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How to make a living from music: Top music industry experts head to Oxford to offer local songwriters and composers advice 

Friday 17 February

• Free-to-attend evening sees experts from across the music industry share advice and knowledge

• Acclaimed local film composer Guy Dagul (The Last Of The Mohicans) will be in conversation, addressing topics such as live performance, composing for film and media, recording and broadcast income


PRS for Music and the Musicians’ Union are visiting Oxford to host a free event for local songwriters and composers. Following a string of successful panels nationwide last year, ‘How to Develop Your Career and Make a Living From Music’ will take place at The Jericho Tavern, on Monday 20 February.

Music industry professionals with hands-on experience from across the business will explain the importance of protecting your music rights, as well as gaining knowledge about the business behind musical creativity, and understanding the various ways that creating music can generate an income.

Whether seeking a career in music composition, song writing, production, publishing, or management etc., anyone involved in the art of music can learn about the business and how to reap financial rewards from their creative talent.

Stuart Belsham, PRS for Music’s Education & Outreach Manager (East England/East Midlands), commented: “This event is designed with composers and songwriters at every point in their careers in mind – whether you’ve just written your first song or your fiftieth. As a membership organisation, PRS for Music doesn’t just collect royalties on your behalf; we’re also here for creators to turn to for advice and education on the music business.”

While the event is free, seats are limited so please ensure you book a space online if you wish to attend. Both non-members and PRS for Music members are encouraged to attend.

Event details:

8:00pm - Doors open
8:15pm - 9:15pm: How To Develop Your Career and Make a Living From Music (The Musicians' Union in conversation with composer Guy Dagul)
9:15pm – 10:00pm: Networking


About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.


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