Help Musicians partners with BBC Music Introducing Live

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Help Musicians UK has become the lead charity partner of BBC Music Introducing Live 2018 and will host 25 hours of programming at the event next month.

The charity’s schedule is built around main three strands – the Artist, the Industry, and Health and Wellbeing, and includes artists, DJs and experts from Featured Artists Coalition, Music Support, SheSaid.So, Musicians Union and more.

Melody Kane (1Xtra), Tom Middleton (artist), David Rowntree (Blur), Ben Pearce (DJ), Carly Wilford (DJ/broadcaster), Roses Gabor (artist) Signkid (artist), ECKOES (artist) and Grace Savage (beatboxer) will feature across live performances, industry partner takeovers, workshops and speaker sessions.

Based in the North Vaults at Tobacco Dock, London, for the entire BBC Music Introducing Live 2018 from 8 to 10 November, the charity will also host its own intimate space offering a range of practical wellbeing workshops and funding advice sessions.

Room takeovers will come from Association of Independent Music (AIM), where chief executive Paul Pacifico will offer a practical, step-by-step guide to getting started as a creative entrepreneur in the 21st century.

The Musicians Union will introduce the actions it has taken under its Safespace and Fair Pay campaigns, MOBO will spotlight what it means to be DIY in 2018 and the Music Venue Trust will highlight its Agent of Change campaign and ongoing Fightback Grassroots Promoter programme.

James Ainscough, interim chief executive of Help Musicians, UK said: ‘We are stronger when we work together, so it’s an honour to assemble such an impeccable roster of industry titans as part of our partnership with the pivotal brand that is BBC Music Introducing Live.

‘Collaboration should always be a key strand of our DNA and this will enable our programming to generate as much value as possible for our beneficiaries and the wider music industry.’

Elsewhere, Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle and country-pop singer-songwriter Jerry Williams are among the artists slated for PRS for Music panel sessions at the event.

They will be joined by rapper Shaodow on a series of talks entitled PPL and PRS for Music Present: Get Played, Get Paid.

Also on the panels will be BBC presenters and tastemakers Vic Galloway, Bethan Elfyn and Abbie McCarthy, alongside members of the PRS for Music Education and Outreach team.

The sessions will cover how revenues flow back through to the artist from live performances, radio play, TV syncs and more, and will offer practical advice from PRS for Music and PPL – two licensing bodies all new artists should know.

Get Played, Get Paid forms part of a wider programme of workshops, panel discussions and keynotes which take place from 8 to 10 November at the inaugural BBC Introducing Live.

Supported by BBC Music and the wider music industry, this year’s event builds on 2017’s BBC Music Introducing Amplify and will be broadcast live from the heart of the event at Tobacco Dock, London, over the three days.


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