Getting the music right. Getting the music heard.

I’m delivering two sessions for Generator at their “Compact: Getting Noticed” event at The Studio in Hartlepool tomorrow. I’ll be talking about how to get your music right and then how to get your music heard – be sure to pop along if you’re in the area!

Generator: Getting Noticed & Compact

I’m talking at a few Generator events next month, they’re all free to attend but it’s normally best to book in advance. Check out these links for more information:

Wednesday 4th July – Compact: Getting Noticed in Newcastle

Wednesday 11th July – Compact: Making Money From Live Music in Middlesbrough

Tuesday 24th July – Compact: Getting Noticed in Hartlepool

There’s plenty more great stuff being organised by the fine folks at Generator, so make sure you join their mailing list and peruse the events on their site.

Hopefully see some of you at one, two or three of the above!

Fair Play

I’m heading up to Newcastle on Tuesday to be on a panel for Generator at the launch of the Musician’s Union’s new “Fair Play” guide. Full info can be found here:

Other speakers are Ross from The Futureheads, Emma from ITB, Jay Taylor from Manchester’s Ruby Lounge and Daryl Robinson from Eastside Events.

Should be a goodun’! If you’re in a band, make sure you get yourself there.

Generator “Starting A Live Music Business” Event


I will be doing a little talk/Q & A up in Newcastle at Dance City this Wednesday on behalf of the fine folks at Generator.

If you’re interested in becoming a music promoter, then it could be a good opportunity for you to pick up some top tips! Full info can be found here:

Do It Yourself

On Wednesday 9th March, I’m going to be a panellist at a Generator and TMA event called Compact: DIY. I’ve done a couple of similar things recently including a BBC Introducing event as part of last year’s Stockton Riverside Festival and the feedback has been good, so if you’re in a local band, you should probably come down and ask some questions!

Here’s the blurb from the organisers:

Compact – Digital techniques for musicians and businesses

A series of events over two days at Stockton’s Green Dragon Studios aim to demystify digital techniques to make sure you can get the most out of the internet, email and social media – boosting your fanbase and selling your music.

Hosted by Generator and Tees Music Alliance on the 8-9 March people taking part get the chance to listen to experts explain how they market and sell music to online audiences. There are also opportunities for regional music businesses to get one-to-one advice.

DIY – do it yourself online

Panelists including Henry Carden (DARTZ!/Pay for the Piano), Nick Holden (get-ctrl/FanStar), Sebastian Mysko (Rising Digital) and Matthew Young (Song by Toad) discuss distributing and selling music online.

Topics covered include:

  • How to keep control of your IP
  • Delivering music direct to fans
  • E-commerce for artists and labels
  • How to make money from your music
  • Building your fanbase

Should be an interesting one. It’s free to attend but advance booking is recommended: