Louise Dengate Talks About Stage Psychology On “Success Beyond The Score”

The next guest of Millicent’s podcast “Success Beyond The Score” is Louise Dengate, with whom we have had the fortune to share knowledge and experiences during past Cafemnee workshops. In the interview, Louise talks about her origins, how she built her music career and what she did when the pandemic started.

The video version of the podcast is on her YouTube channel. You can find the podcast in your favourite platform through this website.

Listen To ‘Success Beyond The Score’ Tomorrow On AffinityXtra Radio

The second part of Millicent’s interview with music producer and record label CEO Tony Bean will air tomorrow at noon on AffinityXtra radio.

Here the first part of the interview, in case you missed it or if you want a refresher:

Remember the podcast is available on all podcast platforms and on Millicent’s Youtube channel. A new episode with a different guest will premiere on Monday!

Have You Downloaded Your Free Booklet Yet?

As part of Millicent’s effort to make information about the music industry more accessible, she published a free booklet in which she reveals 25 immensely beneficial tips to achieve your goals as a professional musician, singer, rapper or spoken word artiste.

This booklet is published in digital format and it is completely free. To get your copy, go to this website and enter the e-mail address where you want to receive your file. That’s all there is to it!

You will also find a video where Millicent goes a bit more in depth about what she wanted with this booklet and how it can help you. If you find it useful and think it could benefit a friend as well, be sure to invite them to download their copy.

Let’s Talk About Menopause on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we commemorate the fight for women’s rights and the struggle against the social oppression and inequality historically forced upon women. One of the actions that can benefit the situation of women in society is the spreading of awareness in regards of what affects most of us in our workplaces and lives. For example, menopause!

Invited by the Musicians’ Union, our director Millicent wrote an article on life as a menopausal musician last year. The topic is always relevant, given that it is still a bit of a taboo, even among women. The more openly we can talk about our body cycles and the more informed we are about them, the more accurate our decisions can be to improve our conditions.

Click here to read the full article

Also, consider joining the Musicians’ Union. They have extended their subscription holiday scheme!

The Spring Budget: A Mixed Bag For Musicians

After the delivery of the Budget speech last Wednesday, the Musician’s Union analysed the all the announced measures and arrived to the conclusion that, despite there are good news, there’s still work to be done.

The positive highlights are the extension of furlough and SEISS until September, and the widening of SEISS to include people who declared themselves self-employed in their 2019-20 tax returns. If you are eligible for one of these schemes, this will be a big help for you in the upcoming months. However, almost 40% of musicians don’t have access to either, and they are high risk of poverty and/or being forced to change professions, starting a new professional life with big disadvantages.

The areas where most pressure is needed are the unfair gaps still present in SEISS, and the fact that the £300m granted to the Culture Recovery Fund are not available for freelancers in England and Northern Ireland yet, despite the fact they have been so for Wales and Scotland.

What can you do to help? Music is a great way to get your thoughts out there! Check for example this song by Andi Hopgood, directed to Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The band “Darts” also created a song for the Chancellor, inviting him to look into our situation with urgency:

You can also rely on the MU and the multiple campaigns they champion in behalf of the industry. They have extended their subscription holiday scheme to make easier for musicians to access support.

Listen To Tony Bean’s Full Interview For Success Beyond The Score

The full interview with Tony Bean, the founder and CEO of 5AM records, who has worked with big names like Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s child, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and more, is now available in all podcast streaming platforms, ready to answer all your questions regarding music production! A video version can be found in YouTube.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for Millicent on your platform of preference telling her what you liked about the interview, or what themes you’d like the podcast to cover next!

Let’s Sing Until Mr. Sunak Hears Us Out!

The band “Darts” made a song for Chancellor Rishi Sunak so he understands the struggles of the music industry and decides to #InvestInMusicians

The situation of musicians in the UK is critical. According to the Musician’s Union COVID impact poll of 2020, almost 40% of them are not eligible for government support due to design flaws in the aid programmes; a similar percentage is considering leaving the industry, and an alarming 88% considers the government has not done enough.

This could change if Chancellor Rishi Sunak includes the concerns of the music industry in his Budget speech, which will be delivered tomorrow. Here you have some options to reach out to him:

Share your message for Rishi Sunak on social media:

Write to Rishi Sunak at the Treasury:

We have a few hours left, let’s not keep quiet!

“Success Beyond The Score” With Tony Bean, Part 2

Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 2 of Success Beyond The Score! Today we pick where we left off with Tony Bean. He talks about some of his career highs & lows; dealing with personalities in the studio, home and work balance and his 5 tips to help you develop as a music producer. Watch here:

This recording took place using Zoom, over the internet because of the social distancing requirements in the UK, so you will notice a difference in the audio quality but there are still fantastic experiences for you to learn. This episode is also available as a regular podcast on all your favourite platforms.

3 Ways To Convince Rishi Sunak To #InvestInMusicians

The Budget statement is approaching. The Musicians’ Union is focused on five points for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to consider in regards of the music industry, which are:

1.   Extend SEISS (Self-employment Income Support Scheme) and furlough beyond April for sectors that cannot return to work.
2.   Adjust SEISS to ensure that all musicians are covered in future rounds of funding.
3.   Open up the second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) to freelancers in England – in line with Scotland and Wales.
4.   Introduce an insurance scheme for summer festivals and other events.
5.   A subsidy for live events to happen with reduced capacity under social distancing.

They are doing everything in their power, but we as musicians working in the UK need to take action as well, and we must hurry because the budget speech will be delivered on Wednesday!

There are three things you can do to convince Mr. Sunak and the government to invest on musicians:

Share your message for Rishi Sunak on social media:

Write to Rishi Sunak at the Treasury:

Share your story using the MU’s customisable graphic:

Find “Success Beyond The Score Season 2” On AffinityXtra Radio

Success Beyond The Score season 2 is airing in the radio station Affinity Xtra every two weeks, following the same schedule season 1 had: Tuesdays and Sundays at noon.

Tune in in just an hour to www.affinityxtra.com and listen to the first episode, in which Millicent interviews Tony Bean, founder and CEO of 5am Records, so you are all caught up and can listen to the second part of the interview when it premieres on Youtube and all podcast platforms next week.

We really hope you are enjoying the new format for the second season!

#BeXtra

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