We were thrilled to be invited to speak at the Off the Record conference in Manchester earlier this month. Now in its third year, Off the Record brings an impressive array of panel conversations, networking and a festival to Manchester’s iconic Northern Quarter. The event sold out for the third successive year and it’s easy to see why. As well as an impressive lineup of speakers and artists, the whole event has a real sense of community between the delegates, brought together by their love of music. You can also see that the team behind Off the Record are championing artists to increase their awareness of how the music industry works.
The event kicked off on Thursday evening with a networking event at the revered Band on the Wall venue, providing an opportunity to get to know your fellow delegates. Friday saw us visit the Methodist Central Hall for a day of panels and workshops. There was a good range of topics discussed including diversity within the music industry, the relationship between artist & manager and the benefits of streaming vs radio.
Make Money from your Music Outside of the UK
In the afternoon, we ran a specialist workshop with Nina Condron from our sister company Horus Music entitled “Make Money From Your Music Outside of the UK”. We focussed on global opportunities for artists within digital distribution, publishing, marketing and touring as well as offered practical advice on how to enter new markets. Most importantly, we highlighted the different revenue streams available outside of the UK for artists and songwriters. At Anara Publishing, we help artists ensure they are collecting their performance and mechanical royalties around the world as well as pitch their songs to sync licensing opportunities globally.
As the sun set, the Northern Quarter transformed into the Off the Record festival. This saw over 40 of the best emerging artists perform across 8 legendary venues. Horus Music were also invited to curate the lineup at the Gullivers venue, which featured stellar sets from Average Joe, Debra Ohalete, Djuno, Ditz and Cherryshoes.
It was great to be immersed in the vibrant music scene within Manchester and its surrounding cities. We can’t wait to be back at Off the Record in 2019! Early bird tickets are now on sale.