CMU Insights Presents
Sessions from CMU Insights at music business conferences around the world
CMU Insights regularly presents sessions at music business conferences around the world, combining our research and business intelligence with guest interviews and panel debates.
This programme of events includes our own conferences that sit at the heart of the Great Escape Convention in Brighton each May plus our popular ‘story so far’ presentations at Music 4.5 events in London.
Find out about upcoming and past events below and to discuss hosting a CMU Insights session at your music industry conference or event email firstname.lastname@example.org
CMU Insights @ SPOT+
Saturday 6 May 2017, Aarhus | SESSION INFO
CMU Insights presents a session at Denmark’s SPOT+ for the first time. Called ‘YouTube – Friend Or Foe?’ we will update delegates on all the latest safe harbour developments, and discuss the good and the bad of YouTube in music.
CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2017
Thursday 18 – Friday 19 May 2017, Brighton | SESSION INFO
It’s our very own conference, sitting at the heart of The Great Escape, the new music festival. Over two rooms and two days, we present four conferences in one, this year putting the spotlight on media, drugs, export and royalties.
CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week
April 2017, Toronto | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights returned to Toronto to present The Creators’ Guide To Digital Dollars, a three hour session that explained how streaming services are licensed; discussed challenges around data, converting freemium and driving sustained listening; and delved into the big transparency debate.
CMU Insights @ Tallinn Music Week
April 2017, Tallinn | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights presented a session at Tallinn Music Week for the first time. We provided a ten step guide to digital licensing, and then discussed ongoing issues with the streaming business with artist manager and 311.ee founder Toomas Olljum and Pieces Of 8 Music founder James Morgan. Malena Wolfer from Believe then explained how artists and labels can capitalise on the data that comes out of the streaming platforms.
CMU Insights @ Output 2017
February 2017, Belfast | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights returned to the Output conference in Belfast to present two sessions: ‘The Top Five Things Music PRs Do Wrong’ and ‘The Top Five Streaming Developments In 2017’. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke led sessions on music PR and the streaming music market, with input from Clash Magazine’s Simon Harper, Polydor/Totem’s Naomi Williams, Spotify’s Bryan Johnson and Sammy Andrews.
CMU Insights @ Slush Music 2016
November 2016, Helsinki | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights’ Chris Cooke presented a speedy overview of ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ at the first edition of Slush Music, the music-centric strand of the Slush start-up conference. He also sat on a panel discussing the state of the music rights sector in the digital age and led a session featuring artists who invest in start-up businesses.
CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: The Politics Of Licensing
September 2016, London | SESSION NOTES
‘The Politics Of Licensing’ discussed the latest developments in Europe and the US around safe harbours, collective and music licensing, as well as developments in the way music companies license digital services and broadcasters. CMU Insights kicked things off with a ‘story so far’ presentation.
CMU Insights @ Dansk Live Autumn Conference 2016
September 2016, Odense | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights’ Chris Cooke presented a keynote overview of the digital music market at the Autumn Conference of Dansk Live, considering growth in the streaming sector and challenges ahead for both labels and artists. The session then discussed the potential of the streaming platforms as data and marketing platforms for the wider music community, and how the live sector might tap into those resources, while also noting some streaming services’ move into ticketing and the continued potential of direct-to-fan.
CMU Insights @ Music Estonia 2016
September 2016, Tallinn | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights’ Chris Cooke presented a keynote at the AGM of Music Estonia, reviewing the music industry in 2016, the impact digital has had on the recorded music market, and the opportunities ahead as streaming and direct-to-fan come of age.
CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016
May 2016, Brighton | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
It’s our very own conference, sitting at the heart of The Great Escape, the new music festival. Over two rooms and two days, we presented four full-day strands putting the focus on data and transparency; CDs and merch; YouTube and video; and diversity, training and mental health in the music community.
CMU Insights @ Canadian Music Week 2016
May 2016, Toronto | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU presented a three hour insight strand at the CMW Music Summit, as Canada’s biggest new music festival put the spotlight on the UK. We provided a guide to the UK music market, looked at digital challenges and opportunities, and discussed the ins and outs of the British indie sector.
CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: Smart Radio – Playlists 2
April 2016, London | SESSION NOTES
‘Smart Radio: Playlists 2’ looked at the evolution of online playlisting, and the intersection of radio and the streaming services. CMU Insights kicked things off with a ‘story so far’ presentation.
CMU Insights @ Music Connected 2016
April 2016, London | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU presented an insight session at the Association Of Independent Music’s Music Connected conference in London. Based on the report he authored for the Music Managers Forum last year, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke explained from beginning to end how streaming services are licensed, by labels and publishers, and what happens to the money.
CMU Insights @ Wide Days 2016
April 2016, Edinburgh | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU presented an insight session at Wide Days 2016, Scotland’s music-business convention. CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke explained, in ten simple steps, how streaming platforms like Spotify are licensed, and then led a conversation on how DIY artists can get the most out of the streaming services, and on the issues artists and managers face in the digital domain.
CMU Insights @ ILMC 2016
March 2016, London | SESSION NOTES
CMU Insights’ Chris Cooke presented a speedy overview of the digital music market ahead of a panel discussion about streaming platforms, data and revenues at the International Live Music Conference.
CMU Insights @ Convergence 2016
March 2016, London | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU presented an insight session at Convergence 2016, the festival of music, art and technology, exploring the challenges of making money out of media in the digital age. Is clickbait and branded content the future? And if so, is that really a good thing? CMU’s Chris Cooke led the debate, discussing the state of media and the music media with experts, editors and publishers.
CMU Insights @ Output 2016
February 2016, Belfast | SESSION INFO | SESSION NOTES
CMU presented an insight session at Output 2016, Northern Ireland’s largest ever one day music conference, putting the focus on the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ report CMU Insights produced for the UK’s Music Managers Forum in 2015. We presented an overview of the report and discussed its findings with Believe’s Ben Rimmer and Raygun’s Julian Deane.
CMU Insights @ Music 4.5: The YouTube Paradox
January 2016, London | SESSION NOTES
‘The YouTube Paradox’ explored what the music business can learn from the success of the YouTube creators and dissected how the music industry can better appeal to a new generation of viewers and consumers online. CMU Insights kicked things off with a ‘story so far’ presentation.
CMU Insights @ Community 2015
November 2015, London | SESSION NOTES
CMU presented three insight sessions as part of the delegate’s programme at the Community festival in Shoreditch, East London, providing an overview of the music industry in 2015 before putting the spotlight on the importance of online playlists in driving streams and the new entertainment industry that is emerging around YouTube.
CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2015
May 2015, Brighton | SESSION INFO
It’s our very own conference, sitting at the heart of The Great Escape, the new music festival. Over two rooms and two days, we presented four full-day strands putting the focus on music rights, music marketing, brand partnerships and the role of the record label in the streaming age.