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Speakers and topics announced for this year’s CMU+TGE conferences

By | Published on Thursday 27 February 2020

The Great Escape 2020

Today we publish topic outlines and announce initial speakers for this year’s three CMU+TGE conferences which take place as part of The Great Escape in Brighton this May. Once again CMU will present a full-day of sessions around three different topics: music education, music media and global music markets.

The Music Education Conference on Wednesday 13 May brings to life all the work of CMU’s Pathways Into Music project, which is mapping music careers and exploring the respective role of music education and the music industry in supporting future music talent.

The conference will ask those at the start of their music careers what information, knowledge and resources they need in order to progress. It will look at why creative entrepreneurship should be included in the music curriculum, and what that means. It will put the spotlight on collaborations between educators and industry. And ask, if we could write a music curriculum from scratch, what would it look like?

Among the speakers already confirmed are Darren Hemmings from Motive Unknown, Erika Thomas from the Watermelon Agency, Mark Lippman from Scruff Of The Neck, entrepreneurial artist Eckoes and music consultant Vick Bain.

The Music Media Conference on Thursday 14 May will put the spotlight on how consumers are interacting with media and influencers in 2020, and what that means for the way artists, labels, managers and promoters go about marketing their music and events.

The conference will begin by asking what we even mean by music media in 2020, before checking in on all the different publications, stations, platforms and people who influence music fans today. We’ll then dissect the podcasting business, looking at how podcasters find audiences, make money and promote new artists. We’ll consider the latest trends in sync and the way the licensing of music in TV is changing. And then debate an artist’s freedom of expression, and when they might not want to use it.

Among the speakers already confirmed are Simon Pursehouse from Sentric Music, Jason Cator from Spotify, Xanthe Fuller from Mixcloud, Sophie Paluch from Blueprint Pods and Anya Du Souzy from Warner Music/Parlophone.

The Global Markets Conference on Friday 15 May – supported by BPI – will explore the key differences, challenges and opportunities in streaming, touring and social media in each key region of the world, as well as championing best practice export strategies.

The conference will begin with a speedy overview of each regional music market, summarising trends in streaming, touring and social. We’ll then ask some leading artist managers what they learned when they took their artists into new territories for the first time. We’ll look at the tools and tactics for better music export. And then we’ll ask whether singing in English still gives an artist an advantage if they want to go global.

Among the speakers already confirmed are Amanda Carmichael from PPL, Ed Peto from Outdustry, Mathew Daniel from NetEase Cloud Music, Sami Valkonen from PRS For Music and Vladimir Philippov from Heaven11.

To get access to all of this – plus the wider TGE Conference which includes partner panels, networking sessions and the AIM House programme – you need to get yourself a delegate or conference pass. Standalone day tickets are also available for the Music Education Conference for just £75.

The line-up is also rapidly growing for the TGE festival, with more than 130 acts added just this week, including the likes of Fontaines DC, Nasty Cherry, Gang Of Youths, Ashnikko and Blanco Brown. Live Nation and the Country Music Association will also bring their new Next From Nashville initiative to Brighton. Plus details have been announced about this year’s Late Escape, featuring a late night programme of the best dance and electronic artists at Brighton’s Patterns venue on the Friday and Saturday nights of the festival.

You can find more information on the TGE Conference here.