Sŵn puts on Advancing 101 for performers

Tuesday 16 August 2011, 11:09

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Sŵn festival and Welsh Music Foundation, in conjunction with Music Wales and UK Trade and Investment, are putting on two workshops aimed at helping everyone involved in music take their performance into the professional world.

Taking place at Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre on 7 September (2.30-4.30pm, free), the workshops, say Sŵn, will "help bands, band managers, promoters and musicians get more shows and get better shows.

"They offer musicians and performers a chance to learn about the essentials and jargon involved with playing a show - from sorting out tech specs to learning about input lists, watch what live show and festival bookers are looking for, what you need to give them and how to prepare and deliver it.

"The organisers of Sŵn are on hand to help guide delegates through the vagaries and confusion and give tips on how to have a great show before sound check begins. Bands are often booked according to how good they are but sometimes they're booked according to how well prepared they are. Be well prepared!"

This session is delivered by Fionna Allan who has over 10 years' experience working for major festivals and road managing tours across the UK, Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan with artists including LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Will Young, Peaches, The Kills, The Pipettes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Sinead O'Connor.

She said: "Getting it right before you hit the road can mean the difference between a great show and chaos! I was lucky enough to have a really experienced tour manager walk me through how to advancing a show, a tour, a festival and having worked on both sides of the fence, I hope to do the same for other people."

Also taking place at Chapter Arts Centre, International Calling... (5-7pm, free) is for all musicians, interactive companies, music enterprises and media producers who are interested in taking their music overseas, broadening creative business contacts and attending key international trade events. The Music Wales team will be joined by members of UK Trade and Investment and representatives from two of the music and interactive industry's biggest conference and showcase events - South by South West and Midem - offering the low-down on trade missions and how you can reach that wider international market.

To reserve your place on one of both of these free sessions, please email hello@welshmusicfoundation.com or phone 029 2049 4110.

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