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Difford and X Factor vocal coach Ali Tennant to speak at Songfest

Difford and X Factor vocal coach Ali Tennant to speak at Songfest

The BASCA organised event, which gives attendees the chance to learn from the professionals, network with industry executives and develop their song writing skills, is set to run over three days from October 31 to November 2 at the Bedford in Balham, London.

Mark Morriss Sway, Omar, Mike Hough, Shlomo, Sam Beeton, Dan Priddy, Maxi Priest, Kim Appleby, Pete Kirtley (songwriter with Guy Chambers, Ryan Tedder and Kim Wilde) and Bill Padley (songwriter and producer with Sheryl Crow, The Fugees, Ronan Keating, Blue, Atomic Kitten) are also confirmed to speak at the conference which will explore topics including what makes a number one record, the pitfalls of signing deals and tips on bedroom recording.

Delegates will also be given the opportunity to network with professionals and executives working in the British music industry. Among those confirmed include PledgeMusic A&R Richard Lyne, The Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot, MusicTank chairman and director of Performer Affairs at PPL, Keith Harris, BASCA CEO Patrick Rackow and the Musicians' Union Ben Jones.

Tickets are on sale now exclusively via We Got Tickets. Day tickets cost £20. Tickets for the entire three days cost £50.

Panels confirmed at the event so far include:

o "The Secrets of the Chart-Toppers: What makes a No.1 Hit Record?" Three hit songwriters look behind the most recent hits on the UK singles chart to discover the reason for their popularity.

o "The Craft of Songwriting." A panel of chart-toppers reveal the secrets of how they compose songs and what it really takes to become a professional songwriter.

o "Common Pitfalls of Signing Deals." Maybe you've been approached by a record label or a publishing company, perhaps even a sponsorship firm or a fashion brand - learn what the catches might be and how to avoid them.

o "Tips on Bedroom Recording." Studio experts reveal the tricks of their trade, showing delegates how to make a polished record using the smallest and cheapest facilities.

o "Self-Promotion and Making Money." Panellists explain how songwriters can make a living and how the royalties system works.

o "How to Become a You Tube sensation!" Three successful solo artists talk about their experiences building a fan base using YouTube and social media.

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