Sŵn Festival Welsh Music Mixer

Music Industry meetings, training and introductions.

Tiny Rebel Cardiff
25 Westgate Street
Friday 20th October 2017
Sessions and Events : 10.00am-7.00pm

Sŵn’s Welsh Music Mixer is a new initiative as part of Sŵn Festival 2017. We’ll be bringing some key UK music industry organisations to meet with artists and those working in the music sector in Wales.

Some events will be open to all; others will be bespoke 1-to-1s where you can book in to meet with the individuals that can help you as an artist, a band, promoter, manager, label or venue working from Wales.

See the schedule below:

10:00 – 12:00  Association of Independent Music : 1-to-1 Drop In Sessions
10:30 – 12:00  Horizons / Gorwelion & The Launchpad Fund
11:00 – 15:15   Making Music: Drop In Sessions
13:00 – 14:30  Independent Venue Week Wales: Meet the Team
13:00 – 14:00  Get Played – Get Paid with PPL & PRS For Music
14:30 – 15:30  Association of Independent Music : Get Paid To Do What You Love
15:00 – 17:00  PPL & PRS For Music Drop In Sessions
15:00 – 17:00  Meet the Musicians Union at the MU Social
16:00 – 17:00  Meet The Funder : PRS Foundation
17:00 – 19:00  PPL & PRS for Music host the SŴN WELSH MUSIC MIXER Networking Drinks

DOORS 9:00am

Association of Independent Music: 1-to-1 Drop In Sessions

An opportunity to book in to meet one to one with AIM’s Jude McArdle to ask questions about the organisation and how they can support your work.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is the trade body providing a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry. They represent over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the world, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break new markets.

Join AIM now at: musicindie.com. We’re delighted to offer friends of Swn Festival 25% off with code ‘aimswndeal’

ADMISSION : *Registration is now closed for this session.

Horizons / Gorwelion & The Launchpad Fund

Horizons/Gorwelion is a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales. Once a year we offer Launchpad grants to support musicians, and the application window is open until October 30th – this session will be a chance to find out more about it.

  • What is Horizons and Launchpad?
  • How can I apply?
  • I’ve applied before but wasn’t successful, why?
  • Writing applications and working out budgets?
  • 1-to-1 mentoring from the Horizons team

ADMISSION: Registration is now closed for this session

Making Music: Drop In Sessions

Come and chat to a representative of Making Music about what they do and how they can help you. Since 1935, Making Music has supported and represented music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,200 groups made up of around 170,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their group so they can get on with making music!


ADMISSION : Open to all. No booking required.

Independent Venue Week Wales: Meet the Team

An opportunity for venues from across Wales to meet collectively with the team from Independent Venue Week. Venues can ask questions, discuss joining the event, share plans and workshop ideas to maximise the impact of the week-long celebration of small venues.

Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK, with a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience. For fans, it’s an opportunity to get close up to artists that one day may well be playing stadiums or festival main stages.

Supported by public funding from Arts Council England, IVW brings together these many venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs at the end of January.

These venues are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights so that they can to do the same in the future.

If you’d like to attend please email chloe@independentvenueweek.com to register your interest.

1:00pm-2:00pm • 1.00yh-2.00yh
Get Played - Get Paid with PPL & PRS For Music

PPL and PRS for Music work to support the creation and performance of music.

Collectively, the two organisations represent the rights of songwriters, composers, publishers, record labels and performers the world over. We ensure they are fairly paid wherever their music is played or reproduced in public.

The music licensing companies for recorded music (PPL) and for songwriters (PRS for Music) will lead a workshop to explain and guide artists in preparing for and collecting royalties for their work.

http://www.ppluk.com/     https://www.prsformusic.com/

ADMISSION : Open to all. No booking required.

Cael Eich Chwarae - Cael Eich Talu gyda PPL a PRS for Music

Mae PPL a PRS for Music yn gweithio i gefnogi creu a pherfformio cerddoriaeth.

Gyda'i gilydd, mae'r ddau sefydliad yn cynrychioli hawliau ysgrifennwyr caneuon, cyfansoddwyr, cyhoeddwyr, labeli recordiau a pherfformwyr y byd. Rydym yn sicrhau eu bod yn cael eu talu'n deg lle bynnag y caiff eu cerddoriaeth ei chwarae neu ei atgynhyrchu'n gyhoeddus.

Bydd y cwmnïau trwyddedu cerddoriaeth ar gyfer cerddoriaeth wedi'i recordio (PPL) ac ar gyfer cyfansoddwyr caneuon (PRS for Music) yn arwain gweithdy i esbonio a chanllaw artistiaid wrth baratoi ar gyfer, a chasglu breindaliadau am eu gwaith.

http://www.ppluk.com/     https://www.prsformusic.com/

MYNEDIAD: Agored i bawb. Dim angen archebu o flaen llaw.

Association of Independent Music: Get Paid To Do What You Love

You have the talent and the determination but you haven’t figured out a way to make it work financially. The Association of Independent Music’s Jude McArdle will outline AIM’s work while offering insight and practical advice on turning your creativity into a career and your band into a business.

ADMISSION : Open to all. No booking required.

3:00pm-5:00pm • 3.00yh-5.00yh
PPL & PRS For Music 1-to-1 Drop In Sessions

Book a slot for a 1-to-1 with a representative from PPL or PRS for Music. Ask any questions you may have and get advice on registering and maximising your earnings.

ADMISSION : *Registration is now closed for this session.


Archebwch slot ar gyfer un 1 i 1 gyda chynrychiolydd o PPL neu PRS for Music. Gofynnwch unrhyw gwestiynau sydd gennych a chael cyngor ar gofrestru a chynyddu eich enillion.

MYNEDIAD: *Registration is now closed for this session.

Meet the Musicians Union at the MU Social

The Musicians’ Union (MU) advises, represents, and negotiates on behalf of over 30,000 performers, songwriters and teachers across the UK, across all sectors of the music industry and all genres of music. Whether you’re in a rock band or a string quartet, a solo artist, session player, songwriter, producer, instrumental teacher or DJ, the MU provides a wealth of advice and raft of benefits for its members, including free insurances, band and co-writing agreements, an invaluable contract vetting and negotiation service, template agreements, rates, career advice, representation and much more.

To find out how we can help you, come along to our informal MU Social from 3:00pm-5:00pm to meet Regional Officials Paul Gray and Andy Warnock. Network with other musicians and members, find out what we’re up to, and ask us any questions you may have on any aspects of your career or the music industry. If you’re new to the MU then this is a great chance to find out more about our work and how to make the most of your membership. You don’t have to be a member - we’ll be providing some drinks, so just come along and say hello - why not bring a friend, band mate or colleague along too!

If there is anything specific you’d like discuss in detail then please let us know in advance via Cardiff@themu.org.

Meet The Funder: PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. At this session you can meet a member of their team to learn about their funding strands for musicians, festivals, promoters and other organisations.


5:00pm-7:00pm • 5:00yh-7:00yh
PPL & PRS for Music host the SŴN WELSH MUSIC MIXER Networking Drinks

PPL & PRS for Music bring the day’s activities to an end with an informal networking social, drinks are on the house. (well, for a while at least).

Mae PPL a PRS for Music yn dod â gweithgareddau'r dydd i ben gyda rhwydweithio cymdeithasol anffurfiol, ac mae diodydd am ddim (am gyfnod o leiaf).

ADMISSION : A closed event for those who have attended any of the sessions during the day.