We’re hosting four free workshops with music industry pros as part of our Emerging Artists initiative

You may remember a couple of months ago, we announced a new edition of our Emerging Artists initiative.

Whilst only a select few artists will be joining the project officially, we’ve opened up these workshops to the general public so you can learn more about the inner workings of the music industry for free.

There are only 15 slots available for each session, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Pre-Production 101 with De Ana Stefania Stone

Learn how to get the most out of your recordings as an artist with Small Pond’s in-house engineer, De Ana Stefania Stone.

On top of helping you make the most out of your recordings, she’s been actively creating helpful and entertaining music production content-you may have spotted her on the pages of iZotope, ROLI and DistroKid, whilst also building her own online community and documenting her journey in music tech.

Since joining the team at Small Pond, she’s been involved in a range of projects, as well as providing shadowing and mentorship opportunities for young people who are new to audio production.

Music Promo 101 with Katie Ashton

BIMI Music Journalism graduate Katie Ashton is a music PR and promotions assistant at an independent boutique PR agency, Yes Please, whose work focuses on bolstering both up-and-coming and established musicians, as well as festivals in the press, online, radio and TV sphere.

Alongside her work at Yes Please, she writes for alternative music site Noizze, has been published in The Sun, The Argus, and a plethora of other publications, and additionally worked as a freelance social media moderator from 2021-2022 for an award-winning creative production company and industrial metal band.

De-mystifying the Music Industry with Martin Tibbets

Martin Tibbetts started his music career in 1986 as Ents Manager at Loughborough StudentsUnion, before taking a job at Solo Agency booking shows and tours for some of his biggest heroes as well as developing his own roster of acts. After 8 years as an agent, he moved into marketing as general manager of Revolution Promotions at the heart of Brit Pop, running radio, club, press and street campaigns from artists from Muse to Robbie Williams.

For the last 12 years, Martin has been an artist manager, representing artists signed to major and independent labels, including multi-million-selling Australian pop group Sheppard and hard rock icons Last In Line. He has an MA in Music Entrepreneurship, where he researched artist management structures and has become an in-demand lecturer in the music business, currently working at Water Bear in Brighton, University of the Arts London, Middlesex University, Notting Hill Academy of Music and educating inmates at 2 prisons.

Introduction to Releasing Music with Josie Faulkner

Josie Faulkner is Label and Events Coordinator at the independent record label Big Scary Monsters. She has been responsible for a range of the label’s events, including pop-up shops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Brighton and Cologne, as well as all-day festivals Big Day Out, Summer In The City and artist release parties.

Josie also takes care of the label’s webstore and logistics, funding opportunities, international visas for artists and is part of the merchandise team for 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent Festivals. She has worked on a range of album releases since 2018, including artists The Winter Passing, ME REX, Weakened Friends, LIES, Oceanator and Lambrini Girls.