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SPEAR:TALK 1st Seminar

Thursday, 22nd October 2009

00:00 - 00:00

The Crypt, Middlesbrough


SPEAR:TALK is part of the SPEAR programme that also includes SPEAR:LIVE.

The programme is funded by Working Neighbourhoods Fund (Middlesbrough) through Middlesbrough Town Hall and has been developed by Generator to provide a framework for the ambitions and potential of the North-East’s musicians and music businesses, with an emphasis on Middlesbrough artists.

The SPEAR:TALK seminars are free of charge and will take place bi-monthly (after the first two) at Middlesbrough Town Hall, The Crypt.

The seminars will help ensure that Middlesbrough’s regional music scene is less susceptible to be drained off to London by investing the region with the knowledge, skills base and relevant support required.

These seminars are open to all musicians and music businesses based in the North; they will introduce panels made up of industry experts, music professionals, label heads and senior A&R, ideally positioned to give accurate and on-point information relating to genuine artist development.

The subjects of these panels will be broad-ranging but the issues raised and discussed will be those most relevant to the attendees, which will be made up of young musicians, promoters, emerging music businesses.

Details of the first SPEAR:TALK seminar

Thursday 22nd October

5-6pm PRS Foundation talk
6-8pm A&R Seminar

Faced with shrinking profits, record labels are adopting a new approach, so do bands and artists now need do the same? How do artists generate interest from record and publishing companies, to begin with? What are the terms of a deal likely to be these day’s? This panel will discuss what record and publishing companies will want in return for their investment. An ever-evolving media requires that bands keep ahead of the game – this seminar will look at the holistic approach to artist development.

James Endeacott – 1965 Records

Ollie Jacob – Memphis Industries

Matthew Rumbold – freelance music consultant (formerly at EMI)

If your music requires attention, bring a CD for direct/individual feedback – get there early, spaces are limited

The Performing Right Society Foundation

The PRSF is the largest independent funder of new music across all genres - it leads and supports pioneering new music activity. They have given more than £2 million to over 3,000 new music projects since the year 2000. The PRSF want to stimulate the creation of new music and its performance to the widest possible audience and James Hannam from the Foundation will be speaking about how you or your organisation can access these funds before the SPEAR:TALK seminar at 5.00pm.