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CMU’s guide to Thursday at the Great Escape Convention

By | Published on Friday 11 May 2018

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As The Great Escape comes well and truly into view, the CMU Daily will guide you through the wider convention programme day-by-day. Today: Thursday’s activities.

CMU Insights takes over Dukes at Komedia from 10am for another full-day conference on the Thursday of TGE this year, this one being our AI Conference. Over the day we will explore and debate the technologies most likely to impact on the business of music in the year ahead.

Along the way we’ll look in on the audio-recognition technology being used online, in clubs and venues, and in the broadcast domain. We’ll showcase technology that is helping labels and artists take the fan conversation onto the messaging apps. We’ll talk about innovative uses of data being used to power gig recommendations and talent scouting. And we’ll consider the machines that are composing music and ask whether they might replace humans as the pop writers of the future.

In addition to the AI Conference, CMU will also host one of the headline in-conversations of the convention at 4.15pm on Thursday with Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz, also in Dukes. He will discuss the Kobalt journey to date, and where he sees his business, and the business of music, heading next.

While all this is going on, CMU Editor Andy Malt will be in Dukes 2 doing extra interviews with our panelists that will be podcast by Setlist later in the year. The Setlist interviews take place from midday to 4pm.

In addition to the CMU sessions, lots of other TGE industry partners are hosting panels and events on Thursday. In The Old Courtroom Julie’s Bicycle returns with The Green Escape with the focus on making the music industry more environmentally friendly, there are panels from Urban Development and PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative, plus BBC Music presents the first of its in-conversations, with XL boss Richard Russell.

Meanwhile, AIM House opens for business for the very first time at the Queens Hotel with panels and networking sessions galore, and there are plenty of other networking meetings and delegate parties to choose from too.

To access all this you need a TGE delegate or convention pass. Meanwhile, check out guide to Wednesday at the TGE Convention here, and look out for CMU’s guide to Friday and Saturday at the TGE Convention early next week.