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…

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

Streaming Explained – The Digital Market In 2021 | 2 Feb

Streaming Explained – How Digital Licensing Works | 9 Feb

Streaming Explained – How Money Gets Shared | 16 Feb

Building A Fanbase For New Artists | 23 Feb

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 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.

Tuesday 2 Feb 2021 | 2.30pm
Streaming now accounts for more than half of recorded music revenues worldwide – and in many countries it’s much bigger than that. Get fully up to speed on all the key trends and developments in the global streaming music market in this super timely webinar.

Learn about…
• The different kinds of streaming services.
• Which platforms dominate in which markets.
• Which platforms generate the real money.
• What impact the streaming boom has had on the music industry.
• What key challenges remain for the streaming market.

Tuesday 9 Feb 2021 | 2.30pm
The streaming business is complex in terms of how services are licensed, and how artists and songwriters get paid. Get to grips with it all via our concise user-friendly guide to digital licensing and streaming royalties – explained in full in just ten steps.

Learn about…
• Why copyright rules and industry conventions complicate streaming.
• How the record industry licenses through direct deals.
• How the publishing sector licenses through direct and society deals.
• How streaming royalties are calculated each month.
• How and why money flows down an assortment of royalty chains.

Tuesday 16 Feb 2021 | 2.30pm
Streaming is a revenue share game, with digital dollars shared out each month between artists, songwriters, labels and publishers. We explain how the money is currently split up and talk through why some people in the industry believe a different approach is needed.

Learn about…
• How streaming monies are shared out each month.
• How the digital pie has been re-sliced over the years.
• Why recording rights get a bigger share than the song rights.
• The arguments for and against a major overhaul of how streaming monies are shared out.
• The case for user-centric royalty distribution.

Tuesday 23 Feb 2021 | 2.30pm
How do artists go about building a fanbase in 2020? In this webinar we’ll talk through the fanbase building process, from when artists are working truly DIY, through the involvement of different music industry business partners like management, distributors, labels, promoters and specialist agencies.

Learn about…
• The fanbase building process – from hobbyist to headliner.
• Fanbase building tools.
• The role of the artist’s business partners.
• Utilising fan data to fuel growth.
• The impact of COVID-19.

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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