A lecture by Ben Jones, a professional bassist and musical director, and Charlotte Hatherley, an internationally recognised guitarist, singer and songwriter, will take place as part of the Selector PRO programme in partnership with Moscow Music School.
The music industry has experienced several major changes over the past 20 years. The landscape has irreversibly changed; consequently, musicians have to develop a whole new set of skills. During the lecture, Ben Jones and Charlotte Hatherley will talk about the necessary attributes that upcoming musicians/artists need to have in order to not just survive, but to thrive. Topics to be covered include: marketing and promotion, business skills, entrepreneurial spirit, social media and networking, mental health and resilience, touring/gigging, creativity and authenticity."
About the tutors
Ben Jones is a talented bassist with over ten years’ experience playing live and on television before crowds in the tens of thousands. Since graduating from the BMus in Popular Music Performance at ICMP, Ben has performed all over the world including to 30,000 people in London’s Trafalgar Square and at the prestigious Continental Gallery in Austin TX.
Ben has worked with many different musicians and artists over the years including; J.J Johnson (John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks Band) Apache Indian ("Boomshakalak" fame), Mike Packer (Michael Bolton) and Ace (Skunk Anansie) as well as producers including Joshua Blair (Mark Ronson, Duran Duran) Paul Castle (Ian Dury & The Blockheads) Ajay Svristava (Phizzical Productions, Haaithi Productions, Jamiroquai), Richard Flack (Robbie Williams) and Bruce Hughes (Satellite Studios, Jason Mraz) as well as playing. Ben has appeared live on Sky TV, ITV, Brit Asia and Zee TV and recent years have seen him playing for acts such as; Odyssey and YelloWire.
Charlotte Hatherley is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. She initially came to prominence as guitarist and backing vocalist for alternative rock band Ash. After leaving Ash in 2006, she recorded and performed extensively with artists including Bryan Ferry, Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall, Birdy, and Nakhane. Her fourth solo album, True Love, was released in 2018, inspired by her love of science fiction, the album tells the story of Traveller, a heartbroken alien searching for love.
With a focus to develop her career beyond artistry and performance Charlotte collaborated with sci-fi specialist and acclaimed film director and designer Gavin Rothery, to create an ethereal soundscape for his short film ‘The Last Man’. Charlotte also wrote the music for Stella Feehily’s play ‘This May Hurt A Bit’ directed by Max Stafford-Clark, as well as collaborating with the European Space Agency on their visual content and live events.
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) has been developing and delivering music education and training to students of contemporary music for over 30 years. ICMP is arguably one of the most international music schools in the UK and offers innovative courses for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Music Business and Music Production. Tutors focus on the needs and potential of individual students, ensuring that the education provided is personalised, therefore giving them the best chance of success in the very competitive environment of the music industry.
ICMP is widely recognised for its aumni success, industry connections and collaborations, exclusive industry partnerships, masterclasses, inspiring learning environments, experienced and expert tutors, 'The Hub’ – their link between the classroom and the music industry
About Moscow Music School
The Moscow Music School is a school of modern music. It inspires and educates young new talents for successful careers in the music industry as producers, solo artists, sound engineers, managers, sound artists and sound designers.
The Moscow Music School, together with the British Higher School of Art and Design, the Moscow Film School, the Scream School and the Moscow Architecture School MARCH form the Universal University – a consortium of independent educational institutions that offer high-quality education in the creative fields.
Their educational programme includes three courses of continuous professional development in the following specialties: Music Production, Songwriting and Music Performance, and Music Business. These courses are two years long, covering a full range of disciplines required for a contemporary music artist and music industry professional. Each is developed together with the programme leader – a musician or specialist in the music industry.
About Selector PRO
Selector PRO is a music professional development programme of events and activities that brings industry professionals from the UK and Russia together. Selector PRO aims to create links between UK and Russian industry and entrepreneurship, provide training and support for developing Russian musicians, managers and journalists and share professional expertise and showcase new talent from the UK.
Selector PRO grew out of the Selector, an award-winning London-based radio show featuring the best in contemporary UK music, across all styles. Produced by the British Council, the show has an audience of over three million listeners in 40 countries around the world. Until 2018 Selector PRO was managed by the British Council in Russia, and from 2019 the programme is delivered by the Cultural and Education section of the British Embassy in Moscow.