New seminar series helping young urban artists make it in the music industry

Our into-industry programme Multi-Track has teamed up with renowned London-based urban youth music charity, Urban Development to bring their popular Industry Takeover Seminar series to Bristol over the coming months.

Marking the first time the seminars have been held outside of London, the series will offer aspiring underground artists advice and unrivalled insight from the music industry’s biggest players.

The first seminar in the series will take place on Thursday 23 November at the Engine Shed. Titled ‘Making Money from Music,’ the session will offer an in-depth guide to the different ways artists make money in the industry from recordings, songs, merchandise, gigs, brand partnerships, the fan relationship as well as the types of companies’ artists work with along the way.

Each seminar features different industry professionals as guest speakers who are renowned in their fields for their expertise.

In the first of the series, five guest speakers will take to the stage to explore ‘Making Money from Music.’ The line-up features Chris Cooke, Managing Director and Business Editor of CMU which supports the music community by providing news, business intelligence, training and education; Will Spencer from Music Glue, a specialist platform that allows artists to create free websites to launch their brand image; Joe Mason from online distribution company Ditto Music; Kaiya Milan, the chief executive of music management firm and label, OFF BALANCE, and Claire Rose, the education and outreach manager for PRS for Music.

Multi-Track’s into-industry programme aims to demystify the music business so that anyone in the city can access the tools and knowledge they need for commercial success. They recently announced the first three supported artists of Home-Grown Heat, the artist development scheme where each artist benefits from a bespoke package of mentorship.

The ongoing seminar series aims to provide professional development opportunities for those involved in the city’s underground music scene. Future sessions will include advice on how to build a fan base (14 December), the benefits of live gig and how to get booked (25 January).

To stay up to date on the latest news and information about Multi-Track and the Industry Takeover seminars, visit or follow @multi_trackbrs on Instagram, Twitter, and @multitrackbristol on Facebook.

To find out more about Urban Development please go to: or  or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via: @urbandevelopmnt

Tickets for each seminar cost £3.00 including booking fee and are available from the Multi-track website, or through Colston Hall Box Office by calling 0117 203 4040 or visiting

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