PRS for Music offers advice to Norfolk's songwriters and composers

Free-to-attend event takes place as part of PRS Foundation’s Momentum Day

Mary Epworth
Mary Epworth, who will speak on a panel ahead of performing as part of Momentum Day

PRS for Music, the membership society representing more than 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and beyond, is visiting Norfolk to offer a free event for local music creators. Following a string of successful panels in Hull, Liverpool and Oxford earlier this year, the Education & Outreach team will present How To: Make Your Music Pay at Norwich Arts Centre, on Saturday 2 September. 

PRS for Music has partnered with PRS Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres, for Momentum Day, which aims to equip attendees with all the tools needed to get to the next level in their music careers.

How To: Make Your Music Pay will see industry professionals including BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk’s Sophie Little and DJ and artist manager Carly Wilford (who created unsigned platform I Am Music) provide guidance and help music creators gain a deeper understanding about the music business. Attendees will learn about the importance of protecting their music rights, how they can get their music heard, and the various ways that creating music can generate an income. 

The panel will be chaired by Andy Ellis, Education and Outreach Senior Manager at PRS for Music, with Stuart Belsham, Education & Outreach Manager for the East of England, also speaking.

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The How To: Make Your Music Pay 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.

Stuart Belsham, Education & Outreach Manager for the East of England

Lunch afterwards will be provided, before PRS Foundation hosts two panels: the first will introduce attendees to funding opportunities, tips and approaches, while How To Build Momentum will explore how artists can first build a team and then build buzz, sharing Momentum Fund success stories.

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

As part of Momentum Day, panel attendees will also have the opportunity to network and see PRS for Music members and PRS Foundation grantees Mary Epworth, Hannah Peel and Love Ssega perform live at Norwich Arts Centre. See below for further information. 

Event details:

1pm – 2pm: PRS for Music presents: How To: Make Your Music Pay

This panel session will discuss topics such as the importance of locking down your business, understanding and protecting your rights, getting your music heard and the various ways making music can make an income.

Panellists:

  • Andy Ellis - Education and Outreach Senior Manager at PRS for Music (Chair)
  • Stuart Belsham - Education and Outreach Manager at PRS for Music
  • Sophie Little - Presenter and Producer at BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk
  • Carly Wilford – Artist Manager (Josh Barry, I Am Music)
  • Paul Burrows – Regional Organiser at Musician’s Union
  • Sam Taylor - UK Brand Manager at Tunecore

2pm: Lunch (free vegan chilli in the NAC bar)

2:30 – 3:30pm: Momentum Day: An Introduction To Funding

 A panel of experts discuss the current funding environment; needs and approaches, as well as tips, opportunities, and advice.

 Panellists:

  • Joe Frankland – Senior Grants and Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation
  • Adrian Cooke - Relationship Manager at Arts Council England
  • Rosie Arnold – Executive Producer at Norwich Arts Centre and Musician
  • Lynne McDowell – Head of Communications at PPL
  • Michelle Hilborne - Artist Manager at Forest Marble

3:30 – 3:45pm – Coffee break

3:45pm – 5:00pm: Momentum Day: how to build Momentum

How do you get funding-ready, build a team, and then build a buzz? Our panel provide insight from across the industry, discussing Momentum success-stories and how you can get there.

Panellists:

  • Joe Frankland – Senior Grants and Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation
  • Sarah Jamieson – Managing Editor at DIY Magazine
  • Sophie Little - Presenter and Producer at BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk
  • Mary Epworth - Momentum Funded Artist
  • Laura Lewis-Paul - Creative Director at Saffron Records

7:30pm – Networking drinks in NAC bar

8:00pm - 11:00pm – Mary Epworth + Hannah Peel + Love Ssega

Gig tickets are free for panel attendees, or £5 via the Norwich Arts Centre website.

The Momentum Music Fund is run by PRS Foundation using public funds from Arts Council England, support from PPL, and is in association with Spotify.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

For media enquiries and further information, please contact: 
Coral Williamson, Communications Executive, PRS for Music 
020 3741 4777 / Coral.Williamson@prsformusic.com

About PRS Foundation:

PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £23.6 million to over 5,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.

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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