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Full programme announced for AIM House virtual conference

By | Published on Thursday 14 May 2020


The full programme has been announced for the AIM House virtual conference that takes place online tomorrow. It’s the sessions that the Association Of Independent Music would have presented as part of the Great Escape Conference in Brighton had COVID-19 not shutdown all the real-world festivals and conferences. CMU Insights – curators of the core TGE Conference strands – will also present six discussions within the virtual AIM House.

Among the things now confirmed for the wider AIM House programme is the winner of the One To Watch prize at last year’s AIM Awards, Georgia, discussing the making of her album ‘Seeking Thrills’ with its producer Mark Ralph and DJ John Kennedy, an interview that will also be recorded for the podcast Tape Notes. Elsewhere, the new boss of Merlin, Jeremy Sirota, will provide his first on-stage update to the indie label community (albeit via a virtual stage) since becoming CEO of the digital rights agency earlier this year.

Elsewhere, the British Council will present market insight sessions on East Asia and Latin America; there’ll be discussions about live streaming and direct-to-fan – both more important than ever since the COVID-19 shutdown began; plus you can access a visas workshop from Viva La Visa and a vinyl workshop from Key Production.

Meanwhile, in the CMU Insights room, the spotlight will be put on music media, teaching creative entrepreneurialism, streaming in key emerging markets, taking artists global, the business of podcasts, and the ups and the downs of being an artist in an age where you are constantly connected to the wider world through digital platforms.

Among those joining the CMU conversations are Cliff Fluet from Lewis Silkin and Eleven; Farhana Aboo from AEI Group; Nikki McNeill from Global Publicity; Rupert Vereker from DIY Music; the artist Eckoes; Fiona McAuley from YMU; Mark Lippmann from Scuff Of The Neck; Alex Taggart from Outdustry; Daniel Campello Queiroz from Orb Music; and Vladimir Philippov from Broma 16 / Heaven 11.

Plus Adam Tudhope from Everbody’s; Cecilie Torp Holte from Circle Management and the European Music Managers Alliance; Meg Symsyk from Entertainment One; Ric Salmon from ATC; Joe Copeman from Acast; Sophie Paluch from Blueprint Pods; Xanthe Fuller from Mixcloud; Marla Altschuler from Cantine, Martha Kinn from YMU; and Rafaella DeSantis from Harbottle & Lewis.

AIM’s Paul Pacifico and Gee Davy will also join the debates, while CMU’s Chris Cooke, Sam Taylor and Phil Nelson – as well as streaming and music rights expert Becky Brook – will be moderating the conversations.

You can check out more information about the CMU Insights sessions – including short articles providing context for each debate – on the CMU Insights website here. Meanwhile the full AIM House programme is available here.

Tickets are free to all this – book your place here.

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