Shoosmiths brings music finance event to city

Shoosmiths brings music finance event to city


Author: Perry Buck

National law firm Shoosmiths, in conjunction with the Music Managers Forum (MMF), is hosting a music industry finance event in Manchester later this month.

Laura Harper and Carol Isherwood
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Laura Harper (L) and Carol Isherwood (R) of Shoosmiths in Manchester

The event, which takes place on 25 September at Shoosmiths' Spinningfields offices, will examine the various funding options open to musicians, managers and independent labels.

This will be the first time this event has been held outside London.

MMF is the largest music industry management body in the world and is at the forefront of implementing positive actions to assist members with a keen eye on the 'next generation' of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The event will feature speakers from the PRS Foundation, Creative United and the Music Export Growth Scheme who will be provide information relating to funds which they operate and how to access them.

The event will also include representatives from Pledge Music and Help Musicians UK who will explain to delegates the support which they offer.

There will also be a panel session chaired by Shoosmiths' music lawyer, Carol Isherwood, which will include Jack Pop from independent label Alcopop Records, home to Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and The Crimea, Gary Reid from Band & Brands Limited and Mike Burgess, one half of production duo Heavy Feet and DJ and music business advisor.

The panel will focus on other forms of funding including brand sponsorship and consider case studies. The event will close with a Music Managers Forum open meeting where attendees can find out more about MMF membership.

Laura Harper, who heads up Shoosmiths' Manchester-based Intellectual Property (IP) & creative industries' team, said: 'We're proud to be hosting this event here in Manchester. As one of the leading music law practices in the region, we know it's important to support our clients and the industry and help with key issues such as funding.

'Many of our music business clients and artists are based in the North West so it is great to be able to stage an event here in Manchester for the first time.'

John Webster, CEO of the MMF, said: 'We're very pleased to be able to host this event in conjunction with Shoosmiths.

'We have previously held this event in London and it is great that we are able to come to the regions and our wider membership.'

The MMF is the leading representative body for UK-based music artist managers. At present its membership stands at over 400 managers, representing in total over 1,000 artists including Arctic Monkeys, David Gilmour, Elton John, Tinie Tempah, Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Tom Jones.

Those interested in attending the event should contact [email protected].

As well as acting for a broad range of creative and digital businesses across all areas of the creative & digital sector, including gaming companies, tech companies, fashion houses, communications and digital agencies and film and TV companies, Shoosmiths IP & creative industries team act for a broad range of music business clients, ranging from independent labels, producers, artists and managers.

Laura Harper and Carol Isherwood brought their creative industries practice to Shoosmiths earlier this year to expand Shoosmiths leading national IP practice into the North West.