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The Great Escape Conference kicks off tomorrow with music and education in the spotlight

By | Published on Tuesday 10 May 2022

The Great Escape 2022

The Great Escape returns to Brighton tomorrow with four days of great music across the city, plus a four day conference for the music industry, including a packed programme of sessions presented by CMU.

The first of the CMU+TGE strands kicks off at 10am tomorrow morning. MUSIC+EDUCATION puts the spotlight on the work of CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation, which seeks to better connect all the many strands of music education and all the many strands of the music industry.

Things kick off at 10am with a discussion of the make up of the music-maker community in 2022, and in particular where the huge number of hobbyist and DIY phase artists releasing music onto the streaming platforms fit in, with music education and the music industry.

Joining that discussion will be Dr Hayleigh Bosher from Brunel University; Lucie Caswell from the Music Publishers Association; Paul Bonham from MMF, and former Spotify and PRS For Music economist Will Page.

At 11.15am Pathways Into Music will present its Artist Circle, a tool for helping DIY phase artists organise their activities and progress their careers. There are four segments to the circle, and across the day a team of music industry experts will identify the ten top pieces of knowledge and information DIY artists require in each segment, and then discuss the best way to get that information to those artists.

At lunchtime there’ll be an extra conversation all about the role of music funders in supporting early-career artists and music education. Pippa Moyle from BIMM Brighton will talk to Daniel Williams from Youth Music, Shad Mutali from Help Musicians, and Westley Holdsworth from the PRS Foundation.

And towards the end of the day at 3.15pm we’ll launch a new round of Pathways Into Music research that is seeking to map music education – in all its many forms – across the UK.

We’ll also discuss how to better connect and sign-post all the great educational and talent development initiatives that are available with Dr Maha from BIMM London, Pamela McCormick from UD, Peter Chivers from Create Music, and Wizdom from We Are Impact + Head of MOBO UnSung.

Closing the proceedings at 4.30pm will be a final conversation where four of our guests from the day re-join us on stage to make and discuss some big ideas and radical suggestions – for the future of music education in general – and more specifically, for future work that might be pursued by the Pathways Into Music Foundation.

MUSIC+EDUCATION takes place at Jurys Inn Waterfront from 10.00am-5.00pm tomorrow. It’s open to all TGE delegates – plus standalone tickets just for this programme are still available – info here.

There are two more full-day CMU+TGE strands also taking place as part of TGE this year – with MUSIC+DATA on Thursday and MUSIC+VIDEO on Friday, both presented in association with the BPI. Then, on Saturday, it’s the TGE ELEVATE SESSIONS, a day of panels and seminars for those earlier on in their music careers.

On top of that, CMU and TGE are also presenting three keynote in conversations this year. On Thursday lunchtime we’ll chat to the team who worked for Ed Sheeran on the recent ‘Shape Of You’ legal battle.

Later in the day we’ll be talking to Tom Gray, Kevin Brennan MP and (just confirmed) recently elected MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl all about the economics of streaming campaign.

And on Friday at 12.45pm music PR legend Barbara Charone will be talking journalist Jacqui Swift through the highlights of her career in the music industry.

To browse all the CMU curated sessions happening at TGE this year in one place – check this handy webpage here. To navigate the wider TGE Conference programme – including all the panels, parties and sessions presented by TGE’s industry partners – download the official app.