Support for the development and careers of music industry practitioners

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Soundbytes explores opportunities for artists and independent music companies in the modern music landscape, looking at building sustainable careers and developing live opportunities

About SoundBytes

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Soundbytes events aim to connect practitioners with each other; to provide them with practical and achievable strategies, and to encourage them to work together to create and support cultural activities in the region.

Previously SoundBytes Un-Convention’s have taken place across five continents, in places such as Belfast and Swansea through to Brisbane, Mumbai and Sao Paulo. Participants have included Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Youth (The Orb & The Fireman), Peter Hook (New Order), John McClure (Reverend And The Makers), Caroline Elleray (Coldplay & Keane), Pete Jobson (I Am Kloot), Mark Gardener (Ride), Tom Robinson, Don Letts, Jarvis Cocker, Bill Drummond (the KLF), Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails) and Billy Bragg, plus performances from I Am Kloot, The Whip, Reverend SoundSystem, Everything Everything, The Virginmarys, Young Fathers, Liam Frost, Beth Jeans Houghton, Gallops, Arthur Delaney and The Loose Salute, and many more.

SoundBytes Music Initiative: music industry sessions

We work closely with strategic partners including Creative Englandthe Musicians Union, PRS Foundation, BBC Introducing and Arts Council England (ACE), to deliver a package of workshops, seminars and surgeries to develop the careers of music industry practitioners with a focus on the following:

Industry Basics

  • How to make a living -revenue streams
  • Job roles, organisations and structure
  • Intellectual Property

Professional gateways & opportunities for career development

  • Starting up your creative industries business
  • Business planning
  • Professional gateways & career opportunities
  • Social media & web marketing
  • Role of radio, television, video, websites, podcasts, MySpace & SoundCloud et               

Management &  Live Music

  • Expertise in music management
  • Role of record labels, publishers and artist managers
  • Promoting and managing events, (gigs, seminars & workshops etc)
  • Changes in the music Industry (new concepts/ model for labels, artists and managers)
  • Realities of working in the industry (e.g, working with musicians and technicians etc)
  • Developing new venues, rehearsal and workspace

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