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Stuff I do: Introducing Music:DIY

Published on Sunday 1 October 2017

So, tomorrow we are unveiling a new educational project we are developing with the Featured Artists Coalition, the first edition of which will take place as part of the brilliant Norwich Sound + Vision later this month. A UK tour will then follow in 2018.

Called Music:DIY, this is an extension of our CMU:DIY education programme, where we educate aspiring artists and songwriters all about the business side of music. I’ve hosted a plethora of CMU:DIY lectures, workshops and seminars in the last couple of years involving hundreds of young music makers, and they are always amongst my favourite of the events we involve ourselves in. So I’m always glad to put more of these sessions into my diary.

The FAC is the perfect partner to be collaborating with on all this – and their involvement also means I get to chat to Blur’s Dave Rowntree again! – but they won’t be the only partners on the programme.

There are loads of great organisations around the country supporting great new talent and CMU:DIY has already worked with many of them. Our plan is to very much complement their work and to support their events, so if you are one of those organisations, get in touch and lets collaborate!

Meanwhile, below is the press release announcing the project, the Norwich edition and some other bits n pieces.


FAC and CMU:DIY to launch new education programme at Norwich Sound + Vision

The Featured Artists Coalition and CMU:DIY are teaming up to launch a new full-day educational event called Music:DIY that will tour the UK in 2018.

Aimed primarily at aspiring recording artists and songwriters – and future music industry talent – the first edition of Music:DIY will take place as part of Norwich Sound + Vision at the Norwich Arts Centre on Friday 13 Oct, hosted by CMU’s Chris Cooke and featuring fifteen guest interviews and an in-conversation with Blur’s Dave Rowntree.

Music:DIY is a day of talks and interviews that together provide a practical guide for artists on how to build a business around their music. Across the day, artists will learn all about their revenue streams, assets and music rights, plus their routes to market – from putting on a show to building a fanbase to choosing the right business partners.

Music:DIY recognises that being an artist today is a multi-faceted enterprise. Attendees will pick up all the knowledge and advice they need to get their artist business started, and to then develop and scale their business and their career within the modern music industry. They’ll find out that DIY doesn’t mean ‘do it yourself’ but ‘do it your-way’.

Each edition of Music:DIY will feature formalised teaching from CMU’s Chris Cooke, plus a series of interviews with fifteen music industry experts, including artists, agents, promoters, labels, publishers, managers and music journalists. Attendees will also get to hear from established artists who are active members of the FAC. Artists due to speak at the Norwich S+V edition of Music:DIY include Dave Rowntree, Roxanne de Bastion, ShaoDow and Eckoes.

FAC CEO Lucie Caswell says: “The FAC works for music artists at all stages of their careers. Through our young, peer-to-peer initiative the BEAT Board, we are increasingly connecting with great emerging talent all over the country. Most new artists are smart, entrepreneurial, multi-talented and eager to better understand the business side of music so that, when the time is right, they can grow with the right partners in the best possible way. The FAC works to support these artist entrepreneurs from the off and, in collaboration with our industry partners, Music:DIY is a great way to start”.

CMU MD Chris Cooke says: “Through CMU:DIY, I’ve led workshops and seminars for hundreds of young artists in the last couple of years. The artists I’ve met along the way are very entrepreneurial, and always have lots of questions about the mechanics of the music business. We’ll be answering all those questions at Music:DIY, with our talks-and-interviews format specifically designed to ensure we cover all the key topics in a logical order that is easy to follow”.

NS+V Producer Rosie Arnold says: “This year’s 2017 programme is our strongest yet and is very much about new and exciting artists. We’re back doing what we do best, supporting new talent, showcasing new artists and shining a spotlight on Norwich’s creative industries. It’s great to be able to team up with CMU and the FAC to host the first ever Music:DIY event as part of this years NS+V programme. The day will be packed with really practical information and advice that will help our local artist community get to grips with the business side of their music”.

The first edition of Music:DIY takes place at Norwich Arts Centre on 13 Oct – information and tickets are available from The full line up of interviewees will be announced on Friday, 6 Oct.

With a number of partners already confirmed around the UK to deliver the 2018 tour of Music:DIY, CMU & FAC are currently seeking further venue partners, event partners and sponsors to support this programme.