Music Network announces free online-training programme for musicians

Music Network announces free online-training programme for musicians
Nick Roth, Steve Lindsey, Frances Mitchell and Laoise O’Brien to present on Facebook Live.

Music Network presents Taking Charge of your Performance Career 2020, a free online professional development course for musicians delivered by four leading industry experts. The special series of live online training sessions aims to help musicians from all genres to develop the skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands. Streamed Live on Facebook, the presentations will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm from 28 April - 21 May, delivered by Nick Roth, Steve Lindsey, Frances Mitchell and Laoise O’Brien.

The course will offer relevant and up-to-date advice in the areas of sharing music in a digital environment, navigating the music publishing industry, self-management for artists and preparing for an audio recording.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We are very pleased to launch this exciting new online support which aims to help professional musicians to adapt and excel, both during the current period and into the future. In a matter of weeks, the music industry has changed radically and Music Network has been adapting likewise, to continue to support musicians. This course is free and available to musicians working in any genre and we hope many will benefit from the presentations.”

Musician and producer Nick Roth will present two sessions addressing the current restructuring of how music is being made and shared (28 & 30 April), while Steve Lindsey, musician and publisher, will cover essential areas of music publishing, including details on copyright ownership, song splits, registrations, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), income streams, contracts and music usages (5 & 7 May).

Innovation and artist management expert Frances Mitchell will speak about how musicians can manage their careers, focusing both on personal presentation skills and on getting the most out of the digital tools available (12 & 14 May) and musician and producer Laoise O’Brien will present on the subject of planning and preparing for a recording, from concept to finished product (19 & 21 May).

Viewers are encouraged to post questions for the experts via the live feed on Music Network’s Facebook Page, which will be answered during a 15-minute session at the end of each presentation. The recorded presentations will also be available to view afterwards on Music Network’s YouTube channel. This is just one of a number of ways in which Music Network will support musicians during the current period.