Alison Balsom joins the ISM's Make Music Work

Distinguished trumpeter Alison Balsom is to give the opening address at the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ event Make Music Work in March 2015.

Curated by the ISM, Make Music Work is an important event that aims to lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of professional music with a view to empowering and inspiring composers and performers’ as they build successful and sustainable careers. It will take place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s new venue, Milton Court on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Alison Balsom is the latest special guest announcement for Make Music Work, which will see creative entrepreneurs including composer Gabriel Prokofiev, journalists Ivan Hewett and Richard Morrison, cellist Gabriella Swallow, Justin Pearson (Royal Society of Musicians), Ben Baker (Violinist) and Igor Toronyi-Lalic (London Contemporary Music Festival) among many others to give tips to musicians to boost their careers.

About the ISM’s Make Music Work, Alison Balsom said:

‘I am delighted to be giving the opening address at ISM event Make Music Work. I know first-hand that it isn't easy to develop a career in the music industry, especially when the industry is changing so fast, and it's the least we can do to share our experiences. I think it's going to be a really interesting day for me, and for any performer or composer.’

Make Music Work is rapidly receiving support across the music world from a wealth of key organisations and ensembles such as Guildhall School for Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of West London, Canterbury Christ Church University, PPL, PRS for Music, the Royal Philharmonic Society, Park Lane Group, The Worshipful Company of Musicians, Making Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Society of Musicians, Musicians’ Answering Service, The Sixteen, Women in Music, Music Industries Association (MIA), Live Music Now, Music Publishers’ Association, City Music Foundation, Concordia Foundation and Composers Edition. Rhinegold Publishing’s Classical Music magazine is the official media partner ofMake Music Work and sponsor of the concluding drinks reception, which is included in the ticket price.

About Make Music Work

In four main sessions, interspersed with musical performances, panels of prominent music leaders and professionals will discuss how to:

  • Encourage creative initiative and artistic conviction
  • Develop a distinctive ‘voice’ in the profession
  • Build confidence and mitigate risk
  • Avoid common pitfalls and exploitation
  • Hone entrepreneurial skills
  • Understand the underlying dynamics of the profession – how things really work.

The panellists include: Richard Morrison (The Times), Sara Mohr-Pietsch (BBC Radio 3), Gabriel Prokofiev (Nonclassical founder and composer), Mark Messenger (Royal College of Music), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Ben Baker (violinist), Vanessa Reed (PRS for Music Foundation), Michelle Wright (Cause4), Clare Wilkinson (Garfield Weston Foundation and former fundraising consultant), Igor Toronyi-Lalic (London Contemporary Music Festival), Rebecca Driver (Rebecca Driver Media Relations), Ivan Hewett (Daily Telegraph, James Brown (Hazard Chase), Justin Pearson (Royal Society of Musicians), Richard Paine (Faber Music), David Abrahams (ISM), Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Samantha Ward, John Slack (Berkeley Ensemble) and Toby Young (composer).

With live music performances from: Westcombe Brass, Ben Baker, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Gabriella Swallow and Ksenija Sidorova.

Date: Tuesday 31 March 2015, 9.00am-6.30pm

Venue: Milton Court, London EC2Y 9BH

Tickets: £15/£25 including refreshments, lunch and drinks reception. Book from Eventbrite.

Special offer: Students can purchase a Make Music Work ticket and student membership for £20.

Sessions in brief

The jury’s out: This panel discussion lifts the lid on the world of music competitions and schemes, explaining how they work, considering their impact, and helping performers and composers decide whether this could help their career.

Making something from nothing: No funds, no venue, no audience? A familiar story. But there are ways of making things happen at little or no cost. Hear from the experts on how to find space, funds and audiences to turn dreams into reality.

Getting it straight: While musicians may know their crotchets from their quavers, can they spot a loophole in a contract, exploit their intellectual property and differentiate between a supporter and a shark? Industry professionals give tips on how to avoid exploitation, identify allies - and stay on the right side of the law.

The idea’s the thing: Be inspired by creative entrepreneurs: hear from performers and composers who started with a simple idea and grew it into an original and rewarding career.

About the ISM

The ISM is the professional body for those working in the music profession. We promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians.

Our membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies. Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.

Our corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Association of British Orchestras (ABO), Rhinegold Publishing, Yamaha UK, YCAT, the Composer’s Edition, The Opera Awards, British & International Federation of Festivals, NMC Recordings, Jazz Services Ltd, Avid, Association of Independent Music, Classic FM, the Royal Philharmonic Society, International Artists’ Managers Association, Help Musicians UK, British Voice Association, Music Sales Ltd, the Music Industries Association (MIA) and more.

Contact details

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