Are you up to speed on the legal and contract side of the music industry?

The Musicians’ Union in association with Bristol Music Industry Network present
‘What’s the Deal? MU Contract Advice Workshop’ – Lantern Room, Colston Hall, Bristol, Monday March 5 2017 6.30-9pm

Cost: MU Members – Free / BMIN Members £5 / Others £10

The wide variety of music industry agreements to be currently found – and the complexity of terminology used – remains a confusing and vexing area for the unwary.

How do you know if you are being offered a fair and reasonable agreement, what rights are being sought from you, and what does the other party expect from you (and you from the other party)?

What might the implications be of signing without obtaining your own independent legal advice?

Join music industry lawyer Mark Melton and the MU’s Paul Gray for an overview of the various agreements that musicians and songwriters are most commonly presented with.

We’ll also look at what may be included in an initial “Heads of Agreement” and follow that through to a full “long-form” contract.

Key areas will include:

  • Recording, Management, Music Publishing, Licensing and Synchronisation Agreements – territory, term, advances, royalty points, exclusivity, options, key man, sunset clauses and commissions, accounting provisions, termination, Law & Jurisdiction
  • Copyrights and license v assignment
  • Definitions and explanations of key terminology
  • Clauses, their meaning and implications
  • Key points to be aware, and wary of
  • Using simple MU agreements – co-writing, Song Share and pre-recording
  • The importance of seeking independent legal advice and the MU’s free Contract Advisory and Aftercare Service

The MU represents over 30,000 musicians across the UK working across all sectors of the music industry. In addition to negotiating with major employers on behalf of musicians, the MU offers a raft of services expressly tailored for the self-employed, providing assistance, advice and free insurances and legal services for full-time and part-time musicians of all ages.

We hope you find this evening’s workshop both interesting and helpful!

Paul Gray, Wales & SW England Regional Organiser

Musicians’ Union, Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD
02920 456585 / Cardiff@theMU.org

 

 

Aaron Slater announced as Guest Speaker for Bmin Dec 17 meeting

Bmin are delighted to welcome Publisher Aaron Slater of Songwriting Magazine, re-scheduled for the lunchtime Wednesday 7th February meeting at Colston Hall from 12.00pm until 14.00pm.

Aaron will be revealing the knowledge he gained when interviewing a host of famous songwriters about the processes they went through creating specific songs. The resultant publication, “How I Wrote” will be available at the meeting.

MShed want your Bristol music memories and images!

If you have great memories and pictures of music-related things that have happened in Bristol over the last 50 years, MShed would like to hear from you.

Kicking off in May 2018 and running throughout the summer, Mshed plan to hold an exhibition celebrating the recent history of the Bristol music scene.

To register your stories and images for potential inclusion at the exhibition click on the following link:

MShed 2018 Exhibition: What is Bristol music?

Are you a Jazz artist or band looking for promotion? Apply by midday 7th July 2017 and you could be well on your way…..

Bmin are pleased to spread the word about an exciting new Jazz Promoters Fellowship that is running in partnership with the amazing Help Musicians UK (developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands) by sharing the following announcement.

New Jazz Promoters Fellowship In Partnership with HMUK: A gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands – Application deadline is midday 7th July 2017

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/…/jazz-promoters-fellowship

This fully-funded HMUK fellowship has been developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands, leading to a more diverse and inclusive jazz scene in the UK.

Application deadline is midday 7th July 2017
Interviews are 20th July 2017

The scheme runs from July 2017 to July 2018. Hosted by leading UK venues on key dates across the jazz calendar, this fellowship’s seven seminar days will develop new promoters in methods of best practice across a wide range of topics. This will include programming and creative diversity, marketing, audience development, strategic planning, team leadership and delegation, risk assessment, insurance, contracts and service agreements, writing funding applications, budget management and project evaluation.

Each participant is given the opportunity to devise and deliver a self-initiated yearlong project focused on ensuring a diverse and inclusive approach to programming in venues and festivals.Each candidate will be supported by a grant of £1,200.

The yearlong Jazz Promoters Fellowship is designed to help the next generation of male and female promoters establish themselves both regionally and nationally, offering a unique route of professional development with a core ethos to consciously redress the jazz scene’s current gender imbalance through continual exploration into why it exists and how we can best work together to redress.

Check out our first Bmin showcase, Sunday 4th June 2017

Bmin are delighted to announce #TheStrawberrySessions. Our first ever joint event with Audio Bay Management (Bmin member Jon Basker). This live gig at 2pm on Sunday 4th June features the talented Fraser Anderson. Tickets £12. We hope to make these sessions a regular thing as a showcase for Bmin performers. Support local live music and enjoy a fabulous Sunday afternoon’s entertainment. Please share this post to spread the word.
Tickets also available from Ents24
https://www.facebook.com/events/1346577435433578/