HMUK partners with Brighton Music Conference for third consecutive year

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Help Musicians UK and BMC to host interactive workshop exploring career progression in the electronic music sector, panel on maintaining wellbeing and networking event

Help Musicians UK is set to return for a third consecutive year to Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK’s foremost electronic music conference and networking event. HMUK’s presence over the three days (April 25-27) will see it lead a conversation around maintaining mental wellbeing, facilitate an interactive workshop on the future of electronic music careers and host a delegate networking event.

On Friday April 26, the team behind the charity’s Creative Programme that provides funding for artist careers, will lead an interactive workshop focusing on innovation in the electronic music industry and its impact on careers.  There will be input on the day from Julia Hayes (Creative Programme Manager, Help Musicians UK), Tristan Hunt (Regional Manager, Association For Electronic Music), Cassandra Gurling (Drake Music Musical Inclusion Practitioner & Manager / MOBO Help Musicians Funded artist) and Ben Bishop (Events Producer, The Yard / Music Researcher at Goldsmiths University). The specially designed workshop will engage BMC attendees to envision what a career in electronic music might look like in the future. The session will ask the audience to share their visions and forecast the future of electronic music to help identify potential needs of creators in the genre.

Later that same day, Help Musicians will be joined by DJ-turned-health-practitioner Brandon Block, Claire Cordeaux (Director, British Association Performing Arts Medicine), Angelique Sabine (Head of Student Services at BIMM Brighton) and Andy Franks (Co-founder, Music Support) for a discussion chaired by Aidan Culley (Health and Welfare Officer, Help Musicians UK) around the lifestyle that can accompany a career in the industry, challenges and support systems.

Delegates can get to know the team at the delegate networking event on Thursday night when Help Musicians will co-host a showcase event in the i360, alongside Women In Music Collective and Native Instruments. The charity has programmed a two hour showcase at the networking event, featuring one of Help Musicians’ supported artists Samantha Togni, alongside the winner of a DJ competition run by the charity in conjunction with DJ Magazine. Details on the competition and how to enter below.

Help Musicians UK DJ competition at BMC 2019

One talented rising star is being offered a suite of prizes, including a one-hour showcase set at the Help Musicians UK BMC networking event, two passes to BMC, one-hour funding consultation with Help Musicians UK experts, £50 Beatport credit, a Novation Circuit Mono Station and a BMC T-shirt.

The charity will provide a fee of £142.50 in accordance with MU standard guidelines, as well as travel & accommodation costs up to £100.

To enter, send a link to stream your 30-minute mix to with subject line 'BMC Competition'.

First 30 entries valid - no further entries will be accepted after Thursday 11 April, 5pm. UK residents only.

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