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TRAINING COURSES

Independent Artist Bootcamp

INTRODUCTION

About the course

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.

Independent Artist Bootcamp

Syllabus

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Modules 4
  • The independent artist entrepreneur: Your business as an independent artist; Your revenues – where the money comes from

  • Structure your business and get organised

  • Set your objectives and targets – the career plan

  • Onboarding – getting started and getting serious

  • Understand, protect and monetise your rights: Sound recording copyrights, Composition copyrights; Trademarks and Intellectual Property; Protecting your work

  • Band partnership agreements: A guide to the BPA and what to include and consider; Splits of revenue, name ownership, adding members, departing members etc.; Disputes, disagreements, voting rights and commitments; Sample agreement

  • Working with producers: Producer agreements; How, when and what do producers get paid?

  • Working with co-writers: Setting up song writing sessions; Songwriter splits and agreements

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

  • Building and contracting the independent team

  • A guide to independent distributors

  • Collect the money you are owed

  • Working with collection agencies – PRS, PPL, MCPS: Administration deals

  • Legal representation and the Musicians Union

  • New tools, apps and services designed for the independent artist

  • When and how to engage with managers, labels and publishers: How to build contacts in the business; A guide to pitching and presenting

  • Securing sync and brand partnerships as an independent artist

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

  • Branding masterclass: Find your artist proposition; Practical activity to define and develop your brand story

  • Facebook and Instagram promotion: Building fan engagement on both platforms; Increasing organic reach & understanding the algorithms; Best types of content, best times to post, and tips from social media stars; Social advertising strategy and budgeting; The rise of the ‘story’ and it’s best use – case studies

  • Social music success: a look at best use of TikTok

  • Content creation – the 30 types of content that drive engagement on social media

  • PR and radio – working with publicists and pluggers

  • Securing your own press as an independent artist

  • Securing your own radio – how to get spot plays

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

  • Spotify marketing workshop: How to get on to Spotify curated playlists – a full guide

  • The Spotify For Artists app – and how to utilise it’s potential

  • Pre-saves functions and working closely with your distributor

  • How to secure label playlist support (Filtr, Topsify and Digster)

  • Creating and promoting your own playlists

  • Live strategy: Working with agents and promoters; Booking your own shows, tours or festivals; Advancing a show and organising the execution of it; DIY tour management

  • The perfect independent release strategy: The six week plan of action; Distribution; The assets you need to create; Finding your media hook; Lead in times and impact dates

  • Funding opportunities: Applying for grants and funding your artist project; PRS Foundation, PRS Momentum, MEGS and Arts Councils

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Who is the course suitable for?
Does the course take place online?
Will I get a course certificate?
Do I need to provide anything?

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.

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

Yes. Until further notice, all of our courses will be taking place online, through our virtual classrooms. These online courses take place live, so you can interact with your tutor and other students in real-time! With high quality video and audio, live notes, quizzes and breakout group sessions – the virtual classroom provides an immersive learning experience, where ever you are in the world!

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

Upon completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion, signed by the tutor and the school directors, in the post.

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

A pen and notepad is all you require! We also provide comprehensive notes throughout the course. You will need internet access and a web browser (Chrome/Firefox). Prior to the start date of your course you will receive a web link and a password to access the virtual classroom.

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

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