The Takeover Conference


The Takeover is a summer online music festival and winter online music conference for independent artists. This year we raised over £4,000 for Nordoff Robbins music therapy.  See you in 2021.





The Takeover is the first music conference designed specifically to support the challenges faced by unsigned artists.

Join live presentations, workshops and demonstrations with experts via Zoom call.

The Takeover Conference and Festival is owned and operated by Right Chord Music. We are a family of brands created to support incredible independent and unsigned artists.

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At The Takeover Conference you'll learn practical skills including:

How to

  • get your music on blogs without paying PR

  • create compelling social content

  • grow a fan base without buying Likes

  • create a compelling story around your music

  • grow your following on Spotify

  • use Facebook promoted posts and advertising

  • distribute your music effectively

  • design cover art and posters

  • record and produce incredible music

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Between now and The Conference we'll be using our website to showcase incredible new music. Want your music video seen and heard by fans and industry speakers?  


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The Takeover Conference takes place throughout October, with daily speakers and presentations. Click the links below to buy your tickets and receive a link to join a Zoom video call.

Thursday 1st Oct, 8pm

How to grow an online audience with Feed

Nick Edwards and Joshua Jankowski explain how to use Feed to automate your social media promotion to grow your fanbase, engagement and listeners.

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Monday 5th Oct, 8pm

How to win on streaming services with EmuBands

Toni Malyn, Head of Artist Relations & Marketing at EmuBands will teach you everything you need to know about streaming services. From profile management, playlisting, editorial opportunities, best practices for digital campaigns and utilising smart links, pre-saves & pre-orders effectively.

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Thursday 8th Oct, 8pm

How to create a brand for your band with Bannersnack

Naomi Veres will show you how to use Bannersnack to create a distinctive and compelling brand for your band or musical project.


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Tuesday 13th Oct, 7pm

How to get music played on radio with Chris Hawkins

Chris presents a daily show on BBC Radio 6 Music (5 - 7.30am) and has interviewed some of music’s biggest stars, including Calvin Harris; The Killers; Florence Welch; Dave Grohl; Bjork and Jack White. He is a notable champion of 2019 Brits Critics Choice Winner, Sam Fender. In this session we'll ask how radio works and how to go about getting your music played on the radio.

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Friday 2nd Oct, 8pm

How to generate press without PR with Musosoup

Join a conversation with Chris Sharpe from Musosoup discussing how musicians can get music blog support without paying thousands of pounds on music PR.


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Tuesday 6th Oct, 8pm

How to make music videos with The Red Red

Jake Hawkins, founder of The RedRed Video on how to make killer music videos that people want to watch. During the session Jake will discuss the importance of: Concept, location, performance, visuals and style.

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Friday 9th Oct, 8pm

How to approach music production holistically with Gavin Monaghan

Gavin Monaghan (Magic Garden Studios) has produced an innumerable amount of artists, ranging from grassroots, unsigned talent to established artists including Robert Plant, Ocean Colour Scene and Editors. During the session Gavin will explain how to take a holistic approach to music production.


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Wednesday 14th Oct, 8pm

How to promote music on TikTok

TikTok is a social network for sharing user-generated videos. The TikTok app was downloaded 115 million times Worldwide in March 2020. TikTok has recently announced 100m monthly active users across Europe. In this session Toyin Mustapha provided a TikTok 101 to help you get the most from the platform.

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Saturday 3rd Oct, 2pm

How to plan to promote music with Major Labl

Major Labl founder Mark Knight shows you how to plan to promote your music more effectively using content and Facebook advertising.


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Wednesday 7th Oct, 8pm

How to befriend a music blog with RCM

Mark Knight, Founder of Right Chord Music a top ten ranked indie music blog explains how to befriend a music blog, and the quickest way to be ignored.


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Monday 12th Oct, 8pm

How to get gigs and build an audience with Henry Carden

Henry Carden (Twisterella Festival) is an award winning promoter who has previously promoted shows for artists including The 1975, Wolf Alice, Alt-J, Sam Fender, The Amazons & Field Music. In this session Henry explains how to get gigs and build an audience through live music.


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Tuesday 20th, Oct, 8pm

How to release, promote & monetise your music with CD Baby

CD Baby is the only digital aggregator with top preferred partner status with both Spotify and Apple Music, and it is home to more than 650,000 artists and 9 million tracks that are made available to over 100 digital services and platforms around the globe. In addition to their distribution services they offer support with licensing, promotion and monetisation.

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The Takeover is our antidote to isolation. We believe in the power of music to connect people, which is why we're supporting Nordoff Robbins.

Nordoff Robbins rely on physical events to raise money. This year donations to Nordoff Robbins are down 70%.

As the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins use music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation. 

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Bose we have 5 conference passes (giving you access to watch back every speaker session at your leisure) and 5 pairs of Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones to giveaway.


For your chance to win, click the ticket link below to buy a £5 raffle ticket. All proceeds to Nordoff Robbins music therapy. All winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.



To discover more about Nordoff Robbins visit their website.

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Thanks to all our partners and speakers for helping to make The Takeover Conference a reality.

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