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Feel Good Fridays – Music and Talk for the Soul with YolanDa Brown and the Incorporated Society of Musicians

21 May @ 11:00 - 12:00 BST

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Join us for a special Feel Good Friday featuring music and discussion with award-winning musician, broadcaster and philanthropist YolanDa Brown and Deborah Annetts from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

Hear from YolanDa about her inspirational journey, music – including reggae, jazz and soul – and energetic campaign work for music and young people, including projects such as the Drake YolanDa Award, created to support emerging artists across the UK on their musical journey. 

Theo Jones (SoA) and Deborah Annetts (ISM) will discuss our joint campaign work as members of the Creators’ Rights Alliance – including Fair Terms for Creators, #MakeMusicWork and the SoA’s work on fair pay.

This is a joint event with the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the Society of Authors. Both organisations are members of the Creators’ Rights Alliance (CRA) – a united voice for creators – made up of major organisations representing creators in the UK.

Send us questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Theo Jones with ‘YolanDa Brown – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome and intro from Theo Jones (Contracts Advisor, Society of Authors)
  • 10-15 minutes – Theo will host an informal conversation with Deborah Annetts (Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians) discussing joint campaigns with the ISM and the SoA
  • 30 minutes – Theo in conversation with YolanDa Brown
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A with YolanDa Brown
  • 2 minutes – Closing remarks

The line-up

YolanDa Brown – Musician, broadcaster & philanthropist

YolanDa Brown is an award-winning musician, broadcaster and philanthropist. She is known for her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London, she is Chair of Youth Music and co-founder of the Drake YolanDa Award.

Website: www.yolandabrown.co.uk Twitter: @yolandabrown

Deborah Annetts – Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

Deborah Annetts is Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) where she has led a major change programme and grown its membership to almost 11,000. She has also set up the ISM Trust, a charity which delivers award-winning professional development for the music sector. Deborah was named on BBC Woman’s Hour Power List: Top 40 in 2018 and is an established public speaker, having addressed Parliament several times.

Twitter: @DeborahAnnetts

Theo Jones – Contracts Advisor & Co-Administrator to the Scriptwriters Group (SoA)

Theo Jones is a Contracts Advisor at the Society of Authors where he works to support the mission to protect the rights and further the interests of authors working across a multitude of disciplines, including broadcast. As Co-Administrator of the Scriptwriters Group, he has a particular interest in issues affecting writers working across stage and screen as well as emerging audio and audio-visual media. He has attended several parliamentary drop-ins, including to lobby for the removal of VAT on digital products and to represent scriptwriter interests impacted by Brexit. Theo has a DipABRSM in clarinet performance and a modest collection of saxophones.

About the Incorporated Society of Musicians

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, the ISM has been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. They support almost 11,000 music professionals with unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurances and specialist services.

Website: ism.org Twitter: @ISM_music


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21 May
11:00 - 12:00 BST
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