PRS for Music brings educational event to music makers in Exeter

Speakers include Muncie Girls’ singer Lande Hekt and PRS Foundation’s Maxie Gedge

Want to know more about the music business? Leading music organisation PRS for Music is bringing experts from across the industry to much-loved Exeter arts venue The Phoenix, Gandy Street, for a special free event taking place on Wednesday 18 July, offering local music creators the chance to learn more about the music industry and how to take the next step in their careers.

Whether you’re a songwriter or producer, solo artist or in a band, or setting up your own publishing company or DIY label, it’s vital you understand the way the music industry works and how music can generate revenue. Now more than ever before, musicians and artists are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their music. Some are self-releasing now with hopes of securing a future record deal, but others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers. 

Over the course of two panels, PRS for Music’s Education and Outreach team and panellists including Lande Hekt, singer and bassist in rock band Muncie Girls, will explain everything attendees should know about copyright, how record labels and music publishers work, and how they can make money from their music. The evening will also offer the opportunity to network afterwards, giving attendees the chance to build new relationships, meet potential collaborators, and ask panellists further questions.

As a membership society, PRS for Music represents more than 130,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and beyond, championing their rights and ensuring that they are paid whenever their music is performed or played in public.

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This event is designed for attendees at all points in their careers – whether they have just written their first song or published their fiftieth. As a membership organisation, PRS for Music doesn’t just collect royalties. We’re also here for creators to turn to for advice and education on the music business, and we hope attendees find our Exeter event inspiring and empowering.

Claire Rose, PRS for Music Education & Outreach Manager

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.

Event details:

6pm – Doors open

6:30pm – 7:30pm: How to Understand Collection Societies and Get the Most from Your PRS Account
PRS for Music will introduce you to the UK’s major collection societies: PRS, MCPS and PPL and explain how royalties are generated and collected. It will feature an in-depth look at key areas of the PRS for Music website and explain the essential functions you will need to carry out to get the most of your membership.

Topics covered in this section will include:

  • An overview of UK collection societies (PRS, MCPS and PPL)
  • How to register or amend works
  • How to report performance usage and claim unpaid royalties

7:45pm – 9pm: How to Understand the Music Business

Are you a songwriter, producer, solo artist or in a band? Or maybe you’re a publisher, DIY label or manager? Whatever you’re doing, its crucial you understand the way the music industry works. Join PRS for Music and a panel of experienced industry professionals to find out how the business operates and how to make it work better for you.

Panellists include:

  • Claire Rose (PRS for Music)
  • Andrew Warnock (The MU)
  • Lande Hekt (Muncie Girls)
  • Zac Peters (DMF Music)
  • Maxie Gedge (PRS Foundation, Musician, Gravy Records)
  • Andy Ellis (PRS for Music)

The evening will conclude with a Q&A session and networking drinks.

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. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m 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.