Music experts from PRS for Music and PPL offer free advice to Leicester music makers

Leading music organisations PRS for Music and PPL have partnered for a special free event taking place at the PPL PRS Ltd offices, Mercury Place, from 6pm on Thursday 1 November, offering local music creators in Leicester the chance to learn more about the music industry and how to take the next step in their careers.

Now, more than ever before, musicians and artists are taking a DIY approach to creating, releasing and exploiting their music. Some are self-releasing with hopes of securing a future record deal, but others see it as a long-term strategy for their careers. Either way, it’s vital to understand the fundamentals about the way the music industry works and how music can generate revenue.

Over the course of the two panels, PRS for Music’s Education and Outreach team, PPL representatives and panellists including Horus Music’s Deborah Smith and Dean Jackson, BBC Music Introducing in the East Midlands presenter, will cover everything attendees should know about copyright, how record labels and music publishers work, and how they can make money from their music. The evening will also offer the opportunity to network afterwards, giving attendees the chance to build new relationships, meet potential collaborators, and ask panellists further questions.

PRS for Music represents more than 135,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and beyond, championing their rights and ensuring that they are paid whenever their music is streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed or played in public. PPL is the UK’s collective management organisation for tens of thousands of performers and record companies, from session musicians and grassroots artists to independent and major labels, licensing recorded music whenever it is played in public or broadcast. PPL PRS Ltd is a new joint venture set up by the two organisations to provide public performance licensing to businesses and organisations through one licence: TheMusicLicence.

Stuart Belsham, PRS for Music Education & Outreach Manager for the East of England, said: “We are excited to be teaming up with PPL for what we hope will be an inspiring and empowering evening. These events are designed for attendees at all points in their careers – whether they have just written their first song or released their fiftieth. As a membership organisation, PRS for Music doesn’t just collect royalties. We’re also here for creators to turn to for advice and education on the music business.”

 Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for attendees to understand a part of the music industry that can have a positive impact on their earnings, and ultimately their future careers. We are pleased to once again work with PRS for Music, particularly in such a vibrant music community as Leicester. Our team of member service specialists are always keen to support artists and provide them with the knowledge that can help to maximise their revenue.”

While the event is free, space is limited so please ensure you book a ticket online if you wish to attend. Both non-members and PRS for Music and PPL members are encouraged to attend.

Event details:
18.15: Doors Open
18.30-19.45: PPL in Session / How to Manage Your PRS Account

A two-part workshop session for PPL and PRS members, demonstrating the essential functions you will need to carry out to get the most from your membership of both organisations.

20.00-21.15: How to Make Your Music Pay

The panel session will discuss everything from copyright, live shows, self-releasing and funding to streaming, radio broadcasts, sync and various ways creating music can help generate an income.


Dean Jackson (BBC Music Introducing in the East Midlands) – Moderator

Claire Rose (PRS for Music)

Dwayne Young (PPL)

Deborah Smith (Horus Music)

Maxie Gedge (PRS Foundation + Songwriter/Performer)

21.15-22.00: Please join us for networking drinks
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