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CMU and Featured Artists Coalition launch new educational programme

By | Published on Monday 2 October 2017


CMU’s educational wing CMU:DIY has today announced a new project with the Featured Artists Coalition called Music:DIY that will tour the UK.

Aimed primarily at aspiring recording artists and songwriters – and future music industry talent – the first edition of Music:DIY will take place as part of Norwich Sound + Vision at the Norwich Arts Centre on 13 Oct, hosted by CMU’s Chris Cooke and featuring fifteen guest interviews and an in-conversation with Blur’s Dave Rowntree.

The day of talks and interviews will provide a practical guide for artists on how to build a business around their music. Across the day, artists will learn all about their revenue streams, assets and music rights, plus their routes to market – from putting on a show to building a fanbase to choosing the right business partners.

Attendees will pick up all the knowledge and advice they need to get their artist business started, and to then develop and scale their business and their career within the modern music industry.

Each edition of Music:DIY will feature formalised teaching from CMU, plus a series of interviews with fifteen music industry experts, including artists, agents, promoters, labels, publishers, managers and music journalists. Attendees will also get to hear from established artists who are active members of the FAC. Artists due to speak at the Norwich S+V edition of Music:DIY include Dave Rowntree, Roxanne de Bastion, ShaoDow and Eckoes.

Cooke says: “Through CMU:DIY, I’ve led workshops and seminars for hundreds of young artists in the last couple of years. The artists I’ve met along the way are very entrepreneurial, and always have lots of questions about the mechanics of the music business. We’ll be answering all those questions at Music:DIY, with our talks-and-interviews format specifically designed to ensure we cover all the key topics in a logical order that is easy to follow”.

“The FAC works for music artists at all stages of their careers”, the organisation’s CEO Lucie Caswell adds. “Through our young, peer-to-peer initiative the BEAT Board, we are increasingly connecting with great emerging talent all over the country. Most new artists are smart, entrepreneurial, multi-talented and eager to better understand the business side of music so that, when the time is right, they can grow with the right partners in the best possible way. The FAC works to support these artist entrepreneurs from the off and, in collaboration with our industry partners, Music:DIY is a great way to start”.

Meanwhile, Norwich Sound + Vision producer Rosie Arnold comments: “This year’s 2017 programme is our strongest yet and is very much about new and exciting artists. We’re back doing what we do best, supporting new talent, showcasing new artists and shining a spotlight on Norwich’s creative industries. It’s great to be able to team up with CMU and the FAC to host the first ever Music:DIY event as part of this years NS+V programme. The day will be packed with really practical information and advice that will help our local artist community get to grips with the business side of their music”.

More information and tickets for the first event are available here.