MusicTank’s follow-up to their recently published Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide to Funding Music Projects – Easy Money? The Convention, taking place Tuesday 22nd October, has confirmed the first raft of heavy-weight speakers.

Aimed at musicians, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses & SMEs, Easy Money? The Convention will see London’s Somerset House host a hotbed of workshops, presentations, Q&A sessions case studies and 1:1 advice surgeries providing delegates with the tools and contacts necessary to get their projects off the ground.

Kicking off the convention 6 Music/BBC Introducing presenter, artist and grassroots music champion Tom Robinson will interview author of Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide to Funding Music Projects, Remi Harris, formerly of UK Music and AIM.

Kickstarter's New York-based Director of Marketing and Outreach Kendel Ratley will present a case study and offer insight for artists gleaned during the platform’s first year in operation in the UK, as well as draw lessons from the considerable music successes seen in the US and beyond. Highlighting best practices drawn from thousands of successful (and unsuccessful) crowdfunding campaigns, Ratley will help attendees better plan, execute and assess their projects.

Other presentations include those from:

  • Ian Moss (Director, Public Affairs, BPI) on the Music Export Growth Scheme,
  • Sarah Thirtle (Communications and Events Manager, PRS for Music Foundation) on the Momentum Music Fund,
  • Paul Bonham (Diversity in Arts Practice Relationship Manager for the South East, Arts Council England) on Grants for the Arts
  • Mary-Alice Stack (Chief Executive, Creative Sector Services CIC) regarding Creative Industry Finance loans and
  • Julia Payne (Director, the::hub) on Joining the Dots.

Convention details

Venue: The Portico Rooms, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Date: 22 October 2013, 10am-4pm (with networking drinks reception taking place from 4-6pm)
Tickets: Advanced tickets - £50 student members, £90 members, £120 non-members - valid until 5pm Monday 14 October (thereafter, Standard price £140) Buy now.
No walk-up on the day - tickets must be purchased in advance. Become a member here.
Bundle: Oct 22 Easy Money? The Convention Ticket & The Guide (limited bundle available until 5pm Monday 14 October) £145.00
Visit the Music Tank site for more information.

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