PRS for Music launch educational panels across the country as part of Independent Venue Week

Indie venues in Brighton, Cardiff, Sheffield and Sunderland partner with PRS for Music to host free educational events, open to all

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In celebration of the important role that independent venues play in the success of songwriters, composers and performers, PRS for Music will host a series of educational panels across the country to help encourage and inform the next generation of artists.

Taking place as part of Independent Venue Week (IVW), 23-27 January, and open to all, the free talks will offer those aspiring to work in the music industry the chance to hear from major industry influencers as well as local artists and experts from PRS for Music, PPL and BASCA.

Four proudly independent venues with a history of supporting new artists at grassroots level will host the panels: Komedia in Brighton; The Big Top in Cardiff; Sheffield’s The Harley; and the Independent in Sunderland.

Professionals with hands-on experience from across the music business will explain the importance of protecting your music rights, as well as imparting valuable knowledge about the various ways that creating and performing music can generate an income.


We’re delighted to be hosting these panels in the very venues that play such a vital role in the development and growth of so many artists. From a first live gig, to a secret performance from a music legend, these independent venues are the creative spaces that help the UK music industry to flourish.

Paul Clements, Commercial Director, PRS for Music

It’s great that PRS for Music, PPL and Independent Venue Week, have teamed up to champion music venues and we’re delighted to host this panel. Venues like us always try to support artists so it’s great that we can offer an educational opportunity as well as hosting gigs during the week.

Aram Stuart, Event Manager at the Independent, Sunderland

We care deeply about fostering the creative energy of local artists and we’re delighted to see PRS for Music, BASCA and Independent Venue Week support this, and the grassroots live sector.

Tom Brain, Programming Coordinator at Komedia, Brighton

We’re really pleased to host this panel on the music industry. Sheffield has such a magnificent music scene, so it’s great to see Independent Venue Week, PRS for Music and PPL partner up to host an event here and really support the local talent.

Kate Hewett, Promotor at The Harley, Sheffield

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Independent Venue Week and PRS for Music and thank them for continuing to support live music and venues. We look forward to hosting their panel with BASCA and hope our local artists get a lot out of it.

Lloyd Griffiths, Events and Venue Manager, at The Big Top, Cardiff

Education for artists like me has become more and more important in such a rapidly changing industry, so I’m proud to be taking part in this panel with PRS for Music and PPL who already do so much for music creators. Small music venues play such a vital role in the success of many artists, so the Independent, which is loved by so many, is the perfect place to hold this talk during Independent Venue Week.

Panellist and singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff (The Lake Poets)

Panel information:

Monday 23 January, 3-4pm – Independent, Sunderland
Speakers: Martin Longstaff, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter (The Lake Poets); Charlie Dancer, co-founder of Beyond The Wall and SSD Concerts promoter (Manic Street Preachers, C Duncan, Soul II Soul); Davy Wales, Performer Development Specialist at PPL; and Dan Jones, Education and Outreach Manager at PRS for Music.

Tuesday 24 January, 4-5pm – The Harley, Sheffield
Speakers: Sarah Brooksbank, Artist Manager (Bat for Lashes, Fat White Family); Davy Wales, PPL; Dan Jones, PRS for Music.

Wednesday 25 January – The Big Top, Cardiff, 4-5pm
Speakers: Connor Cupples, Jealous Lovers Club (label, promotions, publisher); electronic producer Philip Blake (aka 5th Spear); singer-songwriter, Katell Keineg; Dan Moore, Head of Marketing & Membership at BASCA; and Stuart Belsham Education & Outreach Manager at PRS for Music.

Friday 27 January, 3-4pm – Komedia, Brighton
Speakers: Jay McAllister, solo act, Beans on Toast; Steve Farris, Artist Development at Brighton-based booking agent, 13 Artists, (Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Radiohead); Dan Moore, BASCA; Andy Ellis, Education & Outreach Senior Manager at PRS for Music. 

About Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. Full details, dates and tickets for Independent Venue Week can be found on the main website and through IVW social media channels. 
Facebook @independentvenueweek
Twitter @IVW_UK #IVW17
Instagram @IVW_UK

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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