PRS for Music has announced it will host two educational panels in Bristol and Leeds at this year’s Independent Venue Week (IVW), with Portishead’s Adrian Utley (pictured, above right) among the panellists.

Photo by Garu Prior

As part of the seven-day celebration of small music venues around the UK, the royalty collecting society will bring together industry experts who will offer advice to emerging artists and industry on the topic ‘how to get started in the music business.’

Taking place at both The Exchange in Bristol and 360 Club in Leeds, the panels will provide must-have insight on how the music business operates and how to make it work for you – whether you’re a songwriter, producer, solo artist, band, music publisher, DIY label or manager.

Following the panels there will be live music, with Jesuits, Iceman Furniss Quartet and Emily Isherwood playing the Bristol show and The Seagulls, Citrus Heights, Peace Frog and Mugen playing the Leeds event.

PRS for Music is official partners of IVW 2018. Independent Venue Week is an initiative which champions and puts a spotlight on hundreds of independent, grassroots music venues all over the country.

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation, the company ensures creators are paid whenever their music and songs are played, performed, broadcast or reproduced in public and provide business and community groups with access to 22.2 million songs through its music licences. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over two million music creators.

There are 20 free tickets available for panel attendees, available on a first come first served basis when you select the ‘panel and show’ option. Tickets for the shows can also be purchased separately.

See below for information and ticket links.

31 January

How to Get Started in the Music Business, presented by PRS for Music at The Exchange, Bristol – TICKETS

Speakers: Adrian Utley (Portishead), Claire Rose (PRS for Music) Andy Warnock (Musicians Union) and Sarah Mhamdi (Grade Management – Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Ben Pearce), chaired by Andy Ellis (PRS for Music).

Gig afterwards curated by Big Jeff x The Exchange featuring Jesuits, Iceman Furniss Quartet, and Emily Isherwood.

1 February

How to Get Started in the Music Business, presented by PRS for Music at 360 Club, Leeds – TICKETS

Chaired by Daniel Jones (PRS for Music). More speakers to be announced shortly.

Gig afterwards featuring The Seagulls, Citrus Heights, Peace Frog and Mugen. Gig tickets.


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