City Showcase free music seminar 18-20 November
By James Horrocks
City Showcase is staging Finding The Future 2015 at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, between 18-20 November 2015. The free music seminar, which promotes enterprise, entrepreneurship and employment music and entertainment features big names speakers from the industry and breaking acts between 1:30pm and 7:30pm daily.
Following a much lauded debut event in 2014, the free annual conference creates a public facing platform for successful industry executives to share advice and ideas with start up companies, students and people looking for a career in music. Delegates will be able to meet executives, music makers, and artists and discover employment opportunities together with the newest developments in the creative process, marketing, promotion and commerce.
Panels, presentations and live showcases
Finding The Future hosts panels, presentations and live showcases including a wide range of topical discussions from digital and new media, artist relations, events, today’s consumers, international markets, management, publishing, songwriting and entrepreneurial skills.
Chairing, moderating and speaking on panels will be moderators, William Booth (Sony/ATV), Adam Cardew (Absolute), Ben Jones (Musicians’ Union), Andy Ellis (PRS For Music), Roxanne de Bastion (FAC), Morna Cook (Universal Music), Liz Stokes (Record of the Day) plus BASCA songwriteres Tim Fraser and David Lowe. Speakers include Sarah Liversedge (Bucks Music), Dave Loader (Notting Hill Music), Gideon Mountford (Believe Digital), composer Paul Farrer, and songwriter Ben Montague. Also talking will be Caryn Tomlinson (Universal Music International), Angie Jenkison (Teenage Cancer Trust), Josh Brandon (Insanity Group), Neil Simpson (ATC), and Janice Brock of Sony/ATV and more.
This year’s interviews of music industry legends include Daniel Miller, Mute Records founder, in discussion with Alison Wenham (AIM), Henry Semmence, CEO of Absolute, in conversation with Chris Cooke (CMU), plus Robomagic’s Rob Hallett talking to James Hanley of Music Week.
The Keynote speech will be presented by UK Music Chief Executive Jo Dipple who will provide insight into the main issues and challenges the UK music industry is facing heading into 2016.
There will be daily ‘Meet The Future’ sessions with breaking new acts from 7pm each day include Louis Mattrs, Emma McGrath, and CoCo And The Butterfields, presented by their publishers and labels. Last year’s ‘Meet The Future’ championed Island Records’ Nick Brewer, whose single ‘Talk To Me’ Featuring Bibi Bourelly charted in the UK Top 10.
What: Finding The Future 2015 – free music workshop
Where: Apple Store, 1-7 Covent Garden, The Piazza, Central London WC2E 8HA
When: 18-20 November 2015, 1:30pm and 7:30pm