Turning Passion Into Profit – David Stopps to Facilitate MusicTT’s Next Workshop

Is music your passion? Wouldn’t it be great to receive deserved recognition and financial benefits from your passion? Find out how you can reap rewards from your music at the upcoming How to Make a Living from Music workshop, hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) and coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office of Trinidad and Tobago (IPO). This workshop takes place on April 6th and 7th 2017 at the Cascadia Hotel, St. Anns and you can now register here to attend!

David Stopps, Managing Director at Friars Management Limited, an International Artists Agency, in the UK and the author of the book, How to Make a Living from Music, will be the feature speaker at the How to Make a Living from Music workshop. As an International Music Business Consultant and Educator, David has presented workshops in countries such as Argentina, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, The Philippines, The Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand, and the UK, among others.


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    Photo: David Stopps


Other presenters at the workshop are:

  • Dimiter Gantchev, Deputy Director in the Culture and Creative Industries Sector and Head of the Creative Industries in the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva



 Photo: Dimiter Gantchev


  • Dr Vanus James, Professor at the University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica


  • Simon Baptiste, Trinidadian Manager and Performer


  • Shiveta Sooknanan, Legal Officer 11, Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of Trinidad and Tobago



  • Mr. Leonardo de Terlizzy, Legal Advisor, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), Neuilly-sur-Seine, France


  • Ms. Erica K. Smith, CEO, Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP), Bridgetown, Barbados, Representing IFPI

Over the course of two days, these experts will share their knowledge on several topics including:

  • Creative Industries as a Factor of Economic Development in Trinidad and Tobago and the World
  • Copyright and the Music Industry in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Income Streams from Copyright and Related Rights for Authors and Artists
  • The Importance of Artist Management
  • Music Publishing and Contract Negotiation
  • Direct Artist Management and Independence in the Music Industry
  • Building a Fan Base, Live Shows and Touring
  • The Importance of Collective Management in Music
  • Music in Film, Television, Advertising and Video Games
  • How to Monetize and Give an Added Value to Music via the Internet
  • Challenges to the Music industry in Trinidad and Tobago


The How to Make a Living from Music Workshop is MusicTT’s second workshop of 2017, following The Business of Calypso featuring Calypso Rose in February. MusicTT continues to be committed to facilitating and stimulating the business development and export activities of the local music industry, and workshops like this educate our stakeholders on world class tools and techniques that will make them ready to compete in global music industry. Register Now!