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09 Nov 2019
Talks & Workshops

CirKT Music Industry Conference

CirKT launches with a one-day music conference, providing a rare opportunity for audiences to have access to leading music professionals.

This event in Kingston will feature production masterclasses, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and networking events and is for everyone – whether you are a seasoned music professional or have a budding interest in music. There will also be a performance by CirKT New Talent act Kitty Got Claws.


Laura Brosnan, TRENCH magazine: A music journalist, photographer and executive editor of TRENCH magazine. Recently The Evening Standard featured them as one of London’s 1000 most influential people. Starting out as a music blogger, with Hyperfrank as their alias, Laura went on to graduate with a BA Hons in Journalism and has written for The Guardian, Complex and Time Out. Laura has worked behind the scenes at PRS Foundation on deciding the successful applicants of a women and non-binary focused music fund. They have also been in front of the camera as a judge on BBC Three’s The Rap Game.

Adam Maestro, Sofar Sounds: Adam is Director of Sofar Sounds, which presents unique live music experiences – each gig is an intimate show held in a unique venue, like someone’s living room or an antique shop. It typically features three artists, playing four songs each. Sofar Sounds present live music in 441 cities world-wide across the world.

Keith Miller, Bad Vibrations and LNZRT: Founder of Bad Vibrations and the Head of Events at LNZRT. Keith also runs three festivals: Wide Awake, Label Mates and Fuzz Club Festival (in the Netherlands). As Head of Events at LNZRT, Keith is in charge of the promotions and production of events at the Moth Club, The Shacklewell Arms, The Waiting Room and The Lock Tavern, Camden. He has booked acts including Lady Gaga, Jarvis Cocker, Dave Grohl, Kamasi Washington and King Gizzard.

Jamie Danan, Cannonball PR: Jamie Danan, whose previous experience as a music and culture journalist, and then as a PR manager across major music and film titles, has over a decades experience of managing and promoting established and emerging music acts. Cannonball delivers innovative, dynamic press campaigns which help transition exciting emerging talent into definitive, resonant acts for modern times.


Conference Sessions

Panel: The Future of London’s Music Scene – What does Kingston’s music scene need?
2 – 3.30pm, Main Theatre
Live music is the heartbeat of our capital city with Kingston displaying a rich music heritage, from Bowie, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks. However, in the face of pressure on the industry – from the closure of music venues to technological change and the rise of social media, our panel will provide a lively debate on the current state of live music and how can we work together to ensure live music flourishes.


Workshop 1: The DIY Guide to getting your music out there
3.45 – 4.45pm, Classroom Space 1
Work with an industry professional to uncover practical tips on how to get your music heard in front of radio stations, venues, A&Rs and labels. Led by Laura Brosnan, (Drench, Exec Editor).


Workshop 2: Building a following on social media
3.45 – 4.45pm, Classroom Space 2
Discover practical tips on how to build your following and engagement. This workshop has been designed to help you gain an understanding of Social Media from a music perspective, enabling you to establish, maintain and optimise social media promotion to raise awareness of your music, venue or event. Led by Jamie Danan, Cannonball PR.


Mentoring Sessions
3.45 – 4.45pm Pod Spaces
A huge opportunity for aspiring artists and promoters, Cirkt will bring together some of the most highly respected music industry professionals for you to play your music to and discuss your career challenges in your own 10 minute one to one mentoring session. You will receive personalised advice, professional feedback and guidance and direction.


Q&A: How to be a music promoter with Keith Miller
5pm – 6pm, Main Theatre Space

“Few things beat the thrill of looking around a packed venue of people going crazy for a band and thinking, I did that.”

This master-class is for anyone who wants to arrange and promote live music concerts, demystifying the nitty gritty of booking gigs. Whether you’re a budding promoter, a band looking to put on your own gigs, or a business looking to host concerts for PR or marketing purposes, Bad Vibrations promoter and multi venue owner (The Moth Club, Shacklewell Arms) Keith Miller, will guide you through the basics of finding a venue, promoting the show and taking care of business on the night, including dealing with soundmen, security and the artists themselves – plus, of course, the perils of negotiating profit shares.

09 Nov 2019
2pm - 7pm
5 hours
Kingston Grammar School
70 London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6PY
£6 full price/ £4 concessions

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