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We’re really excited to announce the first event in our Open Artist Series – a programme that offers practical and artistic support for emerging musicians.

Taking place on 22 March in central Manchester, the day will be useful, inspiring and informal – a chance to meet and talk to other emerging musicians, established artists and industry professionals. Together you’ll be able to explore practical ways to sustain a music career, with a focus on artistic identity and wellbeing.

This event is for you if:

  • You are at the beginning of, or are about to begin, a professional or semi-professional music career
  • You are passionate about developing your career without compromising your artistic integrity
  • You are interested in how other artists look after their wellbeing
  • You would benefit from connecting with other musicians in your position
  • You would benefit from professional advice and support from established artists and industry bodies

9.45am – Sign in and coffee

10.15am – Introduction into the wider industry

Hear from industry professionals about jobs and roles within the wider music industry. This will include speakers from members of: BPI, PRS, Arts Council England and Musicians’ Union.

11.00am – Music Minds Matter

A presentation and discussion about Help Musicians UK’s Music Minds Matter – the largest study into the mental health of musicians.

11.45am – Break

12.00pm – Locally sourced

A discussion around the importance of creating and maintaining networks locally, as well as supporting and celebrating other local talent. Featuring speakers from: The Mouse Outfit, Hey! Manchester and Big People Music.

12.45pm- Artist identity

“How do you create and maintain an artist identity within such a crowded market space?” Featuring speakers from: The Mouse Outfit , Rich Reason (Levelz) and Nabihah Iqbal (Ninja Tune).

1.30pm – Lunch

2.15pm – The Big Q&A

An opportunity to discuss further any of the topics covered or to ask that one burning question you needed answered but forgot to ask earlier.

This will include speakers from: BPI, PRS, Arts Council England, Musicians’ Union, Hey! Manchester, Levelz, The Mouse Outfit and Big People Music.

3.00pm-4.30pm – Drinks

A chance to network and socialise.

Tickets are £5 and include lunch.


The Open Artist Series is part of a three-year programme supported by Help Musicians UK. Through a series of events, mentoring opportunities and showcases, it will support emerging musicians to make a career in music – encouraging and enabling them to become innovators in their own careers, and active contributors to a fairer and more sustainable music industry.