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Themes announced for CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2017: Export, royalties, media and drugs

By | Published on Wednesday 18 January 2017

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Today we announce the themes of the four conferences that will make up the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape programme in Brighton this May.

Once again CMU@TGE sits at the heart of the TGE Convention programme aimed at the 3500 industry delegates who attend Brighton’s marvellous festival for new music each May.

The CMU@TGE conference is basically four conferences in one, taking place over two days in two spaces at the Dukes @ Komedia cinema. Each conference puts the focus on one particular theme, with a mix of insight presentations, case studies, one-on-one interviews and panel debates.

This year’s CMU@TGE programme includes…

The Export Conference
In an increasingly connected world, is it easier than ever for new artists to go global, or is access to investment and on-the-ground support still key? We provide a user-friendly guide to taking new artists global, learning from past recipients of the Music Export Growth Scheme. Plus how to get the most out of showcase festivals and what, exactly, does Brexit mean for the music industry in the UK and beyond?

The Royalties Conference
We track all the money as it goes from sale, sync and stream to artist and songwriter, via labels, distributors, publishers and collecting societies. How are your music rights really making money and where do all the royalties go? Including global collective licensing explained; the shift to direct licensing in live; and digital’s big transparency problem.

The Media Conference
We explore the challenge of making money out of music media in the digital age. Great music journalism may get the clicks, but can it generate revenue in an era where so much advertising spend goes to social and search? Is the future of music media a combination of branded content, unpaid writers and click-bait headlines? Plus is music radio really ready for its impending collision with the streaming platforms?

The Drugs Conference
Following the battle for Fabric, we ask what clubs, promoters, law enforcement and licensing officials should really be doing to save lives. What practical measures can be taken to ensure the safety of our customers? And what about drug culture within the music community? How can artists embrace the sex, drugs and rock n roll lifestyle without damaging their health and that of those around them?

The CMU@TGE conferences sit alongside a series of Courtroom Conversations presented by The Great Escape’s industry partners, plus an assortment of parties and showcases, the aim being to help the industry contingent at The Great Escape to truly learn, network and discover while they are in Brighton.

The CMU@TGE programme taps into the year-round reportage that you find in this here CMU Daily – and the research and training courses of CMU Insights – to offer a unique conference experience. And for those delegates keen to use their TGE experience to further their own personal professional development, this year they will be able to tap extra pre and-post event resources and a pre-event seminar by opting into CMU@TGE Industry Extra.

Confirming the themes due to be explored at The Great Escape this year, Event Manager Kevin Moore said: “The CMU conference programme at The Great Escape has repeatedly led the way in recent years by putting the most current music industry talking points under the spotlight, often for the first time, whether that be the power of playlists and the YouTuber, the evolving label/manager relationship, the industry’s myriad data challenges, or the need to address mental health in the music community. This year’s topics look set to continue that trend”.

“Plus, since we launched the ‘four-conferences-in-one’ format”, he continues, “our conference programme has really stood out by delving much deeper than your average music industry event, so to better enlighten, education and inspire our delegates”.

To find out more about the thinking behind this year’s themes check out this Insights Blog by CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. And don’t forget, all the TGE Convention activity is in addition to the Great Escape festival programme, which is shaping up to be extra special this year.

Details of key speakers for each of the four CMU@TGE conferences will be announced next month. Meanwhile, get a delegate pass for full access to the TGE convention and festival HERE, or a convention-only pass to access just the conference HERE.