Music Futures is a new music industry conference bringing together guests from some of the UK's largest music businesses and trade bodies to discuss innovation and future business models.
This conference is a unique opportunity for Yorkshire music businesses to:
- Understand how the music business is adapting to change from music industry leaders
- Keep ahead of digital music industry developments and new technology
- Network with established national and regional music businesses
- Meet representatives from key trade associations e.g. AIM / MMF / MU
- Develop new strategies for making money and funding your enterprise
- Seize the new opportunities for the independent music sector
Confirmed so far:
The Music Horizon
Alison Wenham – AIM (Association of Independent Music)
Chairman and CEO of AIM discusses future opportunities and challenges facing the music industry.
Future Music Business Revenue – Show Me the Money
This panel will look at new digital business models and how independent music businesses can take advantage of the changing environment. At a time when a la carte sales are showing serious signs of decline in the world’s leading music markets the question is whether new digital models such as subscription, ISP-based, ad-funded, cloud or device based models might help to take up the slack and ultimately grow the business.
- Steve Mayall – Founder, Music Ally
- Scott Cohen – Co-Founder & VP, The Orchard
- Chris Carey – Economist, PRS for Music
- Aaron Bogucki - Head of Digital at Polydor
Do Artists Need Labels Anyway?’
Many artists are now going direct to consumer and forming partnerships with managers and distribution companies instead of record labels. This panel will examine the changing relationships between artists and record labels and consider the other routes to market.
- Ross Millard – Featured Artist Coalition (FAC)
- Alison Wenham – Chairman & CEO, AIM
- Caroline Elleray – Head of A&R, Universal Music Publishing
- Ian Grenfell – MD, SimplyRed.com / Suede Ltd
Access to Music Business Finance
There’s less investment from record labels into artists and the traditional sources of funding and finance into the music industry have changed. This panel will look at other investment models from fan based funding through to venture capital direct to artists and labels.
- Steve Mayall – Founder, Music Ally
- Malcolm Dunbar – MD, Pledge Music
- Bruce Craigie – Management Consultant, Idlewild / Roddy Woomble
- Mike Skeet – Founding Partner, Sound Advice
Branding and Sponsoring the Music Business
This panel looks at how music can be partnered with brands and sponsors in mutually beneficial agreements. Associations between products and music are growing, with endorsements now requiring more than a soundtrack for an advert. These partnerships go beyond synchronisation deals and the experts here will discuss how to develop your links with brands.
- Gary Downing – Co-Head of Licensing, Frukt
- Gary Pitt – Managing Partner, Get In Bed / Get Involved
- Rachel Wood – Director, Woodwork Music
- Mike Swingwood – Marketing Manager, Cellar Trends / Jagermeister
Artists and Managers – New Partnerships
This panel will look at the new roles and responsibilities for artist managers within the music industry and their increasing influence. Managers now oversee an increasing numbers of functions that may include releasing records and forming other business partnerships with investors. How does this affect the rest of the industry and the artists they manage?
- Mark Wood – Manager, Radius Music (Imogen Heap)
- Gary McClarnan – Manager, Mr Scruff / MMF Chairman
- Erik Nielsen – Founder, Wingnut Music / Rocket Music Management (ex manager of Marillion)
- Stuart Worthington – Professional Industry Consultant
More guests TBC and networking
This event has been organised by Plugged In Yorkshire, the network for music businesses in Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire. Plugged In Yorkshire is facilitated by Generator in partnership with Higher Rhythm and is supported by Screen Yorkshire and Yorkshire Forward.
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