Are you an independent artist or band, looking to build a successful career? If so, then our Independent Artist Bootcamp is for you!
Being a successful independent artist, means running a successful business. In this comprehensive, practical and pioneering course, we'll provide you with the latest skills to succeed in creating a brand proposition, building a passionate digital and real-world fanbase, self-releasing and promoting your work, and monetising your incredible talent.
We'll show you step by step, how to take the lead, protect your creative freedom and safeguard the ownership of your music, in this independent era.
You’ll be taught by leading music professionals, meet likeminded individuals, examine real world case studies and take part in engaging activities. Most importantly - you’ll learn the latest skills to succeed in your music career, on your own terms and you'll see why there's never been a better time to be an independent artist.
After our bootcamp you may want to understand more about how the wider music industry works, how it's structured and the roles of professionals within it; labels, A&R, management, publishers, agents and more. If so, then our popular Music Business Fundamentals Course would be the perfect next step.
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- Available Dates -
11 & 12 July 2020 | Saturday & Sunday | 10:30 - 17:00
Speak with a course advisor | 0207 0784022
Some of the areas we'll cover:
The artist entrepreneur: your money and your business
Creating a career plan and strategy
Protecting and monetising your music and brand
Copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property
Band partnership agreements
A guide to working with co-writers and producers
Building the independent team and services available
Independent distribution: releasing your music
Collection societies: PRS, PPL and MCPS
New ways of independently working with the industry
Securing syncs and brand partnerships
Branding masterclass: your artist proposition
Social media masterclasses in building your audience
Includes Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & TikTok
Content creation and proliferation
Securing press, tastemaker support and radio plays
A comprehensive guide to streaming services
Spotify marketing workshop - getting on to playlists
Live strategy and touring logistics
The perfect release strategy and timetable
Funding opportunities for the independent artist
I took the Independent Artist Bootcamp in February 2020. Honestly, the course has been life changing and has opened up doors for me to explore for my career in the music industry. Matt who led the course is really inspiring and his knowledge of the music industry business is fantastic... I now feel even more excited for my future career in the music industry, where I can now explore new opportunities with clearer precision and clarity.
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Meet The Course Leader | Matt Errington
Hi, I’m Matt, the Independent Artist Bootcamp tutor at SMB: The School of Music Business.
I began my career as a music journalist, working at national publications such as Time Out, Dazed and Confused and Spin magazine. I later became a successful music business entrepreneur, music marketer and artist manager, running campaigns for a host of successful bands that saw me work alongside the likes of photographer Rankin, sign major international publishing and recording contracts, lead headline tours of the UK, Europe, America and much more. Very recently I led a campaign that secured a new artist millions of Spotify plays, widespread playlist support and streaming chart entries. In 2015, I won the Music Export For Growth award from The BPI and UK Trade and Industry, for my work developing UK artists overseas.
In 2018 I was appointed Expert Board Member for Jump: The European Music Market Accelerator, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, to help develop innovative new business models within the industry. From now until 2022, we will be supporting some of the most innovative music businesses in the world. You can also find me talking regularly at industry events, including SXSW, Liverpool Sound City, Line 6 What's Next Conferences, MIL - Lisbon International Music Network and many others. I love passing on my knowledge and experience to help artists and new music business professionals find their feet in the business.
Winner of 'The Music Export For Growth Scheme Award' for his work developing the career of an independent UK artist internationally.
"If you're willing to get creative then a lack of funding doesn't have to prevent you making the most of your ideas. Matt Errington has been able to give his bands a major boost on an independent budget."
Independent Artist Bootcamp | Syllabus
FAQs | Some Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the course suitable for?
Our Independent Artist Bootcamp is for any artist or band that want to take their music career to the next level. Students must be 18 years old or older, and no previous experience is necessary.
Where does the course take place?
Our course takes place at our beautiful school in Holland Park, a short walk from the major record labels on High Street Kensington.
Will I get a course certificate?
Upon completion, students will receive an Independent Artist Bootcamp Certificate, signed by the tutor and the school directors.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
A pen and notepad is all you require! We also provide comprehensive notes throughout the course.
I have more questions!
Just give us a call on 0207 078 4022 or email us here.