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BAFTA-nominated composer Kevin Sargent heads to Newcastle to offer free advice to up-and-coming music creators

PRS for Music, the membership organisation that represents the likes of local Tyne and Wear-born music stars Sam Fender, Nadine Shah and over 140,000 music creators, is coming to Newcastle to inspire the next generation of musical talent.

As part of PRS for Music’s educational series in collaboration with the Musicians’ Union and The Ivors Academy, How to Release your Music and Get Paid will take place at The Cluny, Ouseburn, on Thursday 7 November. The free event will offer local songwriters, composers, producers and artists, the chance to learn about the industry and how to succeed in the music business.

Kevin Sargent has been nominated for multiple awards including a BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award for his compositions which feature in numerous commercials, films and TV programmes, including BBC TV shows, The Wrong Mans and The Hour. As a member of The Ivors Academy Media Committee, Kevin will be on hand to share insider knowledge of the industry and also explain how the Academy can help champion and protect music creators’ rights.

Now, more than ever before, musicians are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their art. Some are self-releasing music with hope of securing a future record deal, while others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers.

PRS for Music’s Outreach team and the Musicians’ Union will discuss what creators need to know in today’s complex world of music; the intricacies of copyright, how record labels and music publishers work, and ultimately, how to make money from their music. The session will be followed by a chance to meet and network with speakers and potential collaborators.

As a membership society, PRS for Music represents songwriters, composers, producers and music publishers in the UK and beyond, championing their rights and helping to make sure that they are paid whenever their music is streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed or played in public. The Musicians’ Union is a trade body for musicians, representing 30,000 members and works to maximise the employment and overall income of musicians, as well as protecting and improving working conditions whilst offering advice, support and legal assistance. The Ivors Academy is the independent professional association for songwriters and composers across all genres, with the mission to support, protect and celebrate music creators in the UK.

Daniel Jones, PRS for Music Outreach Manager for the North-East of England, said: “We are excited to be teaming up with the Musicians’ Union and The Ivors Academy for a series of events that we hope will be inspiring and empowering. These events are designed for attendees at all points in their careers – whether they have just written their first song or released their fiftieth. As a membership organisation, we don’t just collect royalties. We’re also here for creators to turn to for advice and education on the music business.”

Barry Dallman, Musicians’ Union Regional Officer, North East of England, added: “With so many creators choosing a DIY route to making a career in music, it’s important that they know organisations like ours are here to support them. I’m pleased to be collaborating on these workshops and look forward to sharing our in-depth knowledge with as many artists and songwriters as we can.”

Graham Davies, CEO, The Ivors Academy said: ‘We are excited to take part in this series of events to equip creators with vital information to understand the different ways music can generate revenue and sustain a career. Supporting and educating songwriters and composers in this way is fundamental to our mission cultivating the next generation of creative talent and helping them succeed in the music business.’

While the event is free, space is limited so please ensure you book a ticket online if you wish to attend. Both non-members and PRS for Music members are encouraged to attend. Register for a ticket at: www.howtoreleaseyourmusic-newcastle.eventbrite.co.uk

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