The Empowered Musician

Putting today’s musicians in control of their careers

Thursday 4 October, 9.15am - 5.30pm. Milton Court, London EC2Y 9BH

£20 non-members/£10 ISM members/£5 students
Lunch and cocktails included. Booking closes on 30 September.

Musicians have always faced challenges and obstacles in the course of their careers but, in these unstable times, the challenges are increasing and becoming more complex. It’s easy to feel daunted and under-prepared. The ISM Trust, the sister charity of The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), has devised a unique one-day event to help support and empower musicians at all stages of their careers with the latest advice and insights to help them get ahead.

Join us on Thursday 4 October for an exciting day of discussion and discovery, with innovative musicians and leading music industry experts sharing their experiences, crucial insider knowledge and invaluable tips for success during four in-depth, interactive panel discussions. The day will include live music, networking opportunities a free lunch and post-event cocktails.

This is not just another networking event – this is your chance to learn business skills, from negotiating contracts to marketing and promotion; discover how to make your musical projects a success; understand the importance of looking after your mental and physical health; and explore how to develop a career within the burgeoning framework of digital technologies.

This event is open to everyone. You don't have to be an ISM member to attend.

Prices and booking (booking closes 30 September 2018)

During the day you will:

  • learn the essentials of making it in music including contracts, copyright and royalties, publishing, marketing and promotion, PR and crucial legal know-how
  • find out how to plan a project or commission from scratch and make it fly with advice from record label experts and composers working in TV, film, gaming and orchestral settings
  • discover ways of managing the unique stresses of being a musician. We will cover mental and physical health, nutrition and performance anxiety
  • consider future trends and opportunities for musicians in the digital arena and find out how you can map out your career with technological advances in mind
  • participate in important discussions and speak to our experts.


09.15 Registration

10.00 Performance: Louise Goodwin and Richard Cartlidge (percussionists)

10.10 Welcome: – Deborah Annetts, CEO ISM

10.15 Keynote Speech: Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England

10.30 Panel session 1: - Nuts and bolts
Chair – Sue Sturrock
Victoria Barrett, VLT
David Jones, Serious, Director
Becky Farrell, General Manager of IMG Artists (UK) Ltd and SVP of Global Marketing & Communications
Andy Corrigan, Managing Director, Viva La Visa

11.30 Break

12.00 Performance: Fitkinwall

12.10 Panel session 2: Making it happen
Chair – James Murphy, RPS
Kirsty Devaney, Composer
Eleanor Wilson, NMC, General Manager
Ian Carter, Co-Founder of From Here Records
Alex Parsons, Composer

13.15 Lunch

14.15 Performance: The Beatbox collective

14.30 Panel session 3: Looking after yourself
Chair – Sara Mohr-Pietsch, BBC Radio 3
Dr Alison Daubney
Gregory Daubney, CPsychol
Michael Eakin, CEO of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Rachel Jepson, Founder, Counselling for Musicians
James Collins, Expert nutritionist

15.30 Break

16.00 Panel session 4: - Digital futures
Chair – Neil Gaffney
Chris Carey, previously Global Insight Director and EMI and Universal Music
Suzi Beese, Commercial Director, Music Glue
Chris Cooke, Complete music update
SK Shlomo, Beatboxer, Looper, Producer

17.00 Keynote speech: Jan Younghusband, Head of BBC Music TV commissioning

17.15 Performance - Riot jazz

17.30 Cocktails and networking

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If you prefer to book by telephone, you can call us on 020 7221 3499 from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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