From Beethoven to Bjork – free support for Barnsley music industry launched

How to make money in the music industry is the subject of a new free programme of business support being launched in Barnsley.

Talented musicians, composers, producers, event promoters, managers and technicians are all invited to its launch event Thursday October 2nd.

The specialist seminar titled ‘Making Money in the Music Business’ will kick-start a free programme of support funded by Enterprising Barnsley.

Enterprising Barnsley is a business support programme, delivered by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

It already supports some Barnsley-based music industry enterprises and is looking to reach out to more, whether people are just thinking of starting up their own business or are already running one and have ambitions for growth.

Joshua Ingamells of Barnsley-based music business Big Sky Records said:

“Through Enterprising Barnsley’s support we have been able to completely rebrand our company, develop new ways to earn money and do all of the things we love like writing, recording and performing.

“It is great to have a targeted programme of support which means anyone wanting to start a new business or grow their existing business can get some help to make it happen – like we did.”

The music business launch event will be hosted by Damian Baetens from Transmit Start-Ups, a national organisation which provides start-up loans, training and mentoring to entrepreneurs in the music sector.

Damian will give an overview of how to run a successful music business looking at subjects such as how to protect your intellectual property, how to ensure you are getting paid the right amount from the right people, and how to develop the business skills needed to thrive as well as survive.

Mark Hobrough from North East based music management and production company Swansfield Music will also share his experience at the event.

And, attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss what support and advice they would like to receive at future events.

Tracey Johnson, Enterprising Barnsley’s sector specialist for creative and digital industries, said:

“Barnsley has a huge range of talent and skills in the music business from amazing festivals and gigs through to music studios, producers and of course writers and performers across a host of genres from rock to classical and everything in between.

“We’re trying to reach everyone who would like to make a living out of their talent rather than just fitting their music in around everything else – as well as people who are already working in the music sector who would benefit from extra business support to help them achieve their ambitions.”

The Music Sector Business Support Network launch will be held on Thursday October 2 between 6pm and 9pm at the Digital Media Centre in Barnsley town centre.

For information and to book a place, visit

Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,259,511 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

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