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Get Free Career Advice at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Got a question about how to build your career in the music industry? Following on from the success of last year, we are offering FREE one-to-one advice sessions on a range of topics to musicians. Industry experts will be available to answer questions during a short, pre-booked session. This year’s experts and themes are:

Building Your Business as a Musician (Nick Lawrence, Founder and CEO of Big Star)

Nick began his career in the square mile working for a variety of financial and commercial organisations, and has since built several businesses from start-up to PLC, while establishing an independent record label and working as a DJ both nationally and internationally. He founded Big Star, a company of business managers and accountants to the music industry, and in 2014 was awarded Music Industry Advisor of the Year followed by inclusion in the Music Business Worldwide top 50 lawyers and accountants in 2018.

Nick will be happy to advise on how to take your talent and build a business around it. This could include how to set-up as self-employed or a company, the legal requirements you need to meet, the best systems to use, dealing with tax at home and abroad etc. He can also answer other business and accounting-related queries. If you’ve got a question about money, he’s the man!

Funding, Royalties and Publishing (Naomi Belshaw, WildKat PR)

Naomi joined the WildKat team in May 2018 after working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation for number of years. Naomi brings with her experience of funding, music publishing, licensing and royalties and is keen to help musicians and composers understand the music industry better. Through WildKat’s quick-fire ‘ask any question’ consultancy sessions, individuals including musicians, labels, management, designers and creatives are able to learn about different parts of the sector.

Naomi is available to answer questions on these themes: Funding 101; #Royalties – how to get paid for writing music; Music Publishing for Dummies.

Tony Dudley-Evans, Programme Advisor to Cheltenham Jazz Festival & Jazzlines Birmingham

Tony has been a respected jazz promoter for over 3 decades and in Birmingham alone has promoted over 700 gigs since 1985. He has been involved in Cheltenham Jazz Festival since the outset and served as Artistic Director for many years. He has been awarded for ‘Services to Jazz’ by both the BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He now acts as a consultant for both Cheltenham and the concert series run by Jazzlines in Birmingham.

“I would be happy to listen to a 5-minute pitch for a future festival gig, and then speak to you about what works for me in engaging with bands, how to approach a promoter and the importance of the EPK.”

Please note that as an advisor, Tony is not able to offer programme slots for either the Festival or Jazzlines, but he may share the contents of your pitch with the relevant programming teams.

1-to-1 clinics will be available on:

Saturday 4 May
Nick Lawrence: 2pm – 4pm
Naomi Belshaw: 4pm – 6pm
Tony Dudley-Evans: 1.15pm, 5.45pm and 9pm

Sunday 5 May
Tony Dudley Evans: 3pm and 6.15pm

Monday 6 May
Tony Dudley Evans: 5pm

Your session will last 20 minutes and is for one person only. To book an appointment, please fill out the form below by 12 April 2019. We will contact you to confirm your appointment time and location in late April.

Book your slot now

If you are applying after 12 April, please email jazzfestival@cheltenhamfestivals.com to find out whether slots are still available.

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