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How To Release Your Music and Get Paid

PRS for Music, The Ivors Academy and The Musicians’ Union are delighted to invite you to 'How To Release Your Music and Get Paid'.

Now more than ever before, musicians and artists are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their music. Some are self-releasing now with hopes of securing a future record deal, but others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers. Either way, if you are planning to release your own music then it’s vital you understand some fundamentals about the way the music industry works and how your music can generate revenue.

18.30 – Doors Open

18.45 – 19.10 – The Ivors Academy

In this session, Kevin Sargent (media composer and Academy Member of The Ivors Academy) will explain what The Ivors Academy is, and how joining it can promote and protect your rights as a music creator. Topics covered:

• A brief introduction to The Ivors Academy

• The direct and indirect benefits of membership (or how to get to know your way around the industry)

19.15 – 20.15 – Mind Your Own Business

In this session, The Musicians’ Union will explain how record labels and music publishers make their money and how independent artists can do the same. Topics covered:

• Copyright law and protecting your work

• The difference between Master Rights and Publishing Rights (PRS, MCPS and PPL)

• The business models behind record labels and music publishers (and how that applies to you)

• Artists agreements and performers’ permissions you need to secure before you can release

20.15 – 20.30 – Break

20.30 – 21.30 – How To Get the Most from PRS Membership

In this session, PRS for Music will take you through the practicalities of self service using the PRSfM website. Topics covered:

• How to register or amend works

• How to search the PRSfM works database

• How to report performance usage

• How to claim unpaid royalties

This evening will conclude with networking drinks.

Attendance to this event is free, but numbers are limited so it’s essential you book a space here if you wish to come along.

If you have any questions or specific access requirements, please email PRS for Music at education@prsformusic.com.


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