? Should you employ a manager? And when should you start seeking a deal with a label? Do you even need a label?
Exploring the roles of the Artist Manager, the record label, the music lawyer, the PR company, radio plugger, publisher, and the agent – how they interact and work together
Is this team still necessary in the digital age?
Can artists break through without this conventional team around them?
How do you know when you are ready as an artist to start building this team?
Can small independent labels still cut it in today’s saturated market?
12.00 – 1.30: GIGGING & TOURING + FESTIVALS
Building a fanbase through gigging & touring
Dealing with venues and promoters
The new licensing laws
The roles of the Promoter, the Agent and the Tour Manager
When is an artist ready to start touring?
Do artists need an agent/tour manager, or should they go it alone?
How and when to go after those high-profile gigs / support slots
Is it worth playing in London if you’re not based in the capital?
What about moving to London to pursue your music career?
How to claim royalties for playing live
How to get those elusive festival slots – UK and overseas
Are headline artists paid too much at festivals?
What is the impact of the “headliner bidding war” on festivals and emerging artists?
4.00 – 4.45: SHOW US THE MONEY!
How can I earn money from my music? A look at potential income streams, including royalties
Can I apply for funding for my music? A look at current funding programmes for musicians and independent music companies
Could crowdfunding work for me / my band?
Is it ever OK to play for free?
How can grassroots live music work for all concerned?
Minimising risk to ensure nobody is left out of pocket
How can musicians and promoters better understand each other’s needs?
Should there be a “Fair Trade” policy for the music industry?
Leo O’Brien from the PPL will be running drop-in sessions for performers and record companies who are members, or interested in finding out more about PPL royalties.
PLUS Chris Tams from the BPI will be speaking about the new music industry apprenticeship and internship opportunities which have received financial backing from the government (12pm – 12.45pm in the dance studio).
Matt Booth (Music South West / Temple Street)
Charlie Presberg (Ents24 / VIP Booking)
John Empson (Eden Sessions / Somersault Festival)
James Santer (BBC Introducing)
Roland Monger (Listen With Monger blog)
Matt Freemantle (Lemonfest)
Chris Knight (UKTI)
Nick Tarbitt (Integrity Records)
Sarah Woodward (Ecco Artists)
Sarah Lacey (On Track Music)
Steph Knight (Domino PR)
Marie Belsten (Mingle Music)
Oli James (Tour Manager: Ben Howard)
James Gill (Jam The Channel)
Kaptin Barrett (Boomtown Festival)
Dom Jinks (Exeter Cultural Partnership)
Adrian Scragg (Iko)
Paul Keating (CrowdCanDo)
Hannah Hibbert (Larmer Tree festival)
Adam Isaac (Bictonfest)
Chris Tams (BPI)
Leo O’Brien (PPL)
Laura Whitticase (PRSF)
Eleanor Spencer (Tiverton Balloon Festival)
Lisa Portman (Artist Manager – formerly to Mick Jagger)
Russell Swallow (Apartment 58 / The Library)
Greg Hancock (Musician)
Zac Peters (DMF Music)
Tom Matthews (Exeter Local Records)
Sam Holloway (The Tobacco House)