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The Tourdates Sessions
A date for your diary: Thursday 21 May (8pm, to be exact) sees the first outing of a new event to be held monthly at Chalk Farm's venerable Enterprise (The Enterprise, 2 Havestock Hill, Chalk Farm, Camden, London. NW3 2BL. 0871 9170007).
Presented by Turning Worm, The Tourdates Sessions give you a chance to check out some of the best bands to be found from the within the Tourdates community. Headlining this month's event are the mighty We Rock Like Girls Don't, with support from fellow guitar heroes Molloy and The Dandelion Killers. With all three bands having also attended Tourdates monthly Musicians' Clinic it is set to be a night of musical mayhem. The Tourdates Sessions will be streamed live on Tourdates TV - watch the events live online at www.tourdates.co.uk/tv. Bands / artists can sign up on the Tourdates site to be in with a chance of being considered for the Tourdates Sessions.
Musicians' Clinic - getting in front of the Industry
The idea for The Tourdates Sessions came out of the Musicians' Clinic, a unique free service for upcoming artists. A brand new initiative for 2009, the Musicians' Clinic is a monthly event providing unprecedented access to over 100 years of music industry expertise.
The clinic will be held monthly on a Monday evening at The Hawley Arms in Camden, North London between 6:30 - 8:30pm, and will allow upcoming artists a unique opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing in areas such as label negotiations and legal issues, merchandise strategy, effective PR, working with the press and sales. In addition they will have the opportunity to have their demos critiqued by Andy Ross, former boss of Food Records,120 consecutive top 100 singles and six UK number one albums with three different artists including Blur. Andy Currently manages Bleech.
Andy Ross is joined by Leonard Lowy a solicitor specialising in the music industry, Mel Brown the MD of Impressive PR, Andy Allen CEO of Backstreet Merchandise and Richard Hodkinson Editorial Director of LondonTourdates magazine.
Leonard Lowy commented "With so much doom and gloom out there at the moment, I can't think of a better time to launch a new initiative like this. For those of us who make our living from this industry, it's great to be able to give something back. Hopefully with our combined expertise we'll be able to help steer people in the right direction."
Jarrod Robinson, CEO of Tourdates, added “Tourdates is delighted to have been asked by Leonard to run the event which will provide our artist community with access to over 100 years of collective know-how.”
Andy Allen, CEO of Backstreet Merchandise, praised the event saying "This is an excellent opportunity for artists to receive some professional advice and possibly avoid costly mistakes."
Mel Brown feels there is a wealth of great bands that really don’t know where to start - they don’t know what PR is or when the best time is to start a PR push or campaign. Getting an experienced PR on board early could make a huge difference to the overall strategy of the bands career.
The next clinic is to be held on Monday 18th May at the Hawley Arms - its free to attend, but booking is essential.
Artists can book online at www.tourdates.co.uk/musicians-clinic