Sound advice on offer to Bristol’s music biz entrepreneurs

September 5, 2011

Would-be music business entrepreneurs and musicians can find out how to break into the international music industry at a masterclass being held in Bristol on Thursday.

The event is part of a roadshow staged by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Government’s international trade arm, and supported by leading music industry associations including Bristol Music Foundation and BPI, which represents the UK recorded music industry.

Activities on the day will include question-and-answer sessions with industry experts, interactive panel sessions with senior executives from SXSW and Midem (two of the world’s leading international music trade shows), and an opportunity to network with these experts, UK music companies and other musicians.

Bristol’s vibrant music scene is a major part of the city’s creative sector yet is often overlooked in favour of its film, TV, animation and graphic arts industries.
Successive Governments have seen the UK’s music industry as offering major export potential. The UK is the second-largest music exporter in the world and the industry generates revenues of nearly £4bn a year.
In the US, UK acts accounted for almost one in 10 of every artist album sold in 2010, rising to one in seven in Canada and one in five in markets such as Germany and Australia.

Phil Patterson, UKTI music industry specialist and one of the event speakers said: “It’s been a great 12 months for British music. In 2010, one in five of the top 50 selling records released around the world featured British artists.

“Talent is important, but to really have a chance in succeeding in some of the world’s most lucrative markets, it’s important for music firms to attend events like this and to get advice from organisations such as UKTI to understand how to successfully navigate their way to T

The events takes place at The Watershed, Bristol, on Thursday.

For further event information or to register e contact: Matt Booth at or visit


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