Speed Briefings

One hour training sessions at music conferences around the world

CMU Insights presents speed briefings at music conferences around the world. Each briefing provides a concise but comprehensive overview of a different aspect of the music business in just one hour.


Look out for details of future speed briefings going live here soon.


The Streaming Business Explained | NOTES
Streaming is now the single biggest revenue stream for the recorded music business worldwide and has enabled the record industry to return to growth. But how does the streaming business work? This speed briefing provides a concise overview of the streaming business today.

How Streaming Services Are Licensed | NOTES
This speed briefing explains the deals done between streaming services and record companies, music publishers and collecting societies, and outlines how royalties flow from each service to artists and songwriters. Based on the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ book from CMU Insights and MMF UK.

Top Five Streaming Challenges | NOTES
This speed briefing runs through five key challenges that must be met by the wider streaming music business – including artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, societies and the streaming platforms themselves. Based on the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ book from CMU Insights and MMF UK.

What Exactly Is The ‘Value Gap’ All About? | NOTES
Why does the music industry keep shouting about the copyright safe harbour and the so called ‘value gap’? And how did YouTube become enemy number one? Find out in this speed briefing on all things safe harbour, plus how the music community hopes the European Copyright Directive might help.

Secondary Ticketing – The Story So Far | NOTES
This speed briefing reviews the growth of the secondary ticketing sector over the last fifteen years and efforts by politicians and the music industry to regulate the resale of tickets for profit. It looks at the UK in-depth and also considers the approaches taken in France, Italy, US, Canada and Australia.

Label Deals In The Streaming Age – Your Ten Options
This speed briefing explains the ten different kinds of distribution and label deals available to artists in the streaming age, and the pros and cons of each approach. It is based on the MMF Deals Guide produced by CMU Insights.


The CMU Insights speed briefings can be delivered as both keynote presentations or more intimate seminars with limited places that delegates apply for in advance. To discuss hosting CMU Insights speed briefings at your music conference email