CMU:DIY GUIDES

The CMU:DIY Guides

Beginner guides to different aspects of the music business from CMU:DIY





The CMU:DIY Guides provide a basic overview of various different aspects of the music business, explaining each of those aspects in five easy steps.

The latest series of CMU:DIY Guides is currently appearing in the CMU Library. We also regularly present lecture versions of these guides to music and music business students around the UK and beyond, at music industry conferences and events, and in partnership with industry trade bodies and talent development organisations.

Colleges who have hosted CMU:DIY lectures include BIMM, Berklee College Of Music, Notting Hill Academy Of Music, the National Film & Television School, Royal Northern College Of Music, Tileyard Education and Confetti.

Music industry events and organisations that have hosted our lectures include UD, School Ground Sounds, The Roundhouse, Reeperbahn Festival, Wide Days and The Great Escape.

Details of our current CMU:DIY Guides are given below. To discuss hosting a CMU:DIY Guide lecture email [email protected]



CURRENT CMU:DIY GUIDES

Making Money From Music | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide provides a concise overview of the different ways music-makers make money from their music making – and the different business partners they work with along the way.



Music Copyright Explained | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide provides a beginner’s guide to music copyright, explaining how copyright law gives music-makers control over their songs and recordings, and how those controls can be utilised to generate income.



Music Streaming Explained | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide provides a beginner’s guide to the streaming business, explaining the deals streaming services do with the music industry and how streaming royalties are calculated each month.



The Streaming Debate Explained | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide reviews the big and ongoing debate around the economics of streaming, outlining some of the issues that have been raised within the wider music community and the solutions that have been proposed.



Record Deals Explained | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide looks at how artists go about monetising their recordings, and at the role of music distributors and record labels, and the different kinds of deals artists can now do around their recorded music.



Building A Fanbase | ACCESS THIS GUIDE
This guide looks at how early-career artists need to kick-start the fanbase building process themselves and what that involves, plus the marketing role a label may play as things start to gain momentum.



Music Data Explained | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide looks at all the kinds of music rights data that are essential to ensure music-makers get paid, and at all the kinds of fan data that can help an artist build a fanbase and grow their own artist business.



Music + Brand Partnerships | ACCESS THE GUIDE
This guide looks at how brands work with artists and the wider music industry, and explains the ins and outs of the deals done between brands and their partners in the music community.