Finding The Future

Finding The Future

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Month: October 2015

Carly Wilford

carly wilfordFor the past three years her husky tones have woken the nation every morning on Rinse FM’s forward thinking Breakfast Show. Carly Wilford is a lively presenter and DJ with boundless energy, unstoppable character and endless drive. Down to earth, warm and honest, she gets to the heart of the artists she interviews and is not afraid to push boundaries. Creator of online taste-making hub IAmMusic.TV as well as IAmMusic Artists, she uncovers the stars of tomorrow and helps them to break the tough and ever changing industry.

Her natural energy and lust for life shines through in her interviews. With millions of views across her YouTube videos you can see why the music industry is talking about her and why she is on speed dial for artists, manager’s, PR’s and key media figures within the industry.

On the Red Carpet she has interviewed Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Cheryl Cole and Usher to name but a few. Kicking back with some of the music industries finest. Carly has put the world to rights with Danny Brown, hung out with Rudimental, bantered with Bastille and had a heart to heart with Nas, Nile Rodgers and Kendrick Lamar.

Seen backstage at some of the Worlds biggest festivals she has covered Glastonbury, SXSW, Snowbombing, Sonar, EXIT Festival, V Festival, Wireless, BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend and Secret Garden Party. Hunting out the hottest artists, chatting to the crowds and dominating the press pit she has also presented at the MOBOS for sponsors HTC and The Capital FM Summertime Ball.

Carly is at the forefront of everything music related – from new artists to secret collaborations, if you need to know about it she has already got it covered. She films, edits, produces and presents all her own work as well as writing for Hunger Magazine and Wonderland. With big aspirations and infinite drive she is one to watch very closely. No ear piece, no ‘note cards’ and none of the fake attributes the industry is often full of – just raw ambition and real talent.

Finding the Future – 18-20 November 2015

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Welcome to Finding the Future 2015.

We have an fantastic programme scheduled with some amazing industry specialist and IT IS FREE.  No need to sign for tickets but please do sign up to our mailing list so we can get updates to you.

As part of our build up, please see below some useful advice from the MU. more to follow…

Meanwhile, many thanks to the MU, PRS for Music, PPL and Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach for their support.

Placing A Song – advice from the Musicians’ Union

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The industryRedCableSundaybyVieGross005c has changed a lot in the last 15 years; the advent of iTunes and Spotify means a hit single is more important than ever. And for increasingly risk averse labels, using a songwriter with a proven track record may be a safer bet than going out on a limb for someone new. So how can budding songwriters get their songs to successful artists?

Network and skills

Talent is important, but building strong personal relationships is the cornerstone of a successful music career.

One way to get your foot in the door is to offer to work as an assistant to a successful songwriter and producer. Don’t be too proud to do minor production jobs. Being in the room is half the battle and if an artist is going to spend months in the studio, they’d prefer a talented person who is easy to work with.

Find others who compliment your skills. If you’re a topline writer specialising in lyrics and melody, form a team with a track writer. It used to be that a guitar with a vocal was enough to identify a hit. Now, you have to be able to produce the track too. If you can’t do it yourself, bring someone on board the team who has the production skills you need.

For an unknown songwriter, collecting societies like PRS For Music ( can play a vital part in enabling collaborations with other writers. With links to songwriting camps, funding opportunities and networking events, they can be an important resource to meet people you may go on to work with.

How to get heard

Having a manager or independent publisher can help you get your songs heard by the right people – and smaller indies may be more likely to listen to tracks that are sent to them. They’re less likely to be able to compete for big artists with big advances, so they need to get involved with talented songwriters in the early stages.

Make sure that they already publish contemporary writers, and do your research before you approach them. Be certain you are the right fit for each other. And if you’re thinking of going down this route, it is worth getting advice before you dive in. Get in touch via

Talent, tenacity and a little luck

Digital technology may have made it harder to make a living as a songwriter, but it has also opened up doors for songwriters to take charge of their careers and develop their own projects.

Being a professional songwriter today requires much more than just making music – it also takes an innovative business mind and a friendly disposition. MU members can take free courses in business skills, marketing and more – all geared towards freelancers – and get specialist advice from expert officials at the Union.

Luck also plays a big part, so it’s important to make the most of any opportunity you get that feels right for you.

For advice on the issues raised above, or any other aspect of your career as a musician, get in touch via


A longer version of thimu-logo_30mm_muorange_cmyk-copys article first appeared in The Musician Summer 2015 and can be accessed via

The MU’s Ben Jones hosts the panel discussion “It All Starts With The Song: Entrepreneurship in Music Publishing & Copyright in association with The Musicians Union” at the Apple Store, Friday 209 November at this year’s City Showcase.

Paul Farrer

Paul Farrer his jpeg 450sqPaul Farrer is one of the UK’s most successful media composers. In a career spanning 25 years he has composed music for some of the biggest programmes on British Television. From Dancing On Ice, Gladiators, Fort Boyard, Ant and Dec’s Push The Button to The Chase, The Jerry Springer Show, and The BBC’s most successful international format of all time; The Weakest Link which was broadcast in 97 countries and over 12 years on British Television racked up 1693 episodes.

He has also composed additional music for shows like Top Gear, Blue Peter and The Krypton Factor. In 2012 he was commissioned to compose all the music to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance at The Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. 2014 will be the third time he has been asked to compose the orchestral music for this prestigious event.

He is the recipient of an Ampex Golden Reel Award for his work on ITV’s The Gladiators and in 2003 was awarded the BMI Composer Award. He is a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). Paul Farrer is also the creator of the ITV gameshow 1000 Heartbeats.