Royalties conference helps composers get money smart


On Tuesday 18 November, London’s Southbank Centre will be the venue for an evening conference on royalties and earnings from composition hosted by PRS for Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Some of the UK’s most established composers and industry figures will come together in two panel discussions to consider how creative musicians can promote and earn money from music projects, with a focus on classical, TV, film and games. The panels will be followed by a networking session providing young composers with the opportunity pose their own questions to panel members.

Head of Composition and Music Technology at Trinity Laban, Dr Dominic Murcott, explains 

“We know that writing music for the concert hall is not a financially viable career in itself, so there’s a need for a reality check for young composers. But even some established composers, as well as emerging artists, don’t understand the relationship between their work and royalties.

“This conference will offer some ideas about how people can make royalties work for them if they want to compose for a living.”

Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, says: “At Trinity Laban the training that we offer to talented young composers, choreographers and performers isn't just about helping them develop their art - we also help to equip them with all the professional skills they need to forge great careers, and to survive and thrive as 21st century artists.

“We're delighted that this conference allows us, in collaboration with our industry partners, to share our accumulated knowledge even more widely, and to help working composers from right across the country."

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall

6pm - Panel 1 - project creation for composers – moderator, Naomi Belshaw, PRS for Music

Errollyn Wallen – Composer and Trinity Laban teacher

Alexis Patterson - Cheltenham Music Festival Manager

James Hannam - PRS for Music Foundation

Harry Escott – Film, TV and documentary composer with conducting experience

7:30pm Panel 2 on project promotion and monetisation for composers – moderator, Dominic Murcott, Trinity Laban

Michael Price – TV/film composer

Manners McDade – Management and publisher for TV, films, games and classical

David Abrahams - ISM Lawyer

Naomi Belshaw – PRS for Music

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