PRS for Music and Yorkshire Music Forum bring expert advice to music makers in Sheffield

Speakers include composer Heather Fenoughty and Think Sync’s Connie Farr

Have you ever wanted to write for a TV show or create music for advertising? Leading music organisations PRS for Music and Yorkshire Music Forum are bringing experts from across the industry to independent Sheffield venue DINA, Cambridge Street, for a special free event taking place on Thursday 19 July. 'How To: Place Your Music in Films and TV' will offer local music creators the chance to learn more about the music industry, including the world of ‘sync’, and how to take the next step in their careers.

Over the course of three panels, PRS for Music’s Education and Outreach team, Yorkshire Music Forum and panellists including Sheffield’s own award-winning composer Heather Fenoughty, will explain everything attendees should know about copyright, regional and national support available, 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 well as working with Sheffield-based animation studio, Red Star 3D, scoring 3D and 4D simulator experiences at theme parks, commercials and soundtracks for computer games, Heather’s music has been used in adverts for the likes of CITV and Nissan, with production music also featuring on The Daily Show and Supernatural. Speaking on the same panel is Connie Farr, founder of music consultancy ThinkSync, who has worked on music for films including Lean on Pete, the upcoming adaptation of Martin Amis’ London Fields and Netflix’s Tramps.

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 they are paid whenever their music is performed or played in public. Yorkshire Music Forum is a consortium of organisations, including Come Play With Me, DMF Digital, Higher Rhythm, Arnold Brown Ltd, and Music:Leeds, focusing on artist and music industry development across the region. For its first event in Sheffield, Yorkshire Music Forum will look at what support is available both regionally and nationally to forge a sustainable career in the music industry. Yorkshire Music Forum is also PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner, funding the YMF Emerging Artists Project.

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There is something special about getting your music on the screen – whether it’s in a memorable advert or a dramatic moment in the latest hit period series. This panel will discuss everything from planning your pitch to the world of sync rights and making sure you get paid. 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. We’re excited to be teaming up with Yorkshire Music Forum, who are a great resource for local music creators looking to further their careers.

Dan Jones, PRS for Music Education & Outreach Manager for the North of England

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:

5:00pm - Doors Open

5:15pm – 6:15pm: How To Manage Your PRS Account

The workshop is intended for both PRS for Music members and potential members, and will take attendees through everything they need to get the most out of a PRS membership.

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Panel – Yorkshire Music Forum Panel

The Yorkshire Music Forum is a Talent Development partner for the PRS Foundation. For the first YMF event in Sheffield, a panel of artists and experts will look at what support is available regionally and nationally to forge a sustainable career in the music industry.

7:50pm – 9.00pm: Panel – How To Place Your Music in Films and TV

The area of ‘sync’ rights has become increasingly important in recent years for songwriters as both a valuable income stream and also for raising their profile, but it’s still a mystery for many artists how music is sourced and selected. This panel will be discussing everything attendees need to know to prepare, pitch and place songs for television in the UK and around the world and the important matter of making sure that they get paid. 

Panellists:

  • Heather Fenoughty (Composer)
  • Barry Whittaker-Gilbey (Music Industry Consultant & Composer) 
  • Dave Newton (PRS for Music)
  • Connie Farr (Think Sync)

9:00pm – 10:00pm: Networking

The evening closes with a networking session and an opportunity to meet the panellists and speak to PRS for Music and Yorkshire Music Forum.

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.