City Showcase Announces Industry Workshop Details

City Showcase, London’s leading festival for new music and fashion, has announced this year’s timetable of free industry workshops (5 – 9 June). City Showcase is a not-for-profit festival launched in 2003 and supported by the Mayor of London and Visit London. City Showcase wants to help tomorrow’s talent make it in the commercial world of today.

At the hub of the action, sponsor PRS will be hosting workshops from their offices in Berners Street W1. Sessions will offer advice on topics like A&R, copyright, production and marketing and will feature leading industry speakers, including:

•          Nitin Sawhney
•          Mark Kelly (Marillion)
•          Ellis Rich (Chairman PRS/ Chairman Independent Music Group)
•          Mike Smith (MD Columbia Label Group)
•          Guy Chambers (songwriter)
•          Mark Strippel (Head of Music, BBC Asian Network)
•          Martin Talbot (Executive editor of Music Week)
•          John Kennedy (Xfm DJ)
•          Korda Marshall (MD Warner Bro Records)
•          Dan Cairns (Sunday Times arts and music critic)
•          Jonathan Shalit (Manager of Jamelia)
•          Nihal (Radio 1 DJ)

Personalised advice will be available from A&R representatives, label execs, accountants from Willott Kingston Smith, solicitors from Clintons and the Portobello Business School.

Places at the free seminars and surgeries are limited and must be booked online – see

City Showcase is a five-day festival of free events in Central London promoting and showcasing emerging talent in fashion and music. Past City Showcase artists include Razorlight, Keane, Amy Winehouse, The Rifles, Duels, David Ford, Rooster and Sway.

Along with featured workshops, up-and-coming artists will perform at venues in the West End from 5 – 8 June, including: Pepe Jeans, Vans and O’Neill in Carnaby, The Apple Store in Regent Street, Virgin Megastore in Piccadilly.  For the first time City Showcase will present a series of evening gigs in Kingly Court as well as at venues such as the Garage, Borderline and Metro. 

City Showcase Fringe gigs will also take place across London in the Islington Academy, Forum, Comedy, the Barfly and other Academy Group, Clear Channel and Mean Fiddler venues.

New designs by emerging new designers will be showcased by musicians wearing their designs during their performances and in boutiques in Carnaby throughout the week.

City Showcase is supported by the Mayor of London and Visit London. It is further supported by PRS and Carnaby.

Workshop Listings

Venue: PRS, Berners Street, London W1 Dates: 5 – 9 June 2006 Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Contact: Nanette Rigg 07949 694435


11:00 – 12:30 – DIY Revolution – How artists / writers can do it for themselves
In association with Music Week
Want to be in the driving seat of your music career? Music Week takes an upfront look at the options available to artists and writers interested in developing their own careers, covering common pit-falls along the way. Moderated by Martin Talbot (Editor of Music Week) and featuring Mark Kelly (Marillion), Emma Anderson (Sing Sing), Rishi Rich, Ras Kwame, Nitin Sawhney and Kieron Concannon (Manager of Nizlopi)

13:00 – 15:00 – Willott Kingston Smith/ Clintons – 1-2-1 surgeries
Get tailored advice from those in the know on the legal and financial side of things.

14:00 – 15:30 – DIY Revolution – Understanding label deals & sub-publishing/ admin deals
In association with Music Week
This session is a must for all those interested in DIYing their careers – find out how to get your music distributed, published and accessed by your target audience moderated by Stuart Clarke (Talent Editor Music Week), and featuring Simon Platz (MD of Bucks Music Group). Mike Smith  (MD Columbia Label Group) and Jeremy Lascelles (CEO, Chrysalis Music Division)


11:00 – 15:00 – Portobello Business School – 1-2-1 surgeries
Get personalised advice on your music career with Mark Stevenson – an expert from the Portobello Business School with 21 years’ music industry experience.

11:00 – 12:30 – The CD Dump – Live demo jury
Ever wondered what top industry execs would think of your demo? Raise your game with advice from moderator Ellis Rich (PRS Chairman, Independent Music Group Chairman) and a panel of publishers, DJs, A&Rs and writers. Participants include John Kennedy of Xfm fame, producer Charlie Rapino, plugger Tony Byrne (Single Minded Music) and A&R Manager Jonny Simon  (Vertigo/Mercury)

13:00 – 15:00 – Willott Kingston Smith / Clintons – 1-2-1 surgeries
Get tailored advice from those in the know on the legal and financial side of things.

13:00 – 14:00 – AIM – How to be an effective indie label
An exclusive, hands-on look at how to start an effective record label in the indie market.  Chaired by Remi Harris, Project Manager at AIM.

14:00 – 15:30 – How To Start Your Own Business – An introduction
It’s not often that free legal and financial advice will come your way! Unmissable advice from Willott Kingston Smith and Clintons on how to start your own record label or publishing company. The workshop will moderated by Peter McGaughrin (Clintons) Participants include Paul Birch (MD of Revolver Records), Steve Lewis – (Stage Three Music), Korda Marshall (MD Warner Bro Records) and Geraint Howells (Willott Kingston Smith)

16:00 – 17:30 – Own It – Copyright Licensing
In association with Own It
This all-inclusive session provides an insight into the world of copyright management, licensing and exploitation. Moderated by Media composer and Chairman of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters David Ferguson, participants include: Jill Durdin (Patent Office), Adrian Gibby (Musinter) and David Berry (Loca Records)


11:00 – 12:30 – Song-writing/production Masterclass – understanding co-writes
Take a look at the production process with senior producers and songwriters.  How do producers influence song-writing.  Understand how you can work with producers- what should you be aware of when working with studio producers.
Moderated by Stephen Budd (SBM Management) & featuring Dave Eringa (producer) and Guy Chambers (writer)

13:00 – 15:00 – Willott Kingston Smith / Clintons – 1-2-1 surgeries
Get tailored advice from those in the know on the legal and financial side of things.

14:00 – 16:00 – Meet The A&R – An insight
Cut the mystery out of A&R and find out how to market and promote yourself as a new musician with A&R representatives James Roberts (Sony BMG), Paul Harris (B-Unique), Rose Noone (Warner Music), Matt Jagger (Apollo Records). Other representatives will include Stuart Clarke (Talent Editor, Music Week), Shannon Martin (Boompa), Paul Hutton (Metropolis), Dan Cairns (Journalist, Sunday Times), Simon Harper (Editor of Clash magazine), Jay Greenwood (A&R Vertigo) , Steve Harris (On-line DJ with Virgin Xtreme), Lars Brandle (Billboard)  and Matt Fernand (BBC online).

16:30 – 17:30 – International Festivals – Work them to your advantage
Held in association with Virtual Festivals, get the inside scoop on how to maximise your potential at a festival. With hints on how to get the best deal and advice on gaining optimum promotion benefits this is a real must for bands wanting to break the festival circuit. Moderated by John Bownas (Virtual Festivals – live events Co-ordinator) and featuring Lars Brandle (Billboard), Panos Paney (Sonicbids) and Ian Richards (Promoter with the Academy Music Group)


11:00 – 13:00 – Marketing To Managers – Understand the dos and the don’ts
In association with the MMF
Looking for that elusive deal?  A panel of senior managers takes a no-holds-barred look at how to market your work in order to secure a management deal. Participants include Albert Samuel (Albert Samuel Management and Mission Control Artist Agency and manager of So Solid Crew) and Marc Marot (TerraFirma Artists Management).

13:00 – 15:00 – Willott Kingston Smith / Clintons – 1-2-1 surgeries
Get tailored advice from those in the know on the legal and financial side of things.

14:00 – 16:00 – Urban / Asian Workshop – Explore the market
Essential advice for anyone wanting to make it big in the Urban/ Asian world of music. Mark Strippel, Head of Music at BBC Asian Network and Radio 1 DJ Nihal dish out some advice on how the international Urban/ Asian market works.  Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE (ASAP Communications and Choice FM), Kwaku (Black Music Congress) and Sumit Bothra (President of Embargo Management Ltd) will also participate.


11:00 – 12:00 – John Cohen v Crispin Evans – Mock negotiation
A novel look at publishing law – Come and see a mock negotiation based on publishing contracts played out with John Cohen (Clintons) acting on behalf of a fictitious writer and Crispin Evans (General Counsel, MCPS-PRS and former Director of Universal Music Publishing) as the potential signing publisher.

12:30 – 13:30 – Record Label v Manager – Mock negotiation
A realistic look at how an A&R and artist manager handle their business negotiations played out with Jonathan Shalit (Manager of Jamelia).

14:00 – 15:30 – Demo to Limo – presents Hits in Bits
In association with PRS
A chance to hear one of the UK’s premier songwriters deconstructing their songs, talking about how they came to be written and sharing some tips to help you achieve your songwriting aims. Part of the PRS Demo to Limo programme.

Tuesday 6TH JUNE 2006

Venue: Gibson Musical Instruments, 29-35 Rathbone St, London, W1 Dates: 6 June 2006 Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road Contact: Nanette Rigg 07949 694435

16:00 – 18:00 – The Song’s The Thing
In association with SongLink and supported by Gibson
Who should you send your songs to? The A&R guy or artist manager? By CD or MP3? Get advice from David Stark and a panel of experienced songwriters and publishers on how to present and pitch your songs to the UK, USA, Europe and other major markets. Moderated by David Stark (SongLink) and featuring Chris Difford (Artist/Songwriter), Bob Clifford (EMI Publishing), Nigel Rush (Appletree Songs & Manager of Pam Sheyne), Lottle Aagaard (TG Publishing & Management) and Adrian Zag (Artists/songwriter)

Followed by a special songwriters’ showcase present by SongLink.

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