PRS for Music and Musicians’ Union offer free advice to music makers in North of England

Free-to-attend events see music industry experts share personal experiences and advice on how to release and make money from music

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Leading music organisations PRS for Music and the Musicians’ Union have partnered for a special series of free events, taking place from Monday 25 June-Tuesday 24 July, offering local music creators in the North of England the chance to learn more about the music industry and how to take the next step in their careers.

Over the course of five weeks, PRS for Music’s Education and Outreach team and the Musicians’ Union will offer workshops in Halifax, Preston, Lancaster, York and Darlington, covering everything attendees should know about copyright, how record labels and music publishers work, and how they can make money from their music.

The evenings will also offer the opportunity to network afterwards, giving attendees the chance to build new relationships, meet potential collaborators, and ask 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. Musicians’ Union is a trade body for musicians, representing 30,000 members and offering advice and support in all areas of the music business. Now more than ever before, musicians, songwriters, and producers are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their music. While some self-release with hopes of securing a future record deal, others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers. Either way, it’s vital to understand the fundamentals about the way the music industry works and how music can generate revenue.

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We are excited to be teaming up with the Musicians’ Union for a series of events that we hope will be inspiring and empowering. These workshops are designed for attendees at all points in their careers – whether they have just written their first song or released 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.

Dan Jones, PRS for Music Education & Outreach Manager for the North of England
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With so many music creators choosing a DIY route to making a career in music, it’s important that they know organisations like the Musicians’ Union and PRS for Music are here to support them. I am pleased to be collaborating with PRS for Music on these workshops and look forward to sharing our in-depth knowledge with as many people as we can.

Barry Dallman, North of England Regional Officer, Musicians’ Union

Tickets are available now for all five events. 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:

Monday 25 June
The Lantern, Halifax
Tickets available now

Tuesday 3 July 
The Continental, Preston 
Tickets available now

Monday 9 July 
The Dukes, Lancaster 
Tickets available now

Monday 16 July
The Basement, York
Tickets available now

Tuesday 24 July 
The Forum Music Centre, Darlington
Tickets available now

About Musicians’ Union

The Musicians’ Union represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business and has campaigned on behalf of its members since the organisation was established in 1893. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services for self-employed professional and student musicians of all ages. The benefits of membership include £10m public liability cover, £2,000 worth of equipment insurance, contract advice, partnership agreements, careers advice and legal assistance. For more information please visit theMU.org 

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 is also part of the joint venture company, PPL PRS Ltd, which issues TheMusicLicence, giving businesses in the UK access to over 22.2 million musical works.