Belfast Telegraph

Hit right notes in showbusiness at song writing convention

By Chris Nelson

Belfast is to host a three-day international conference focusing on the business behind music.

The Song Writing Convention, organised by industry body Panarts, starts on Thursday at the Holiday Inn in the city and will focus on how to secure and collect royalties and delve into support available for songwriters.

"This is our ninth year of exploring the business side of music in the Panarts convention and our best conference to date," Panarts Director Colin Magee said. "Several commercially successful writers are flying in to share their experience of being signed recording artists and each year, the conference helps to create jobs in the music industry."

On Friday February 22, PRS for Music, Irish Music Rights Organisation and London-based Crisis Management will explore royalties in the free panel discussion How To Make Money From Songs while Mark Melton will roleplay a business contract with Naomi Mac Donald of the Musicians Union.

American artiste Jason Blume has written hits for The Gypsy Kings and Britney Spears and will critique songs at two special events in the convention.

Collecting Royalties In The Digital Age comes under scrutiny with independent music lawyer David Preston and Simon Aldridge of Broadcast Music Inc.

Many artistes performing at next week's Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival have agreed to host one-hour workshops including Brian Kennedy and Henry Priestman, hit writer with The Christians.

Full details can be found at the website A ticket covering all festival concerts and 16 workshops costs £85 from the website.

Belfast Telegraph