MUSIC BUSINESS CONFERENCES

Conferences for music people

Get in-depth insights from every perspective with our full-day thematic conferences


CMU Insights presents a series of full-day conferences for music business people each year, each one focused on a different aspect of the music business. These conferences take place as part of the delegate programme at showcase festival The Great Escape in Brighton each May.

Find out more about upcoming and past CMU Insights conference below.

We also present insight sessions and speed briefings – and moderate panel discussions – at a range of other music conferences around the world. For more information about upcoming and past sessions click here.


UPCOMING CONFERENCES

THE EDUCATION CONFERENCE
16 May, Brighton INFO
CMU Insights presents a full-day conference at The Great Escape putting the spotlight on music education. Following numerous reports about music education in England being ‘in crisis’, we bring music educators and music employers together to discuss how music education and the music industry could be more closely aligned.

THE AI CONFERENCE
17 May, Brighton INFO
CMU Insights presents a full-day conference at The Great Escape exploring the new technologies most likely to impact on the music industry in the decade ahead. With a focus on AI, we’ll focus on audio-ID technologies, automated messaging, innovative uses of fan data and software that composes music.

THE CHINA CONFERENCE
18 May, Brighton INFO
CMU Insights presents a full-day conference at The Great Escape focused on the Chinese market, in association with BPI. Across the day we will provide a full beginner’s guide to this key emerging market looking at recent trends, the local copyright regime, and streaming, social media and touring in China.


PAST CONFERENCES

THE MEDIA CONFERENCE
May 2017, BrightonNOTES
The crisis in music journalism. CMU Insights presented The Media Conference as part of The Great Escape 2017 putting the focus on music journalism, music magazines and radio, and music PR.

THE DRUGS CONFERENCE
May 2017, BrightonNOTES
Let’s actually save some lives. CMU Insights presented The Drugs Conference as part of The Great Escape 2017 looking at recent trends in drug taking and the impact it has had on the clubbing business, and how the music industry can better support both artists and execs who struggle with addiction.

THE ROYALTIES CONFERENCE
May 2017, BrightonNOTES
Where’s my fucking money? CMU Insights presented The Royalties Conference as part of The Great Escape 2017 putting the focus on music rights and how royalties flow through the system (or not!)

THE EXPORT CONFERENCE
May 2017, BrightonNOTES
Breaking out beyond Brexit. CMU Insights presented The Export Conference as part of The Great Escape 2017, providing practical tips galore for exporting new artists into new markets, while considering the impact of Brexit.

THE DATA CONFERENCE
May 2016, BrightonNOTES
Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let’s make buzzwords happen! CMU Insights presented The Data Conference as part of The Great Escape 2016, exploring the potential of streaming, ticketing and piracy data, and the debate round digital transparency and the bloody blockchain.

THE YOUTUBE CONFERENCE
May 2016, BrightonNOTES
What if YouTube actually is the future? CMU Insights presented The YouTube Conference as part of The Great Escape 2016, exploring the music industry’s relationship with YouTube, how to get more out of the video platform, and the emerging YouTuber industry.

THE PHYSICAL CONFERENCE
May 2016, BrightonNOTES
CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff? CMU Insights presented The Physical Conference as part of The Great Escape 2016 putting the spotlight on the CD and vinyl market, trends in music merchandise, and untapped opportunities in the direct-to-fan domain.

THE PEOPLE CONFERENCE
May 2016, BrightonNOTES
What has the music industry ever done for you? CMU Insights presented The People Conference as part of The Great Escape 2016 discussing diversity initiatives, training and education, and the debate around mental health in the music community.

THE LICENSING CONFERENCE
May 2015, BrightonNOTES
Music rights – explained at last! CMU Insights presented The Licensing Conference as part of The Great Escape 2015, providing an overview of music copyright and the music rights business, and discussing the way streaming services are licensed and digital income is shared.

THE BRANDS CONFERENCE
May 2015, BrightonNOTES
How to sell out gracefully – better brand partnerships! CMU Insights presented The Brands Conference as part of The Great Escape 2015, putting the spotlight on band-brand partnerships.

THE LABELS CONFERENCE
May 2015, BrightonNOTES
What’s the point of a record label anyway? CMU Insights presented The Labels Conference as part of The Great Escape 2015, exploring the role of the record company, the rise of ‘label services’ and the artist/label relationship.

THE MARKETING CONFERENCE
May 2015, BrightonNOTES
Music marketing is broken – let’s fix it! CMU Insights presented The Marketing Conference as part of The Great Escape 2015, discussing how music marketing is evolving with the shift to streams.