Lucky Dip Music Resource Links

The following are some fun, quirky, absorbing or useful music resources. Click on one at random and see where it takes you…..

Music Jokes! Just for fun.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more. A fantastic resource for all piano enthusiasts!

BandName Worldwide search and registration of band names. Why Register? Establishing prior usage is a key component in protecting your name and avoiding unwelcome legal challenges. The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to ‘name’ usage.

BBC Music – Music across the BBC.

Bemuso gives detailed advice to the self-employed independent musician. A brilliant resource.

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines from Wikipedia, Click on them for Wikipedia’s page about them – their background and what they cover. Links to their websites are at the bottom of their Wikipedia page under External Links.

Buying Concert TicketsDon’t get caught out by ticket cons and fraud. Advice about buying concert tickets can be found here on the Concert Promoters Association website.

Electronic music blogs like Generation BassTropical BassSoundNomadenRadio CanalhOrganikFunk and Eclectikstudio. On Facebook e.g. sublvl

Get Safe Online covers everything you can think of about internet safety, from shopping to chatting, banking, smartphones and tablets etc.

Glossary of terms used about copyright, copying and distribution of music on computers.

How to tour in a band Humourous take on touring and how to get along. Warning – lots of bad language.

International Association of Music Libraries  exists to represent and promote the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers. They have an excellent resource page with links to loads of interesting information about music.

Looking After Your Hearing – advice by Action on Hearing Loss

LP Cover Lover Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs. Lots of quirky categories.

Monkeyboxing is the “number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place”. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites. Facebook chatter.

Music facts and statistics for the UK Interesting data about music in the UK, covering UK market size and value, digital music, live music, export performance, research and publications. Compiled by The Creative Industries.

Shindig Weekender A weekend of dancing, with great DJs and live performance based on GhettoFunk. A welcoming crowd. End weekend of May.

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 contacts to choose from e.g. backline rental in Berlin through to a New York recording studio. Scroll down the categories on the left of the listings page. See the bottom of the page for common search listings – everything from tour buses, catering, legal services, stage crew and much more. A bit of a resource gem!

Social Media Handbook An excellent guide written by SoundDelivery, on using Social Media to tell your story and interact with your audience.

SoundCloud shares people’s original sounds and remixes. A strong interactive music community. If you like an artist, check out who they follow to find new related music. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Student Guide to Music Education is a free download by Rhinegold Publishing (Music, the Arts & Education specialist) giving a complete guide to music higher education.

  • Universities & Conservatoires, UK & International
  • Advice to help you choose the right place to study

Plus full listings of professional development courses.

 

The Knowledge is a leading UK-based online directory service for the video and broadcast production industry, enabling users to find film and TV contacts as well as a wide variety of production information. It helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It’s frequently updated, free to use and you don’t need to register. (You can register to get lots of free extras.) The Post Production and Sound section is particularly relevant to music.

Vocalist Everything you can think of related to singing and music generally! A fantastic resource for all musicians. One of the best and most comprehensive music information and networking sites on the internet! Every link takes you into a new world.

WFMU – FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station and is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. Worth checking out. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.

Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music. They raise awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development. They have links to other organisations that are useful for female musicians.

Links to Music Industry Organisations

Here are some links to organisations that support musicians and the wider music industry. As well as helping you as a musician, they could give you ideas for jobs – you don’t have to play music to be in the music industry! A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey. More specialist organisations are listed in B Sharp Resources related to

Does organisational membership matter? An examination of the relationship between being a member of an organisation and income. A presentation at Music: Parts and labor conference at New York University, April 2012.

Organisations for Musicians and Music Industry

Action on Hearing Loss The largest charity in the UK working with hearing loss and hearing health. Twitter: @ActionOnHearing

Agents Association (GB) Member Agents represent all kinds of performers, celebrities and musicians within all areas of the Light Entertainment Industry. If you are an artist or performer seeking an agent then this site gives you access to our full list of members, all of whom follow our strict code of conduct.

Arts Council England (ACE) works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. Twitter: @ ace_national

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more.

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.

The Association of Independent Festivals is a non-profit trade association created to represent UK independent music festivals.

Association of Independent Music (AIM) is a non-profit-making trade organisation for independent music organisations in the UK. It looks after over 800 of the UK’s independent record labels. Twitter: @AIM_UK

Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) promotes the highest standards of professionalism and quality within the audio industry. Its members are recording studios, post-production houses, mastering, replication, pressing and duplicating facilities, and providers of education and training, as well as record producers, audio engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. Its primary aim is to develop and maintain excellence at all levels within the UK’s audio industry.

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK. Other resources online. Twitter: @attitudetweets

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is a membership organisation for writers run by its Members, for its Members. It

  • Protects and promotes the rights of authors writing in all disciplines
  • Ensures authors receive fair payment for the various uses of their work

BandName Worldwide search and registration of band names. Why Register? Establishing prior usage is a key component in protecting your name and avoiding unwelcome legal challenges. The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to ‘name’ usage. Email: information@bandname.com

BASCA – British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing.

BBC Music – Music across the BBC.

BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas.

British Library Sound Archive holds many sound and video recordings, with over a million discs and thousands of tapes. Its collections come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history and wildlife sounds. Formats range from cylinders made in the late 19th century to the latest digital media.
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British Music Hall Society – All things Music Hall. A good links page for Music Hall Resources.
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The BPI – British Phonographic Industry – is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. The BPI is a trade organisation funded by their members. The BPI’s members include the UK’s four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. It organises the annual Brit Awards.
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Concert Promoters Association works to promote the interests of its members and to represent them at a national level, both to the public and other organisations. It has a code of conduct that is worth following even if you are not a member e.g. you may be putting on a gig as a band/musician or organising a charity fundraising concert. If you are starting out as a promoter, it may be worth reading B Sharp’s Ideas into Action event planning advice.

Contemporary Music (Making) For All (CoMA) is at the heart of new music in the UK, providing opportunities for amateur musicians to take an active part in the performance of works by some of the brightest new composers alongside that of established figures. CoMA has a non-auditioning, grass-roots approach, running amateur contemporary music ensembles, workshops and events throughout the UK.
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Design and Artists Copyright Society is by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual arts rights management organisation. Relevant for artists producing work for album/CD covers etc.

Disability Arts Online is a journal for disabled bloggers, creatives and performers to share work and experience. Twitter: @disabilityarts

Dorset Community Action support the development of the voluntary sector through information, networking, representation, building capacity, and filling gaps as well as supporting and enabling initiatives in rural communities. They helped B Sharp with advice on organisational structure – we are now a charity limited by guarantee.

Dorset Loves Arts is a collaboration of key arts providers across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. Over 50 organisations (including B Sharp) work on

  • Access and participation
  • Arts and Environment
  • Children & Young people
  • Economy
  • Health and well-being
  • Stronger organisations

List of Electronic Music Record Labels.

The Entertainment Retailers Association is a UK trade organisation formed specifically to act as a forum for the physical and digital retail and wholesale sectors of the music, video and video games industries.

Featured Artists Coalition campaigns for the protection of UK performers’ and musicians’ rights. They want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft is the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of it’s members’ intellectual property.

Fed Music Services. FMS represents 99% of all Music Service organisations. Members employ 12,000 music teachers, tutors & assistants working in most schools in Local Authorities. Twitter: @Fed_Music

Generator is the Uk’s leading Music Development Agency. It currently produces robust programmes in the areas of music business development in a regional context, musician support (including the development of commercial viability of artists). Live music (most significantly in supporting promoters) and in supporting and representing the music development sector.

Guild of International Songwriters & Composers services are free to all members and include the songwriters copyright and intellectual property registration service, the songwriters songwriting song assessment service, the songwriters songwriting collaboration service, the songwriters songwriting advice, consultancy, information and music industry contact service, the songwriters legal contact service, the songwriters songwriting investigation service, Songwriting & Composing Magazine and Songsearch for songwriting and songwriters.
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Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are the UK’s professional body for musicians, championing the importance of music and protecting the rights of music professionals. A resource to find musicians (or promote yourself by getting on the database), advice on contracts, training and events. Twitter: @ISM_music
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Independent Publishers Guild The IPG helps publishers to do better business and become part of a real community — somewhere they can find advice, benefits and information.
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The International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA) – is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managements. It is dedicated to serving all its members’ needs including Affiliate and Group members and it strives to raise professional standards in the business of music.
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International Association of Music Libraries  exists to represent and promote the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers. They have an excellent resource page with links to loads of interesting information about music.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry represents the recording industry worldwide. Its mission is to

  • Promote the value of recorded music
  • Safeguard the rights of record producers
  • Expand the commercial uses of recorded music

International Music Council, founded by UNESCO in 1949, is the world’s largest network of organizations and  institutions working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all peoples. Through its members and their networks, IMC has direct access to over 1000 organisations in some 150 countries and to 200 million persons eager to develop and share knowledge and experience on diverse aspects of musical life.

International Music Organisations A list of around 20 organisations that have members or musical activities in a minimum of ten countries. Sourced by the International Music Council.

International Songwriters Association Lots of advice about publishing, contracts, protecting your rights, marketing and more. E.g. The Basics, an impressive list of songwriting links.

Jazz Services A charity for all things Jazz. On this website you’ll find information on the various services they offer to industry professionals and the general public, a Directory of useful contacts from across the jazz sector, advice and resources for jazz education, career development and international work, a section on British jazz history, links and much more.

Making Music UK. Twitter: Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, with over 3000 member groups. Has a map and links to groups in the UK and by region. Resource to find a teacher, events, advice and much more. Twitter: @MakingMusic_UK

MIA (Music Industries Association) The trade association for the UK musical instrument industry. All MIA shops subscribe to a code of conduct and standards. Search for your nearest MIA shop and for music teachers on the MIA website.

The MMF works to educate, inform and represent UK managers (and their artists) as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information. The MMF is the largest representative body of Artist Management in the world. They have over 400 members in the UK, ‘representing over 1,000 of the most successful acts on the planet’. Their emphasis is on implementing positive actions to assist members with a keen eye on the ‘next generation’ of entrepreneurs and innovators.

MOBO Music Of Black Origin. Founded in 1996, the MOBO Organisation was established by Kanya King MBE to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists who perform music in genres ranging from Gospel, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Reggae to Hip Hop. Over the past 17 years MOBO has played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.

Music facts and statistics for the UK Interesting data about music in the UK, covering UK market size and value, digital music, live music, export performance, research and publications. Compiled by The Creative Industries.

Musicians Union. A globally respected organisation of over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

Music in Offices is the UK’s leading provider of workplace choirs and instrumental tuition programmes. “Did you know that we have initiated over 30 office choirs? Music tuition, performances, choirs and workshops… all from the comfort of your office.” Twitter: @MIOLondon

Musicpages is a unique one stop shop directory for all your musical needs. Whether you are looking to buy an instrument or music accessories, hire a teacher, source manufacturers and repairers, compare courses and educational institutions, find an agent or hire an ensemble/performer; musicpages will help you find the answer quicker and easier than any other online or print source.

Music Producers GuildAn independent, democratic organisation encouraging the highest standards of music production, & actively engaging with the industry on current important issues. Twitter: @ukMPG

The Music Publishers Association is the UK’s trade body for Music Publishers, find out how to publish music and find UK music publishers. Industry links, careers and training.

MusicTank is a neutral information hub and business development network for the UK music industry – an independent body set up to engage with innovation and change across the music business through informed debate, objective analysis and industry engagement. It is one of University of Westminster’s sector-based Knowledge and Business Development Networks. a unique, for UK music business…addressing change and innovation.
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National Council for Voluntary Organisations supports charities and community groups with information, blogs and has a good funding newsletter notifying you of grant opportunities for your organisation if you are in the third sector. Funded by the Cabinet Office through their portfolio covering Community and Society.

National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) support the education and information needs of individuals and organisations with high quality services and products that contribute to the success of amateur theatre, as well as encouraging appreciation of the sector by participants and audiences alike.

PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. The association, which operates from offices in Europe and North America, acts as the worldwide voice for the industry, providing a wide range of business resources, technical support and commercial benefits to its members.

PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and rights holder members.

Production Services Association is the trade association for companies and individuals involved in the live event production industry. PSA aims to represent, improve, educate and develop the business of technical production for live events. This is achieved by pooling the knowledge of the entire industry to create a single voice for the industry and a central resource for its members.

PRS for Music. Twitter: Home to the world’s best music writers, composers and publishers. @PRSforMusic

Serious. Twitter: We’re one of the UK’s leading producers of live music, producing a vast range of concerts, tours and festivals, including the London Jazz Festival. @Seriouslive

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 contacts to choose from e.g. backline rental in Berlin through to a New York recording studio. Scroll down the categories on the left of the listings page. See the bottom of the page for common search listings – everything from tour buses, catering, legal services, stage crew and much more. A bit of a resource gem!

Society for Producers and Composers of Applied Music was formed in 1982 as an industry forum for practitioners of advertising music. They have a useful related links page. Membership benefits include:

  • Guidelines for commissioning fees and usages
  • Contracts for composers, performers and arrangers
  • Market rates for musicians, singers and voice-over artists
  • Large network of experienced music producers
  • Large database of professional services
  • Online industry discussion forum
  • Regular e-newsletters
  • Social events

Sound and Music is a UK organisation that explores sound art, new and exciting ways of making music and the simple joys of listening. Twitter: @soundandmusic

Sound Sense are the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians and organisations. They give advice, information, help people make contacts and support professional development.

The UK copyright service. Explanation of intellectual property rights and advice.

List of UK Independent Record labels UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry – from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers and music licensing organisations. The site has a good map of music festivals in the UK. Twitter: @UK_Music

WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) is a global forum for the professional independent music industry. Examples of it’s work is the co-ordination of Fair Digital Deals Pledge – over 700 indie labels have teamed up for an initiative to ensure fair and transparent accounting of digital revenues to artists.

Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music. They raise awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development. They have links to other organisations that are useful for female musicians.

Additional link lists from other organisations:

Useful links compiled by PRS: On this page, you can find links to other sources of funding, development and support under the following categories:

Lists of music organistions from around the world compiled by The Record Industry.com.

Lots of other resources on site for musicians to publicise their music.

List of Music Industry Organisations compiled by The Vocalist for singers, but good for everyone involved in music.

Lists compiled by Bemuso with links to music organisations in the UK. Bemuso has great insight and information “Debunking music biz middlemen, info about the industry and web for indie musicians”.

Links to the music industry compiled by BPI Music Education. An impressive list of songwriting links have been compiled by the  International Songwriters Association. Click on the categories to find relevant websites.

Useful links to the music industry compiled by the Association of Independent Music.

Links to music organisations compiled by Musical Instrument Association who serves  and represents the interests of all UK businesses selling musical instruments and associated products.

Links To Youth Enterprise And Music Business

These links should help you as a promoter or artist explore and progress your understanding of running music projects and businesses. You don’t have to be a musician to be in the music business (see the different types of organisations that make up the music industry), but musicians should have a basic understanding of business principles and the music business. Not all the business links below are directly related to music but the principles are transferable.

Jim Mawdsley of Generator (the UK’s largest music development agency) said in a Youth Music blog, “The music industry has changed irrevocably over the last decade; despite what many skeptics say, digital hasn’t killed it off but it has largely forced a reinvention by introducing new creation, distribution and consumption models. That elusive first ‘deal’ no longer exists – record companies and publishers are no longer the risk aggregators they once were.  They are looking for young artists who already have cross-platform visibility, a fan-base and performance experience – those that are ‘industry-ready.’ B Sharp believes there is a real need to support young artists, promoters and music entrepreneurs in understanding the importance and techniques of using digital technology to promote their music; tell their story; build and interact with fans/music press/radio/bloggers and influencers; increase exposure through gigs/tours and festivals and turn themselves into a small business with a business plan.

Many musicians have a variety of work in music. They may teach in the day and perform in the evening. Some of these jobs may involve being self employed. This brings new responsibilities and work for you – finding customers, keeping records of income and expenses and paying tax. Independent musicians need to think of themselves as small businesses and learn some basic business skills. The links on this blog should help you with this.

Youth Enterprise And Music Business Resources:

‘Ideas into Action’. A series of notes, written by B Sharp, to help young people plan events and projects.

The BBC breaks down the Business Studies GCSE into bite size pieces.

Brief notes covering the principles of business, to A Level standard.

University guide 2013: league table for business and management studies. Covers business studies, management studies, finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management and business and administrative studies. The links to the Universities in the league table give a summary about fees, accommodation, bursaries and the University’s history.

Open University free business resources Numerous topics on business management, project planning, managing people etc.

How to Plan a Creative Business is a useful blog for beginners, by Ideas Tap.

Everything You Need To Know About Band Management Part 4: Revenue Part of an insightful series of articles explaining the music industry and how to survive in the digital age. Worth a read. It has numerous useful links to more information such as tools for working out how you can create a music business using the Business Model Canvas and lists 42 different ways to make money from music.

Bemuso gives detailed advice to the self-employed independent musician. A brilliant resource.

Songhack helps artists “hack the music industry”. It’s a consumer guide to over 100 digital products and services targeted at musicians. Songhack features news, resources and coaching content to help musicians make money.

Berklee Music College have various free video lessons on music business, promotion and careers.

The Unsigned Guide An online music industry directory with more than 8,800 UK music business contacts spanning 50 areas of the industry. A subscription website with some free documents. Worth checking out.

Artists House Music educates the musician and entrepreneur to build sustainable music careers. It is an online, non-profit musicians’ Website where all musicians can receive informational support, guidance, and expert resources to help them navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available to them within the music industry. Twitter: @artistshouse

Youth Enterprise’s mission statement is “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.” Its guiding principle is to do this through “learning by doing”.

Young-Enterprise. Business and enterprise education charity made up of 12 regional organisations and operating through support from the business community and Government.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.

The Young Enterprise QuickStart™ Music Programme will offer groups of up to 35 students aged 13 to 15 the experience of setting up and running their own real mini music enterprise in school. Working in company teams students take on the full spectrum of music industry functions and roles to put on a music event or produce and sell a music product.

The Academy of Contemporary Music delivers programmes for serious students looking to become music industry professionals. Our faculty includes lecturers that have performed and recorded alongside some of the biggest names in music and worked in every area of the industry.

Business and Finance Resources – grants, funding and business advice. Links compiled by the Vocalist.

Start Up Support and Funding – 10 resources for new businesses – funding, mentoring and advice, picked out by Ideas Tap.

Joining The Dots is a new initiative by The::Hub to provide artists, promoters and others working in independent music in England with ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £10,000 to test alternative models they think could help make live music more financially viable. The project focuses on 3 specific aspects of live music:

  • Financing touring, commissioning and presenting live music
  • Using digital technology to increase live attendance and income
  • Developing young adult audiences for specialist independent music (eg. jazz, folk and electronica)

Guidance on contracts by the Incorporated Society of Musicians. What are they, why have one, what should be in it? See also the lowdown on freelance and employment contracts – a blog by Ideastap.

Business Link Information for new businesses and start-up companies.

The Creative Capital Fund Seed investment and business support.

Creative Industry Finance Arts Council England initiative offering busines development support and access to finance for creative industry enterprises in England (London, Yorkshire and Humber).

Creative Industry Finance useful links Useful links to other sources of support for creative businesses.

Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) Support agency for the grassroots creative and cultural industries in London.

MeWe360 Funding, mentoring and development for creative businesses.

AIM Startup Loans Delivering loans, mentoring and support for entrepeneurs and startup businesses.

Creative Industry Finance  Delivering loans, mentoring and support for entrepeneurs and startup businesses. Relaunching later in 2014.

Ecomodo is an award winning website that simply enables people to confidently lend and borrow their goods, skills and spaces with others locally. Instead of wasting money purchasing items, Ecomodo can help you to source the things you need directly from your local community at a low or no cost.

Musicians Against Playing for Free is a Facebook page with lots of examples of promoters trying to get professional musicians to play at their events for free with the lure that the performers will get future offers of paid work – getting your name about etc. Strong arguments supporting resistance against this. Why is the musician expected to be the first to not get paid at an event? A great email by Whitey to a London TV company wanting free music sums it up. Related is an article ‘If Other Professions Were Paid Like Artists‘.

How much should I charge? Musicians can offer a number of services – performance, teaching, composing and commissions etc. The ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) have surveyed members to see the range of fees people charge to help you be competitive, realistic and sustainable.

Event/festival support: Festival elves, pixies and the odd gnome ( trolls need not apply) This friendly Facebook page with over 2,000 members is primarily about joining up people for work at festivals – carpenters, transporters, stewards, bar work, promotion writers – anything that makes an event happen. Positions can be paid or voluntary. If you are putting on an event, it’s a good site to ask questions and find resources. The site has a Files Page that has UK contacts with CVs for everything you may need to make an event/festival happen.

Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 professional contacts to choose from e.g. backline rental in Berlin through to a New York recording studio. Scroll down the categories on the left of the listings page. See the bottom of the page for common search listings – everything from tour buses, catering, legal services, stage crew and much more. A bit of a resource gem!

Here is a good Festival Directory of Suppliers for those thinking of putting on large scale events, compiled by the Association of Independent Festivals – a non-profit trade association created to represent UK independent music festivals. 11 pages in alphabetical order.

The Business and Artist Development Centre (BDC) bridges the gap between education and the music industry.

The Lowde Music Trust is dedicated to supporting, motivating and funding young creative and entrepreneurial talent in the music and creative performance industries.

The Lowde Music Enterprise Awards. In the current economic climate it is becoming increasingly difficult for young creative entrepreneurs to secure investment. Such investment is key to the future development of the music industry, in terms of music creation, recording and performance. The Trust has established a series of Awards targeted at supporting young adults who are interested in setting up business in the music industry.

AIM loans: a new Government-backed scheme offering access to finance for independent music companies and entrepreneurs. The AIM Start Up Loans initiative will see the trade body be responsible for assessing applications and approving personal loans ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000 for business purposes. The loans can be paid back in 1-5 years, with interest fixed at 6%. The average loan amount is £5,700.

Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) use social enterprise to create new opportunities for young people and adults, making real change happen.

Social Enterprise Qualification and ideas relating to the qualification and framework RIO have established, to allow young people to establish real socially enterprising activity.

Live UnLtd is another support organisation for young social entrepreneurs. It backs people aged 11-21 who want to change their world for the better. Live UnLtd do this by providing cash Awards and support to launch projects. If you can see a challenge that you want to take on and turn into a project then Live UnLtd can help you make it happen. They have an interesting document 2020 Vision for Social Entrepreneurship.

Sound Rights is a free online learning resource produced by UK Music, written by professionals in the music industry and music education expert Leonora Davies to answer the national curriculum’s new requirement regarding the music industry and copyright.

Watch the video here (under 5 minutes) at the bottom of the link (in task 3), of Harvey Goldsmith, one of the UK’s iconic event promoters, giving great advice on the most important parts of event promotion. Excellent music business advice!

Tips on Sharing Your Success – a Youth Music blog with a download of 20 questions to ask yourself about what you are doing, and tips on how to present what you say so that you can share your successes and tell your story well. The blog is aimed at professionals sharing best practice but is transferable to building any business brand.

Creative Dorset is an independent not for profit company which is set up to develop and promote the creative sector in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. It has the support of the local authorities in the area and board members are drawn from these authorities and from creative businesses in Dorset. Their website aims to provide you with useful links, news and business funding sources as well as the opportunity to sign up to the creative industries business directory. Has a useful links page especially the gateway section at the bottom of the page.

Dorset Community Action support the development of the voluntary sector through information, networking, representation, building capacity, and filling gaps as well as supporting and enabling initiatives in rural communities. They can give advice on business planning for social enterprises and other third sector organisations.

Start Ups community group Blogs and advice for new businesses, on Linkedin

Tips on business plans and marketing strategies.

Project management, tools, process, plans and project planning tips.

Mind Tools is a good site for tips on business management. The full Mind Tools toolkit contains more than 700 management, career and thinking skills. Use the buttons to start exploring them. An example article is Team Management Skills

Open Colleges management courses. One of Australia’s leading on-line colleges, with courses on business management.

Linkedin is a network for professionals to interact, get advice and support and make connections and endorsements. Useful for musicians and the music industry.

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides one-to-one mentoring support for small businesses across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth. If you are a business that needs support they can help you connect with a mentor.

Transmit Start-Ups specialises in business support within the creative industries (e.g. design, music, film, TV, radio, software, games, publishing, arts and crafts).

Brightside is a business mentoring charity.

Instutute of Enterprise and Entrepeneurs The IOEE is the UK’s first institute dedicated to ‘learning by doing’ for anyone thinking about, starting or running their own business and those who support them. The IOEE provides an online, member-to-member mentor introduction service, mentor directory and mentee bulletin.

Get Started – Start up loans, support and learning for young entrepreneurs.

Self employed e-course for HM Revenue & Customs, about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.  The course is aimed at musicians.

Tax allowable expenses for musicians A guide by ISM on the most common things you can claim as expenses as a self employed musician to reduce your tax bill e.g. equipment and repairs, travel, working from home, insurance, administration etc.

Debt problems. If you find it difficult to manage your money, you may go into debt. This can be stressful and affect your mental health. StepChange is a debt charity to help you manage debt issues and negotiate solutions. They have a free phone number from landlines and mobiles: 0800 138 1111.

GRANTnet helps small businesses, charitable and community groups find suitable funding. It has more than 5,000 funding schemes that are available in the UK from European and national sources.

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. It lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy. Run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

International Business Seed Accelerators Over 170 links to business investors/accelerators around the world. Q: What is an accelerator? A: A program that works with entrepreneurs to take their products to market – fast and furious. Some are for-profit, others not-for profit. Some provide equity investment, some provide onsite team building. All provide mentoring and most connect entrepreneurs to exceptional networks – market and medium related. Thanks to Alice Loy, PhD on LinkedIn for this list.

How to Crowdfund, where creative people sell perks and rewards to fans in order to fund their project. Advice with further links:

  • 7 Crowdfunding Tips Proven to Raise Funding – definitely worth reading. The scale of investment they use as examples may be larger than you want, but the principle of paying attention to the incentive and what the donor gets out of funding you is universal.
  • Crowdfunding Tips
  • Pitfalls of Crowdfunding
  • We Did This – a crowdfunding broker for the arts – part of Peoplefund.it
  • Crowdfunding Guide – a list of more crowdfunding organisations.
  • Songhack recommends 11 Crowdfunding organisations.
  • Songbacker – for music video production. USA based.
  • Crowdfunding ‘Term Sheets’ resources. Investment terms, company valuation, and the longer-term implications of investment terms are not “one size fits all.” In fact, these are some of the biggest areas of confusion for early stage founders. To help with that, here are. some great free term sheet resources available to startup and small business owners looking for guidance and sample term sheet agreements.
  • Pitching for Investment. Tips by Crowdfunder on key elements of a pitch to potential investors. What should you talk about? A good download document.

How to set up a Paypal business account to support your business/crowdfunding project.

How to design a good buiness card – a blog by Ideastap.

Music facts and statistics for the UK Interesting data about music in the UK, covering UK market size and value, digital music, live music, export performance, research and publications. Compiled by The Creative Industries.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Links to What’s On? Music Listings

These links will help you find live music to see and hear, or find venues that may book you to perform as an artist. Some venues may have age restrictions. Venues usually have e-newsletters about what’s coming soon. Join mailing lists of local venues and those that you like further away. Also see Festivals.

Buying Concert Tickets:

Don’t get caught out by ticket cons and fraud. Advice about buying concert tickets can be found here on the Concert Promoters Association website.

What’s On? Music Listings:

Ents24 – “dedicated to bringing you the easiest way to find events and buy tickets no matter where you live or what you’re into. Live music, stand-up comedy, festivals, clubbing, theatre, family days out, or cinema”.

Songlines gig guide where you can search and purchase tickets for concerts, tours and festivals in the UK and Ireland. Roots, World and folk music specialists.

Skiddle guide to events around the UK. “Our huge What’s On Guide covers clubbing, live music and gigs, comedy, dating, theatre. Plus, we sell the cheapest available tickets for many events!”

Britevents is a diverse cultural event guide.

Dorset Gig Guide The Dorset Music Guide aims to be the definitive destination for Music related News, Reviews and Events Information for the wonderful county from which it takes it’s name. Twitter: @DorMusicGuide

Lemon Rock. A site that automatically finds your location (it asks for your permission) and then gives a local gig guide.

Dolphin Music – Gig listings for Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.

South West Music Services This is your portal to concerts, gigs and other music related events in the South West of England. If you would like a reciprocal link please get in touch. Bands, Jazz, classical and more.

Bridgewater Music Scene is an open Facebook Group for people that are involved in the Bridgwater’s live music scene.

Yeovil Music/Gigs An open Facebook Group – All the info you need on the hottest gigs in Yeovil. You can be a promoter, A Band member or a punter

Yeovil Music Scene An open Facebook Group – Builing a scene for everyone.

Student Traffic Home of the UKs biggest student parties! Twitter: @StudentTraffic

Gig Guide provide information on Gigs, Live Music Venues, Wedding and Function Bands, Music Festivals and a host of other music related businesses in the UK.

GigaTools – search tool choise for/by artists, venues, cities and countries.

Vocalist Gig Guide For Amateur to Professional Solo & Duo Singers, Vocalists, Musicians, Songwriters, Venues, Pubs, Clubs, Covers & Original Acts.

Music Glue has event listings and offers services to support gigging artists.

Bandsintown Facebook ap that tells you when bands you like on Facebook have up and coming gigs. Good to register as an artist.

NME Music magazine. News, tickets (thousands of artists), videos, blogs, new music, reviews.

Concerts in the West showcase classical music in the South West region – some concerts are in Lyme Regis. They have exclusive and generous discounts for B Sharp participants.

Where to find live folk music, by region in the UK.

Folk music in the South West.

Nags Head pub in Lyme Regis. Local pub with regular live music. Free entry.

The local Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis has a diverse live music programme.

Time Out London. Comprehensive listings of what’s on in London. Twitter: @TimeOutLondon

Worldwide guide to what’s happening  “in the most exciting cities on the planet”.

Gigs and ToursTour Announcements, Music News, Priority Booking! Subscribe for free to receive weekly email announcements. Twitter: @gigsandtours

Crowdsurge. Ticket company. Event listings.

Ticketmaster. Ticket company. Event listings.

Local newspapers usually have an entertainment section with coverage of what’s on. e.g. around Lyme Regis there are:

View from Lyme Regis A free weekly newspaper with sister editions covering towns in Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News A weekly newspaper covering the Lyme Regis and Bridport area.

Yellow pages for nightclubs in the UK, listed by town/city, with links to the clubs websites to see what’s on.

Venues in the UK listed by region, compiled by Showcase – the international music industry directory.

If you know of other links to help find music events, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey

B Sharp has created a number of blogs that aim to help young people (and others) progress their musical journey beyond the activities we offer.

The blogs give links to websites that may be useful to them. Safety on the internet is particularly important for children and young people, and we have posted safety guidelines here.  B Sharp has come across these sites while looking for potentially useful information and has posted them here in good faith.

The links have been grouped into topics, and can be found by clicking on the topic titles below.

Links for Singing

Links To Buying Musical Instruments and Equipment

Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians and Music Entrepreneurs

Links to Music Training and Colleges

Links to Music Jobs and Volunteering

Links to Early Years Music Resources

Links to Music Resources and Support

Links to Music and Health

Links To Youth Enterprise And Music Business

Resource Links for Event Promotion

Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard

Links to Music Blogs/News/Discussion/Interaction

Links to Finding/Discovering Music

Links to What’s On? Music Listings

Links to Music Festivals

Links To Classical Music

Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

Links to Music Industry Organisations

We hope these posts will be useful and enjoyable to explore. We look forward to your feedback and receiving additional information that we can pass on.

B Sharp has also posted notes on event and project planning. They are aimed at young people who want to make thing happen, and to encourage innovation and enterprise in music. The notes are under different topics such as aims & objectives, budgets, marketing, etc. They can be found in Ideas Into Action.

This B Sharp resource website has been developed as part of our current project, The Big Mix, funded by Youth Music, West Dorset District Council and Lyme Regis Town Council. We are very grateful to have their support.

Links to Finding/Discovering Music

Here are some links to sites that may help you find or discover music you enjoy. If you know of other useful links, please reply below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Finding/Discovering Music Resources:

List of music styles & genres. From Wikipedia: Music can be divided into many genres in different ways. These classifications are often arbitrary and closely related styles often overlap. Hundreds of styles explained here. Fascinating!

List of band and ensemble types Lots of different ways of playing music together.

Pro-Music All you need to know about getting music on the Internet – legally. Has lots of links to legal sites around the world.

List of online music databases including a list of sites that currently provide free and paid for on demand music as a streaming media. Lots of sites here.

Links to UK music radio stations, categorised by music style.

European internet radio stations – over 4,000 radio stations listed by country or genre. A list of Internet radio stations in the UK.

TV music stations A list with links.

WebRings Site that links lots of websites together so you can jump about within a common theme. Lots of different music styles covered.

List of Online Music Stores with number of tracks (in millions) and type of format – WAV, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, WMA, DRM, Vorbis.

BBC Introducing support unsigned, undiscovered & under the radar musicians. Check out who is getting attention. If you want to share your music, no need to Tweet links, just upload your tunes at bbc.in/Uploader. Twitter: @bbc_introducing. Here is a guide on how to send them music.

Tom Robinson Introducing: BBC Radio 6 Music’s free weekly mixtape download: an hour of fresh new tunes from BBC Introducing, handpicked by Tom Robinson each week from the BBC Introducing Uploader.

World Music on BBC Radio 3. Over 150 programmes in their A-Z of world music section.

Jazz Websites Links to jazz websites, compiled by Jazz Services.

Tippers Network UK new music tastemakers recommending new music and artists. A public list by Generator. The contributing tastemakers are here. Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeneratorNE/lists/tippers-network

Beatport is a popular music store. Twitter: @beatport

itunes. Online music store. Twitter: Official music updates for the U.S. iTunes Store including new releases, pre-orders, iTunes LP, exclusive offers and more. @iTunesMusic

Fairsharemusic. Twitter: Award winning Youth Music download store doing good things with great music. “You Download We Donate”. @fairsharemusic

Mixcloud – Internet radio startup based in London – re-thinking radio for the 21st century. Listen at http://mixcloud.com or on iPhone at http://mixcloud.com/iphone You can upload your own radio show or playlist. Twitter: @mixcloud Also mixcloud twitter by music genres e.g. @MixcloudElectro, @MixcloudIndie, @MixcloudIndie, @MixcloudHouse, @MixcloudDnB

SoundCloud shares people’s original sounds and remixes. A strong interactive music community. If you like an artist, check out who they follow to find new related music. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Spotify There are millions of tracks on Spotify. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you. You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back. Twitter: @Spotify

Monkeyboxing is the “number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place”. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites. Facebook chatter.

Twitter #music is an app: if you’re interested in the songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people you follow on Twitter, you can navigate to #NowPlaying to view and listen to those songs. Free download here.

Junorecords. The world’s largest online dance music store, with over one million tracks on vinyl, CD and download. Twitter: @Junorecords

Junodownload Dance music download site with over 2 million tracks.

Kudos Records provide physical and digital distribution services to a hand-picked selection of quality, independent record labels.

Online BBC 6 Music radio station exposing lots of new music. Twitter: Your music news fix, including exclusive interviews with all the big names, the latest gig news, behind the scenes insights, festival updates and gossip. @BBC6MusicNews

BBC Music Magazine for classical music. Twitter: The official random musings of the BBC Music Magazine editorial team @MusicMagazine

The Line Of Best FitNew Music Discovery. Leading UK-based website focusing on independent & alternative music from around the world. Twitter: @bestfitmusic

Free sheet musical scores. Explore.

Links to Music Resources and Support


Here are some links to music resources. They are a little random. A bit of a lucky dip odds and ends list.

Music Jokes! Just for fun.

LP Cover Lover Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs. Lots of quirky categories.

Monkeyboxing is the number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites.

Bemuso Great insight and information “Debunking music biz middlemen, info about the industry and web for indie musicians”.

Are you a songwriter? Lots of advice about publishing, contracts, protecting your rights and marketing on the International Songwriters Association site. E.g. The Basics, an impressive list of songwriting links.

Music Publishers Association’s code of fair practice concerning copyright.

B Sharp’s Links to Music Training and Colleges.

An excellent resource page by the International Association of Music Libraries with links to loads of interesting information about music.

British Music Information Centre Links to music resources. A little random!

CV circulated to friends and members of AIM.

Advice on starting a record label.

Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet. Search by genre or curator. Listen or download.

WFMU – FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station and is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. Worth checking out. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines, with links to them.

List of online music databases including a list of sites that currently provide free and paid for on demand music as a streaming media.

List of Online Music Stores with number of tracks (in millions) and type of format – WAV, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, WMA, DRM, Vorbis.

Music Software list Listed here are articles for free and commercial software concerned with various aspects of music creation or enjoyment. Music software covers a wide array of functions ranging from musical composition softwareaudio recording software and editingmusic synthesis softwaremusic playing software, music education tools, etc.

Free sheet music Over 1 million musical scores, categorised by instrument or composer.

Index of Musicians Biographies of over 8,000 musicians and bands.

Music and environmental responsibility. From Julie’s Bicycle website, “Our global infrastructure – including music – is reliant on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources. It is critical that we revalue, reconfigure and rebalance what we do. The music industry can make a positive difference by transforming the way it does business”. Here’s how – guides for artists, producers, festivals, record labels, orchestras etc.

HSE Entertainment Information Sheets Health and safety guidance provided by the HSE on a number of operational areas in film, broadcasting, theatre and live events.

KFTV – the worldwide guide to film and production services. KFTV is essential for anyone involved in finding suppliers for producing films, TV programmes and commercials.The website enables you to find facilities around the world – helping you to find the very best production equipment hirestudiospost-production facilitiesfilm crewcrew servicesbroadcasting facilitiesproduction companies, and location services.

The Knowledge is a leading UK based online directory service for the video and broadcast production industry, enabling users to find film and TV contacts as well as a wide variety of production information. It helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It’s frequently updated, free to use and you don’t need to register. (You can register to get lots of free extras.) The Post Prduction and Sound section is particularly relevant to music.

Music Business: Producers is a resource for the music industry, including record companies, music business attorneys, managers and producers information.

A glossary of terms used about copyright, copying and distribution of music on computers.

The Live Music Forum is a group of independent live music campaigners representing the interests of performers and gig goers.

The government’s Departure of Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS works to make sure the communications, creative, media, cultural, tourism, sport and leisure economies have the framework to grow and have real impact on people’s lives.

The Musical Instrument Makers Forum: Acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more.

Musical instrument makers A massive list of musical instrument makers and suppliers.

Musical instrument repairers What they do, qualifications and how to learn to be one, trade associations.

A large set of links for music resources. Quite a few are out of date and sites are not found, but many are still live and useful.

If you know of more useful links, please comment.