Un-Convention

Sustainable Careers in Music workshop

Un-Convention is a UK based, not for profit, creative membership organisation whose main goal is to bring together like minded individuals to discuss the future of independent music.  It is aimed specifically at the grass roots of the industry. Un-Convention has organised a series of music events in the UK and internationally.  

In February 2013 British Council Nepal organised a Sustainable Careers in Music workshop with the Director of Un-Convention, Ruth Daniel, the founder and Director of Respect Music, Sharon Dean and the UK artist Martina Topley-Bird.

The workshop covered the following topics:

• Skills of a creative entrepreneur in the digital age 

• How to make money from music - getting your music in TV and film

• Who pays to use music globally?

• How do you get paid?

• Building a successful festival and event

• Why is song writing and composing so important?

• What is copyright and why is it important?

• What is the role of music publisher?

Linking Nepal and the UK through music

The day after the workshop a concert was held in Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu.  The Square was packed with locals even before the concert started, eager to listen to UK artists Martina Topley-Bird and Steph Grant perform with local band Kutumba. 

The crowd cheered after every performance, wanting more.  The audience shared their views that it was an amazing opportunity to listen to UK and local artists collaborating. It was a rare and uplifting occasion for all involved.