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More speakers and sessions confirmed for Wide Days

By | Published on Monday 26 March 2018

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Organisers of Edinburgh-based music conference and showcase event Wide Days last week unveiled more details about this year’s programme. And with Wide Days 2018 coinciding with this year’s Record Store Day, among the confirmed sessions is Kim Bayley, the boss of the Entertainment Retailers Association, in conversation.

CMU’s music consultancy CMU Insights will appear at this year’s conference presenting a brand new session reviewing the debate about and campaigns against online ticket-touting. The briefing will also include a review of the tactics being employed by industry and government in different countries to limit and regulate secondary ticketing.

Also, CMU’s education programme CMU:DIY will also host three sessions aimed at new talent, all supported by EmuBands. That will include a lecture on how streaming works and how different services work out what to pay artists and songwriters each month. There’ll also be conversations on how to get more out of gigging, and where labels and publishers fit in.

Wide Days founder Olaf Furniss says: “This year sees us host more panels, presentations and talks than ever before and it is great to be able to add so many topics to the sessions we announced last month. Most topics will be as relevant to industry veterans as they are those starting out in the business, which reflects the constant evolution of our industry”.

Lending her support to the event, Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: “Our music industry provides a significant contribution to Scotland’s culture and economy and I commend Wide Days for their work in organising this business convention, enhancing the profile of Scotland’s music industry. Wide Days has established itself as a valuable event for those working, or looking to work, in the music and culture sector in Scotland”.

Meanwhile CMU’s Chris Cooke added: “CMU was set up by three Edinburgh University graduates 20 years ago so it’s great to return to the Scottish capital to share our knowledge and insights with the Wide Days audience. And even better that we will be sharing some brand new insights on the secondary ticketing market, as well as CMU:DIY sessions for new artists on streaming, fanbase building and label deals”.