Between February and September 2021, The SongLab was funded by Arts Connect West Midlands to undertake a research project which aimed to explore how best to educate emerging music creators on the mechanics behind the business of music.

One of the aims of the research was to help to emerging music professionals to create their own pathways to working opportunities by gaining a simplified understanding of various income streams available to them.

As a result of numerous consultations, surveys, interviews and steering group meetings, 14 key areas were highlighted in the overall needs analysis. Below you will see the title of each of the key 14 topics along with a free PDF download for each.

Please feel free to download and use this information for your own benefit.


With special thanks to Arts Connect West Midlands for funding the research. With thanks also to those who contributed towards this research who include:

John Hart, Laurence Hobbs, Ammo Talwar MBE, Collette Williams, Scott Garrett, Erik Nielsen, Cole Stock, Joe Jackson, Eliza May

Thank you also to the Musicians Union for your support and to everybody who filled out the surveys as your insight was invaluable to how the research was shaped and presented.