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Two weeks to go until The Great Escape: Get yourself briefed!

By | Published on Wednesday 2 May 2018

The Great Escape 2018

With May now definitely upon us – we triple checked with the calendar gods – we’re just two weeks away from this year’s Great Escape and the three full-day conferences CMU Insights is presenting there this year. And with that in mind, we’ve published the CMU Insights Brighton Briefing, aka what we’ll be talking about at The Great Escape 2018.

Each of the CMU Insights conferences focuses on a specific element of the music business, presenting a full-day of content on that theme, allowing delegates to dig deeper to fully understand the issues, the challenges and the opportunities. This year’s conferences cover music education, AI technologies and the Chinese music market.

For the first time, the convention side of The Great Escape kicks off a day earlier than the festival – at 10am on Wednesday 16 May – with The Education Conference. This will put the spotlight on the crisis in music education today, while fully launching ‘Redefining Music Education’, the major new research project being undertaken by CMU, Urban Development and BIMM.

Standalone tickets are also available to The Education Conference for anyone working in music education and any music employers who want to be part of the conversation about where music education should head next. The Wednesday conference programme will then be followed by the TGE Welcome Party, taking place at the festival’s brand new hub venue The Beach. Which is on the beach, obviously. The kick-off party is hosted by BIMM alongside Jimmy’s Beer and Republic Of Music.

Once the festival is also underway, on the Thursday and Friday of TGE CMU Insights will respectively present The AI Conference and The China Conference, each running from 10am-4pm. The former looks at the technologies that will most impact on the business of music in the next decade, while the latter provides a comprehensive beginner’s guide to a key emerging music market.

All three conferences take place in the Dukes at Komedia cinema complex, with the main discussions happening in Dukes One, while panelists will also be interviewed one-on-one by CMU’s Setlist podcast in Dukes Two.

To get up to speed on what we’ll cover along the way, and to read up on the background to the topics up for discussion, download your copy of the CMU Insights Brighton Briefing here.

To access all three conferences – and the wider programme of panels and parties for delegates – you need a TGE delegate or convention pass. For access to just The Education Conference, you can buy a ticket to that day’s proceedings here.