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PPL at Norwich Sound & Vision and MPG Awards – Nominations close soon

Afternoon all

Hope September is treating you well.

We’re in the process of planning our next event for autumn so will post details about that soon. In the meantime, there are a couple of things coming up that you should know about – miss them and miss out.

Firstly, those lovely folk at PPL are heading out of the big smoke once again and are hosting their PPL Performer Session & Networking session in partnership with the FAC during Norwich Sound & Vision. The event takes place on Friday 11th October, 12:30pm at Norwich Arts Centre with registration at 12:00pm.

These sessions have become an invaluable way for anyone setting up their own DIY label or who have questions about ISRC codes, listing musicians on their recordings or any other queries to hear from the panel and speak with the Member Services experts from PPL.

How to attend: Please note, places are limited and bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The session is open to everyone, including non NS&V badge holders, all you need to do is RSVP here.

Session: 12:30pm – 1:30pm followed by refreshments and the opportunity to seek one-on-one advise from PPL’s Member Services experts.
Nominations for the Music Producers Guild Awards 2014 are now open and considered to be the most prestigious event recognising the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers.
The nominations process, running until Monday 14th October, allows anyone to put the names of any worthwhile recording professional forward for many of the fifteen MPG Awards 2014 categories. Nominations can be made via with producers and engineers being actively encouraged to nominate themselves.

The MPG 2014 Awards categories are:

UK Producer of the Year (First BRIT Award of the Year)

International Producer of the Year

Breakthrough Producer of the Year

Recording Engineer of the Year

Breakthrough Engineer of the Year

Mix Engineer of the Year

Mastering Engineer of the Year

Re-mixer of the Year UK

Album of the Year

UK Single Song Release of the Year

Studio of the Year

The A&R Award

The MPG Innovation Award

The MPG Inspiration Award

Outstanding Contribution to UK Music

MPG Chairman Steve Levine said:  “The Music Producers Guild Award brings those responsible for the creation of music loved around the world into the spotlight to give them the recognition they deserve.  With a bigger venue and new categories, the MPG Awards 2014 is going to be the best yet and I would encourage everyone to make their nominations for one or all of the categories and then join us in February for a celebration of the very best of production talent.”

And, when they say ANYONE can nominate, that’s what they mean. So, if you’ve worked with someone outstanding be it producer, engineer, studio or A&R, then go to the website and get them nominated – you can even nominate yourself.

The awards are moving to the luxurious and more spacious Park Plaza Riverbank in Vauxhall, London on Thursday 13th February this year. For more information on the Awards and ticket prices (including early bird discounts for members and non-members) visit   That’s all for now – see you in Norwich or Cardiff for Swn Festival

Sybil and Joe

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SXSW/Midem Roadshow, AIM Awards Afterparty, MPG Awards and Communion USA

Morning all

So, how’s summer treating you all?? And seems we really can call it a summer this year. Finally.

We’re currently on our summer holidays but there’s a few things going on in the coming weeks and months that we wanted to put on your radar if they’re not already there.
The FM Mentoring scheme has been going now for 4 months and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive which we’re really chuffed about. Some of the mentees are also working together and supporting each other getting gigs and press coverage so well done to them.


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are hitting the road again this summer, bringing special guests from international conferences SXSW (USA) and Midem (France) around the UK to discuss opportunities for exporting for creative industries and artists wishing to showcase and do business abroad.

To help UK companies who are considering attending or applying for artists to perform at either of these events, or other international showcase opportunities, this briefing will tell you all about the opportunities that these important events can offer.

The sessions will cover the major aspects of both events including SXSW Interactive, the application process, selection, planning & preparation, budgeting, the visa process, when to attend, advice on getting the most out of these events and selecting the best time to apply.

Guest speakers include Una Johnston (SXSW), Javier Lopez (MIDEM) and Phil Patterson (UKTI Music Industry Specialist).

The events will include short presentations from representatives of each event before the session breaks out into smaller Q&A groups to give artists and businesses a chance to discuss attendance in depth with the experts.

  • Find out about conferencing events and which events are right for you
  • Learn how to apply to play or attend trade events
  • Dos and Don’ts – Make the most of your time at events
  • Find out about available funding and support
  • Meet industry trade associations


Tuesday 27th August – Glasgow

19.00-21.30 @ The Art School, 468 Sauchiehall St G2 3LW

Register here

Wednesday 28th August – Newcastle

17.00-20.30 @ Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside NE1 3DQ

Register here

Thursday 29th August – Leeds

17.00-21.00 @The Wardrobe, St Peter’s Sq LS9 8AH

Register here

Monday 2nd September – Norwich 

17.00-19.30 @ Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedicts St NR2 4PG

Register here

Tuesday 3rd September – London

15.30-19.30 @ The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer St SW1H 0AD

Register here

Wednesday 4th September – Liverpool

17.00-20.30 @ Baltic Triangle, Baltic Creative Campus, 49 Jamaica St L1 0AH

Register here

Thursday 5th September – Birmingham

17.00-20.30 @ The Jam House, 3-5 St Pauls Sq B3 1QU

Register here

Tuesday 9th September – Cardiff

18.00-20.30 @ Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place CF10 5AL

Register here

Wednesday 10th September – Belfast

17.00-20.30 venue TBC

Thursday 11th September – Derry

time and venue TBC

To register for either of the above email Ross Graham


The first awards show of the season is kicking off on 3rd September with AIM and the tickets have now sold out.

If you’d like to attend the After Party, also taking place in The Brewery, from 10.30pm, limited afterparty-only tickets are now available for £10+VAT here.


With a fresh new look, The Music Producers Guild Awards have also announced that tickets are now on sale for the Awards in 2014 at a brand new location.

After 5 years at The Café De Paris the Awards are moving to the luxurious and more spacious Park Plaza Riverbank in Vauxhall, London on Thursday 13th February

For more information on the Awards and ticket prices (including early bird discounts for members and non-members) visit


Those lovely guys at Communion have been very busy over the pond and now, in addition to their existing nights in New York and Nashville, they’ve picked seven more of their favourite musical towns and are taking a killer line-up of bands and DJs on the road – Willy Mason, Roadkill Ghost Choir and Yacht Club DJs will be playing all dates, Rubblebucket most of them – and there will be a selection of brilliant local talent in each city too.

Dates and cities as follows

1st Oct – New York, NY
2nd Oct – Washington, DC
3rd Oct – Philadelphia, PA
8th Oct – Bloomington, IN
9th Oct – Louisville, KN
10th Oct – Nashville, TN
15th Oct – Minneapolis, MN
16th Oct – Madison, WI
17th Oct – Rock Island, IL

Tickets are on sale from Tuesday.

For all our stateside friends, you can head to for all venue and line up information and to buy tickets, or to the cities’ individual facebook pages (search for Communion and enter city name) to keep up to date with latest info.

That’s all for now folks. Looking forward to seeing some of you at the AIM Awards.
Sybil and Joe

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Vinyl Pop Up At Paul Smith London, Copyright Course and Creative Industry Loans

Morning all

Hope you’re all easing yourselves gently into the weekend.


We’ve had a busy week with a trip to Birmingham’s Custard Factory with PPL for their Performer Outreach & Member Open Day.

It was a great turn out of members and non members there to hear from Keith Harris, PPL Director of Performer Affairs, John Smith, General Secretary of the MU and Crispin Hunt, FAC Board Member and Musician.

This is the 3rd event FM First Monday has now put together for PPL and there will be another one at the end of the year in Norwich with Norwich Sound and Vision so if you’re in that part of the world, keep your eyes peeled for further details.

Young Guns

We also rocked up to the Young Guns event at the MMF’s new pad in Tileyard Studios. Another great turnout of 18-25 year olds making their way in the music industry – well done to Remi Harris and her team.

Paul Smith and Nottingham Music Exchange

If you’re around and about in central London today or tomorrow, you should bob on over to Paul Smith at their flagship Floral Street branch where they are hosting the Nottingham Music Exchange who have a pop up vinyl record shop today and tomorrow. The Nottingham Music Exchange is a social enterprise which Paul Smith himself has been supporting for years.

We were delighted to be able to help the project and would personally like to thank Latitude, Festival No.6, Bestival, Green Man, Secret Garden Party, who supported by donating festival tickets and Ceviche for donating dinner for two to the prize drawer that will be taking place in store on the Monday.

Also Colin Greenwood, Daniel Johnston, Romeo, Riz MC, Ethan Johns, Rob da Bank, Huw Stephens, The Staves, Sam Sparro, The Boxer Rebellion and Chris Coco for nominating their most inspirational tracks which you can find in store on Paul Smith postcards.

Copyright Course

On a more business footing now and there are limited places still available on this advanced workshop being run by Ivan Chandler of Musicalities for The Indie Training Fund. The course, on Tuesday July 2nd 2pm – 5pm in London,  is predominantly for people who have attended Music Rights (1) : The Essentials and/or have practical experience of music copyright in TV & film.

The course will involve a detailed review of music agreements which will emphasise the importance of understanding and completing all necessary music documentation, including accurate cue sheets.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss specific music issues with the speakers during the course of the afternoon. The guest speaker for the afternoon will be Nikki Collier, Industry Media, who is a media and entertainment lawyer with a main focus on television and live entertainment.

Please visit the website for course prices and to book a place online or by email at The Indie Training Fund,

And finally,

Transmit Start-Up Loans

Transmit Start-Ups are partnered with the Start-Up Loans Company to deliver a national initiative launched by the Government and James Caan to help people aged 18-30 to get their creative business ideas off the ground.

What do you get from a Transmit Start-Up Loan?

  • An unsecured loan of between £1,000 and £10,000 for each founder
  • Interest-only payment holidays of up to 12 months if required
  • A low interest rate of 6% APR over a repayment period of between 24 and 60 months

Why is this so different from other loans?

  • Transmit are music, digital and creative industries specialists and the only provider with this sector as a focus
  • The programme isn’t just about providing financial help – loan recipients also get a business mentor with extensive knowledge of the creative sector to help them fulfil their potential. Transmit has mentored dozens of creative businesses ranging from recording studios to tattoo studios, and from fashion designers to film production companies. Transmit mentors have all run their own creative start-ups (and continue to do so) including record labels, a music synchronisation company, web development agencies and a music management company. They understand how creative businesses work and the unique opportunities and challenges that come when balancing creativity and art with business.

It’s easy. To start with, just answer 5 simple questions here For more information and examples of repayments visit

Any questions? Email Transmit at or pick up the phone 0845 094 3670

See you all soon.

Sybil, Joe and Fiona

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Join PPL as they head to Birmingham

Afternoon to you all on this typically British soggy bank holiday weekend.

I’m back wearing my big winter coats and boots – not really what i had in mind for a long weekend.

We are VERY aware we’ve been pretty quiet recently. But we’ve only been quiet on the blog. Behind the scene’s, we re-shaping FM and working hard to come up with some more new initiatives such as the recently launched Mentoring Scheme.

We’re working with more industry trade bodies and companies and that includes PPL who are back out on the road this year after some very successful outreach events back in 2012.

If you’re based in or around Birmingha, this is for you. If not, enjoy the long weekend and we’ll be back in touch soon wiht news of our next event.

Are you earning all you can for the use of your recorded music?

PPL is a not for profit organisation that collects royalties of behalf of its members;  performers and record companies, when their recorded music is played in public or broadcast on TV, radio and certain digital media services.

It is free to join PPL, who currently represent tens of thousands of performers and record companies, from major names to sole traders. PPL collects both domestic and international royalties and distributes these to its members.

PPL are hosting a special event in Birmingham in June to meet with performers and record labels.

Event: PPL Performer Outreach & Member Open Day

Date: Tuesday 18th June
Venue: The Old Library at Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA
Registration:  4:30pm
Panel session:  5:00pm – 6:30pm – followed by refreshments and networking.

Keith Harris, PPL Director of Performer Affairs
Special guests:
John Smith, General Secretary
Crispin Hunt, FAC Board Member and Musician

Register for this event here

For more information about the event, please email Joe here

See you all soon.

Sybil, Joe and FionaJoin PPL as they head to Birmingham

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What a Night!

Morning all

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the launch of the FM First Monday Mentoring Scheme recently.

Special thanks go to all of our mentors who have agreed to provide support and advice to 10 young people looking to make a career in the industry. They include;

Mentor Position
Artist John Robb
Manager Carol and her team @ Solar Management
Lawyer Mark @ Lee and Thompson
Producer Tim @ Audio Authority
Touring/Stage Management Laura and the team @ Cato Music
Label Henry and the team @ Absolute Marketing
Digital Sam @ CMU
Promoter Peter @ Live Nation
Publisher Ivan @ Musicalities
PR’s/Plugging Nicola and her team @ Dawbell

Special thanks also go to UK Music and the PRS for Music Foundation for their help and support in getting the program off the ground as well as Jo McNeil, John Coates, Kevin and the team at mewe360 and Fiona.

launch speakers

And we must also mention, the wonderful 16 year old Dominic Dunn from Liverpool for bringing some fantastic live music to the night;.

We’re really excited to see how the program progesses in this first year and we know already that some of the mentors are already helping each other which is just what a scheme like this is all about.

There is no FM First Monday this month – we will be back sometime in June and will let you know details of that event soon. We’re also busy putting new ideas together for FM as we said we would so watch this space and we’ll see you all soon.

Sybil, Joe and Fiona

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April Event – Launch of the FM First Monday Mentoring Scheme and SXSW News

Afternoon all

One day of spring this week – that’s it then is it?? And what the hell hapened to February – done and dusted already!

A big thanks to everyone who came down ot our 6th brithday at Juno in Shoreditch on Monday. Lots of old and new faces and a good mix of people with a lovely smattering of tech companies. Thanks for all of the lovely messages we had the next day – roll on the next 6 years.

It’s been a crazy busy week here and we’ve lots to tell you but we’re going to keep it brief today.

So, after months of planning and consultation, we are incredibly proud to be able to announce the launch of FM First Monday’s Mentoring scheme supported by UK Music and the PRS for Music Foundation.


The scheme is a first for us and we are very grateful for the help and support we’ve had from Dot, Lorna and Jo and everyone at UK Music, Vanessa, Laura and James and everyone at the PRS for Music Foundation, Jo McNeill in Liverpool and last but by no means least Rosie.

If you’ve applied for a place on the scheme, we are still working through all of the applications and you will hear in the coming weeks so please bear with us.

The launch will take place on TUESDAY 9th April – the first Monday is Easter so we have had to move the date. We’re grateful also to the guys at mewe360 for offering us their space and providing refreshments.

We will once again be operating a ballot system as we have to reserve spaces for key people so here’s what you need to know and do if you’d like to apply.

APRIL FM – FM First Monday Mentoring Scheme Launch

Tuesday 9th April from 6.30pm

At the offices of MeWe360
c/o Ingenious Media
3rd floor, 15 Golden Square

Tickets are available here. PLEASE NOTE  – we will once again be operating a ballot system as we have to reserve spaces for key people so even after you’ve applied here for a ticket, YOU MUST WAIT FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US TO SAY YOU ARE ON THE LIST.

The only thing we really want to say today is that if you’re heading to SXSW, we’ll see you in Austin.

Two panels you might be interested in are;

Ask Uncle Sam: All about the US market

Date: Wednesday 13th March
Time: 3.30-4.30pm
Place: Room 11AB Austin Convention Centre

This panel will take place as part of SXSW’s official programme but has been organised by UK Trade & Investment and its music partners. Top US industry experts will be quizzed about the burning issues relating to breaking the States.

The questions will be posed by a respected UK industry representative with hands-on experience of trying to crack the US market and the questions have come from companies just like you. This panel is essential viewing for companies wanting to learn more about the US music sector.
Brands Are Music Fans Too, Not Just Pots Of Cash

Day: Friday, March 15
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Place: Room 15 Austin Convention Centre

As brands have an increasingly prominent presence in music activity, we look at how partnerships succeed and fail. There was a time when artists working with brands was seen as a sell out. And to be fair, many of the early sponsorship deals were badly planned and executed – Duffy and Diet Coke anyone? Promoters too, have not always managed to marry live music with brands in a way that works for the artist and the audience.

Often, brands would identify a music property, partner up and then expect the property to make concession and changes to fit with the brand requirements. Essentially, they wanted to change what worked in the first place. But, over time, music and brands have learnt to work more closely without compromising their integrity. And many partnerships now deliver outstanding value for the brand, the band and the fan.

Rumour is that the weather is going to be hot again so pack your sunnies and SPF 15 and we’ll see you at one of the many gigs, panels or parties.

Sybil, Joe and Fiona

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