Break In The City: Sat 20th – Mon 22nd October 2007

Manchester, FREE Education days, Live music & club nights featuring over 250 acts. /   (register for updates online)

Breakin The City is run by The Band Agency and In The City

Supported by XFM, NME, City College Manchester, BPI, PRS, Carling, AIM, PPL, Musicians Union, PRS, PRSF, Filter Magazine, Armstrong Learning, Women In Music - Creative Women, Go Events (Highlands and Islands Enterprise), Creative Entrepreneurs, VIP Limousine, Drowned in Sound, Tannoy speakers (Abbey Road), Stylish Riots, The Unsigned Guide, Virtual Festivals,, Designer Magazine, Vman Events, Marshall

The Band Agency & In The City presents an event for Artists, aspiring managers, & anyone else interested in breaking into the music industry. Break In The City, in its fifth year will host one of the UK’s largest free events, for new and unsigned artists, DIY labels and New managers, with an education day of seminars, musical mentoring, one on one industry musical chairs, demo in a limo sessions and the open mic stage, plus numerous live industry showcases and club nights,.

Now in its fifth year, BITC is an official partner event of In The City International Music Convention ( run in conjunction with The Band Agency.

The Artist Academy involves free industry seminars industry partners such as the BPI, PRS, PPL, AIM to record labels, managers, producers, publishers, lawyers, promoters and agents are all on hand to give their time. AA is aimed at anyone who aspires to establish a career in the music industry, fledging labels, managers, DIY labels, self releasing Artists and any others interested in the music industry. This is your chance to meet, interact with the people that make the music industry tick.
Saturday 20th October: Artist Academy

Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS 0161 950 0000

Artist Academy is a FREE event, doors 10.30am to 5.30pm

Including the

·         Music Business Education Seminar Series

·         Demo Reviews

·         Demo in a Limo : cruise the streets in style with A&R execs

·         Open Mic Stage

·         Industry Musical Chairs (one on ones)

·         Career guidance on hand for one on ones.

·         Vocal coaching



10.30 open and registration, in main downstairs foyer
11.00 demo review circle foyer 2nd floor : Sponsored by Tannoy
12.30 Trade bodies intro and talk BPI, AIM, PPL, PRS, MU circle foyer
1.00   “How to Break It in the Music Business”

Part 1: the Basics: what you need before your ready to start courting Industry

Part 2: You’ve gained that Buzz, Now what to do to bring it Home

2.30    Women In Music / Creative Entrepreneurs, interactive marketing
masterclass and Q & A, hosted by Armstrong Learning

A creative person’s strategy business idea or service will be awarded £200 to market it. A perfect Q&A and strategy workshop!

4.00  Open Mic, hosted by John Robb of Goldblade
5.30  close

Panellists include: Steve Proud (EMI A&R), Danny McNamara (Embrace), Jamie Fullerton (NME), Paul Harris (B-unique –Kaiser Chiefs, The Automatic), Colin Roberts (Big Life Management), Phil Halliday (Scream Promotions) and many more.

Main downstairs foyer
1.00 Vocal masterclass hosted by DANE CHALFIN & ASSOCIATES
3.00 1 on 1, speed networking

4.00 Mentoring advice and demo surgery – hosted by The Music Industry Provider

1.00pm-4.30pm ****plus demo to limo throughout day

In previous years with Radio 1, the Open Mic stage : ‘Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly’ was discovered, he’s since been signed to Atlantic.

6.00pm Followed by a 360 Degrees reception party for delegates, with live music and DJ. Hosted by the RF Records group (WMCW, Creative Entrepreneurs, D6), Armstrong Learning and Highlands and Islands Enterprise: 6pm at


Further Info:

Industry Musical Chairs. You’ve heard of speed dating, well now you can speed network: for three hours, Musical Chairs will see us host a mammoth one on one questions and answers session so you, the band, can pick the brains of an array of music industry insiders.  Here’s the deal: we fill a room with music industry experts from A&R to live sound know-it-alls to media maestros to cunning management to production whizzes and much more besides, each of whom has their own mini-stand from which to solve your queries, while the DJ pumps out the finest new music in the background. You’ve got 15 minutes to ask as many questions as you possibly can before the music stops and you move on. Jam packed full of all the sharpest tips and tactics to get your band noticed. Genius? We think so.

Open Mic  (Hosted by celebrity DJ)

In one corner will be the legendary  open stage hosted by  celebrity DJ.  Anyone can come down and play.  We supply guitar amps, decks and PA. Because of the nature of the event, we won't be able to accommodate drum kits though - it's all in an unplugged style.  And we'll have people from the music industry watching from the crowd to give the acts some constructive feedback after their performance.

Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly was discovered on this same stage 2 years ago, now signed to Atlantic.

Demo to Limo, Breakin The City are pleased to announce the return of 'Demo to Limo', the highly popular addition to the Bridgewater Hall event on Sat 20th Oct. from 1pm-5pm

Bring your demos, register then spend a pleasant drive around Manchester in the comfort of a stretch limousine, discussing the merits of your work with senior figures from the Music industry.

VIP Limousine Hire provide a chauffeured limousine service of the highest standard in the Greater Manchester Area of the UK.


Dane Chalfin is one of the UK ’s leading professional voice consultants. His clients include signed recording artists, west end and touring actors, TV, film and radio actors, comedians, soapstars, universities, TV and radio presenters, worship ministries, recording studios, management and production companies, business people, hospitals, and voice-usersrequiring therapy and rehabilitation. Dane has an in-depth knowledge of contemporary vocal pedagogies, voice research and anatomy and physiology and has worked for over a decade with some of the world ’s leading voice specialists in both the US and UK. He has a particular interest in vocal rehabilitation, safeguarding high-intensity voice-use and is often recruited to help teachers and coaches expand their skill-sets.

He has been recruited for projects by media outlets including BBC1, ITV, Channel 4, BBC America, NBC, BBC GMR, Channel 4 Radio, BBC Liverpool and Cross Rhythms Christian Radio. He has also written on vocal health for magazines including Zest, City Life and Men ’s Health. The studio has been on-call for major artists touring and recording in Northern England on labels including Polydor, Universal, Deltasonic and Universal Classics and Jazz.

Dane has been asked to write singing and/or speaking voice programs, provide consultations, and help train teachers for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (founded by Sir Paul McCartney), University of Salford and Leeds College of Music where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Vocal Technique.

The studio has coached cast members from major productions of Miss Saigon, The Producers!, Saturday Night Fever, CATS, and Mamma Mia!. We also work with actors on Television in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Shameless. Dane is a director of The British Voice Association, sits on the TC Helicon International Voice Council, is a member of the Voice Care Network and actively supports charities including Children in Need, Action Aid and The Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders.

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