Seminars

Music Explosion Special: Skin Songwriting Masterclass

Music Explosion Special: Skin Online Songwriting Masterclass

Tuesday 16th November 2021, 4pm – 7pm via Zoom

£5 Registration via Eventbrite

The Midi Music Company is excited to host a Music Explosion Special featuring Skin, one of Britain’s leading female rock singers and a MMC patron. Skin is also a fashion icon, a renowned DJ, a charity activist and an inspiring role model for generations of fans.

This Music Explosion Special is a songwriting masterclass with a twist. If you are a songwriter struggling with a project, we invite you to submit your work for 45 minutes of deep insights and advice from Skin. There will be four pieces chosen overall.

Submit your work and catch Skin before she’s back on tour!

Criteria for Submission

You must be the copyright owner of the submitted song. It should be something that you are having trouble working on and for which you require advice. If selected, you will need to prepare three questions about your song, or the songwriting process, to ask Skin. You also agree to sharing your song within the Music Explosion Special online discussion group.

We will accept MP3 submissions emailed to the admin@themidimusiccompany.co.uk by 2pm, Thursday 11th Nov 2021 with your contact details.

Registration is £5 (plus £0.98 booking fee) via Eventbrite. Please book by 5pm on Monday 15th November 2021.

For more advice and information on access to our creative hub, find out how you can become a CICAS® member at www.themidimusiccompany.co.uk/talent-development.

Music Explosion Summer Sessions 2021

Arts Council England & Help Musicians Special: Money for Creativity

Online Industry chat and Q&As

FREE entry ages 16+ on Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Register at Eventbrite

Book by 4pm GMT, Tuesday 22nd June 2021.

Music Explosion Sessions provide an opportunity for our CICAS®/CAPs talent development members, musicians, producers, singers, songwriters, bands, emerging managers and young creatives to enhance their understanding of the music industry.

Summer sessions will focus on how to access funding for creative projects, with Q&As at the end of the talks. Wherever you are in your career, Music Explosion is an essential evening to inspire your practise and inform your next steps.

Speakers

6pm – 7.30pm: Kim Macari

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, LONDON MUSIC TEAM

Have an idea for a project and want to apply for funding? Applied before, but got rejected? Feeling overwhelmed by the options, jargon and information?

We’ll spend this session demystifying the world of arts funding – who it’s for, how it works, how to get it and more. As well as looking at the different programmes of funding offered, we’ll take a look at what happens to your application after it’s submitted – how decisions are made. There will also be top tips for application writing and time to ask any burning questions.

Kim Macari is an Artist-Activist immersed in the world of improvised music. Fundamentally she believes in the arts as a powerful tool of empowerment, creative expression and social change. As an artist, she performs in a number of improvised settings on trumpet and spoken word and creates graphic scores, often using ekphrasis and data sonification.

Macari also occupies a number of key positions within the arts world – Programmer for Vortex Jazz Club (ranked in Top 10 jazz venues in the world 2020), Chair of pan-national support body Jazz Promotion Network and is on the Music Team at Arts Council England. She often appears as a cultural commentator at a range of events and publications on topics including arts funding, gender politics in the arts, diversity and inclusion, cultural identity and the implications of political decision making on the arts.

 

7.45pm – 8.30pm: Barnaby Duff

HELP MUSICIANS UK, CREATIVE PROGRAMME OFFICER

Creating music can be expensive. Navigating the business often requires professional advice, and the specialist skills needed to record, release and grow can be costly to gain. Help Musicians provides financial support to help creators achieve their potential, develop their skills, grow their portfolio and build a career.

During this session, we’ll cover the ways Help Musicians can support you, as well as a suite of other resources that can help provide you with a healthy and sustainable career in music.

Barnaby Duff is Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians, whose triangle of support offers funding, mentoring and health and welfare services. He has UK-wide experience for supporting independent artists, developing a strong national network of music organisations, industry figures and collectives. Prior to music charity, Barnaby worked in artist relations, promotion and sync and currently works as a freelance assessor for Youth Music and an independent music supervisor alongside Help Musicians.

If you can’t make it to the webinar, but want to support our work with young creatives, please donate here or text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.

Music Explosion Special x Lewisham Live Festival

Online Industry Panel Chat and Q&As

Wednesday 19th May 2021, 4.30pm to 7.15pm

FREE entry via Zoom for ages 13-19

REGISTER at EVENTBRITE HERE

Speakers

4.30pm – 5.15pm: Natalie Witts-Kilshaw

MUSICIANS’ UNION – 5 Top Tips for Young Musicians

The role of the Musicians’ Union, how it supports young UK musicians and 5 x Top Tips, including copyright, contracts, royalties and providing advice to help you navigate the music business.

Prior to working at the MU Natalie Witts-Kilshaw, a jazz graduate from TrinityLaban, was a freelance trombone player, educator and arranger and enjoyed a busy freelance career for over 15 years playing and recording with a veritable Who’s Who of the pop, jazz and classical world, performing on numerous West End shows including Dreamgirls, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Young Frankenstein and The Scottsboro Boys and writing and arranging music for various ensembles. Natalie now looks after the interests of MU members working in London, including advice relating to the music industry, copyright, live, teaching, legal advice, member representation and career advice.

5.30pm – 6.15pm: Metropolis Studios

STUDIO ENGINEERING – Top Tips

The professionals who work at Metropolis Studios have enormous experience of working in the greatest recording environments. Technology has become so sophisticated that it needs to be balanced by the human touch. There is a need in recording, mixing and mastering great music to balance the demands of technology with a warm and supportive atmosphere and an environment that encourages people to relax, to connect with other artists and to be creative.

6pm – 7.15pm: Oggie

SINGER-SONGWRITER – Being an Artist and Touring

Life of an artist, touring, adapting, surviving and manifesting your dreams.

From being a recording artist in his own right to touring with The Jacksons as a backing vocalist, Oggie’s career in music has taken him on many musical journeys which all began with growing up in South East London. Join Oggie as he shares his journey to inspire yours.

Get social with Oggie: Spotify | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube.

Music Explosion Spring Special 2021

FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) Takeover

Online Industry chat and Q&As

Wednesday 24th March 2021, 6pm to 8.45pm

FREE ENTRY ages 16+

Tickets must be booked by 12 noon GMT, Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

Join the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) takeover for expert industry chat and advice together with Q&As. FAC is the UK trade body representing the specific rights and interests of music artists. They are a not-for-profit organisation, serving a diverse, global membership of creators at all stages of their careers. Uniquely, they are formed by artists, for artists.

Whether you are a new or developing artist, a band, producer, or creatively inspired, Music Explosion is an essential evening that will inspire your practise and inform your next steps.

FAC Speakers

6pm – 6.45pm: Charlie Deakin Davies

SONGWRITER / PRODUCER / ARTIST

Charlie Deakin Davies is a indie-pop record songwriter, producer and artist. They have just got their first UK number one working on the Gary Barlow album Music Played by Humans.

Charlie is the winner of the PSN award for Breakthrough Studio Engineer as well as for (the second year in a row) NMG’s Producer of the Year Award.

At 25, Charlie is a studio owner with many engineering and production accomplishments that include 11 albums, 6 as a sole producer, and 4 of which are award-winners. Charlie has also produced over 25 EPs and has produced or written 100+ commercially released tracks. They started out with their own studio at the age of 17 (the classic shed at the bottom of the garden vibes) and has been playing and writing in bands since the age of 11.

7pm – 7.45pm: Roxanne de Bastion

BOARD DIRECTOR / COMMUNITY LEAD / ARTIST

From going on the first UK online tour, to setting up a Patreon page and delivering pay-per-view livestreams, learn about how you can use this moment to connect with existing fans and how to reach new audiences without traditional live touring.

Roxanne de Bastion left Berlin for London straight from high school and, with no financial support or contacts in the city, got by balancing hospitality and admin work with the 90-odd solo gigs she played per year across the UK.

Having built a loyal fanbase, her crowd-funded debut album, Heirlooms & Hearsay, arrived in 2017, leading to support slots with Lambchop, the Wainwright Sisters, and triumphant shows at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, a packed album launch show at London’s Roundhouse (Sackler Space) and support from PRSF Women Make Music fund. In 2018, Roxanne played a sold-out show at The Lexington to celebrate the launch of her book, a tour diary called Tales from the Rails.

Her remarkably self-sufficient approach was recognised by the FAC, who invited her to join its Board of Directors, advising and representing artists alongside Imogen Heap, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Blur’s Dave Rowntree.

Roxanne also created FM2U, a music conference specifically from and for musicians, which aims to empower & educate as well as create a strong community of artist entrepreneurs.

“A class act!” Danielle Perry, Absolute Radio “Mighty Impressive” Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Music.

8pm – 8.45pm: Benny Bizzie

AMBASSADOR: FAC and ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING / ARTIST

Benny is a FAC and Attitude is Everything ambassador amplifying the voice of deaf and disabled artists, aiming to advocate for fairer access and inclusivity.

Music literally runs through the blood of British-Nigerian singer and songwriter Benny Bizzie. A fusion of R&B, Soul, and Afro-beats with 5 EP’s self-released, over 500,000 views on YouTube and 2 nominations at the Urban Music Awards.

He started his career as a grime artist in North London aiming to support his family the only way he knew how. He started writing, self-funding and releasing his music independently through UK platforms such as Channel U, Flava TV, Kiss FM, BBC 1Xtra and collaborating with artists JME and Skepta.

Till today music remains the one constant in his life. He found ways to use music as therapy for expressing emotions of early childhood experiences and finding solace. 

Following a break from music in 2014 due to ill health, Benny Bizzie started releasing a series of singles, remixes, music videos independently and growing his audience. E- Motion is the latest EP release with over 500K YouTube views and latest singles Pressure and Blood In The Water keeping his fanbase well-entertained during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Follow the R&B star on social media: Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube. Listen to Blood In The Water here. Listen to E-Motion EP here.

If you can’t make it to the webinar, but want to support our work with young creatives, please donate here or text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.

Music Explosion Autumn Special 2020

Hospital Records Takeover

Industry chat, Q&As and networking

Wednesday 25th November 2020, 6pm to 8.45pm

ENTRY ages 16+
£5 (single speaker), £10 (multiple speakers) + booking fee
CICAS® and CAPs members£5 + booking fee for all speakers. Email admin@themidimusiccompany.co.uk for promo code.
To attend, tickets must be booked by 12 noon GMT, Tuesday 24th November 2020.

The Midi Music Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new online schedule of its long-standing evening of industry insights.

Hospital Records takeover the night, bringing top music business chat, advice, Q&As and networking opportunities. Hospital Records is a multi-award-winning independent record label based in south London. Now in its 24th year it has grown to become one of the most well-known labels within UK dance music. Under its extensive umbrella is the global events and festival brand Hospitality, publishing house Songs In The Key Of Knife and booking agency, Clinic Talent.

Whether you are a new or developing artist, a band, producer, or creatively inspired, Music Explosion is an essential evening that will inspire your practise and inform your next steps.

Speakers

6pm: Nikki Ellis

HEAD of LABEL

Nikki joined the Hospital Records team in 2014; following several years as Head of Promotions she now manages the day-to-day operations as Head of Label. As senior management, Nikki oversees release schedule strategy, artist development, digital and physical distribution, and promotion, as well as being part of A&R teams for several artists.

As Head of Promotions Nikki managed marketing campaigns for twenty-five artists, two festivals and club nights all over the world. After developing their in-house press department, Nikki managed all radio plugging in-house for a diverse selection of drum & bass releases. With the Hospital team, Nikki launched Hospital Records’ Women In Drum & Bass initiative, hosting London workshops for womxn to network and develop their skills in production, DJing and music business.

7pm: Tilo Hall

A&R MANAGER // HEAD of PUBLISHING

Tilo cut his teeth in the industry as part of the Big People Music collective/label, producing and DJing garage, grime and funky. After a period interning at Young Turks, he began working at Hospital Records’ publishing arm Songs In The Key Of Knife in 2019.

Nowadays Tilo splits his time between running the publishing operation and managing the A&R team at Hospital. Songs In The Key Of Knife has grown considerably in recent years, signing a wide range of writers from across electronic music and beyond, expanding into emerging territories and administrating a select group of smaller publishers’ catalogues. Label-side, Tilo is responsible for overseeing A&R projects across the roster and shaping the musical output of the label.

8pm: Megan Bean

HEAD of SYNC // LEGAL and BUSINESS AFFAIRS

Megan joined the Hospital Records team in 2014, following a number of years at UK indie label Cooking Vinyl and Essential Music & Marketing. Megan oversees the legal and business affairs department at Hospital Records as well as heading up the synchronisation department; pitching the Hospital and publishing arm Songs In The Key Of Knife catalogue to procure placements in adverts, games, film and TV. Megan is also involved with A&R for a number of the Hospital Records roster.

If you can’t make it on the night, but want to support us, please donate here or text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.

Music Explosion Spring Special 2020

Programmed by Red Bull

Industry chat, Q&As and networking

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 5pm to 8.30pm

CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we have postponed this event until further notice, in order to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your welfare and that of our visitors, supporter and volunteers is most important to us.

The details below are for information only:

ENTRY AGES 18+ ONLY

The Midi Music Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fresh schedule of its long-standing evening of industry insights.

Programmed by Red Bull the night features music business chat, advice, Q&As and dedicated space for networking opportunities.

Whether you are a new or developing artist, a band, producer, or creatively inspired, Music Explosion is an essential evening that will inspire your practise and inform your next steps.

 

Speakers

Nell Jordan-Gent

COACH • PROGRAMMER • CONSULTANT

A connector and supporter of ideas, Nell Jordan-Gent is a coach and mentor to those in the creative sector, as well as a programmer and consultant for special projects and live events. With a background in journalism, mentoring, music and sound engineering and seven years at the BBC, Nell was the Community Event Producer for Hackney Weekend and the Radio 1/1Xtra Youth Academy (the BBC’s most ambitious free event to date). Nell has most recently worked with BCE Creative, BPI, Levis, Nike, Trippin, Red Bull, Apple, BBC Creative and the h Club.

Ellie Prohan

DJ • TV & RADIO PRESENTER

Ellie Prohan’s career as a DJ and presenter has grown at an astounding rate. Just five years ago, inspired by a DJ whilst at a house party, Ellie decided to have a career change and the rest, as they say, is history… Spinning records in clubs and at festivals and brand events in the UK and further afield, Ellie is passionate about celebrating and providing platforms for female and LGBTQI+ talent, manifesting this passion through work such as her regular Happy Hour week day show on Foundation FM, Ellie & Friends’ showcases and GLo club nights.

Frankie Wells

CO-FOUNDER & STATION MANAGER, FOUNDATION FM

Frankie Wells is Co-Founder and Station Manager of Foundation FM, an independent radio station with a mission to showcase the hottest emerging talent in the underground music scene led by a diverse group of women, LGTBQI+ person’s and talented creatives.

If you can’t make it, your donations are welcome here or please text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.

Music Explosion Autumn Sessions

Music Managers Forum Takeover

Industry Talks + Q&As

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 4.15pm – 8pm

RSVP for FREE ENTRY

MMC is excited to present a special Music Managers Forum (MMF) takeover this Autumn of its long-standing, free evening of industry chat with Q&A discussions & networking opportunities.

Join us for this special line up of the music managers, for essential insights into music business, to inspire and inform developing artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.

Speakers

Koyejo Oloko

DJ, RADIO HOST, CONSULTANT

Former creative strategist at agency The Brooklyn Brothers and A&R scout at the record label Young Turks, Koyejo works with some of the most exciting budding artists, spanning avant-garde experimental music to Pop, Rap/R&B in London and the USA. Notably including the multi award-winning Jazz virtuoso & CICAS® artist, Moses Boyd.

www.linkedin.com/in/koyejo-oloko-40757457

Glen Rowe

Manager, Tour Director

Glen’s passion has always been about the live side of the industry. His first proper job in the live business was selling t-shirts for the Manic Street Preachers in 1994. From there, he went on to become the Manics’ drum tech, before graduating to tour manager for them and a host of other bands – The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Ginger Baker, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, The Magic Numbers, Amy MacDonald, Gareth Gates, and so many more that have been lost in time. He’s even production managed the Pope’s only UK show!

Having worked with the act MUSE since 2001, Glen has toured the world countless times and worked with the band headlining festivals, arenas, TV shows, radio shows & super massive one-off events. Glen started CATO Music (London’s busiest rehearsal studio complexes), and is founder of the NEKO trust and KYOTO management company.

“Live is where the most fun is, Live is where the money is, & Live is where you feel ALIVE!”

www.kyotomusic.co.uk
www.linkedin.com/company/kyotomusic

David Yeboah

Manager

David Prince Yeboah is an artist manager and consultant with more than 13 years’ experience in the music industry as a runner, tour manager, A&R scout and artist manager of his independent management and consulting company, GS Entertainment Management.

Clients include the likes of Doctor (Sigma-RudeBoy, Chase & Status-Tek Ya Time, Flux Pavillion), Rachel Adedeji (X-FActor) and chart topping, Grammy award-winning producer, Killbeatz (Fuse ODG, Wizkid, Ed Sheehan).

www.linkedin.com/in/david-prince-yeboah-b4218329

Music Explosion Special at Camberwell Library

Label Services & DIY Releasing

Wednesday 10th July 2019, 6pm – 8pm

FREE ENTRY – Sold Out!

Join us for an unprecedented second panel workshop, hosted by Odd Motion’s Shahlaa Tahira. Featuring advice from artists and industry professionals, this Music Explosion Special offers unrivalled insight label services and DIY releasing. With Q&As and networking opportunities, it is perfect for emerging artists, independent producers & aspiring music business entrepreneurs seeking insights in how best to develop a lasting career.

Featured panelists

Laura Misch
Singer-songwriter, saxophonist and producer

Laura Misch is gradually defining her sound through the synthesis of her two main voices – saxophone and vocals. Knitting together these isometric components by means of explorative productions which nod ever further to the hallmarks of electronic music; Laura’s fusion of jazz textures, beats and searching soundscapes have placed her peacefully landlocked between many bubbling scenes within the south London locale.

Laura released her first self-produced LP Playground in May 2017, from which the support gained saw her appear live on BBC 6 in session with Gilles Peterson, with further radio plays on BBC Radio 1 and Jazz FM.

This was followed up by the deep and enveloping single ‘Lagoon’ in February 2018 premiered on Toronto based music knowledge hub Music is My Sanctuary; seeing her supporters grow with plays from the likes of Phil Taggart and Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 1 & 2 alike.

After a successful first UK headline tour in February 2018, Laura took her one-woman show across Europe supporting Tom Misch, before stunning a sold-out Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall in April. The past summer has seen Laura’s name featured in many festival line-ups including End of The Road, Visions, All Points East, Meadows in The Mountains & Oslo Jazz festival. She then capped this off supporting Texan three-piece Khruangbin in their European tour in October 2018.

2019 saw her play successful shows at SXSW and The Great Escape Festival, as well as supporting Alfa Mist on his UK tour.

Having recently released latest mini album ‘Lonely City’, she says about the work: “I made sound worlds which honestly reflect the city and the times. At times confrontational – there’s an underwater bomb sample I collaged repeatedly, which to me sounds like collective fear, and at times monotonous – which you’ll find in Elevator, which was a direct response to elevator music. In contrast this all the singing came from a centred place and was recorded in my bedroom.”

“Another new generation jazz influenced artist… she not only plays saxophone and sings, but she arranges and plays keyboard and does the whole thing. She’s an amazing talent.” – Gilles Peterson.

Oviri Clarke
Trainee Solicitor, Business Affairs, Kobalt Music Group

Oviri is a strong legal professional who has worked in the music legal profession for nearly three years. She has had experience at top entertainment and media law firms and at Warner Music Group and she is currently undertaking her training contract at Kobalt Music Group.

Kobalt provides artists, songwriters, musicians, labels or publishers with industry-leading technology and creative services.

MSo Easy
A&R at CruzCTRL Records, Artist Management & Vocal Engineer

Music Explosion Summer Sessions

Industry Talks + Q&A

Wednesday 26th June 2019, 4.15pm – 8pm

FREE ENTRY

This Summer MMC returns with Music Explosion, its long-standing evening of free music industry chats, advice and Q&As with the UK’s top movers and shakers. Designed to support new and developing artists, bands, producers, or those creatively inspired, Music Explosion will help you to navigate all areas of the industry.

Join us for an evening of insights where speakers focus on a different aspects of music business to inspire, inform and fire up your creativity.

Featured panelists

Chris Tams
Director of Membership and International & MEGS, BPI

Chris Tams is the Director of Membership and International at the BPI – the Trade Association for Record Labels in the UK.  BPI champions the UK’s recorded music industry, safeguarding the rights of its members and of the artists, performers and label members of collecting body PPL.  BPI’s membership consists of over 400 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘majors’, which account for 85 per cent of legitimate domestic music consumption.

BPI promotes British music overseas through its trade missions and the Music Export Growth Scheme. It provides insights, training and networking with its free masterclasses, Innovation Hub, Insight Sessions, and reports.  The BPI administers the Certified Awards, co-owns the Official Charts, organises The BRIT Awards and is also home to the Mercury Prize.

Chris is responsible for running the BPI’s Membership activities which cover the entire spectrum of events and training to help Independent Labels.

He also runs BPI’s Trade Missions which recently have expanded from the more traditional markets such as the USA and Europe into the exciting fast growing overseas music markets such as China, India and South Korea. He also is responsible for running the Department for International Trade’s Music Export Growth Scheme which helps UK based Acts with International touring.

Laura May
Director, May Music Publishing

Laura May founded independent music publishing company May Music in 2017 after many years working in different roles around the industry. Beginning her career at Eaton Music after being chosen from the MPA job seekers list, Laura moved into auditing, forensic royalty tracking and royalty accounting at an accountancy firm five years later. After a break due to illness Laura returned to work part time as a finance manager at Rewind Festival while simultaneously starting her own business providing royalty analysis services for auditors and royalty accounting for producers, small labels and publishers including Turnfirst Artists. Laura joined Turnfirst Artists full time in 2015 to work in the finance team, also joining new venture First Access Entertainment when it launched at the end of that year.

As well as continuing to expand the May Music roster and look after a growing number of royalty clients, Laura is currently consulting for The Music Royalty Co, running the finances and co-ordinating royalties for the Cooking Vinyl group

Nixon Rosembert
Musical Director, Studio Owner, Freelance Musician

Nixon has a wealth of experienced as a musician, tutor, composer, technician, and mentor. He is the tour manager, musical director and bassist for The Drifters, partner in Cool Moon Music Production Studio, a member of the Musicians’ Union London Regional Committee, previous Vice Chairman of the Equalities Committee and an associate here at The Midi Music Company.

Nixon has played bass for US artists Josh Milan, Dawn Tallman and Angela Johnson, as well as Billy Paul, Ronnie Laws, The Foundations, Cleveland Watkiss, Graeae Theatre Company, plus many more. Nixon will share his experience of how he became a successful freelance musician, continually developing his skills to sustain a long-lasting career.

Music Explosion Special

An Audience With… Skin!

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 7pm-9pm

FREE ENTRY – SOLD OUT!

MMC is thrilled to present an evening in conversation with iconic female rock artist, Skin.

Lead singer and guitarist with Skunk Anansie, Skin is also well known as a fashion icon, DJ, charity activist and an inspiring role model for generations of fans.

We welcome a diverse audience of fans, creatives and music lovers to this unique music industry seminar. The night is your opportunity ask Skin questions on the music business and gain insight into her life, from an emerging artist to a pivotal force in music – from rock singer, to cultural icon.

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