You’ve made music. Maybe played your first show (First Timers anyone?) Maybe you’ve put some stuff on the internet or made CD’s. What do you do next? How do you get people to listen to you, how do you find gigs, or get people to write about you? What are the best ways to get noticed?
This workshop will be discussion based, and led by some First Timers Festival* graduates who have figured out some things that they want to share. Steph from Big Joanie, Anne-Marie from Charmpit, Sian from Bitch Hunt, Etienne from Whitelands and Marcelo from Rachmuth Recordings will be there to take you through their journeys and help you with yours!
We will cover things like recording, getting gigs, organising your own gigs, social media, creating & selling merchandise, getting press, recording and releasing your music (bandcamp, streaming services, physical CDs/vinyl), registering with PRS/PPL, and self-release vs indie labels.
Tickets are £5, but no-one is turned away for lack of funds. Email us ahead at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a ticket fee waived, and if you have any questions about accessibility.
DSFL is a member’s club. Open to members and their guests only. Membership costs £2 – https://membermojo.co.uk/diyspaceforlondon/
Accountability agreement: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/accountability/
Accessibility info: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/access/
*What is First Timers Festival?
First Timers is a season of workshops followed by a weekend of gigs where every band plays its first show. We want to provide a supportive context for people new to playing music before, during and after First Timers season!
First Timers is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community. The criteria below aren’t intended to exclude anyone, but are a direct way of addressing this. As such, your band as a whole need to be able to say YES to at least TWO of these statements:
💖 One or more of us has never played in a band before.
💖 One or more of us identify as one (or more!) of the following: disabled (visible or non-visible), trans*, queer, non binary, LGBTQIA+, a person of colour, a woman.
💖 One or more of us is playing or doing something in this band that they have never played or done before.
If you want any support, are looking for band members or have any queries at all please post in here or drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help!
DIY Space for London is an accessible venue. It is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for maneuvering and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible. If you are forming a band or coming as an audience member and would like to discuss access, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/access
For more info on how to run First Timers Fest in your area check out firsttimers.org 💖