The new event series is a response to the increasing tendency of producers and artists to investigate launching their own record, publishing and/or production companies.
The DIY sessions – the first of which will take place at Metropolis Studios from 7pm on 11 November – will examine the different disciplines involved and will feature representatives from the PRS, PPL, MPA, AIM, BPI, BASCA and Musicians’ Union, along with legal advisers and representatives of ancillary industries.
In addition to exploring the ins and outs of an independent venture, the sessions will also address the rise of the 360-degree deal and how it impacts on the activities of the DIY company.
The first session will be moderated by producer and MPG director Tommy D, and is designed to find out what people what to know about the DIY process. Contributing to the session will be Patrick Rackow, CEO of BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), along with MPG chairman Steve Levine, MU media official Ben Jones, and AIM (Association of Independent Music) head of legal and business affairs Michael Fuller.
“The response from all the participating organisations has been encouraging,” says Levine (pictured). “We can all see how co-operation between all the elements of the music industry will be vital in its continued success, and that success can only be sustained if we adapt to the new digital economy.”
Tickets for the first event cost £20, or £15 for members of AIM, MU, BASCA, APRS, MMF, Music Tank and FAC. Usual MPG discounts apply. Early booking is advised for those who want to secure a place as this event will be opened up to other organisations as well as the MPG. To obtain a ticket, visit www.mpg.org.uk/diy_event. Subsequent events will focus on specific areas of setting up a record company, leading up to a cross-organisational event intended to facilitate networking.
Image Credit: Rosie Levine