Tuesday 28 November 2017 to Friday 01 December 2017
Moscow, Strelka Institute

In partnership with Vector School at Strelka Institute, the British Council held a free course on live event management. The course ran from 28 November – 01 December as part of Selector PRO 2017, the professional development programme for the music industry.

Selector PRO 2017 aims to create links between UK and Russian industry and entrepreneurship, provide training and support for developing Russian musicians, managers and journalists and share professional expertise and showcase new talent from the UK.

About the course

The four-day course included lectures, panel discussions and seminars with industry experts.

The course looked at contemporary live event management from a number of perspectives: the history of the live music industry, current trends, venue selection, the economics of performance, the role of booking agents and tour managers, production and festival touring, road crew and show design, crowd management as well as health and safety.

Seminar schedule

  • 28 November, 17.00 
    Tatyana Andrianova (creative team, Bar Strelka) and Michail Geleyn (creative team, Bar Strelka) 
    Keeping your venue relevant over the years
  • 29 November, 16.15 Dmitry Oskes (co-founder, Faces&Laces) and Yuri Subbotin (business development director, FANDLs creative studio and co-organiser, Facs&Laces) 
    How to develop and maintain a healthy partnership with a big brand and finance alarge festival
  • 29 November, 19.00 
    Tim Collins 
    Live music touring: 50 years of change (public lecture)
  • 30 November, 16.30
    Stepan Kazaryan (co-founder, Pain festival and promoter, 16TONS nightclub)
    Nairi Simonyan (co-founder, Synthposium festival and Main In Main brand agency)
    Nik Babin (programme director, Bosco Fresh Fest)
    Challenges and perspectives of independent Russian music festivals (Pain, Synthposium, Bosco Fresh Fest)
  • 1 December, 16.30
    Daria Shulga (managing director, Afisha Picnic festival)
    Health and safety at large scale musical events

Course leader

Beginning his career as sound engineer, stage crew supplier and promoter’s rep, Tim Collins stage-managed Soft Cell, production managed UB40 and tour managed artists from Kajagoogoo to Captain Beefheart before moving into artist management in the late 1980s.

In his eight years of managing punk icons Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tim was influential in regenerating the band’s career in America; achieving number one Billboard Modern Rock tracks, major billing on the seminal Jane’s Addiction Lollapalooza tour and placing songs in feature films including Batman Returns.

Returning to live touring in 2000, Tim tour managed Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Queens of the Stone Age, Gorillaz and Richard Ashcroft before joining Muse for six years as Head of Live Production.

Currently, Tim Collins leads on the Live Event Management course at BIMM, where he teaches modules in music touring, logistics, tour financing and production as well as health and safety.

Festival management with Vector School at Strelka Institute

Vector School is an online-school for urban entrepreneurs who want to study their city and develop new projects around them. Vector School teaches participants an entrepreneurial way of thinking and offers courses on how to explore cities creatively, create new urban start-ups, open a hostel, create a mobile app, develop a sports-oriented project and create a successful public space.

The digital platform will feature a new course on festival management.

Course tutors are made up of leading experts from across the industry including Afisha Picnic, Present Perfect festival and Lambada market. Founders and directors of over 30 leading festivals will share their experiences and best practice, look at how to set achievable goals and manage common setbacks. The course will span ten lessons during which participants will learn how curate and manage festivals, how to plan production and select contractors, set up and manage budgets as well as how to access all possible communication channels to spread the word.