Urban Development Presents: Urban Flames & more

Urban Development are proud to present a showcase of some the best talent that has come through our doors in the last two years. We’re also pleased to announce rising stars Miraa May and Amaria will take to the stage with our very own Urban Flames vocal collective! Full story

Ask The Experts

This is your opportunity to bring those burning questions, about your music career to one of our industry insiders. “Ask The Experts” is a chance to get personalised feedback and advice – find out how to develop your artistry, get top tips on self-management or even advice on landing a job in the industry. Full story

Get Played, Get Paid

From the moment a song is written or recorded, that creation goes on a journey eventually ending up in the ears of fans. This session will explore that journey. This is ideal for any unsigned writers or artists wishing to get the lowdown on music publishing. You’ll discover the process involved in creating, licensing and releasing music and how that music can then earn the writer and performer money. Full story

How to Secure the BAG: Making Money from Music in 2019

Powered by the Association of Independent Music (AIM) When you become an artist or songwriter, your focus is on your passion for music and your creative output. It can be easy to forget that you need to earn money and turn a profit in order to allow the creative juices to keep flowing. This session is perfect for helping you to refocus your mind and see your blossoming career as a small business. The quicker you get your head around this concept, the more successful you are likely to be. Full story

Sunday Roast Live: with Joe and Scully

A special edition of Joe and Scully’s legendary Reprezent radio show Sunday Roast, exclusive to Industry Takeover. Debating the topic ‘The future of live underground music post-Form 696’, Joe and Scully will be joined by a panel of passionate industry insiders who’ll be keen to have their say. Full story

Management Matters

Powered by the Music Managers Forum The panel will be discussing the role of the manager in the music industry, and how that role will be affected by recent changes in the industry. Does an artist of today still need a manager? When and how should they get one? What are the steps you need to take to become a manager? Full story

How to Steal My Job: A Beginner’s Guide to the Music Industry | Industry Takeover All Dayer 2019

Powered by CMU:DIY and Polydor Records/Universal Music UK What better way to kick off Industry Takeover 2019 than this information-packed session. This is music industry 101, an absolute must for anyone who dreams of a career in music, whether it’s performing, producing or managing. You’ll learn from the pros about the structure of the industry, how it all fits together and how that structure relates to artists. Full story

What does a booking agent do?

A booking agent is a major cog in the machine that is your new career. They’ll be one of the many business partners whom you pay to manage a certain income stream of your business in return for a percentage of the income from that stream. Full story

Does getting played on the radio still matter?

You might think, with the success of streaming and particularly playlists, that radio is dead. But we say ignore radio at your peril. Nowadays, we're particularly lucky in the UK to have a range of radio stations and shows with diverse music policies and in this Internet era it’s also possible to reach international broadcasters too. So what’s the secret to getting played on the radio? Well, here’s a brief guide about how the industry works: Full story

100% DIY: How to manage yourself as an artist

We’re seeing more and more artists successfully self-manage these days. So whether you haven’t found the right manager yet or like the idea of being in control of every aspect of your business, it ’s more than achievable. Be realistic when setting goals, and prepare for some serious graft, but in return, you know that all the profits are coming straight to you and you’ve got complete artistic control. Full story

How to get your music heard

You’ve laid down a few tracks now you’re ready for the world to hear them, but how to get your new bangers out to fans and industry insiders? Here are a few tips to get you started with building your fanbase and impressing the tastemakers: Get Online Full story

What's the structure at a major record label?

For many artists, record labels are the gateway to the industry, and even those who are independent might find themselves considering an idea to work alongside one; so knowing the different roles, responsibilities and demands of your potential team is invaluable in building a solid relationship with your label. To set you on the right path, we’ve broken down the essentials just for you. Full story

Industry Takeover All Dayer: Networking It's Now Or Never

On Saturday 23rd February Urban Development are hosting our very own one-day urban music conference! It is called Industry Takeover All Dayer and is a combination of A&R sessions, workshops, panels and showcases which bring the best and brightest in urban music right to you! Have you ever been to a music networking event where you find yourself nodding aimlessly and your mind drifts off to whether you've defrosted that 5-month old lasagne, or if instead you should just pick up a Nando's? Chicken and chips visuals infiltrate your mind's eye all because the person you're meant to be having a 'conversation' with is ranting on about how they're going to be the next Stormzy. Point being, don't be this guy. Full story