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CMU Insights to head to Canadian Music Week in 2016

By | Published on Monday 9 November 2015

Canadian Music Week

CMU Insights is set to host sessions at a number of music conferences around the world in 2016, and the first such conference to be confirmed is Canadian Music Week, which is putting the spotlight on the UK music market next year.

As part of the UK spotlight, the CMU Insights team will present a three-hour session during the CMW music summit hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. This will include the launch of a brand new CMU guide to breaking international talent into the UK market, plus conversations with some of Britain’s most important digital innovators and independent music companies.

Says Cooke: “It’s great news that Canadian Music Week is putting the spotlight on the UK market in 2016, and as someone who writes about the UK music industry daily, I look forward to sharing plenty of insights about the British business with CMW delegates. We’ll investigate how to launch new artists and music ventures into the UK market, as well as discussing issues that the British business is currently tackling, and how that relates to the industry’s development worldwide”.

Confirming the tie-up, CMW President Neill Dixon said: “We know that the CMU team regularly bring the UK industry up to speed on the latest trends and developments in the music business through their seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions. With the UK being our spotlight country in 2016 it’s brilliant that we can bring those insights to Canadian Music Week for the first time next May. These sessions will also feature leading industry executives from both sides of the Atlantic, and I look forward to joining the debate”.

Beyond the CMU sessions, UK execs will appear across the CMW conference programme in 2016, with live music veteran Carl Leighton-Pope, Cooking Vinyl’s Martin Goldschmidt, Beggars Group’s Simon Wheeler, Music Glue’s Mark Meharry, MMF’s Jon Webster, BPIs Geoff Taylor, BASCA’s Vick Bain, UK Music’s Jo Dipple, Music Venue Trust’s Mark Davyd and FAC’s Paul Pacifico among those already confirmed to speak.

Alongside the spotlight on the UK, next year’s CMW will also include a Focus On Ireland strand, meaning artists, execs and companies from both the UK and Ireland will play a key part in the proceedings in 2016. British and Irish artists who would like to put themselves forward to play the festival side of CMW can do so via Sonicbids.

In addition to these new conference sessions around the world, CMU Insights continues to present its acclaimed programme of London-based seminars, as well as the recently announced masterclasses and the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conference, more news on which will be announced very soon.