16th May 2016 – TuneCore UK announced today a partnership with The Great Escape festival to present CMU:DIY, a dedicated ‘DIY Day’ designed to educate, guide and support UK independent artists and emerging musicians.

TuneCore, the leading independent music distribution service, will co-host CMU:DIY on Saturday 21st May at 10:30am. The ‘DIY Day’ will provide a platform for independent and emerging musicians to build their knowledge of the often complex modern music industry, bringing together industry experts, artists and other speakers, including singer songwriter Chris T-T, Lucinda Brown (TicketScript), Rosie James (Tru Thoughts), Joe Porn (Music Glue) and Seymour Stein (Sire Records), in a series of panel discussions, Q&As and other exclusive content.

Led by experts Chris Cooke (CMU), Jen Long (Dice FM) and DJ John 00 Fleming, CMU:DIY supported by TuneCore UK draws upon the wealth of talent and expertise attending Brighton during The Great Escape. The event marks TuneCore UK’s commitment to investing in the UK independent music community.

TuneCore is committed to investing in the global independent music scene, and we understand how important it is for artists to feel supported locally as they take charge of their careers. As our core mission is to empower and expand the careers of independent and emerging musicians, partnering with The Great Escape has been a great way to align our shared goals.” said Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore “With events like CMU:DIY and others in the UK, we continue to innovate and create new opportunities to support independent artists.”

Taking place in Brighton from Thursday May 19th to Saturday May 21st, The Great Escape takes over the whole of Brighton, with hundreds of gigs from nearly 800 artists in dozens of music venues across the city. TuneCore.co.uk has distributed music for an impressive one in three artists playing this year’s Great Escape, including Heavytrackerz and Astroid Boys.

TuneCore UK continues the company’s mission of bringing more music to more people globally and helping musicians and songwriters increase revenue opportunities, while ensuring artists keep 100% ownership and revenue to take charge of their careers. The UK service has been created exclusively for local artists to collect revenue from streams, downloads, royalties and sync licensing in local currency.

“It is important for TuneCore UK to engage with, support and find opportunities for our local independent and emerging artist communities, CMU:DIY will be the first among many events where we will do just that.” said Sam Taylor, Tunecore UK Brand Manager. “Our aim is to be at the beating heart of the UK’s independent music scene, helping artists find their fans so that they can make their passion a career.

CMU:DIY at The Great Escape tickets are only £25 for non TGE ticket holders, and all performing artists get free admission. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/CGP2105

CMU:DIY takes place at The Old Courtroom (Church Street) and The Lighthouse (Kensington Street) in Brighton on Saturday 21st of May from 10:30am to 5pm.

To see a full line up of speakers for the day’s event, please visit www.cmudiy.com/thegreatescape.

About The Great Escape

Described by Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq as “The Cannes Film Festival of the music world”, The Great Escape is one of the most significant events in the UK’s music calendar and Europe’s biggest new music showcase. The three-day festival brings together a huge number of bands, artists and industry professionals in one place. It offers independent and emerging artists a great opportunity not only to be seen and heard, but to receive support and guidance on their music careers from industry experts, meanwhile industry insiders get an unrivalled opportunity to meet, network and discover new music.

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