Pathways Into Music research guide launched at The Great Escape

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By CMU Editorial | Posted on Monday, May 16, 2022

Last week, CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation used The Great Escape’s MUSIC + EDUCATION sessions to continue their research that aims to build bridges between music education and the music industry, to better support budding music creators. Along the way, existing research was showcased, new research launched, and more research even took place live on stage.

The Pathways Into Music Foundation has mapped the music industries, music careers, and music-making community over the past few years, examining how amateur artists now regularly monetize their music online, and the journey that artists DIY phase undertake as they seek to pursue a career around their musical creation. Some of these music makers will eventually engage the mainstream music industry – locally and nationally – but there is still work to be done before that happens.

For music creators in the DIY phase, Pathways Into Music has developed an “Artist Circle,” helping them navigate the process that frontline artists go through to build an audience and build a business around their songs and recordings. The circle is divided into four quarters: creative, fanbase, promotion and finance.

The foundation then recruited twelve music industry experts to pull together ten key pieces of knowledge and information we should pass on to music creators for every quarter of the circle, with 40 top tips in total. These experts then took the stage at TGE last week to talk more about their advice. The plan is to make this knowledge and information available to artists in the DIY phase via music educators and talent development organizations.

“Music teachers and talent development organizations are often the first point of contact for budding music creators with the wider music industry,” says Phil Nelson, director of Pathways Into Music. “These educators and organizations often focus more on the art of making music, but being a music maker today – even as a hobbyist – often also involves putting out music and connecting with a which means there is additional knowledge and information that we really need to pass on to early career artists and songwriters.”

“Educators and talent development teams are best placed to provide this knowledge and information,” he continues. “Part of our mission is to provide these educators and teams with the knowledge and information they should be imparting – in a way that is simple, concise and easy to digest. The Circle of Artists – and the 40 tips our music industry experts have put together – can really help with that process.”

We will publish each set of ten tips in the CMU Daily during this week. But there’s also a new guide summarizing all of Pathways Into Music’s recent research – including the Artist Circle – made possible with support from BIMM and CD Baby. Launched at TGE last week, you can now download a PDF copy of the guide here.

The new phase of Pathways Into Music research that launched at TGE last Wednesday is another round of mapping, this time mapping music education in all its forms. As a starting point, anyone involved in music education in any way is encouraged to get on the foundation’s radar by filling out this short form here.



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