Jules Parker joined PRS for Music in 2007. He is currently responsible for artist relations, linking with the creative UK music industry, bringing new writers into the company and creating promotional opportunities. He started his career as a songwriter and musician, working with BMG, Fiction songs and Warner Bros. He has written songs for acts signed to Universal, released EP’s independently and had songs synced to films in the US and UK. Previous to PRS for Music Jules worked with emerging acts at City Showcase festival in London.
Jules will be moderating the Success Strategies For the UK panel at South by Southwest on Thursday, March 15 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM in the Austin Convention Center, Room 11AB. We asked him a few questions about the panel:
What was your interest in creating this panel and how does it relate to your background?
I was a songwriter and musician for quite a few years, and I wanted to create a panel that would be of real practical help to managers, acts and smaller companies who are looking to develop in the UK. Different countries always have different gatekeepers and different ways of doing things so it’s essential to get advice from those who know the area.
Who else is on the panel and what do they bring to the subject?
Mike Smith – Managing Director, Columbia Records/Sony UK – Huge record label experience in breaking new artists from the ground up.
Dan Monsell – Head of Live, Rockfeedback/Transgressive – a company working across live shows, publishing, indie label and TV – working with many exciting new acts in the UK.
Rich Castillo – Manager, N Dubz – manages one of the UK’s biggest urban/pop acts.
Jonathan Morley – Manager, Kate Rusby, Charlene Soraia – experience with building acts across many different genres.
Why is this panel important to musicians?
It should help them know more about what the UK is like as a music market and give them some actual practical ideas to try.
What do you hope people will walk away with after attending this panel?
I hope they walk away with more knowledge, more awareness and useful names of press/blog/radio contacts, showcases to try, good partners to work with in the UK and much more!
Best way for people to contact you?
@polaroidsky on Twitter