Independent Venue Week & PRS for Music partner for How to Get Started in the Music Business

PRS for Music to host free to attend educational panels in Leeds and Bristol during Independent Venue Week

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Local creative talent from Bristol and Leeds are invited to learn all about the music industry in two special free-to-attend panels, hosted by PRS for Music as part of Independent Venue Week. 

Taking place in Bristol on Wednesday 31 January at Exchange in Old Market, and on Thursday 1 February at 360 Club, Leeds, in the Lending Room. Both ‘How to Get Started in the Music Business’ events are open to all, whether you’re a songwriter, producer, in a band or running your own DIY label or management company. Experts from across the industry will be on hand to answer your questions and explain how the business operates and how to make it work better for you, wherever you are in your career.

PRS for Music, the membership society that represents more than 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and beyond, will be joined on the panels by the likes of Independent Venue Week Ambassador and Portishead band member Adrian Utley, Grade Management’s Sarah Mhamdi (Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Ben Pearce), and Daniel O'Dell of Hide & Seek Records (Glass Mountain, Post War Glamour Girls, Sam Airey).

Both panels will be followed by live performances from Bristol and Leeds talent, including The Seagulls. In Bristol, local legend Big Jeff, who is known throughout the South West for attending live events seven days a week, for well over a decade, will curate a special show for Independent Venue Week at Exchange. Full line-ups as well as a complete list of panellists are available below. 


There are so many areas of the music industry that are key to a successful career – including playing small independent venues like Bristol’s Exchange, which provide so many acts their first live opportunities. I’m delighted to be joining PRS for Music on this panel to share my experiences working in music and hope attendees get a lot out of this event.


Panellist Adrian Utley, Portishead member and Independent Venue Week Ambassador

Bristol’s live scene has so many brilliant creative individuals in it, so we’re really pleased to be hosting an educational panel like this with PRS for Music and Independent Venue Week, who do a lot to support regional talent and help artists further their careers.

Iwan Best, Events Manager at Bristol Exchange

We are delighted to be hosting this panel during Independent Venue Week. The independent live sector is so important to the music culture in Leeds, and it’s great to see PRS for Music continue to support it. We hope our local artists get a lot out of this panel and stick around to enjoy the gig afterwards.

Richard Watson, Founder of 360 Club, Leeds

We’re delighted to be bringing these panels to music creators, their teams and anyone who wants to work in music during Independent Venue Week. We hope ‘How to Get Started in the Music Business’ leaves attendees feeling inspired and empowered, whatever point they are at in their careers.

Claire Rose, Education & Outreach Manager at PRS for Music

Panel information: 

 5pm – Doors

5.30pm – 6.30pm – How to Get Started in the Music Business


  • Daniel Jones (Education & Outreach Manager - PRS for Music - Moderator)
  • Daniel O'Dell (Hide & Seek Records)
  • Lindsey Foley (Hyde Management - Artist Manager of Victors)
  • Dominic Richmond (Producer, Songwriter & Performer - The Seagulls)

7.30pm – The Seagulls / Citrus Heights / Peace Frog / Mugen

4.30pm – Doors open

4.45pm – 5.45pm – How to Get Started in the Music Business


  • Adrian Utley (Portishead)
  • Andy Ellis (Moderator - PRS for Music)
  • Claire Rose (Education & Outreach Manager - PRS for Music)
  • Andy Warnock (Regional Officer - Musicians Union)
  • Sarah Mhamdi (Grade Management - Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Ben Pearce and more)

 7.30pm – Late - IVW, The Exchange & Big Jeff Presents: 

Jesuits / Iceman Furniss Quartet / Emily Isherwood / Big Jeff (DJ)

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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