The CMU:DIY Lectures

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

CMU:DIY offers a range of lectures that provide a beginner’s guide to different aspects of the music industry. 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 lectures are given below. To discuss these services email


Making Money From Music | RESOURCES
This lecture 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 lecture 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 lecture provides a beginner’s guide to the streaming business, helping artists understand how they can get their music on all the key platforms, and how they get paid when their music is played.

Record Deals Explained | RESOURCES
This lecture explains how artists can make money from their recordings, and looks 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 lecture 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.

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