How to make a living from music

Top music industry experts head to Oxford to offer local songwriters and composers advice

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.

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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.

Stuart Belsham, PRS for Music’s Education & Outreach Manager (East England/East Midlands)

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 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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