Success Beyond The Score Season 3, Now Available!

Oh, what an adventure it was for Millicent to post the content of the podcast Success Beyond The Score live on YouTube for the third season! Through a bit over two weeks, she talked about many essential things you need to know to grow your music career:

  1. Mon 4th July: Welcome and what to expect. 
  2. Tues 5th July: Does your music have the juice to pull a crowd?
  3. Wed 6th July: Why do musicians get killed by sound?
  4. Thurs 7th July: I’m a musician. Why do I need a business plan?
  5. Fri 8th July: Three reasons why you should charge for your music starting today!
  6. Mon 11th July: Is playing for free a contradiction for musicians?
  7. Tues 12th July: Do you have a music hobby or a music business?
  8. Wed 13th July: This is why you should video record your Gigs.
  9. Thurs 14th July: Stop! Don’t record until you’ve done these!
  10. Fri 15th July: Three essentials for putting on your own show.
  11. Mon 18th July: Three reasons why you should contact the sound engineer before your Gig.

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12 Ways To Reduce Your Money Worries

It's no secret that the cost of living rises have affected everybody.  It may be that you have to cut back on the amount of holidays you take, or figure out how you will make £1 stretch to purchase necessary items.  Well, here are Millicent's 12 tips to help you manage your money worries.  Don't forget to do you due diligence and seek professional advice to see if these will work for you.  

1.  Sell stuff you no longer need!  Maybe you have an extra instrument, or two, or three, or four in the corner gathering dust.  Do you need it?  Could someone else benefit from it?

2. Cut back on ready meals and takeaways, and cook from raw ingredients.  

3. Call in any I.O.Us. 

4. Look through your insurances, utility bills, bank charges and see if you can switch to a provider who is offering a better deal.  Of course, read the small print!

5. Cancel any subscriptions for services you no longer need.

6. Become more...

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Today At 1pm: The 7 Stages Of A Gigging Musician

Today is the first of eleven days of amazing FREE live sessions to help you go further in your music career. At 1pm UK time, find Millicent on her YouTube channel talking about this series, what you can expect, and the seven stages of a gigging musician.

Don’t forget you can interact with Millicent during the sessions through the comments section. If you can’t make it to the livestream, don’t worry, the video will be saved in her channel for you to watch later.

This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV3jS2FFouihpBOjgAxFj-A

Don’t forget to subscribe and activate notifications.

See you there at 1pm!

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11 days of amazing FREE live sessions to help you go further

There are some musicians who go for many years without really knowing how to earn consistently from their music, or how to turn their music into a successful and enjoyable music career. 

Here’s the good news, this Monday, I start 11 days of amazing FREE live sessions, on YouTube covering a variety of ingredients to help you on your journey. Feast your eyes on the topics:

  1. Mon 4th July, 1pm: Welcome and what to expect. 
  2. Tues 5th July, 1pm: Does your music have the juice to pull a crowd?
  3. Wed 6th July, 1pm: Why do musicians get killed by sound?
  4. Thurs 7th July, 1pm: I’m a musician. Why do I need a business plan?
  5. Fri 8th July, 1pm: Three reasons why you should charge for your music starting today!
  6. Mon 11th July, 1pm: Is playing for free a contradiction for musicians?
  7. Tues 12th July, 1pm: Do you have a music hobby or a music business?
  8. Wed 13th July, 1pm: This is why you should video record your Gigs.
  9. Thurs 14th July, 1pm: Stop! Don’t record...
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"BBC Songs of Praise - Gospel Choir of the Year 2022" OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Now that choirs can once again sing together, BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year is back!

The contest looks for the best amateur gospel choirs in the country to take part in this celebration, which has become a popular and prestigious event in the Gospel music world. If you sing in a Gospel choir and think you’ve got what it takes to bring home the trophy, the renown and £1,000, this is your chance!

All you need to do is send in two recordings of the songs you’d choose to sing if you were to get through to the televised finals. All information, including the Entry Form, Rules and Privacy Notice can be found on the Songs of Praise website bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise.

The deadline for entries to be received is Midnight Sunday 3rd July 2022. 

The televised finals will be recorded over one day on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at The Monastery Manchester with the programmes themselves due for broadcast...

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Read 'Children of The Windrush Generation Make Music'

Since 2018, the UK committed to celebrate Windrush Day every year on June 22 to honour the British Caribbean community. To contribute in occasion of the day back in 2019, the Musicians Union invited Millicent to write for the guest blog, exploring the impact that the Windrush Generation has had on her and on the British music scene as a whole.

The article is called 'Children of The Windrush Generation Make Music'. You can read it on Millicent's website and also on the Musicians Union page.

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New Content For The Podcast 'Success Beyond The Score' Is On Its Way

The podcast Success Beyond The Score is soon to have a new season! The wait has been long but we promise it was worth it. We’ll provide details soon (as soon as the end of this week!), but while the time comes, why don’t you listen to the seasons that are already there?

No matter if it is your first time, or if you have already studied the episodes and benefited from applying what you learned to your career, we believe there’s always something new to take from these capsules of key knowledge of the music industry, provided by decades of experience by Millicent and her guests.

You can listen to the two seasons on the following platforms:

And you can watch the videos of season 2 on YouTube.

Stay tunned!

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‘We Demand Better’ National March and Rally

On Saturday 18th June, the Musicians Union will be joining the trade union movement in London to tell the government that the workers of England demand and deserve better! Members of the union are invited to join, assembling from 10:30 am at Portland Place in Central London. There will also be a rally from 1:00 pm in Westminster Square.

 

These are some of the demands:

  • A real pay rise for every worker – and a real living wage for all
  • Respect and security for all workers – ban zero hours contracts, ban ‘fire and rehire’
  • Demand decent sick pay now
  • End racism at work
  • Tax energy profits to pay our bills
  • Raise universal credit
  • Boost union bargaining rights
  • And more than that: we demand a government that listens and acts to support working people.

 

 Register your interest to join the MU on the March: [email protected]

 Additional information:

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Millicent's Speech For (MU) Motion 20: ‘Being Black In The UK Music Industry’.

This was Millicent's speech to move the (MU) Motion 20: Being Black in the UK Music Industry, delivered at the TUC Black Workers Conference:

Good morning Conference. I am Millicent Stephenson, Musicians’ Union, and I am moving Motion 20, ‘Being Black In The Music Industry’.

Music is important and woven into the fabric of our society. It motivates, soothes, conveys ‘I love you’ and ‘good-byes’. It is a social, physical, spiritual thing which goes through our being. What would life be like without music?

Music is also a professional career choice on par with any other. However, within the music industry there are stratas and issues. One of which is ‘being black in the music industry’.

You may be familiar with Jazz music, songs like ‘Summertime’ and ‘At Last’, but did you know that it came from the black communities of the United States? Also, the root of Jazz is the ‘Blues’, the music of...

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Do You Have To Struggle In Order To Get Paid? This FREE Webinar Is For You

Clients that suddenly disappear when they are supposed to pay you. Promises of exposition and connections that never come to fruition. Conversations through e-mail that die as soon as you mention your prices…

If any of this sounds familiar, our newest webinar is for you! On Wednesday 25th May, multi-award saxophonist Millicent Stephenson will be talking through Zoom about everything you need to know in order to get paid what you are worth. Learn how to determine your fees and what good practises you can adopt to ensure they are paid in a timely manner.

Sounds good? Here’s something that will make it sound better: the webinar is completely free! To join, just sign up on this website. Also, while the day comes, check this free guide with tips to get paid before gig day.

Don’t hesitate telling your friends about it: the webinar is open to everybody across the world!

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