The Empowered Musician
Putting today’s musicians in control of their careers
Hundreds of musicians came to Milton Court on Thursday 4 October 2018 for ISM Trust's The Empowered Musician, an exciting day of discussion and discovery, with innovative performers, composers 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 also included live music and networking opportunities.
Search for #EmpoweredMusician on Twitter and Instagram to see pictures and get some of the best bits of advice from the day. If you have photos, sound clips or videos of the day, don’t forget to share them on social media using the hashtag – we’d love to relive the day with you!
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Watch some highlights of the day
The Empowered Musician How to... series
The How to… series builds on the practical industry advice on offer at The Empowered Musician event, highlighting the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your music career. In our first guide, CMU tackles the world of streaming, with a guide to music rights and the websites and services that will get your music heard.
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How to... Connect with a digital audience
Written by Empowered Musician panellist and music industry expert Chris Cooke from CMU.
How to... Work with an Artist Manager
Written by Empowered Musician partner and global artist management firm IMG Artists.
How to... Play at a festival
Specialist advice from George Vass (Presteigne Festival) and David Jones (Serious) on how to play at festivals. Includes a guide to preparing a technical rider.
How to... Write a DIY release marketing plan
Written by Jessie Scoullar from marketing specialists Wicksteed Works.
How to... Negotiate a contract
Victoria Barrett of VLT legal offers advice on how to read, understand and negotiate a music contract.
Play: A psychological toolkit for optimal music performance
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