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How to start a record label

Guardian Masterclasses

Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Whether you want to put out your own music, have stumbled on a genre other labels are too nervous to take on, or you just like the idea of running the next Domino, launching a label is easier than you might think – as long as you know what you're doing. Led by Nathaniel Cramp, founder of Sonic Cathedral, this evening course provides a primer in all the essentials of starting your own imprint, from signing bands, recording tracks and commissioning artwork to promoting the finished product to press, radio and the internet.

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This evening offers a breakdown of all the things you'll need to know, from making your first approach to an artist to plugging the finished product.
-Persuading artists to sign with you
-Setting a budget, and learning to stick with it
-How the recording process works, including finding and booking studios
-Deciding on digital and physical formats for your releases
-Commissioning artwork
-Securing distribution, online or in shops
-Getting your records reviewed
-Pitching your music to radio

-A beginner's guide to promotion and advertising

Tutor profile

Nathaniel Cramp is the founder of indie label Sonic Cathedral. From its origins in 2004 as a club night which hosted early performances from M83 and Radio Dept, Sonic Cathedral became a respected label which put out the first records by acclaimed artists including School Of Seven Bells, Sarabeth Tucek and Ulrich Schnauss (many of which were then lost in the Sony warehouse fire of 2011).


Date: Thursday 30 May 2013
Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Price: £39 (includes VAT, booking fee, wine and soft drinks)
Seminar capacity: 100


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N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

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Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

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The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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