Out of FOCUS 2020

FOCUS Wales are pleased to present a brand new digital showcase and conference event set for 21st – 26th September 2020, the inaugural Out of FOCUS Digital Conference.

In the first of a series of online events (with more to be announced in the coming months), this virtual showcase event will feature panel talks, and keynote sessions, with industry professionals and special guests.

Check out the schedule and speakers below.

Monday 21 September 2020

Musicians’ Union Presentation

Discover what the Musicians’ Union are currently offering in terms of support (financial and advice), lobbying, and also what other support is available for musicians right now.

12pm – 12:45pm
Building your strategy Part 1 – Planning for the worst and hoping for the best.

What are the options for planning and developing an artist’s career path under the current circumstances?

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Keynote – Gareth Evans Q + A

Youtuber and the founder of Goliath Guitar Tutorials – a youtube channel with in excess of 750,000 subscribers – Gareth will explain how he managed to turn his skill as a musician into a global, online business.

4pm – 4:45pm
AIM & Music Declares Emergency

Join AIM and Music Declares Emergency for a conversation around climate and ecological emergency, and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. Special guests TBA.

5:00pm – 5:45pm
DIRECT INPUT – Stealing Sheep in Conversation

Direct Input is a Future Yard webinar series which looks to lift the lid on the techniques and tactics utilised by the teams behind a range of today’s most successful artists. Becky Hawley joins us for this webinar Q&A, to talk about her career experiences with her band Stealing Sheep.

6pm – 7pm

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Music Media – The future of music media

Our expert panel will discuss the challenges, currently facing music media and how the future will look.

1pm – 1:45pm
Building your strategy Part 2 – Digital

Platforms: What’s New and how to make the most of them. More than ever, it is vital for artists to have an up to the minute knowledge and command of the latest online platforms available and how to get the most out of them.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Keynote – Dave Stewart

World renowned artist, writer and producer and founder of Eurythmics: Dave Stewart and Trackd discuss Remote Music Collaboration. Theme: Exploring music collaboration in the age of the internet. A keynote exploring tools for remote songwriting collaboration and recording.

4pm – 4:45pm
Parenting and Music

Discussing the ways in which musicians balance parenting with their careers, and how lockdown has affected this balance.

5pm – 6pm

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Funding Clinic

The latest information on what funding and support is available for music creators and the wider music industry in Wales.

1pm – 1:45pm
Mental Health Check-in

Music Mind’s Matter lead an informal group chat checking in on our mental health, and sharing tips and advice.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Keynote – Henca Maduro Q&A

The founder of ‘New Skool Rules’ the international Hip Hop and r&b showcase in Rotterdam. Henca will talk about her life and career with Ffion Wyn (ladies of Rage)

4pm – 4:45pm

Find out how to make money from writing and performing music from the UK’s collection societies PPL and PRS for Music. Plus, a chance to quiz our experts.

5pm – 6pm

Thursday 24 September 2020

How can Help Musicians help me?

Find out about all the ways the charity Help Musicians can support musicians in their career, through health and welfare, creative career development and building confident business skills. Help Musicians offers a lifetime of support when it’s needed the most.

1pm – 1:45pm
A Working Live Sector – Road to recovery

How has the live sector responded, not just to Covid 19 but also to the problems it faced before and how will we shape it, going forward?

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Going worldwide on the web

Exploring what effect Brexit and the Pandemic may have on exporting music?

4pm – 4:45pm

In conversation with Dan Koplowitz of Friendly Fire Licensing, USA. All you need to know about starting to sync your music.


Friday 25 September 2020

Music & Race in Wales

Privilege Café Sgwrs #5 – @ Out of Focus. Tŷ Cerdd in collaboration with Privilege Café discuss ‘How can we effect change through talent development?’

12:30pm – 2:05pm
Rehearsing, Recording, and Going Live

Discussing the current standard practices across studio and rehearsal spaces in Wales, and the importance of capturing live performances.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Showcasing Online

FOCUS Wales, The Great Escape, Sound City, and Wide Days discuss how artists can make the most out of showcase festivals both online and offline.

6pm – 7pm

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