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a MUSIC NEWS Scotland special supplement

speakers - seminars - showcases

WIDE DAYS SHOWCASES Fatherson : Fat Goth : Garden of Elks : Roman Nose : Saint Max & The Fanatics : Siobhan Wilson : Washington Irving

Fatherson :

The line up for this year’s showcase tour which takes on Thursday 11 April, at the end of the two-day music industry conference Masked techno trio Roman Nose, Highland grunge band Garden Of Elks and brass-infused Saint Max and The Fanatics, complete this year's showcase line up, which also includes Fatherson, Siobhan Wilson, Washington Irving and Fat Goth. All acts were chosen in consultation with an industry panel.

Fat Goth :

“We discovered some amazing acts by inviting submissions and it was a hard task to narrow it down to the final selection,” says Wide Days director, Olaf Furniss. “I would like to thank everyone who applied.” Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has booked a handful of exciting emerging acts to present to an audience of its industry delegates and members of the public, who can apply for free tickets online. Wide Days deliberately focuses on a small number of acts, working closely with the artists to ensure the showcases are a success. Past performers have included FOUND, Rachel Sermanni, Stanley Odd, Meursault, PAWS, Withered Hand and Honeyblood. Most have gone on to sign deals, as well getting booked for tours and festival slots.

Admission to the gigs is included in the delegate pass, but a limited number of free tickets are available

Garden Of Elks :

Roman Nose : Siobhan Wilson :

Washington Irving :

Saint Max and the Fanatics :

WIDE DAYS PROGRAMME About Wide Days ..... Wide Days, central Scotland’s music conference, was launched in April 2010 by Scotland’s leading music business seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide. It aims to bring together industry veterans and those at grassroots level, and provide a manageable number of showcases with a focus on quality over quantity. The event receives support from the Musicians Union. Seminars topics will include music publishing and the role of indie promoters in developing new talent, while there will be talks on essential music photography, a demonstration of how to register with collection societies and a look at key digital services titled online toolbox. Artists and managers will also be invited to submit music to tastemakers in another session of A&R You Brave enough. goNORTH will host a coffee reception on Thursday 11 April at 0930 to announce details of this year’s conference programme and introduce Wide Days delegates to the business opportunities on offer at Scotland’s leading event for the creative industries : The daytime events will be followed by a free showcase programme on Thursday 11 April, featuring seven emerging acts. For details visit Tickets for the Wide Days conference begin at £25+bf for under 18s, with discounts for students and members of the Musicians Union.

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Wide Days Programme Summary THURSDAY 11 APRIL


0930-1010: Wide Initiation with PPL 0930-1010: 1015-1115: 1015-1030: Welcome 1125-1155: 1030-1130: Singing from a Different Song Sheet 1205-1305: 1145-1230: Getting the Picture

1330-1415: Selling Music Online 1425-1525: Online Toolbox 1540-1640: Q&A with Donald MacLeod 1655-1755: The Role of Indie Promoters

Meet goNorth MU Legal Simulation Registering with Collections Societies The Fine Art of Publishing 1355-1430: Off Axis 1445-1515: The Business of Streaming 1520-1600: Keynote Q&A with Mark Williamson 1615-1730: A&R You Brave Enough? 1900-Late: Live Showcases

Tickets for the Wide Days conference begin at £25+bf for under 18s, with discounts for students and members of the Musicians Union

Tickets can be purchased from Keynote Q&A With Spotify Director Spotify director Mark Williamson is to give this year's keynote speech, as part of a session devoted to the business of streaming. He will provide an overview of the company's position in the industry, opportunities for growth and what this means to artists and rightsholders. Edinburgh has the UK's highest concentration of users. Williamson’s talk will be preceded by a myth-busting overview of the streaming business, presented by Andy Zondervan, who is new business development manager at Dutch collection society Buma/Stemra and responsible for programming interactive and innovation panels at Eurosonic Noorderslag. The presentations will be followed by a short panel discussion and Q&A, featuring both guests, who will also be available for individual 15 minute meetings with delegates.

Q&A With Veteran Promoter Donald MacLeod Get an insight into the career of Scotland’s most rock’n’roll music entrepreneur in this Q&A with Donald MacLeod. His CPL Entertainment Group has promoted shows by acts including Rammstein, Oasis and Marilyn Manson and owns Glasgow venues The Cathouse, The Garage and The Tunnel. MacLeod is also chairman of the management board and fund-raising committee of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity in Scotland, which hosts the Tartan Clef Awards. Donald MacLeod is the Managing Director of the CPL Entertainment Group. Born in Glasgow in 1961, Donald attended Bishopbriggs High School prior to graduating, with honours, from the University of Life. His interest in music was peaked at a young age after watching Marc Bolan and David Bowie on Top of the Pops. It was an interest that grew.....and grew. He tried his hand at various jobs from lifting pianos to working as a printer but Donald very quickly realised what path he wanted to follow. He played guitar in a couple of bands, but after a couple of prestigious support slots and single releases he called a halt to his career on stage to concentrate on other ventures. After the success of hosting his Cathouse Rock in Bathgate with business partner Michele Pagliocca, Donald followed his heart, took the plunge and secured his own premiseson Brown Street in Glasgow. In 1990 the first incarnation of The Cathouse Rock Club was born. The risk paid off, the club attracted much attention and a diehard band of regulars that grew in numbers from month to month.In 1995, the club moved to a new, central, larger capacity, location on Union Street in Glasgow. Twenty-one years later, The Cathouse remains Scotland’s premier Rock Club and live venue with a dedicated clientele. Following his accomplishment with The Cathouse, Donald looked for a new project and in 1994 The Garage on Sauchiehall Street was born. Aimed at a more mainstream market, it proved an instant triumph as both a nightclub and a live venue. Over the years it has hosted a variety of acts, with a diverse mix ranging from Prince, Queens of the Stone Age, Fun Lovin Criminals, and Tinchy Stryder to Rolf Harris! The club celebrated its eighteenth birthday in 2012 with a huge coming-of-age party. In 2003 Donald branched out yet again and purchased the already well established Glasgow venue, The Tunnel. Over the years Donald also controlled the hugely successful CPL Live which promoted many artists, including Oasis, Fall Out Boy and Marilyn Manson. He also had a business stake in several other clubs andpubs around Glasgow. Forever forward thinking, Donald saw the economic changes happening in 2008. At this time he streamlined his business interests and decided to concentrated his efforts on his most successful ventures; The Cathouse, The Garage and The Tunnel. He still employs over 250 people and retains his company head office in Glasgow’s city centre. Donald also devotes much of his time to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, a non state-funded charity that he got involved with after being asked to help out with ‘a wee bit of fundraising’ over a decade ago - he is now Chairman of both the Management Board and Fundraising Committee and has been for several years. He has big plans for the charity and during his time at the helm has seen it steadily grow in terms of clinical interests, fundraising activity and simply raising awareness of the valuable work the therapists carry out. Off Axis Launch At Wide Days At this year's Wide Days, we will unveil plans for a UK version of a musician-led touring network, which boasts 30,000 member in its native Brazil and last year facilitated over 6,000 gigs. Details of the British Fora Do Eixo, which will run under its translated name Off Axis, are to be included in a special Jeff Thompson presentation on Thursday 11 April. The talk will be given by Jeff Thompson, from the Manchester-based Un-Convention organisation, which hosts grassroots music events around the world and is spearheading the initiative. “We have supported Wide Days since its launch in 2010 and it is the perfect platform to announce our plans for Off Axis,” he says. Commenting on the addition to the programme, Wide Days co-organiser Olaf Furniss says: “I am delighted that Wide Days is able to provide the first opportunity in the UK for people to learn about this exciting venture, which has the potential to help many artists.” In Brazil, the Fora Do Eixo touring network was launched to help acts reach new audiences in cities and festivals in other parts of their country. Musicians with a fanbase in their own region host acts from outside, and in return receive credits which they can use. Founded in 2005 the network has become a powerful lobby for artists and is set to be the subject of a film by leading music business commentator, Andrew Dubber, and the makers of the documentary, Last Shop Standing.

Musicians' Union : Live Contract Negotiation Cut through the legal jargon in this mock contract negotiation. Lawyer Mark Melton, from leading legal firm P. Russell & Co, plays the part of a music publisher, with Jen Hunter, from the MU's Glasgow office, representing the musician. Topics covered will include publishing, synchronisation and composition, as well as aspects of a record deal. Learn the terms included in a contract, how to spot the danger signs and how to negotiate. Both participants will be available for meetings with MU members.

WIDE TV : WIDE DAYS REPLAY Find out what to expect at Wide Days by watching last year's key note speech, seminars and showcases on Wide TV. It features seminars from the second day of the conference, the keynote Q&A with Texas/Primal Scream Rab Andrew and clips of all the Scottish bands who showcased – Honeyblood, Homework, Michael Cassidy, Quickbeam, Matt Norris and Lady North.

WIDE DAYS 2013 SEMINARS THE FINE ART OF PUBLISHING Thanks to a diverse range of income streams, music publishing revenues continue to grow despite the decline in recorded music sales. Yet how the business works, is still a mystery for many. What makes a good publisher, what do they look for in a writer/composer, how do they develop talent and how has this area of the business changed in recent years?

SINGING FROM A DIFFERENT SONG SHEET Artists from different music scenes increasingly appear at the same festivals, but what can they learn from each other? Why do traditional musicians get all the paying arts club gigs, are jazz musicians particularly good at getting grants, do pop acts get more press coverage and why are hip-hop musicians have such a long tradition of DIY releases?

GETTING THE PICTURE A photo can make the difference between a token mention or a full page write up, but what makes a good press shot and where do so many artists, events and labels go wrong? Jannica Honey and Euan Robertson provide a step by step guide for providing suitable pictures and avoiding mistakes.

SELLING MUSIC ONLINE Representatives from Scotland’s leading digital music distribution company, EmuBands, demonstrate how to prepare an online release and make the maximise its impact.

ONLINE TOOLBOX Whether managing mailing lists, releasing music or selling tickets, there is an online platform offering a solution. Scott Cohen (The Orchard) looks at the essential services and what they offer.

THE ROLE OF INDIE PROMOTERS Independent promoters are often the first to discover new acts, with many providing additional support through labels, blogs and videos. How do these dedicated individuals sustain their events, how do they choose which acts to work with and what is their role within the wider music business?

REGISTERING WITH COLLECTIONS SOCIETIES We Were Promised Jetpacks manager Jamie Gilmour talks through everything you need to know about working with PRS, PPL and MCPS.

THE FINE ART OF PUBLISHING Thanks to a diverse range of income streams, music publishing revenues continue to grow despite the decline in recorded music sales. Yet how the business works, is still a mystery for many. What makes a good publisher, what do they look for in a writer/composer, how do they develop talent and how has this area of the business changed in recent years?

A&R YOU BRAVE ENOUGH? Getting honest and constructive feedback can be one of the biggest challenges for emerging artists and managers. In A&R You Brave Enough, tastemakers listen to music submitted by attendees and provide an appraisal.

So check out some great music and have a look at Getting Gigs Abroad, Destination Music, Just Around The Corner, Music Hotels and the Round Table discussion about how the music and tourism sectors can work together. mYou can also watch footage from the 2011 Wide Days.

For Wide Days updates and information

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Andy Carr: Andy Carr is one half of north east promoter, The Kids Are Solid Gold. He founded the company early in 2007 with his great friend and colleague, Phil Carey. TKASG promote shows in venues ranging from 100 to 1000 capacity in Newcastle, Stockton on Tees and their home town of Middlesbrough. Andy is also a booker for the inner city multi-venue music festival Stockton Calling, and also curates The Kids Are Solid Gold stage at the Stockton Weekender Festival.

Cathie Rae is Director of the Scottish Jazz Federation driving its strategic development and representing the interests of Scottish jazz Internationally. She Chairs the Jazz Services Touring Support panel in London and is Director of Thick-Skinned Productions Ltd. Together with her business partner, Dave Gray of the Sound Cafe Penicuik, Thick-Skinned have been involved with the YMI Demo fund across all genres of music for the past four years. She is a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist / songwriter and is due to launch her next CD on 7 October this year.

Dave Hook:

Dan Millington: Dan Millington is a PPL Performer Account Manager whose responsibility is to work with new and up and coming artists as well as those who are more established. Dan has been at PPL for around 4 years and works with both artists and their representatives to ensure that their PPL earnings are maximised following the use of their sound recordings both in the UK and internationally.

Dave Hook lectures in recording studio theory and practice, MIDI applications, mastering techniques and Pro Tools at undergraduate and at masters level at Edinburgh Napier University. He is an Avid Certified Instructor and a certified Pro Tools Expert in music. A freelance engineer and producer, he has engineering, mixing and production credits for recording artists across a wide range of genres. As a performer with Stanley Odd, he has several releases and has played extensively throughout the UK.

Donald MacLeod:

David McGinnis: David McGinnis has twenty-two years experience in the music industry and thirteen years tenure with Mute, a highly successful and respected record label, music publisher and management company. David joined Mute as Head Of Licensing but his role has expanded to cover A&R and all aspects of music publishing. As a synchronisation manager, David supervises Mute's synch marketing and licensing activity world-wide.

Donald MacLeod's CPL Entertainment Group has promoted shows by acts including Rammstein, Oasis and Marilyn Manson and owns Glasgow venues The Cathouse, The Garage and The Tunnel. MacLeod is also chairman of the management board and fund-raising committee of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity in Scotland, which hosts the Tartan Clef Awards. He has big plans for the charity and during his time at the helm has seen it steadily grow in terms of clinical interests, fundraising activity and simply raising awareness of the valuable work the therapists carry out.

Findlay Napier:

Euan Robertson: Euan is a music and portrait photographer based in Glasgow. After starting to work as a photographer for Detour Scotland, he has since worked with a number of bands and labels as well as contributing to publications such as NME, Clash Magazine, BBC, STV, The Scotsman & The Independent among others. Euan says: "I think my passion for my work comes across in every job I do, and I always work to make sure that every customer receives everything they were expecting and more.

Findlay Napier is a Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Glasgow. In 1999 he enrolled on the inaugural year of the Royal Consevatoire of Scotland’s BA Scottish Music Course studying Scottish Traditional Song. After attaining his BA he formed a traditional folk band called Back of the Moon which performed all over the world and released three albums on the Foot Stompin Label. Back of the Moon were awarded ‘Best Up and Coming Act’ at the Trad Music Awards in 2003 and ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in 2005.

Jamie Gilmour:

Hannah Currie: Hannah Currie is co-promoter and booker of two successful live music events in Glasgow, MILK and LAID, which stage the best new bands in a late-night party atmosphere. She spent her formative years as a freelance journalist for national publications which she juggled with a degree in History. After Uni, Hannah spent a year working as Marketing Assistant with Stirling Tolbooth. She now works as a Production Manager for Edinburgh film company Muckle Hen.

Jamie Gilmour works across various capacities as a Special Projects Manager for the Scottish Music Centre and as a freelance events manager for the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He is one half of Hail Eris Management and represents bands 'We Were Promised Jetpacks' and 'Over The Wall'. Through his experiences Jamie has developed a close understanding of the pro's and con's of self publishing for bands, writers and composers and will be speaking about this subject at Wide Days.

Edinburgh Backpackers Special Wide Days Delegate Rate £9 per night! We have partnered with Edinburgh Backpackers to offer Wide Days delegates a special accommodation rate of only £9 per night (25% discount) in a shared dorm, with discounted private rooms also available. Located in the heart of Edinburgh's old-town in Cockburn Street, the hostel is minutes from Waverly train station and the evening gigs, and less than a ten-minute walk to Wide Days' conference venue, Teviot Row House. A full Scottish breakfast is also available to delegates in the hostel cafe for £3.95 per person.

To book simply call 0131 220 2200 & quote the reference 'Wide Days' Edinburgh Backpackers website:


Jay Taylor:

Award-winning photographer Jannica Honey, has shot acts including Frightened Rabbit, The Horrors, Twilight Sad and The Killers, as well as dozens of emerging Scottish artists. In recent years she has been one of the most prolific contributors to The List, shooting over 20 front covers, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, the LA Times, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, The Scotsman, Tank, Aftenposten, Svenska Dagbladet and Gaffa.

Jay Taylor has been variously … In-house promoter-manager at Manchester’s Night & Day Café, a radio presenter, studio producer, a music journalist and Gold Blade guitarist. Jay is currently promoter/director of Manchester’s Ruby Lounge venue, tour managing Ren Harvieu, promoter’s rep for SJM Concerts, Musician’s Union Gig Section committee member and PRS Foundation advisor. Alongside toiling on the 3rd LP for combo Bone-box Jay is also working on the soundtrack to a UFO road-movie.

Julia Hiles:

Kai Robøle :

Julia is the Business Relationship Manager at PPL where her role is to increase the profile and awareness of PPL amongst the UK business communities, promoting the value of music and the legal requirements for a music licence. Julia’s works closely with the wider music, regulatory and business support networks in order to build relationships with individual customers, business organisations, trade bodies and member bodies.

As founder of the Waterfall Music Group in Oslo, Kai Robole has not only made an indelible mark on the Nordic music market, he remains one of Europe's leading independent players. For 25 years, Kai has consistently signed and developed artists, producers and songwriters. More recently, Kai has played an increasingly important role behind the scenes of the Norwegian Music Industry, from board member of Music Export Norway to his current role as Chairman of By:larm.

Laura Ferguson:

Keith Harris: Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974. Firstly for a small UK independent Transatlantic records. The label distributed the Blue Note and Milestone Jazz labels. In then joined EMI Records where he worked for several in-house EMI labels including Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’, Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International. He then joined Motown which was an EMI licensed label.

Laura Ferguson is PPL’s Business Relationship Executive based in Scotland. Her role aims to raise awareness and understanding of PPL amongst the Scottish business community and educate businesses on the benefits and cost value of using music in the workplace. Laura represents PPL at various business and industry events in order to communicate the requirements for a music licence wherever recorded music is used.

Martyn Boyle:

Sarah Liversedge:

Upcoming Club Fandango shows include Dingus Khan at The Borderline, Ultrasound at Islington Assembly Hall and The Crookes at Scala. It is these shows, which help feed Martyn’s other roles of Label Manager of Label Fandango and A&R chap at fierce panda records. In addition to this lot, Martyn also runs his own record imprint, Giant Haystacks, which has already released singles by The Heartbreaks, Loved Ones, The TenFiveSixty and Dingus Khan and has recently started working with Nottingham riff worshipers, Baby Godzilla.

Sarah Liversedge is Director of A&R at Bucks Music Group. She directs efforts to attract, develop and sign new talent. Bucks is well known for its catalogue including, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, TRex. Sarah is also Managing Director and coowner of BDi Music and co-founder/co-director of The Movement [a co-venture with Producer/Writer, Jake Gosling] which nurtures and develops young, talented, urban producers and songwriters. Recent hits with Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and One Direction.

Scott Cohen:

Jeff Thompson: Jeff is co-founder of Un-Convention, co-founder of the Future Artists Live Creative Co-op and also runs Fat Northerner Records. Most recently he has been developing a number of initiatives around trade networks, independent touring and alternative currencies with a specific focus on the creative industries. Jeff has a degree in Economics, is a keen guitar player, and also lectures on music management and business.

Scott Cohen co-founded The Orchard, the world’s largest marketing and digital music distribution company. Its services include licensing, management, publishing and collection management, as well as technological solutions to all things music-related. Cohen has a background in artist management.

Katie McPhee:

Dan Crombie: Dan is a musician and visual artist, since his early teens he's played in countless bands throughout the punk scene, has racked up a couple of hundred shows across the UK, Europe and Australia and self released dozens of records. Currently vocalist/guitarist in CLEAVERS he also acts as manager, press liason, booking agent, record label, tour router and creates every single piece of art associated with the band.

Katie is the UK Community Manager at Eventbrite, she joined from the BBC in 2011 and was the company's first employee in Europe. Katie looks after social media, events, partnerships and a growing community of event organisers in the UK. Katie also works closely with event organisers advising on social media strategy.

Mark Williamson:

Andy Zondervan:

Mark Williamson leads the Spotify Artist Services team in Europe, which is responsible for helping artists understand and navigate the Spotify business model, and help them to use Spotify to grow their careers. Mark’s team is the main point of contact for artists and their teams at Spotify, and also represents artists’ interests to the business. Prior to Spotify, Mark worked in commercial roles in a number of tech and music start-ups in the UK.

Andy Zondervan works at Buma/Stemra as new business development manager. He is responsible for developing and initiating new businesses for the music industry, driven by technological innovation. He's also responsible for the all the Interactive and new innovation panels at Eurosonic Noorderslag.

Wide Days - Scotland's Music Convention - A MUSIC NEWS Scotland Supplement  

A special supplement from the MUSIC NEWS Scotland team on the 2013 Wide Days Music Convention in Edinburgh from 10-11 April