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Learn To Bypass Bad Deals at Free Seminar

NZ Music Industry Networks & Learns To Bypass Bad Deals at Free Seminar
"Music Business Legalities & Realities"--Auckland Monday 18/11 @ Comedy Classic

As a mob of more than 20 overseas A&R scouts, promoters, record company execs & publishing experts descend on Auckland to view showcasing Kiwi bands during the America's Cup preliminary races next week, a different group of music business professionals will be gathering at Comedy Classic & Bar Monday November 18 at 5 pm to start networking, taking in tips & techniques for survival as well as exports.

Ex-pat NZ lawyer Shane Simpson will join music industry analyst Phil Tripp for a three hour free seminar from 6pm to 9pm joined by NZ music industry identities Campbell Smith (manager of Bic Runga, Garageland & Stellar) and Malcolm Black (Sony Music A&R head, former lawyer). They'll reveal secrets of how the global music industry really works, how NZ artists, labels & business professionals can take advantage of current trends plus the dangers or deal points that kill careers.

Simpson is Australia's top music business lawyer/dealmaker and is author of the 650 page hit book "Music Business" which covers every aspect of doing business in the fast changing music industry and how to avoid music business disasters.

Tripp has a 30 year history in the Australian & US music industries and publishes the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory which details Australian & NZ contacts. As a music analyst he points to the grim statistics of failure for those trying to win.

"In the US last year, over 12,500 debut albums (the first CD, LP, EP, cassette) of artists were released. Of those, the number that recouped all costs (including recording, pressing, producer fees, song royalties, distribution, advertising, marketing, management commissions, etc) only totalled 24. In the same year, 26 people were killed by lightning!" Tripp states. "Another interesting statistic is that the tastes of the public are shifting and few record companies are taking note. In 1992, only 14% of the record buying public was over the age of 40. In 2002, it's 34%."

At a time when the New Zealand government has invested close to $500,000 to bring in executives during the America's Cup to sample the local talent, and a couple of million more to develop the NZ Music Industry Commission, the need for artists, their managers, upcoming record labels, budding entrepreneurs, songwriters and other professionals to hone their skills and knowledge is crucial. This free seminar gives them the tools, tips, techniques and tales of tragedy to deter them from becoming music business casualties. It's a one time opportunity.

Topics include band structures, contract deal points at all levels, getting management, recording and publishing as well as do-it-yourself ways to enable and empower artists to become nationally successful, small businesses like labels become export-ready, & NZ talent to stay in country & keep their earnings here plus Internet & piracy issues.

Interviews with Simpson & Tripp in Sydney by phone or email to Friday 15/11.
Tripp will be in Christchurch Friday & Sunday and Auckland from 2 pm Monday.
Contact by phone is (61-2) 9557 7766, by email is mailto: contains complete details of this one night free seminar & also details on the crucial book "Music Business" by Simpson.

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