A free 3-day music industry event in London
City Showcase, the year round free music festival of events, has announced the first free music industry seminar encouraging enterprise, creativity, employment and debate within the entertainment sector. The Finding The Future music conference is being held at the Apple Store, 235 Regent Street, London W1 from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th November 2014.
The 3-day seminar will run from 2pm to 8:30pm each day and provide a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, musicians and jobseekers to get together, communicate, share knowledge and ideas with some of the highest profile music business executives and independent industry entrepreneurs.
Panels, forums and presentations will include a wide range of topics such as careers in the music industry, how to sell music, songwriting master classes and how to turn live music into income, as well as exploring the growing interest in the DIY ethos of the new and established artist market, including advice on how to take control of your career, successful online business models and how to generate brand partnerships.
Venerated industry figures already confirmed to chair and speak at various panels include:
Guy Fletcher (PRS for Music Chairman)
Sean Devine (ASCAP)
Paul Hutton (Metropolis Music)
Matt Dixon (Band2Market)
Tim Ingham (Music Week)
Chris Cooke (CMU)
Liz Stokes (Record of The Day)
Nanette Rigg (City Showcase)
Oliver Tuercke (PRS For Music)
Panelists will include:
Alex Boateng (Island)
Colin Barlow (RCA)
Claire Horseman (Coda)
Daniel Lloyd-Jones (Sony ATV)
Ed Horrox (4AD)
Eliot Kennedy (songwriter)
Ivor Wilkins (Mama Group Jim Reid (Warner Chappell)
Jo Charrington (Capitol)
Mark Mulligan (MIDiA)
Martin Goldschmidt (Cooking Vinyl)
Ollie Hodge (Columbia)
Rebecca Kane (The O2)
Simon Williams (Fierce Panda)
Stuart Galbraith (Kilimanjaro Live).
Each day there will be live performances from heavily-tipped breaking new acts between 8pm and 8:30pm with singer/songwriters Tallia Storm (Virgin Records), Kimberly Anne (Polydor Records) and Nick Brewer (Island Records) who will be performing and answering questions supported by their artist managers, music publishers and record labels.
Obviously the seminar is looking to help connect the music industry with its public in a style usually reserved for business 2 business debates. Its successful functioning is usually shrouded in mystery, however whether you’re a budding musician, wannabe industry exec or looking to understand how the conundrum of becoming a successful artist works, Finding The Future should throw some light on how the industry turns the perceived improbabilities of stardom into a working business model. Register for a free ticket here.
What: Finding The Future music conference
When: 13th to Saturday 15th November 2014 (2pm to 8:30pm)
Where: Apple Store, 235 Regent Street, London W1
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