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The David Ferguson Lecture: Making a Living from Writing Music

The BASCA Trust

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

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From pop to classical and folk to jazz, discover how songwriters and composers can innovate and earn a living from their creativity. This inaugural lecture honours David Ferguson, the late composer, songwriter, and creators’ rights campaigner.


Keynote Lecture

 

Andy Heath - Chairman, Beggars Music and Chairman of UK Music

 

Panel Discussion

 

Goldie - Artist / Writer

Imogen Heap - Songwriter, recording artist, producer and engineer

Andy Heath - Chairman, Beggars Music and Chairman of UK Music

Roxanna Panufnik – Composer

 

Moderator

 

Andrew Orlowski - Executive Editor, The Register

 

 

Ticket includes a drink/snack at the networking reception afterwards.

 

 


 

Speaker Biographies

 

       

Goldie - Artist / Writer

“In my music,” says Goldie, “is everything I’ve learned, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve experienced.” And it’s been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator – who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow – has a unique story to tell.

 

From children’s homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK’s most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way.

 

In June 2017, Goldie expanded horizons further with a brand new double album: The Journey Man, released on Goldie’s own label Metalheadz, via Cooking Vinyl.

 


     

Andy Heath - Chairman, Beggars Music and Chairman of UK Music

Andy Heath has over 50 years experience in the music industry. He is on the board of Beggars Group (since 1989), one of Europe’s leading and significant independent music companies, and is currently Chairman of Beggars Music, the group’s publishing division. He is a profound believer in a long-term approach to talent development and still works actively and directly with the writers.

Andy has served on the Council of the Music Publishers Association since 1989 (President from 1993 – 1997) and was instrumental in setting up the Music Alliance (now PRS for Music), the operational merger of the Performing Right Society and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society. He served on both boards for twenty years. In January 2008, he was appointed Chairman of British Music Rights, which he co-founded in 1997.

In October 2008, British Music Rights enlarged its remit and became UK Music. Andy became Chairman of UK Music, representing for the first time the whole of Britain’s commercial music industry. In 2009, Andy was awarded an MBE for services to music publishing.

 

       

Imogen Heap - Songwriter, recording artist, producer and engineer

Self-produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums and another as one half of Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), Imogen has developed a strong collaboration with her loyal following both on and offline in recognised, pioneering ways.

 

A respected ‘artist's artist', Imogen has penned songs with Taylor Swift, Mika, Nitin Sawhney, IAMX, Jeff Beck, Josh Groban and Deadmau5 among others. Heap’s been nominated for 5 Grammys, winning one for engineering and another for her Taylor Swift contribution on the album 1989. In 2010, Heap won an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.

 

Recently, Imogen has written and produced the entire score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has set new standards in Theatre and got her an Olivier award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

 

       

Andrew Orlowski - Executive Editor, The Register

Andrew Orlowski is Executive Editor at The Register, the UK’s most popular technology site, with more than nine million regular monthly readers. He was previously US Editor reporting from Silicon Valley.  

 

Andrew was an Assistant Producer on the BBC TV series by Adam Curtis, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, which examined technology myths, utopianism and bubbles, and appears regularly on BBC Newsnight and Sky News.

 

       

Roxanna Panufnik – Composer

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK's most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere.

 

Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, Roxanna has written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed all over the world. Among her most widely given works are Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Hume's 75th birthday; The Music Programme, an opera for Polish National Opera's millennium season which received its UK premiere at the BOC Covent Garden Festival; and settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales - the first of which was commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia.

 

In July 2017, Roxanna’s new work, Silver Birch, with a libretto from writer Jessica Duchen, premiered at Garsington Opera. A celebration of music, drama, poetry and dance, Silver Birch brings together professional singers with 180 members of the local community.


 


 

About the Lecture 

 

We remember and honour composer and songwriter David Ferguson’s professional legacy. It is thanks to David’s generous bequest that the BASCA Trust is able to continue his work, raising public awareness of composition and songwriting with a focus on how music writers make a living from their work. 

 

The theme for this inaugural lecture is making a living from writing music. This will encourage a wide-ranging discussion to illuminate the life of a music writer. One aspect this lecture will cover is how music creators, composers, and songwriters protect their work. This is something David Ferguson was particularly passionate about. 

 

 

About David Ferguson

 

David Ferguson 2007

 

 

David Ferguson (1953 – 2009) was one of Britain’s most successful television composers. His credits include Cracker, Rebus, Bravo Two Zero, and Auf Wiedersehen Pet. In the late 70’s, he formed the rock group Random Hold with David Rhodes and toured with Peter Gabriel. David served for six years as chairman of The British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors (BASCA) and was awarded a Fellowship, BASCA’s highest honour. He was also a director of Performing Rights Society (PRS) and Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). David's vision was of an international, united voice across the continents, of authors speaking out for their rights. He was the founding chairman of the cross-genre freelancers’ organization, the Creators’ Rights Alliance. David left a third of his estate to the BASCA Trust to support its education and awareness-raising initiatives. 

 

About the BASCA Trust

 

The British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors Trust is a charity established by BASCA, the professional association for the UK’s music creators. The Trust provides education and grants, and raises public awareness of songwriting and composition.

 

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N1 9AG London
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)


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