Recognition: We’ve received our invitations for the music “Annual General Meeting” 2014!!

I am forever thankful for the love the music industry has for me and my work. I am blessed to live long enough to do the things I like to do. Even when i leave music on the side for other reasons, it comes back and grabs me now here we are again. Thank you all for the invitation to attend this year’s AGM (Annual General Meeting).

****THE AGM IS BY INVITATION ONLY****

AIM is gearing up once more to stage its annual business-defining AGM.

Keynote Interview

We are delighted to announce the return of Richard Russell, Founder of XL Recordings (home of Adele, M.I.A. and more), who will be in conversation with Simon Raymonde of Bella Union, bass player of The Cocteau Twins and AIM Board member. This will be ‘Part II’ of a fascinating discussion between Simon and Richard which we had to cut short in 2011 due to time constraints. They had so much to say – about life, music and creativity that we felt it would be entirely appropriate to invite them back.

XL Recordings: http://xlrecordings.com

‘Question Time Panel’

This year we have an exclusive session planned for the morning  – ‘Question Time Panel’.  AIM members have put forward a number of questions for our panel of industry experts to discuss and debate.

We are pleased to announce that our panel of industry experts are Martin Mills – Beggars Group (chair), Chris Goss – Hospital Records, Doug D’Arcy – Faith & Hope, Merida Sussex – Stolen Recordings and Shirin Foroutan – Mute Group.

It will be an opportunity for you to catch up on topical issues facing the industry.

Times:
11.15am ‘Question Time Panel’

1.30pm AGM Registration

2.30pm AGM

4.00pm Beer & Chips Party

5.00pm Finish

Venue: Glaziers Hall, the home of the Worshipful Companies of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

Proud student!!

Hey guys I’m still here!!

For those who follow me on Instagram y’all noticed I’m on a chill pill in regards to posting pictures all day long. I know many may wonder what exactly do I mean by “chill” when I’ve already posted over two thousands pictures! However, it could be so much more if I didn’t “chill” trust me!

For one, I love myself and secondly I really love myself 😂💃but I am very focused to finish my work at university. It is very important for me to have my degree. I do a lot of music industry related work (e.i.: my debut album and various matersclases/conferences I’m envited to attend etc) but I know that I need to put my priorities in order. I will pause writing my book for a couple of weeks. I shall not record any songs for another four weeks. I will attend my business meetings because it’s related to what I’m studying so it helps me put things into practice but I will keep in mind that I need to concentrate on my studies.

All this to say that I am taking time off to make sure I devote my time to my studies for a minute and my children of course.

Education first?! Yes!

Have a great day!!

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“Women In Music & Entertainment 2014” hosted by Alison Wenham featuring Tracy Thorn, Lesley Bleakly, Claire Horseman, Tara Richardson & Sophie Ellis-Bextor. With interviews by Miranda Sawyer & Krissi Murison!

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Women in music & entertainment 2014 happened yesterday in Camden. A beautiful event hosted by Alison Wenham which myself and friend Shelly attended. We were greeted with drinks and had the opportunity to look around and take amazing pictures as usual.

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Alison started the event by introducing herself and explained to us how the evening would go.

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Next in the schedule were interviews of Tracy Thorn by Miranda Sawyer (writer and broadcaster) and Shopie Ellis-Bextor by Krissi Murison (associate editor for The Sunday Times Magazine)

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The panel was formed of four senior women across the music business who discussed “The art of doing it all”. How they have juggled their career aspirations with other commitments such as motherhood and mastered the art of serial multitasking with the stereotype that if you aren’t a singer then you have no place working behind the scenes.
The panel was composed music industry power houses such as Alison Wenham (AIM’s chairman), Lesley (Director of catalogue & archive at Beggars. The company behind XL recordings, Rough Trade and 4AD), Claire Horseman (Managing director at CODA agency ltd) & Tara Richardson (Senior artist manager at Q Prime)

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I spoke to them all and what I’ve learned from Tracey and Sophie and Lesley was that if I wanted to keep my sound and own my look then I would probably be better off as an independent artist. The fact that I’ve been compared to established songstress would probably make a major label try to transform me into these women and claim to have their own version of so and so. However, if I remained indie I’d be able to be myself. Whether I sound like a well known singer or not I’d still be me and I’d be able to keep my current music and its contents without reshaping them to fit whatever mold they would have for me. Also, other labels aside of mine have many artists which means they have a rota so I wouldn’t be able to release my album whenever I want. I’d have to wait my turn which could be years!!

Sophie left Universal because her new sound isn’t manufactured. This project is true to herself and her sound. It self funded. She went to UMG with it and they denied it for her so she left because she wanted this album to be hers and not mainstream manufactured. She loved the fact that I was doing my own thing. I’m thankful she gave us her insight.
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Claire was puzzled as to why record labels wouldn’t approach me. I told her in all truth I personally believe that my lyrical contents are not mainstream friendly. My look is very laid back. I be killaannn’ these photo shoots but I’m just a mother of four talking about deep emotional life experiences in a non-filter way that makes many uncomfortable and very difficult to market, for a business.
I told Claire that I am very good at attracting fans though. People from all over the world look for me. They love how sincere I am and how rough I talking about real life issues. Especially because I’m a woman singing and not a rapper trying to discuss “ghetto” issues. I am a woman. A mother. A business person and great producer and songwriter. All these are the things that attract people to me. Then Lesley said that if I have the fans, the message, the direction I simply don’t need a record label. She shared that record label looks for ways to find “fans” for their artists so if I already have the hardest bit then I don’t need anything else.

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Tracey and Sophie were also very encouring in that sense. They seems genuinely supportive.

Claire did point out that I need videos!! Which is absolutely true and Lesley said about releasing a few sings so people have something of mine to buy.

My co-producer and engineer did mention that it was now time to gig around and start doing shows. This is something that we all agreed on. Lesley told that I technically have everything I need plus a publishing deal and she believes I’m over thinking it. So, I’ll organize some shows and update you guys!!

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Thank you all for reading yet another post of mine and I hope you enjoyed the read.

Below is some of the beauties of Camden 😉 enjoy and I hope you come back for the next post!!

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Thank you guys for stopping by!! 🙂 🙂


 

Initial description:

Women In Music & Entertainment will give women (and men!) working in the music and entertainment business the opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most successful and influential women, discussing how they made it to the top and the challenges they faced along the way.

The event will begin with opening remarks from Alison Wenham, who’s many years supporting the independent music industry recently earned her an OBE.

The first interview of the evening will see journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyerin conversation with Everything But the Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn.  Having released several solo albums and achieved Worldwide success as part of Everything But The Girl, Tracey released her autobiography ‘Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star’ last year.

The second interview will see Krissi Murison, Associate Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, in conversation with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who this year topped the Independent Albums chart with 5th album ‘Wanderlust’.

The evening’s talks will conclude with a panel discussion entitled ‘The Art of Doing It All’ with panellists discussing how they have juggled their career aspirations with other commitments, and mastered the art of serial multitasking.  Panellists will include:

•    Claire Horseman, Managing Director – CODA Music Agency
•    Lesley Bleakley, Director of Catalogue & Archive – Beggars Group
•    Tara Richardson, Senior Artist Manager – Q Prime
•    Alison Wenham, Chairman and CEO – AIM (chair)

The event will finish with networking drinks, giving attendees the chance to make new contacts over complimentary drinks.

‘Richmond Business Expo 2014’ with us for Daniel Strong Ent.: My take on the event.

 

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Today was ‘Richmond Business Expo’ day and as usual many elements were very relevant to me. I am in love with the things I do and I am grateful to be able to do these things on a weekly basics.
Let’s start this with my personal take on the venue and greetings in writing and pictures below.

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The event took place in the Rugby Center in Twickenham, UK. We arrived about 30 minutes early so we saw people getting the place together and let me tell you this, I was happy I didn’t have to deal with preparing anything about but look pretty!

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Once the place was ready, we were greeted in and were given our badges with an informational booklet telling us the program of the day.

We were presented with breakfast and they made it so we could take that opportunity to network. In all honesty I was looking forward to the actual expo because you walk around and get straight to the people who are relevant to your business and what you believe you need for your business. It’s fun. It’s exciting and you can relax and showcase your personality and ‘bond’ with people first hand and feel their energy. It helps you point out who you really want to work with. People you have good chemistry with.

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The greeting followed by the first seminar of the day by Nigel Botterill 😉 at first I felt like I was hearing the same old arguments these seminars, conferences and other business events seem to have. However, this quickly changed.

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It touched the following following subjects that grabbed my attention such as ‘hunger for success’ and ‘eliminate’ distraction.

Hunger for success
His personal experience was that he got himself in a financial position living a lavish lifestyle but ended up on a serious verge to loose it all. Many people that position remortgage their home and “downgrade” back to basics in hope that they can build back all the gold and glitter they once had. Well, he decided that he couldn’t loose it so he found a way to keep it by doing what he is now very successful at doing.

My take on this subject
Personally, I feel like his concept for refusing to be broke is great but I feel uncomfortable with the fact that it felt that it was more necessary to state that aside of saying something like ‘I couldn’t leave my wife and kids homeless and hungry’. Even though I am sure he had that in mind, it just bothered me that he mentioned about his fear of loosing their Ferraris instead of what I just mentioned. Once we passed that though I realized how women always mention their kids and how they do everything for their children.
I am not knocking Nigel’s perspective on things but that particular subject reminded me of my personal reasons to do what do as well as my motivations.

Eliminate distractions
Nigel basically ran that subject like no other!! His extremely valid point was that we can not be the best we can be for our businesses (or at a regular 9-5 job) if we are constantly interrupted by other situations that affects our ability to focus on what we are trying to make money which ultimately affect your pocket. Bad products equals nothing but close to no costumers! No customers is no money so how do we pay the bills?

Well, yeah exactly!!

So he went on talking about the fact that he hired a receptionist to answer his calls, a housekeeper to deal with his house as well as other help he felt he needed because at the end of the day if he is not well, healthy and focused on his job his family will not be able to get by the way they want to.

My take on this
I totally agree with it all!! However, what happens if you’re a stay home mum trying to juggle things in hope to make it? What if you are a single mother with no family members to help? What if you’re married but don’t have the means to hire that extra help to help you’re husband focus that little bit more?
The reality is that many people can’t afford all that. Yes, it is true that you can’t be thinking of being proactive if you have toddlers on your legs and newborns on your breasts trying to write emails and answering phone calls it’s just crazy. However, the reality is that the majority of people just can’t not afford all that. So you guys need to fund the balance that works for you.

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Here is myself with Nigel and Shelly (A&R representative of Daniel Strong Entrainment Limited)

We spoke and I told him that I enjoyed his masterclass. He is very cool and I feel privileged I had the change to meet him. He also shared don’t you aren’t always good at everything and I should think of what to do first and once it’s done, process it and move to the next. He said that at a time he realized he couldn’t be a great dad, husband, business person at once (or something on that line) so he had to put his priorities in order then work towards making it all work in the end. It’s all about priorities, will and a whole lot of discipline!!
Basically, today was good but moving on we approached a charity stand and they asked me to sing for them which lead them to ask me to sing at one of their charity events!!

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I am looking forward to this!! What follows is the rest of the business expo in pictures. Enjoy!

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We also met beautiful people to do business with and we are excited and thankful to everybody who is willing to work with us on personal and professional level.

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Thank you again for having us. I feel beyong happy, privileged and blessed. Thank you all so much for everything. Dear god I thank you and to my son, I love and miss you. I shall see you again soon 😦

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Initial announcement:

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I seriously love these expositions!! They are basically for networking and there are no better way to do so in terms of funding the services you need for your company in an atmosphere where everybody is there for one thing only, do business!!

I can’t wait for this one!! London expo was so good I hope this is just as brilliant!!

A night to remember: “Inspiring Entrepreneurs Going Global” sponsored by Barclay’s.

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With London 2012 and the Royal Baby, Brand Britain has never been so popular! Capitalise on this trend and take advantage of the massive opportunities in international markets.

Going Global brings together a panel of pioneering entrepreneurs who are flying the flag for Brand Britain and have successfully penetrated global markets. Come along and make the most of this unique chance to quiz our panel about how to capitalise on international demand for all things British.
To preview the event, we spoke to the British Library’s entrepreneur in residence, Stephen Fear, and asked him about how SMEs can take advantage of international trade. Read below:

The Government has recently announced an aim to double UK exports to one trillion pound this decade, and SMEs will play a big part in helping to reach that target. Barclays’ research highlights that small and medium-sized businesses are up for the challenge, and even newly created businesses recognise the benefit, and are looking to further increase their footprint overseas. We asked Stephen Fear, a businessman and philanthropist with over 40 years of international business experience, about how SMEs can take advantage of international trade.

Only one in five small businesses export and yet those where exporting is relevant are more likely to succeed long term. Why do you think that more SMEs aren’t exporting?

Stephen Fear: Start-ups and SMEs need to concentrate on securing their home market first. They need sound cashflow before they can properly explore export markets. SMEs usually have small management teams and exploring export markets is very time consuming. This puts many off trying.

What do you think are the perceived barriers to export and what do you feel the reality is?

SF: To successfully crack an export market you need focus. This is very difficult to achieve if management time is needed elsewhere. Language is another perceived barrier. Although many business people in places like Europe, China, and the Middle East speak good English the perception is that it’s difficult. My suggestion to SMEs wishing to export is firstly decide on one foreign market and concentrate all your export efforts on that. There are many translation apps now which make the job of business correspondence quite easy. Conversation is another matter.

Taking your business to new markets overseas can be quite daunting, how do you think SMEs can build confidence when approaching an export strategy?

SF: In a simple word, ‘research’. Knowledge builds confidence in everything, so do your research before and not after you start exporting. Visit the Business & Intellectual Property Centre  at The British Library and ask for help with this. All the staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and will be able to point you in the right direction. The BIPC is there to help SMEs & should not be overlooked. It’s both a national resource and a national treasure. There is over £5m-worth of mostly free research material available for growing businesses.

How do you think SMEs can begin to understand overseas opportunities and evaluate success?

SF: Spend time checking out online forums. Find out what others are doing and how they’re doing it. Read up on your target country. Write to the commercial departments of the Embassy of the country concerned and ask if they have any material they can send you. Are there any courses available? Check the web for info – the UKTI have a huge amount of free resources. Check the competition for your product or service. Is there a market and if there is who is the biggest player in your target country? Understand your market. Do your research.

Fluctuating currencies and language barriers are often cited as some of the bigger concerns around international trade, how can SMEs looking to export prepare themselves for these challenges?

SF: As I said previously, there are many apps available which will help reduce the language barrier, particularly for the written word. If you’re serious about exporting then learning the language will help you succeed. First port of call is talking to your bank about protecting against currency fluctuation. It’s an important aspect and needs to be fully understood.

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It was nothing but a night to remember and again I’m grateful for it all. We arrived late but it was worth every minutes. I have attended a lot of seminars and in all honesty many of them are boring but this one was very informational and answered real factors that affects an entrepreneur’s life. From the risks and sacrifices we take/make in order to fulfill our dreams and many ways it can affect our families. The entire evening was bliss!!

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While the event took place every attendee had a chance to enter a prize draw that I didn’t!! Haha!

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This beautiful and very intimate conference that gave me life was then followed by a gathering. This is often when we get the chance to network and find new partners and other business related opportunities. Everybody came out to relax and unwind.

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The evening was a true blessing and I’ve learnt a lot but as much as I was feeling all type of blessed god sent me more blessing to rejoice.

As we were enjoying the evening I had the amazing opportunity to meet Sia Sutherland!! Do not get me wrong being surrounded by people like Lord Billomoria, Mathew Rock and Will Butler-Adam is something to be extremely proud of but Sian gave out an energy that connected to me and I guess I will always have that special bond with a female entrepreneur who has children and has created a business out of that family aspect just like I did. She is an inspiration to women and mothers!!

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Thank you ma’am you are a true inspiration!! I will order you products Mama Mio and Mio Skincare and try it!! I’m sure it’s lovely. Thank you for the discount and no more stretch marks and cellulite for me!

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Thank you all for having us!! It was a true blessing! We are forever grateful!!

Talk to you soon dear reader!!

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