The old days of knocking on the doors of labels and music publishers are long gone. While there’s still a giant leap to take to ‘get signed’ in the traditional sense, new models give an artist the freedom to take a new approach. But what options are available to emerging artists in 2013? 

  • How the traditional functions of labels have changed
  • The affect of 360° deals on artists
  • New music publishing revenue streams
  • The DIY and Direct to Fan approach – is it right for you?
  • At what point should you bring in a third party?
  • What are ‘Label Services’ and are they right for you?
  • The importance of rights retention
  • Are brands the new gatekeepers and facilitators?
  • Is the traditional approach redundant?
  • What steps should an artist take to make themselves ready for labels, publishers or the new school? How to build the right team to make those steps.

Guest speakers

  • Keith Harris (PPL)

Keith is widely known and respected in the music industry. He has worked at labels such as EMI, Transatlantic and Motown, working with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. He joined PPL in 2006 and continues to represent Stevie Wonder.

  • Ed Horrox (4AD)

Ed is Head of A&R and Creative Director at influential UK independent label 4AD. The label was started in 1979, forms part of the Beggars Group and has been home to influential artists such as Pixies and Cocteau Twins. 4AD’s current roster includes The National, Iron & Wine and Scott Walker.

  • Jimmy Smith (Bucks Music)

Jimmy joined Bucks Music Group as Head of A&R in 2009 after leaving a similar role at Parlophone. Bucks Music is an independent music publisher with a rich musical heritage, responsible for developing and launching the careers of legends of the music industry including T-Rex, David Bowie and Black Sabbath.

  • Joseph Hatch (Essential Music)

Formerly Global Project Manager at PIAS, Joseph Hatch is now Product Manager at Essential Music providing bespoke services ranging from basic digital and physical distribution packages for labels to full project management, marketing and sales for artists releasing their own music.

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