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Speakers announced for CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week

By | Published on Tuesday 5 April 2016

CMU Insights @ CMW

More details about the CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week conference strand have been announced today, plus it’s been confirmed that CMU will also present a digital dollar debate in a separate panel on the Saturday of the CMW Music Summit.

As previously reported, CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week is a new three hour strand within Canada’s biggest new music festival, a timely addition as CMW is putting the spotlight on the UK market this year. Hosted by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke and featuring eleven members of the UK delegation attending CMW this year, the session will look at the British music market, key digital challenges and opportunities in 2016, and the evolution of the indie music sector. It runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on the Friday of CMW, 6 May.

BPI CEO Geoff Taylor will kick off the proceedings with an overview of the UK recorded music market, after which Cooke will discuss the wider British music industry. He will then lead a conversation about how the North American and UK music markets compare, and what acts from the former need to know if trying to break the latter.

Merlin’s Charles Caldas, Mediaclarity’s Jeremy Silver and Music Glue’s Mark Meharry will then provide digital perspectives via three one-on-one interviews, covering streaming, curation, ticketing and direct-to-fan along the way. After which reps from four Great British Independents will discuss the indie sector, full details of which will be announced next week.

In addition to the main strand on the Friday, CMU Insights will also present a ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ debate on the Saturday. This will consider some of the issues raised in the overview of digital licensing CMU produced for the UK’s Music Manager’s Forum last year, with viewpoints from both sides of the Atlantic coming via MMF’s Jon Webster, FAC’s Paul Pacifico, MROC’s Julia Train and SOCAN’s Genevieve Cote.

Says Cooke: “We’re really exciting about CMU Insights’ first year at Canadian Music Week, and while our main strand will have a British focus – as CMW puts the spotlight on our home market – our discussions will look well beyond the UK, and at the wider challenges and opportunities facing music in 2016. Then on Saturday, our digital dollar debate will see both the UK and Canada represented, as we compare the priorities of artists, songwriters and their managers on both sides of the Atlantic when it comes to the issues around digital rights and royalties”.

Canadian Music Week runs from 2-8 May across Toronto, with main music conference running from 5-7 May. More information about the CMU activity here, the full programme for the Music Summit is here, and you can book your delegate passes here.