Here is some stuff I did in April 2024…

I’m in Derby!

So I am in Derby for our ‘Understanding The Pathways Into Music’ weekend, which is very exciting. Task one, getting each of the 50+ music educators attending to place themselves on our music education map. My colleague Sini has written a great overview of the programme here.

UD sessions

One of my favourite things is heading on over to Talent House in Stratford – home of UD – to run workshops as part of their various artist programmes. This week and last week I was there running sessions as part of the brilliant Incubator initiative, so many great questions from the artists participating, and lots of great industry guests to help me answer them.

Cheshire parks

This weekend I have been mainly reviewing the town parks of Cheshire. Yesterday Congleton, today Crewe. Congleton’s park has the River Dane and a rather impressive weir. Crewe’s has this magnificent clock and a circus. Well, I think the circus might be gone tomorrow, but the geese will still be there. Tomorrow, a quick trip into Manchester.

The Swift business

Normally I talk about streaming and record deals in the context of the wider music business. But if you prefer, I can talk about streaming and record deals in the context of the wider Taylor Swift business. Which is how I ended up being quoted in this Newsweek article about Taylor Swift and all her money.

Streaming masterclasses

The UK government’s Economics Of Music Streaming work is in the news again, with Parliament’s culture select committee publishing a new report on Creator Remuneration last week, and the first meeting of the Music Creator Remuneration Working Group later today. So, seems like a good time to plug our CMU masterclass series in which I talk you through everything you need to know about the streaming business model, and all the debates and controversies around how streaming works. You can access all that on-demand right now – we even have a special offer available at the moment – info here.

Edinburgh 2024

We will be reviewing shows at the Edinburgh Festival for the 28th time this year. If you – or anyone you know – is planning on being in Edinburgh during August, why not share the experience by writing reviews for ThreeWeeks? Details on how to apply to join the review team are here. And look out for all our Edinburgh coverage on the website and in the TW Weekly bulletin throughout July and August.

WLab funtimes

My Guimarães hotel room proved to be an adequate podcast studio I think – you can hear for yourself by listening to this week’s Setlist where we discuss the CMS Select Committee’s Creator Remuneration report and Dave Rowntree’s PRS lawsuit. And I talk a little bit about Westway Lab where I’ve been for the last few days. These crates spell out WLab by the way, though I’m not sure you can tell from this angle.

Westway funtimes

Really enjoying Westway Lab. This event also has a residency programme where nine artists from around the world partner up and, in the week before we arrive, create a new 30 minute set of music, which they then perform at the festival. Yesterday we got to meet them and hear about their adventure, which was very interesting indeed. As for today, I’ll be working out how to arrange the pillows so that my hotel room has almost decent podcast recording acoustics. Wish me luck!

I’m in Guimarães

I am in Guimarães in Portugal where the church bells just rang out ‘Happy Birthday To You’. It’s not my birthday, but I enjoyed it anyway. I’m here for Westway Lab and look forward to hearing about the outputs and learnings of the Musika Peripherika project tomorrow.

CMU digested

It’s the latest CMU Digest. Warner Music Group decided it was better to stay a small town girl, and has turned down the opportunity to take a midnight train to Believe-ville: maybe the price was just ‘trop cher’; US Artist Rights Alliance and IMPALA both take potshots at TikTok; Spotify will be putting up prices again – but audiobooks become optional; Pharrell’s trademark spat; and Vivendi flogs off See Tickets. Read here.