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Wide Days: Broadening your musical horizons

The second annual WIDE DAYS takes place at Edinburgh University’s Teviot House on April 7. The music seminar and showcase event is a spin-off of the more regular Born To Be Wide events in the capital, which in the past year has covered engaging topics such as music photography, gig promotion and booking, and even a German-themed night.

The project is headed by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss, well-known figures in Edinburgh’s music scene through their work on The Scotsman’s Under The Radar column (not to be confused with the Radar blog) and New Found Sound.

The line-up for this year’s Wide Days features leading industry figures and is a mixture of discussion panels, workshops and live music.

Here’s a rundown of the seminars:

MAKING TOURING PAY
How can an impoverished band build a fanbase by taking to the road. Panelists include:
Robert Hicks [Beyond Promotions], Jason Edwards [13 Artists], Keren McKean [Manager / We Make Music Work], Caroline Winn [Hebrides Ensemble], Moderator Michael Lambert

NOT JUST SXSW
Which showcase events do not involved visas, can be reached by van or budget flight and will still leave you enough money to record and tour an album? Panelists: Shaun Arnold [goNorth], Ruth Daniel [Un-Convention], Martin Elbourne [The Great Escape/Glastonbury]

MUSIC IN FILMS
How to bridge the gap between film makers and musicians, it will cover legal aspect and rights, as well as the artistic and technical aspects which need to be considered. Panelists: Caroline Gorman [Rage Music], Nigel McCune [Musicians Union]

DIY VS RECORD LABELS
New online services are launched every month, but what do they really offer and can they substitute the role traditionally associated with labels? Can the artist get the best of both worlds and do these services work for labels as well? Panelists: Stewart Henderson [Chemikal Underground], Joe Porn [Music Glue]

The workshops are as follows:

MAKING MONEY WITH PPL
Dan Millington [PPL]
MUSIC MAKING MONEY
Scott Cohen [The Orchard]
HOW TO WRITE A KILLER BIOG
Neil Cooper
ONLINE PROMOTION
Inner Ear

Although Wide Days will primarily appeal to those involved in, or keen to be involved in, the music industry, several Scottish actsRachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, Capitals, Letters, GoGoBot and Paws – will be playing short showcases at Cabaret Voltaire, Electric Circus and Sneaky Pete’s, which are free for fans to attend. To get on the guestlist, just email your name to the appropriate address: rachel@widedays.com or witheredhand@widedays.com or capitals@widedays.com or letters@widedays.com or gogobot@widedays.com or paws@widedays.com

Tickets for Wide Days are available to purchase here.

Rachel Sermanni – Eggshells

Capitals – Hello World

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