At the Music Managers Forum, we aim to support the professional development of managers throughout their career – from brand new managers who have taken on their first act, to those who have worked in the business for many years. The music industry is constantly changing, and music managers never stop learning.
We provide a range of training courses and workshops for managers of all levels throughout the year.
Level One – Our one-day entry-level courses Essentials of Music Management and Live & Touring are led by artist manager and business consultant Erik Nielsen. These courses are perfect for those just starting out in music management as well as those who want a refresher to learn about the latest industry developments.
Level Two – Mechanics of Music Management is a series of five fortnightly evening classes delivered by CMU Insights and led by Chris Cooke & Marcus O’Dair. The seminars explore best practice and current trends in artist management and give attendees a comprehensive guide to the modern artist management, artist revenue streams and business models, music rights and record deals, and strategies for building a fanbase and direct-to-fan relationships.
Level Three – We offer advanced courses on specific topics in data and digital marketing, such as Facebook Business Manager. Level 3 courses are run in association with MusicAlly, plus CMU’s Chris Cooke also offers courses covering the digital revenue model from our Dissecting the Digital Dollar book.
In addition, the MMF host regular in-depth seminars with companies such as YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple, Facebook and Kobalt, where representatives will teach you how best to utilise their services and get the most out of them for your artist.
Please note – level ratings are for guidance only, although we highly recommend completing the courses in order, managers are not required to complete level 1 before progressing to more advanced courses.
The new monthly manager meetups are a monthly event for members which include an intro from MMF with pressing news, industry updates, open discussion with members and feedback, followed by 2 to 4 short presentations, from interesting music companies you may want to work with. There is also a networking session and drinks to conclude.
The Artists and Manager Awards will return this year on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at Bloomsbury Big Top in London. The Awards, presented by the MMF and the FAC, celebrate creativity and innovation in the music industry.
Tribes are run by our members in their local areas and allow you to grow your music network in your community. We currently have Tribes running in Birmingham and Manchester. Both Tribes run social events every few months with a performance from a local unsigned artist, and have recently started curating panels and running Q&A’s with top industry experts. If you would like to see a Tribe set up in your area please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are just some of the events we have put on over the past 12 months for our members and the sorts of things you can expect to see come up throughout your membership;
AIM Mixer (May) – Networking Event with the Association of Independent Music
Apple Workshops (every three months) Annual SXSW Managers Brunch (March) Annual Coachella Managers Brunch (April) Annual Great Escape Managers Dinner (May/July) Deezer Brunch & Workshop
Money Maker: Exploring Affiliate Deals (with IE Music)
Money Maker: Sync & Meet the Music Supervisors (with BT Sport) Money Maker: Funding Applications – How, What, When (with PRSF)
All About: The Blurred Lines of Plagiarism
All About: PR, Plugging & Digital Marketing (with Hart Media)
Live & Ticketing Summit
The MMF also runs various social events, a women in music meetup and curates panels and networking events at various industry events including; Live UK Summit, BBC Introducing Live and The Great Escape.