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CMU:DIY: Artist:Entrepreneur Day returns for 2019 with Belfast edition

By | Published on Friday 11 January 2019

Artist:Entrepreneur Day

The first CMU:DIY event of 2019 is the latest edition of the Artist:Entrepreneur Day, the artist-to-artist education programme from the Featured Artists Coalition, hosted by three of FAC’s artist entrepreneurs and featuring no less than five A:E Guides from CMU. This edition is taking place in Belfast in partnership with Help Musicians NI on 26 Jan.

We all know that any artist who wants to make a living out of their music today needs to think like a small business. So, once you have some songs written and tracks recorded, it’s time to start getting the business side sorted. And that means thinking like an entrepreneur. Which is what the A:E Day is all about.

The five A:E Guides from CMU:DIY talk attendees through an artist’s key revenues, the different music rights, the ins and outs of gigging, building the all-important fan relationship and the different business partners artists might work with as their career evolves.

At each stage of the process hosts Jack Gourlay, Lisbee Stainton and Cormac Neeson will open up their own artist businesses, explaining how they make money, how they agree and manage their song and recording rights, how they get gigs, what social and direct-to-fan channels they use, and what business partners they have on their team.

Plus there will be practical tips galore from a bunch of music industry experts, including Joe Dougan from Shine, Lyndon Stephens from Champion Sound, Francesca O’Connor from Quiet Arch Records, Mark Gordon from Score Draw Music, Levi Deeble from Sentric Music and marketing expert Caroline Fleck.

The day will then conclude with Duke Special in conversation, discussing his career to date and how he has gone about building a business around his music.All of this takes place at The Sunflower on Union Street in Belfast on Saturday 26 Jan. There is more info about the day here. Tickets are just £10 and are available here. For information about guest list and group discounts email