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Common Hurdles Novice Songwriters Face and How to Overcome Them

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Whether it’s a chorus that sticks in your head for days, an infectious hook, a toe-tapping beat, or an ambient synth that somehow both warms and chills you at the same time, there are certain musical moments that make you stop in your tracks and wonder: how did they write that? As music fans,...

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Let’s talk about: Negotiation

Friday, April 29th, 2016

A key skill to a successful career is the ability to negotiate effectively. This practical workshop will help you build the necessary skills you will need to enter real-life negotiations with confidence and understanding. This workshop will help participants to understand:

 

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Ways to Improve Your Band’s Image

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Like it or not, image is everything. While your music is the most important thing, the look and visual you project needs to line up with your sound. Oftentimes, your look and logo give fans and media their first impression of your band – before they even listen to a note of your music. Aligning...

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Prince Had an Affinity for Ballet, Introduced the World to Misty Copeland

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The death of legendary pop artist Prince shocked the music world this week. With numerous news items highlighting the eccentric performer’s various proclivities, one overlooked aspect of his vast artistic understsanding was a reverence for ballet.

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland, the first...

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Creative Ways to End a Song

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

When you’re writing, the end of the song is naturally the last thing you think about. You can end cold or you can fade out, but there are numerous other ways to bring your song to a close, such as dissolution, subtraction, cadences, and the false beginning. After all, the last moments of your...

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Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57. Police were called to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park estate earlier on Thursday, US media reported. An investigation is underway. Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s,...

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How to Create a Compelling Setlist

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Most musicians know that you should start off your set with a kick and end with a punch, but how you plan everything in between is what can make the difference between a good show and a great show. Imagine your setlist is telling a story with a distinct beginning, middle and end. Then decide what...

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Gigs You Didn’t Know You Needed

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Everybody talks about club shows, probably because almost everybody goes to club shows. Your community surely has at least one venue that makes its money with live bands, bar food, and alcohol, and these places can be a home away from home for local musicians. However, many places suffer from a tight...

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Why Being Part of Your Local Music Scene Matters

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Why bother with your local music scene if you’re ultimately gunning for worldwide stages? If that sounds a bit asinine to you, then you likely possess a pretty good understanding of what it really means to be part of a community. Because that’s what your local scene is: a community. Considering...

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Prince rushed to hospital after emergency plane landing

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Prince has been rushed to hospital after his plane made an emergency landing. According to TMZ, the singer’s private jet was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Illinois. It happened just hours after he’d performed on stage in Atlanta. Prince was immediately taken from the plane in...

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Jesus Christ Superstar Auditions

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Following the great success of Oliver!, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Cats, Wakefield Youth Music Theatre will stage Jesus Christ Superstar at Theatre Royal Wakefield this August and September. Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless piece of theatre which takes place during the final weeks of Jesus’...

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How to Avoid Dead Air at Your Live Shows

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Have you ever been listening to the radio and heard a song end followed by total silence? Maybe the producer is dealing with a technical glitch. Perhaps the transmitter got struck by lightning. Or the DJ ran downstairs to the snack machine, forgetting that the single he was spinning was only three...

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Reasons Why You’re Missing Out if You’re Not Booking College Shows

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The beginning of the fall season is always an exciting time of year. The nice weather left over from summer becomes more bearable, football makes its almighty return, and students are back in school. In the life of an indie artist, the latter of this list proves to be the most important because it...

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Here’s How to Pick Up Your Local Music Scene

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

One thing that every scene has in common? Musicians all complain about how crappy the scene is. Whether you live in a tiny town with just one hillbilly bar or a huge city where the best venues seem impenetrable, you’ll hear your music-playing friends griping about all the ways your local scene fails...

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Brighton Music Conference programme 2016

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

As part of the Brighton Music Conference, we have introduced an Academy Live platform showcasing live acts/dj’s with original material from our Educational Partners including Northbrook College Sussex, BIMM Brighton and AudioActive.  We’re pleased to announce the full programming schedule for...

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