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Notes From The MMF Managers Summit & AGM - 10th July, 2019

The Music Managers Forum is the largest professional community of music managers in the world! Since 1992, the MMF has worked hard to educate, inform and represent UK managers as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.From The MMF website here The Managers Summit was an all-day conference with panels featuring guest speakers from Record-Play, AWAL, Wicksteed Works, CMU, Key Production + a handful of management companies. I took a bunch of notes... but before I try to make head or tail of them, I wanted to share something that Kwame Kwaten from Ferocious Talent said to me after I'd sat down behind him... 2-years after the artist wants to go, you go! 1-year after management - with their rose-tinted glasses - want to go, you go!Kwame Kwaten - Ferocious Talent What I took that to mean (and I might be putting words into his mouth here!) is that things take longer than expected. And that it's usually not worth chucking a bunch of money at a...

Un-Convention Stoke [24 May 2019] Panel 1: A Local Focus on Music In Stoke-On-Trent

On Friday 24th May, 2019 we held the first ever Un-Convention in Stoke. For those of you who couldn't make it (or those of you who did and want to listen again) the video of the first panel is below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated so feel free to comment or drop me an email at rich@indie.mu. Thank you to the panellists Aaron Moore, Alex Thompson, Andrew Viitalahde-Pountain, Rob Adcock & Steve Tilley.Plus Your City Festival // Mitchell Arts Centre // Stoke-On-Trent City CouncilAnd Alex Bennet from This Sun No More for filming and editing. Underneath the video, there are timed links to each of the questions so you can quickly navigate to the bits you're interested in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2nok4LrDMc ******************************* Introduction from Jeff Thompson from Un-Convention00:28 About Un-Convention02:08 The Grass Roots Venues Fund from Arts Council England03:18 JUMP Programme04:47 Panel #01 - A Focus on Music in Stoke ******************************* 05:10 Panelist introductions10:00 Panel Question 1: What makes for a successful artist?21:17 Panel Question 2: Why is it that more artists from Stoke aren’t becoming successful...