Following last month’s Edinburgh Night and a panel hosted in the Scottish parliament, Born To Be Wide is set to return on Thursday 4 October with a seminar covering all aspects of releasing your own music.
Topics include how to get a release into shops [both physical and digital], where to get CD/vinyl pressed, registering with collection societies, legal considerations and promotion, as well as how to avoid common mistakes and losing lots of money.
The night will be hosted in association with EMU Bands, whose managing director, Ally Gray, will talk about how places tracks in download stores and streaming services. He will be joined by Duncan McCrone from MCPS-PRS Alliance and Song By Toad Records owner, Matthew Young. Shona Maguire [who records as Plum] will provide an artist perspective, as well as giving a first-hand account of raising money through crowd sourcing.
“Technology makes it increasingly easy to for musicians and DIY labels to release and promote their own music,” says Born To Be Wide co-organiser, Olaf Furniss. “This seminar will be a practical guide to how best to do it.”
Following the discussion, guests will have the opportunity to meet the panelists, who will stay at the Electric Circus to DJ with a selection of their favourite tunes.
Born To Be Wide
Thursday 4 October [Doors open 1900] – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
1930-2130 Release Yourself Seminar [includes interval]
£5.00 / £3.50 [Musicians’ Union]
Ally Gray [EMU Bands] www.emubands.com
Duncan McCrone [MCPS-PRS Alliance] www.prsformusic.com
Shona Maguire [Plum] www.plumtunes.com
Matthew Young [Song By Toad] www.songbytoad.com
2130-Late DJ Sets with seminar guests
ABOUT BORN TO BE WIDE
Born To Be Wide was launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. A diverse range of musicians, journalists, promoters, label owners and friends of music, invited to play their all-time favourite records unless they were by Morrissey or Joy Division.
Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects such as How To Get A Gig, Unveiling The Mind Of A Music Journalist, A&R, Music PR, How To Get On The Radio, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General. In August Born To Be Wide organised a panel in the Scottish Parlimanet as part of the Festival Of Politics.
Born To Be Wide also hosts the Wide Days conference and showcase event which takes place in Edinburgh in April and organises panels for Go North.
Contact Olaf Furniss, 07974 572072, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT EMU BANDS
EmuBands provides a simple but powerful digital music distribution service for artists and record companies to sell music online through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and many more of the World’s leading digital music services. In a non-exclusive deal, artists and labels earn 100% of the royalties generated from sales, and maintain full ownership and control of their rights, and with a simple one-off pricing model, there are no annual fees. Contact: Ally Gray, 0141 585 6388, email@example.com
Born To Be Wide enjoys the support of the Musicians’ Union:
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS’ UNION – The Musicians Union is a globally-respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages. Contact: Jen Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org