How To: Get Your Music Played and Paid

PRS for Music offers advice to Hull’s songwriters and composers with local event

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PRS for Music has partnered with much-loved not-for-profit Warren Records and The Warren Young People's Project to visit Hull and offer a free event for local music creators. Following a string of successful panels in Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield last year, ‘How To: Get Your Music Played and Paid’ will take place at Humber Street’s Fruit, on Monday 12 June.

 Music industry professionals with hands-on experience will provide guidance and help music creators gain knowledge and understanding about the music business. Attendees will learn about the importance of protecting their music rights, as well as the various ways that creating music can help to generate an income.

 How To: Get Your Song Played And Paid will be discussing topics such as the importance of locking down your business and understanding and protecting your rights, as well as the various ways you can get your music heard. Funding for artists, and the different revenue streams available to songwriters and artists in the digital age will also be explored.


This panel 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.

Daniel Jones, PRS for Music’s Education & Outreach Manager for the North of England, who will moderate the panel

Hull is a city full of underground music and exciting new creators, but with its lack of industry support in the past many artists feel lost when it comes to drawing down royalties and accessing funds. Being a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner, we feel passionate about educating and empowering Hull’s musicians with the knowledge they require to forge a career in music. The Warren are extremely happy to be working with PRS starting the conversation which will hopefully set the tone as we build our music infrastructure during 2017 Hull City Of Culture and beyond

Stewart Baxter, Label Manger at Warren Records

As an artist development partner working closely with both PRS for Music and the PRS Foundation, we're acutely aware of how important it is for those artists to develop a strong understanding of the industry. That knowledge is often the key element that helps artists realise their professional potential by introducing them to the opportunities, know-how and networks that may not always be readily accessible from their 'home-town' comfort zone. Events like these make all of that possible.

JJ Tatten, Manager, The Warren Youth Project

While the event is free, space is 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 – 9:15pm: Panel – How To: Get Your Music Played and Paid

Evolution or revolution, the music industry is changing. Maybe you’re self-releasing or helping a mate book some live shows, managing your own band or managing someone else’s, handling the socials or building a promo campaign, writing the songs, creating the beats, sitting in the studio or running around on stage, whatever you’re doing, it’s crucial that you understand the way the industry works. Otherwise how can you make it work for you?


  • Daniel Jones (PRS for Music) - Moderator
  • Andy Ellis (PRS for Music)
  • Naomi Belshaw (PRS Foundation)
  • Alan Raw (BBC Introducing / CEO Creative & Cultural Co)
  • Pat Pretorius (The Talks / All Our Own Records)
  • Steve Burton (Big Fish Little Fish Publishing / Management)

9:15pm – 10:30pm - Networking

The evening closes with a networking session and the chance to meet various Music Industry organisations.



Notes to Editors

For media enquiries and further information, please contact:

Stefania Pavlou, Media Relations Manager, PRS for Music

020 3741 4777 /

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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