The CMU:DIY Guides

A series of lectures providing beginner’s guides to the music industry

The CMU:DIY Guides are a series of lectures that explain how the business of music works. We present these lectures 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 and Confetti. Events and organisations that have hosted our lectures include UD, English Folk Expo, The Roundhouse, Reeperbahn Festival, Wide Days and The Great Escape.

Details of our current CMU:DIY Guides are given below. To discuss these services email


Making Money From Music | RESOURCES
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 | RESOURCES
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 | RESOURCES
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 | RESOURCES
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 | RESOURCES
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.

Music Data Explained | RESOURCES
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 | RESOURCES
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.

We can also deliver the CMU Insights speed briefings for music and music business students – find out more about the current speed briefings here.