BASCA launches Professional Development Series

BASCA has announced the launch of a new Professional Business Development Programme for 2012, aimed at supporting songwriters and composers to exploit their own business or career development opportunities. Discount for PRS for Music members.

Five things to do before you make a music video

Music and videos go hand in hand and a memorable video can help make a good song great. Advances in technology make it easier than ever to make and edit a video. But, according to Charlotte Johnson of Decibel Pictures Ltd, you should never compromise quality. Here are some things to think about before you pick up the camera.

Get Plugged In course returns

Designed as a much needed best-practice roadmap of the processes involved in live music promoting and venue management, the five part course draws on Inglis’ two decades of experience, sharing lessons learned and highlighting the pitfalls plaguing promoters and venue operators UK-wide.

Make It Happen 13 – Working with brands

In the latest instalment of Make It Happen, Richard Kirstein, a founding partner of music consultancy Resilient Music LLP shares his tips for artists (& artist managers) looking to develop music for the commercial world.

M meets… Joan Armatrading

In a career spanning four decades, Joan Armatrading has been nominated for numerous Grammy and Brit awards and, in 1996, won a coveted Ivor Novello Award. In 2007 she became the first ever UK female artist to debut at number one in the Billboard Blues Chart, and last month received a Gold Badge Award for her services to British music.…

Liz Green part one

Although she grew up in the North-West of England, there's a lot about Liz Green that makes a listener think of the American deep south or a windblown mid-western prairie.

Five songwriting tips from Jamie Hartman

In this instalment of the Make It Happen, we hear Jamie Hartman's songwriting tips. BMI award-winning songwriter and Ivor Novello & Brit Award nominee Hartman has written for, produced or recorded/performed with the likes of Will Young, Joss Stone, Natalie Imbruglia, The Wanted, Westlife and many more.

Iron Maiden – On Board Flight 666

In March 1982 I went down to the Bristol Colston Hall to see a band that for me redefined the word ‘heavy metal’. I was taken aback by their music, their sound, and by their singer’s name.

Make It Happen – The Music Industry Handbook

There are many books out there that bill themselves as music industry guides. However the vast majority of these books are by American authors, and therefore offer a mostly American perspective– with very little reference to the UK. Paul Rutter, principal music lecturer at Southampton Solent University, thought it was about time that the UK music industry had a guide of its own. So after two years and many late nights, The Music Industry Handbook was born. Paul Rutter talks about to M about its conception.