CMU’s Weekly Webinars

Online training for music people

Expand your knowledge about the inner workings of the music business, best practice across the music industry, and all the latest trends and developments, with CMU’s weekly webinars.

Taking place every Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm London time, these one-hour online training sessions are delivered by CMU’s Chris Cooke.

Each webinar presents timely and easy-to-understand insights about a different music business topic, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Attendees can also access online resources – including downloadable slides – and a recording of the webinar available for a month after the live session.

Aware that the music industry is still facing many challenges as a result of COVID-19, CMU is keeping the prices down for this series of webinars with special rates currently available.

Access to each individual webinar is just £25, plus you can book into four webinars for £75 and all nine for just £150.

We are currently taking bookings for the following webinars…

Top Five Music Industry Developments In 2020 | 3 Nov

Top Five Streaming Developments In 2020 | 10 Nov

Top Five Copyright Developments In 2020 | 17 Nov

The Evolution Of Music Distribution | 24 Nov

The Evolution Of Music Piracy | 1 Dec

The Evolution Of Artist Management | 8 Dec

Making Money From Music Copyright | 12 Jan

Collective Licensing Explained – Get Played, Get Paid | 19 Jan

Music Rights Data Made Simple | 26 Jan

Full information about each session is given below

We can also run these and a whole host of other webinars bespoke for your team or develop a specific online learning programme for your company. Click here to find out more about CMU’s Team Training services.


Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | 2.30pm
In a year dominated by the impact of COVID-19, what have been the key developments in the wider music industry in 2020? As the live industry restarts, what will it look like? And what impact will the challenges of 2020 have long-term on all the other strands of the music industry?

Learn about…
• What the live sector will look like post-COVID.
• The impact of COVID on music rights and the fan relationship.
• Key streaming trends and challenges.
• How music marketing has changed in 2020.
• The new opportunities in live streaming and direct-to-fan.

Tuesday 10 Nov 2020 | 2.30pm
While the streaming boom continues led by Spotify-style services, the digital music market is diversifying again. New streaming products and business models present both challenges and opportunities, while lingering questions about Spotify-style streaming increasingly need to be answered.

Learn about…
• The evolution of user-generated content platforms.
• Where live-streaming, music creation apps and podcasts fit in.
• How the price point debate will evolve in subscription streaming.
• The ongoing debate over how digital income is shared.
• Why addressing music data challenges is becoming more urgent.

Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 | 2.30pm
The music rights business has been more stable during the COVID-19 crisis, though certain revenue streams have taken a hit. Meanwhile copyright law and the music industry’s licensing systems continue to evolve. Get a speedy update on all the key developments in music rights with this webinar.

Learn about…
• The impact of COVID-19 on music rights revenues.
• The implementation of the European Copyright Directive.
• The new mechanical rights licensing system in the US.
• The music industry’s key piracy objectives.
• The ongoing transparency debate.

Tuesday 24 Nov 2020 | 2.30pm
Music distribution has changed a lot over the last fifteen years. This webinar reviews the evolution of digital distribution, explaining how distributors expanded their services and client base, and runs through the distribution options open to artists and labels today.

Learn about…
• Why music distributors play a key role in the record industry.
• How and why the range of services distributors offer has expanded.
• The pros and cons of artists working directly with distributors.
• The key factors to consider when picking a distributor.
• The key challenges in the music distribution sector today.

Tuesday 1 Dec 2020 | 2.30pm
As the legitimate digital music market has evolved so has online music piracy. This webinar looks at the piracy challenge over the last 20 years, how the music industry has sought to tackle the problem, and which anti-piracy tactics actually work today.

Learn about…
• What the law says about copyright infringement.
• The rise of online piracy in the 2000s and the industry’s initial response.
• The rise of stream ripping and today’s piracy challenges.
• What the industry at large can do about music piracy today.
• What individual rights-holders can do about music piracy today.

Tuesday 8 Dec 2020 | 2.30pm
The role of the artist manager has changed dramatically over the last two decades as artists themselves seek to take more control over their recorded music and fan relationships. What does management now involve, what skills and knowledge are required, and what should management deals look like?

Learn about…
• Where the artist manager fits in.
• How the role of the manager changes as an artist’s career progresses.
• The manager as a marketeer, entrepreneur, investor and counsellor.
• The debate around what management deals should look like.
• The different approaches to management companies.

Tuesday 12 Jan 2021 | 2.30pm
The music rights business makes money by exploiting the controls that come with the copyrights in songs and recordings. Get to grips with all the basic principles of copyright law and how music copyright makes money in this user-friendly easy-to-follow webinar.

Learn about…
• What enjoys copyright protection.
• The distinct copyright controls.
• Who owns copyright – by default and by convention.
• How music copyright makes money.
• Direct exploitation and licensing.

Tuesday 19 Jan 2021 | 2.30pm
Sometimes the music industry licenses through direct deals, other times it employs the collective licensing approach. Fully understand how collective licensing works – in the UK and around the world – in this user-friendly easy-to-follow webinar.

Learn about…
• Why the music industry uses collective licensing.
• When collective licensing applies.
• What collective licensing means for rights owner and licensee.
• How collective licensing works around the world.
• How collective licensing is regulated.

Tuesday 26 Jan 2021 | 2.30pm
Getting songwriters and artists paid when their songs and recordings are played often comes down to whether or not the right data is in the system. But what data? This webinar runs through all the key data points and explains how to get information into the system.

Learn about…
• All the important music copyright data points.
• Who manages each data point.
• How you get your data into the system.
• How bad data stops payment.
• Why the music industry still has a copyright data problem.

Published prices include VAT and all booking fees.

Bookings are non-refundable, though a booking can be transferred to another person or webinar – email for more info.

Payment must be made before attendance unless otherwise arranged.

Once you have booked online you will receive an automatic booking confirmation by email. If there are any subsquent issues with processing your payment we will get in touch. Otherwise you will receive a logistics email on the morning of the webinar telling you how to access the session.

All webinars are delivered via the Zoom webinar platform and you will need an internet connection to access them.

If, for any reason, a webinar is postponed or cancelled CMU Insights will let each participant know by email, via the email address used in the booking. Affected attendees will have the option to move their booking to another webinar or to take a full refund.

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