Corporate News Education & Events Pathways Into Music Update
By CMU Editorial | Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Last week, CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation used the MUSIC + EDUCATION sessions at The Great Escape to showcase more of its research that aims to provide music educators and talent development organizations with resources they can use to give artists in the DIY phase the knowledge and information they need to pursue a career around their musical creation.
At TGE, Foundation Director Phil Nelson introduced the Artist Circle, a way to understand the process artists go through to build audiences and business around their music.
It starts with creative activities, then moves to building a fan base, which in turn is amplified by promoting releases and shows, and finally artists look for ways to fundraise and generate income. around their music. There are therefore four quarters in the circle of artists: creative, fanbase, promotion and finance.
Once the circle of artists was introduced, music industry experts were then invited on stage at the TGE to compile together the ten key pieces of knowledge and information that educators and talent development teams should try to communicate to the artists the DIY phases for each quarter of the circle.
Adam Joolia from AudioActive, Charlotte Caleb from cSquaredLDN and Liam Craig from North West Regional College gave tips for the creative district.
Here are the ten tips they compiled…
1. Collaboration is essential at the start of your musical career. Find other music creators to work with – both within your current circle but also beyond – and also look for people with other creative passions to collaborate with, such as designers, photographers and filmmakers.
2. Look for “musical playgrounds” where you can experiment with your musical creation. These playgrounds can be within an educational institution – but if you don’t make music at school, college or university, you should find other places where you can experiment, jam , bouncing off other creators, and finding collaborators – you might be surprised how many of these “training grounds” exist.
3. Many creative people have many passions and talents – so don’t categorize collaborators – find out about the full range of interests and work of each. For example – you probably talk to more songwriters than you think – many artists and producers are also songwriters.
4. Related to this – try to expand your own range of music-making skills. For example, even if your main interest is playing music, learning some basic production skills can be very helpful.
5. Be comfortable with whatever technology you have – a lot can be achieved with simple apps and devices like Garageband and an iPhone.
6. And don’t forget to be creative with the technology – and all the other tools and musical instruments – that you have access to. Restrictions and settings can often boost creativity.
7. Learn to create on the go. Build a simple portable studio to take with you when you travel so you can take inspiration from your surroundings.
8. Make sure to finish and publish your songs and tracks. It’s easy to become a perfectionist and never perform or release your music. But it’s important to get some of your songs and tracks out there, so you can see the response and interact with an audience.
9. Keep making music! The more music you make, the better a music maker you will become. And lasting music careers tend to come from prolific, consistent music makers who build slowly and keep going.
10. Whenever you create new music, remember to think and talk about music rights. Every song you write and every recording you make is copyrighted. When you collaborate, you will share these rights with your collaborators. So be clear about the rights you have created and who shares copyright ownership.
We will publish the ten tips for each of the other quarters of the circle of artists in the coming days in the CMU Daily. Or you can get them all in one place by downloading Pathways Into Music’s latest research digest here.