On Point Music Industry Conference

A day of discussion to help you get on in music...

On Point returned on the 17th February 2023 to The Georgian Theatre Stockton-on-Tees for an information packed series of discussions and panels.  Covering just about all you'd need as an aspiring artist or promoter, On Point also provided a great opportunity to network with key local, regional and national contacts in the music industry.

...all presented in a very informal, but informative, style. 

Details of previous editions of On Point can be found at;

2022 (online edition)

2020 (inaugural edition - live and in person)

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After a successful 2020 event and an online event last year, On Point returns to The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Friday 17th February. The day-long music conference aims to offer artists and activists advice to help them through the current cost-of-living crisis.

The event includes a series of panels and round-table discussions featuring industry professionals discussing ways in which to make money from music and keep costs down, as well as providing information on funding and support that can be accessed in the region.

Tees Music Alliance Chief Executive Paul Burns said, "We're genuinely excited to be welcoming some really knowledgeable music businesses experts through our doors as part of On Point 2023.

"There's a wealth of developing talent here in the Tees Valley, and getting the chance to discuss current music industry issues on home turf is an opportunity that rarely comes around.   It's shaping up to be a great day."

Music Development Manager David Saunders adds, “The cost of living crisis is having a big impact on artists (both signed and independent) being able to tour and release music, as well as actually being able to be musicians in the first place, e.g in terms of affording equipment, lessons, etc. We’re hoping that these talks and roundtable sessions will give some practical, and maybe overlooked, advice on how musicians can save money or, dare I say it, even make money from their music.

“Aside from the valuable information that can be obtained from the day, the event brings artists and activists from around the region under one roof, which in turn creates networking opportunities, alongside a sense of community and solidarity that can be morale boosting in these tough times.”

The event takes place 9am - 4pm (registration starts from 9am with the first panel at 10am).

Entry is FREE, although spaces are limited so booking is essential. Book your place here: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/on-point-the-georgian-theatre-tickets/12769595?pl=teesmusicalliance

9am - Registration & Breakfast

10-10.30am - Opening Discussion - promoting the north east together 

Paul Burns (Tees Music Alliance), Jo Thornton (Sage Gateshead), Mick Ross (Generator)


10.45 - 11:30am - Make your money go further 

HOST: Shakk (BBC Introducing on Radio Tees)

PANEL: Lisa Murphy (Production Room/Blank Studios) / Laura Rothwell (Crystallised PR) / Ian Hutchinson (Tour Manager)

11:45am - 12:30pm - Making Money From Your Music 

HOST: Chantal Herbert (Sister Shakk CIC)

PANEL John Esplen (Wipe Out Music) / Alannah Lamb (F54 Promotions)  / Danny Lowe (Press On Vinyl)


There is such a thing as a FREE LUNCH - veggie and vegan options available - then programme resumes as set out below...

Tees Music Alliance
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1:30-4pm - Available Support - Roundtables

North-East Music Organisations - Sarah Wilson (Tracks) / Helen Walkinshaw (Generator) / Rianne Thompson & Lucy Scott (Sage Gateshead) / Chris Cobain (Tees Music Alliance)


Funding and Support BodiesWestley Holdsworth (PRS Foundation) / Paul Burns (Tees Music Alliance) - plus information on Arts Council England and Youth Music funding and the benefits of PRS and Musicians' Union membership.


Local Music Companies - Stephen Gill (Butterfly Effect) / Danny Lowe (Press On Vinyl) / Henry Carden (Pay For The Piano/Twisterella) / David Saunders (NARC. Magazine)



Stick around for a drink on us and a chance to chat to On Point guests...


Big Society Capital
Key Fund
Lottery Funded Arts Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Supported by prs foundation
Youth Music