Making It Happen! Songwriting Conference 2017
This online video contains exclusive masterclasses, interviews and keynote speeches for songwriters and artists.
Making It Happen 11-12th Nov 2017, Hilton Tower Bridge, London
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Cliff has been in demand as an arranger, composer, songwriter and producer. He has worked with artists including Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Il Divo, Labrinth, Emeli Sandé, Robin Gibb, One Direction, Westlife and Susan Boyle.
He composed/produced music for both the opening ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics.
Cliff wrote and produced the theme song for the “Mission Space” attraction in Disney World Florida and has had songs recorded by artists including Charlotte Church, Shayne Ward (X Factor), Anthony Callea (Australian Idol), Ben Montague and International multi million selling artists Monica Naranjo and David Bisbal.
He has been Musical Director for both the X Factor and The Voice TV show recordings, Radio 1 Live Lounge performances by Ella Henderson, Leona Lewis and Little Mix and for studio recordings by Robbie Williams and Ella Erye.
In his work with orchestras he has conducted the RPO, LSO and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at events including the Nobel Peace Prize, The FA Cup final and the Buckingham Palace Coronation Festival.
Cliff has arranged 14 Classical BRIT nominated albums, the current Radio 2 jingle package – including the iconic BBC News jingle – and orchestrated Hollywood movies including The Mummy.
He has been a finalist in the International Songwriter of the Year and Vivian Ellis/PRS Awards and was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy in the 2016 honours list.
Dan has over 15 years of international digital communications experience. He has led the successful redesign of several websites and developed content strategies that have helped attract millions of visitors.
Dan is currently the Head of Communications for the Kofi Annan Chaired Africa Progress Panel (APP). Prior to the APP, Dan was the Head of Web and Social Media for the United Nations World Food Programme and Director of Online Communications for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Philadelphian born Soul Singer Ivy Chanel’s talent knows no limits. She regularly mesmerizes audiences with her soulful melodic voice. Part African American, French and Native American (Cherokee & Blackfoot) singer, songwriter, top-liner, producer, and vocal coach now London based is unleashing her unique vocal style and uplifting songs in the UK.
Simon Cowell instantly became a fan of Ivy’s voice and her tutoring skills. Ivy has tutored performers from X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice as well as many major label stars around the world.
She has performed for President Clinton, Tony Blair and shared the stage with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, John Legend and her brother, Hip Hop legendary DJ Cash Money.
Ivy is no stranger to the UK music scene having won Best Compilation Award 2005 at the UMA’s (Ivy’s vocals feature on the lead single ‘It’s a Music Thing’ – Union Black), Ivy also released ‘Wind Blows’ in 2012 which hit number 1 on Amazon’s UK New Release Chart and was included on Giles Peterson’s infamous ‘Brownswood Bubbler Seven’ compilation album.
Ivy believes that music is the second universal language and her singing ability is a gift to the world from Creator. Within her music and vocal lessons, she promotes Love to help and inspire others to walk into their purpose.
Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician and producer known for working in a variety of genres with multi platinum and developing artists alike such as Snakehips, Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Will Young, Gabrielle, Sinead Harnett, Daley, Devlin, Felon, Watermat, I Blame Coco and Mononoke.
His focus is always on the song, the artist’s vision and their vocal. He is as accomplished when writing and producing an entire song as he is writing lyrics and top line for other productions.
Paddy started his professional career writing and singing in his band ‘Byrne’ gaining widespread acclaim for their self produced album ‘Slowly & Gloriously’, receiving unanimously positive reviews including 9/10 in NME, 4/5 UNCUT and 5/5 Observer Music Monthly.
Following the birth of his first son he stopped touring and set up his studio and began co-writing and producing. His journey from the indi scene as an artist to co-creating in more commercial genres was immediately successful working with Will Young on four songs for his album ‘Let It Go’. His experience as a lead singer and writer gives him a deep affinity with artists and a love of vocal expression and lyric.
He has written and produced many multi platinum selling songs and is currently working with a wide variety of established and up and coming artists, writers and producers.
Jacqueline is a professional coach to individuals and top executives both in and out of the music business. She has over 25 years of successful sales experience, learning the hard way about the importance of confidence in the workplace. In the early days she sold fax machines by canvassing tough industrial estates in the North West, and worked her way up to selling multi million pound technology solutions to heavy weight corporates and government organisations
After surviving breast cancer for the second time in five years, Jacqueline now centres her activity on personal coaching and development, showing others how to pitch, sell and present themselves with confidence. She is a born communicator, a natural people person and her passion is to coach talented people in the music business to achieve the success they dream of.
Her approach is a mix of practical skills and deep coaching to help clients to be their most authentic self, based on her own experience that confidence comes from authenticity and connection within oneself.
Jacqueline is also a TSA Platinum member having taken up singing and songwriting as part of her journey back to health through creativity.
Maria is a multi platinum award winning songwriter and artist with hit songs recorded by global artists including Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, N’Sync and many placements in Disney films and TV shows including Girl Meets World and Stuck In The Middle.
Originally from South Florida by way of Pittsburgh, PA, Her strong voice caught the ear of Grammy award winning producer Ric Wake, who produced such artists as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Taylor Dane and moved her to New York to record with him. The result was her self-titled album on Atlantic Records.
At that time she co wrote with some of the most successful songwriters in New York and she honed her own skills as a songwriter and began to place songs with many successful artists. This lead to a publishing deal with “Notation Music Publishing”.
Her songs have been recorded by artists including Celine Dion (“Just a Little Bit of Love” and “Christmas Eve”) both on which she also lent backing vocals, and N’SYNC (“The Only Gift”).
Later she was signed to A&M Records as the lead singer of the group 3rd Party for which she co-wrote the song “Waiting for Tonight” with TSA mentor Michael Garvin. The song went on to become a top 5 Billboard charting worldwide hit for Jennifer Lopez.
Her music can also be heard in films and TV. shows such as “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”, “Drumline” “Kiss me Guido” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”.
Recently she placed two songs on the hit Disney film “Lemonade Mouth”. From there she cultivated a relationship that resulted with song placements in other Disney TV. shows such as “Austin and Ally” and “Jessie”.
Her Christmas song “Favorite Time of Year” was feature at the Macy’s Day parade last year as performed by Debby Ryan.
She also wrote the theme song for Disney’s hit TV. show Girl Meets World, called Take on The World and current has the single Lucky Me with up coming young country artist Tegan Marie, She recently landed the theme song for new Disney show “ Stuck in the Middle “.
Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful songwriter/producer and has sold millions of records in nearly 50 countries around the world.
His work includes Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott, Mark Owen, Olivia Newton-John, Andrew Roachford, Brian McFadden, Lulu, Mike & The Mechanics, K-Pop superstars Super Junior and X-Factor/Idol winners worldwide.
His teaching methodology and ethos have been described as “life-changing” by many of his students and over the years he has shared his knowledge and experience with thousands, opening their eyes to the world of professional music making. His diverse programming and production skills are widely sought after, from orchestration for Celine Dion and Andrew Lloyd Webber to quirky programming and beat-making for K-Pop/J-Pop artists, and rich country productions for artists including LeAnn Rimes.
Jake is the founder of the 90s cult orchestral alternative band My Life Story, releasing three successful albums and six top forty singles. Steve Lamacq described Jake as “One of our finest lyricists”. Jake went on to replace Terry Hall in a late incarnation of The Specials, then began compering and co-promoting bands at London club The Panic Station, booking early shows for The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine.
My Life Story went on to collaborate with with PJ Proby, Marc Almond, Morrissey, The Wonderstuff and headlined over Oasis. He has been described as one of the first DIY entrepreneurs , starting his own label in 2002 funded exclusively by investors, benefactors and fans, inventing the now ubiquitous fan funded model.
He is the co-director of film and TV music production company Chøppersaurus. Winners of the Sensoria Pro scoring award and currently nominated for 2 UK Production Music awards. Choppersaurus have written music for everything from Obama’s favourite TV show “Homeland” to playing guitars on X Factor.
Jake is also in charge of Artist Development across all 6 BIMM colleges, responsible for discovering the best potential talent and introducing young, high level musicians to the music industry.
Making It Happen 2017 consisted of two full days packed with 12 inspirational masterclasses, interviews, keynote presentations and Q&A sessions, addressing everything a songwriter needs to know. My purchasing the video you’ll learn essential techniques and approaches to songwriting and performing as well as must-know business information, delivered by the very best multi-platinum selling songwriters, producers and industry experts. This is your chance to find out exactly what it takes to be a successful songwriter, artist or producer.
09:30 Conference Open
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome from the founder of The Songwriting Academy, Martin Sutton
10:15 – 11:15 How to record your vocals like a pro; with Ivy Chanel
11:45 – 12:15 Top PR tips on how to present yourself to press and radio; with Vicky Pitchers
12:15 – 13:15 Creating With Courage, a guide to taking care of your mind as well as your music; with Patrick Byrne
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break
14:15 – 15:15 How to arrange and play convincing string sections on your demos; with Cliff Masterson
15:15 – 15:45 General Q&A
16:15 – 17:15 How to get your music into the world of Disney; with Maria Christensen
10:00 – 10:15 Introduction from the founder of The Songwriting Academy, Martin Sutton
10:15 – 11:15 Surefire ways to make your website work for you with great results; with Dan Graham
11:45 – 12:45 How to get your music into TV, movies and major ad campaigns; with Jake Shillingford
12:45 – 13:15 The art of confident networking; with Jacq Norton
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break
14:15 – 15:15 Killer hooks and how to write them; with Neil Diercks
15:15 – 15:45 General Q&A
16:15 – 17:15 The heart and soul of songwriting; with Martin Sutton
17:30 Conference Close
The video also contains an exclusive ‘Behind The Music’ show and intimate performances from the following songwriting royalty:
As one third of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, Matt has a plethora of hit songs to choose from. We’ll get an insight into the world of S.A.W. and the story behind smash hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Maria is a multi million selling songwriter who has not only had major success with Disney but is also one of the writers behind global hit song “Waiting For Tonight”, released by Jennifer Lopez in 2000
Lead singer of legendary band T’Pau, Carol will be sharing her story behind the massive hit song “China In Your Hands” followed by an acoustic version of this timeless classic.
rocket fuel for the soul
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
Amazing and inspiring to be around wonderful like-minded people who live, breathe and love music like I do
Great atmosphere and great for meeting other writers
Had a great and informative mentoring session with Mark Cawley, nice guy, had some interesting left of field ideas for me to try. Thanks Mark
When I look back to last April, when I attended TSA’s Introduction to Songwriting, my life has changed immensely for the better
10/10 – Well worth the travel. I would do it all over tomorrow. I feel a lot more confident now with what I’ve learned.
Great first mentoring session with Martin. Really encouraging, helpful in establishing focus and with so many things to takeaway.
10/10 Excellent! Really informative and enjoyable
Brilliant. Entertaining. Humorous. Good for business.
The day went far too quickly
Wonderful uplifting day restoring faith in my path
I’m so freaking excited to be on this songwriting retreat!! Have written with some awesome people so far and have created some beautiful songs already! Yesterday’s was incredibly emotional
Special people. Thank you all for some beautiful and amazing times
Thank you Martin Sutton for your continued excellent support during the monthly 1:1’s, general encouragement, and kicks up the rear to keep on improving.
So enjoyed my mentoring session with Mark Cawley yesterday – from now on I will be hanging out in bookshops looking shady – thanks mark x
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
Just had a fantastic mentoring session with Martin, my first on my platinum membership! Feel completely boosted and grinning away ready to take this year by the horns! Positivity all the way
I was going to write “you can’t beat Martin Sutton”, but that would sound all wrong. 🙂 So just saying am very happy with mentor session from Superstar Sutton. Virtual hugs all round.
Thank you so much for this weekend, really was such a fantastic experience. I’ve learnt so much that I wasn’t able to sleep all last night thinking about it.
10/10 – The one day course far exceded my expectations. Full of useful information backed up by eveidence. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the process of writing a song
An enormous amount of information and tips to take away, digest and act upon!
Feeling so blessed to be a part of this songwriting family! Thank you for creating this wonderful community, a place for us all to be creative, passionate, supportive and talented!
Just finished an awesome mentoring session with Charlie Charlie Dore what an inspiration you are Charlie. Thank you for all the excellent advice and guidance.
Absolutely brilliant! Informative, fun, engaging, great opportunity to network with like-minded people. Great atmosphere!
Finished yet another epic, inspiring and all round fantastic 1-2-1 with the awesome Luc Floreani So exited for the plans we’ve got cooking up…
Another superb mentoring session today with @lovesongwriting “I really like the emotion and honesty in the song” 🙂
Thanks for a great day & for inspiring me to #makeithappen along with discovering some crazy improve skills!
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational
Another incredible mentoring session with Charlie Dore tonight! Really great feedback. So so much to work on and a good challenge but excited to get working on it!
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Danny Roberts. He knows his stuff. So much for me to go away and get started on!
What an incredibly life changing experience, on sooo many levels!!! It’s so difficult to put it all into words!!!!! Beautiful friendships gained and definitely the beginning of something monumental.
I have had the most amazing mentoring session with Martin Sutton. So inspirational and energizing! Thank you Martin, you Rock!
Dominic King… Absolutely Inspirational!!!! Almost did not take up this session, wanted to play it save, but thank God I didn’t !!! Risk aversion you’re a bloody thief. Thanks
I also had a great 1:1 session with Charlie Dore. Very helpful practical advice and thoroughly lovely person 🙂
The passion of all the lecturers was amazing to see. The sharing of their life experiences that enabled them to get a career in the industry was inspirational and has made me reinforce in my mind it’s truly possible for me!
I’ve finally found myself and my confidence has come back! That is down to what The Songwriting Academy has done for me and given me the boost I needed. I can’t thank you enough
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people
Just had my first mentoring session with Martin Sutton, what an amazing experience, so grateful and ready to face my first exercise. Thank you Martin.