Selector Pro 2018

In an effort to strengthen the connection between British and Ukrainian music sectors, the British Council in Ukraine is announcing the continuation of its educational series aimed at professional managers, producers and event organizers — Selector PRO 2018.

Last year, our team organized two Selector PRO music forums dealing with the distribution and sale of music in this digital era and experiments at the junction of music and other art forms. 23 sector professionals attended the sessions from both the UK and Ukraine.

Selector Pro I: British performer Ghostpoet, sound producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Okean Elzy), digital marketer Kamil Sattar, co-founder and director of the Welsh Music Prize John Rostron, Various Artists manager Ellie Giles, Ukrainian artists Nata Zhyzhchenko (ONUKA), Evhen Filatov of The Maneken, Miloš Jelić of Okean Elzy, and co-founder of Radio Aristocrats and the (A) Prize music awards Valeria Chachibaya.

Winter Selector PRO II: electronic music notable Max Cooper, A&R manager at Warp Records, Anna Jatskevich; project manager and presenter at London’s NTS Radio, Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura; business editor at the Complete Music Update agency, Chris Cook; director, Radioaktive Film, Darko Skulsky; and founder of Front Pictures, Yuri Kostenko, and others.

Catch videos from past Selector PRO sessions on our YouTube channel.

This autumn, we’ll be following a new format for Selector PRO events — intensive workshops developed together with instructors from the influential British And Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM).


Selector PRO sessions are scheduled for October, November and December 2018, with each session lasting a week and consisting of three parts:

  • a closed professional seminar with a BIMM instructor;
  • a public presentation by the guest instructor;
  • a closing concert or Selector Live Party.

16-19 October: venue — Kyiv’s One Philosophy Space; focus — intensive music business workshop on artist management

Workshop instructor — Graham Jackson, dean of BIMM’s "The Music Business" undergraduate programme at BIMM — London.

Workshoppers will hear about the variety of revenue streams available to performers and changes in the contemporary music industry. The instructor will assist the group in analyzing the work of artist managers using management theory tools. Participants will conduct a self-assessment of their strengths and weaknesses as artist managers, and evaluate the profitability of the artists they currently represent or hope to represent, identifying specific goals for their development. The session will finish with the development and presentation of a personal management action plan.

Graham Jackson is a recognized music industry professional with extensive work experience in all areas of the business, working with independent musicians and new digital projects and established, leading labels alike. Graham also worked for six years at BASCA, the British Academy of Composers and Authors, famous for its annual Ivor Novello Awards. He holds a degree in music and entertainment management and a graduate technical degree in music production and a recipient of a Richard Toeman Scholarship from the Music Publishers Association.

Registration Fee for the session is 500 UAH. We are accepting applications for this event until 16 September 2018. 

5-8 November: venue — Kyiv’s One Philosophy Space; focus — intensive workshop on organizing and conducting musical events

Dan Tsu, a business tutor at BIMM, event producer and director of Lyrix Organix will present an innovative, creative and interactive workshop on organizing and hosting events covering topics on key tools, techniques and tricks of the job. Participants will learn how to develop powerful musical events from scratch including practical material on marketing, promotion, team management, concept development and planning, location, program content, health and safety issues, technical support and the role of musical events in social activism.

Dan is known for organizing innovative events involving live music, poetry and hip-hop to promote emerging performers and projects for charity.
Included in his portfolio are gigs at the Rum Shack Stage at Glastonbury, the UK Beatbox Championships, the Brighton Festival, the Woodland Trust, and collaborations with the British Council in Sudan, Ethiopia and Russia. He has also produced celebrity events and tours at London City Hall, London 2012, the Roundhouse, and Kings Place Hub. As a promoter of emerging he has worked closely with talent like Ed Sheeran, Akala and Kate Tempest.

Whether organizing youth educational programs, lecturing as head of the Event Management bachelor’s programme training module "Management of events" (Bachelor program "Music Business", BIMM, London), Dan is a committed developer of events aimed at youth for the above-named venues as well as the International Festival of Young Art and the Cardboard Citizens theatre. 

Registration Fee for the session is 500 UAH. We are accepting applications for this event until 7 October 2018.

4-7 December: venue — Kharkiv Architecture School; focus — intensive workshop on performer management and promotion

Workshop instructor — Gabby Chelmicka, Artist Management training module leader at BIMM.

During the workshop the participants will learn:

  • what are the main functions of the artist manager;
  • what are the types of managers;
  • how to create a promo kit for an artist;
  • how to develop effective strategies for promoting an artist on social networks;
  • how to create an artist's biography.

Some workshop blocks will be devoted to the organization of tours and performances at festivals, marketing and merchandise, promotion of concerts.

Gabby has spent more than 20 years working in the music business where she started out working with Brian Ferry, from there moving on to music television. Among other experiences, there she headed the live events at the 1996 Brit Awards, a broadcast infamous for Jarvis Cocker charging the stage during a performance by Michael Jackson.

That same year, Gabby became Robbie Williams’ personal manager, working for 10 years as a key member of his team. She was integral in organizing the artist’s early tours that markedly advanced Williams’ career. She was also a key player in marketing the DVD version of Williams’ Neborn concert. Later, Damien Hirst pegged Gabby to launch his Is Good recording label that the artist had formed to release the work of his friends, The Hours.
Gabby has since moved back to her native Bristol where she works as a freelance artist rep and event producer.

Registration Fee for the session is 500 UAH. We are accepting applications for this event beginning 15 October through 4 November, 2018. To register follow the link.

Workshop working language: English. Workshop sessions are held daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is Europe's largest music school, which has been attracting music talent for over 35 years, training industry professionals who love what they do. BIMM alumni include international stars like George Ezra, James Bay, Ella Mai, Tom Odell, The Kooks and a host of leading musicians, songwriters, producers, journalists and managers.

BIMM has campuses in London, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Berlin and Hamburg where it instructs more than 6,000 students specializing in the broadest range of music industry education available anywhere. From instrumental training, songwriting, voice training, producing, management, music journalism, training music instructors or organizing live events and tours — BIMM has the field covered.

The Selector Pro project is a result of the success of the British radio programme The Selector, which attracts a weekly listening audience of 3 million in the 40 countries in which it is broadcast worldwide. Since it was first heard in Ukraine in 2015, the Selector has expanded to include a series of concerts known as Selector Live, bringing original British acts like Young Fathers, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet, Benjamin Clementine, Slaves and others to perform in Kyiv.

The media partners of the project are Comma, Radio Aristocrats.