The CMU:DIY Sessions

Talks and conversations for future music talent at events around the UK

CMU:DIY presents educational sessions for future music talent at events around the UK. Each sessions kicks off with a CMU:DIY guide that informs the subsequent conversation involving a panel of music industry experts.

You can download the slides we presented at recent CMU:DIY Sessions here.


Look out for details of future CMU:DIY sessions appearing here soon.


CMU:DIY at Wide Days in Edinburgh, April 2018
CMU:DIY present three sessions for new talent at Wide Days 2018 in Edinburgh.

01: Making Money From Streams | NOTES
A concise guide to the streaming business, explaining how to get your music on streaming, how digital royalties are calculated and how payments differ on different services like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

02: Growing Your Fanbase And Making Money Through Gigs | SLIDES
For established artists, gigging is a key revenue stream, though at the outset it’s often more about building a fanbase. Get practical advice galore on putting on your own night, getting booked to play shows and festivals, and how to use gigs to build your fanbase.

03: Where Labels & Publishers Fit In | SLIDES
As your career progresses you’ll likely want to collaborate with labels and publishers to help grow your artist business. Get a CMU:DIY guide to the role labels and publishers play and the different kinds of label and publishing deals that are now available.

MUSIC:DIY with EMDA in Chelmsford, February 2018
CMU:DIY teamed up with EMDA to present MUSIC:DIY, an afternoon of conversations about the business of music in Chelmsford.

01: Making Money From Your Songs And Recordings | SLIDES
If you’ve written a song, you have created a copyright. If you’ve recorded a track, you have created another copyright. Welcome to the copyright business! Find out how copyright works, how you know who owns any one song or recording, what happens when you collaborate, and how copyrights make money.

02: Building A Fanbase & Getting On Stage | SLIDES
For many established artists today touring is the key revenue stream, though at the outset gigging is as much about marketing as it is money. We’ll explain how the gigs business works and how new artists can use live activity – alongside social and digital channels – to reach and connect with new fans.

03: Getting Your Artist Business Started | SLIDES
As your artist business grows, you’ll need to start working with other people – and companies – to unlock all your potential revenue streams. From collecting societies to distributors to labels to publishers to agents to promoters to management and beyond, we talk you through the business partners you might involve in your artist business.