How to get ahead in the music business
Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Music is big business – worth £3.8billion a year in the UK alone. Whether you're an aspiring artist, fancy your chances as a live promoter, or an artist manager or think you might want to run your own record label or publishing company , you need to know how it works if you want to get involved.
This one-day seminar gives you the inside track on who does what, how they earn their money, and how to get a head start on working in the business.
Presented by Ann Harrison, author of the definitive UK music industry guide Music, The Business, and former major label senior executive Ian Ramage, this course will look at how the industry is constantly evolving, how downloads have helped to redefine the industry's business model, and tells you the basics of what you need to know to get started in the business of managing, recording, music publishing or touring and how to get paid.
This course provides an overview of the legal, financial and practical sides of the music industry, including the roles and responsibilities of record labels, artists, live promoters, managers and lawyers. It also looks in brief at the current state of the industry and the opportunities within it. Topics covered include:
- Snapshot of the UK music business at the start of 2014
- Current Industry trends – typical business models and income streams
- What are the basic rights and who owns them, including copyright and performer's rights
- The basics of music publishing
- Ways of releasing recorded music and who you need to involve in the process
- Making money from live shows, festivals and touring, including merchandising and sponsorship
- What they do: agents, promoters, tour managers, A&Rs and lawyers
This course is for you if…
You have an interest in working within the music industry in any capacity, from artist to manager, or would just like to know more about how the music business works.
Ann Harrison is the author of Music, The Business, the definitive UK book on the subject. Ann is a qualified lawyer and has been advising clients in the music business for over 25 years, the last 10 as part of her legal consultancy, Harrisons Entertainment Law Limited. Ann regularly presents classes to students around the UK and was recently seen appearing on the BBC4 documentary The World's Richest Songs on which she was also script consultant. Ann's clients include household names as well as those just starting out in the business. Click here to visit Ann's website.
Ian Ramage has worked through the ranks from office junior to hold senior executive positions in marketing and publishing/A&R at Polydor, Warners, EMI, BMG and Sony/ATV. Since 2011 he has worked freelance, managing artists and lecturing about the music business at several leading institutions. He remains an incurable music fan as well as a fascinated and experienced observer of the business.
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