CMU@TGE: The AI Conference


Thursday 17 May
New technologies continue to have a big impact on how music is made, consumed, curated, shared, marketed and monetised. Though that doesn’t mean every new technology is going to cause a revolution. So how do you know which new technologies are truly going to change the business of music?

The AI Conference will showcase some of the most exciting new technologies – with the focus on those that employ big data and machine learning – and consider what impact that tech is likely to have in the decade ahead, and what challenges and opportunities will be created along the way.

We will look at the latest developments in audio-recognition technology, and how that changes the way music is selected and shared, and how it is being employed to better monitor music usage online – and in the real world too – to ensure the right artists and songwriters get paid.

We will also see how new technologies are changing music marketing, allowing artists and their business partners to follow fans into the digital spaces where they prefer to hang out, and in particular the messaging apps that are now a key forum for fan conversations.

And we will investigate the creative technologies that make music. How can artists, songwriters and record producers use these new tools to take the art of music making in totally new directions? And will machines that can compose music, write lyrics and direct videos on the fly ultimately compete with music creators?

Come hear from key innovators in music and technology, and meet ten exciting start-up businesses who are leading the next chapter in the story of music tech.


Andrew Parsons MD, Ticketmaster UK
Chris Cooke MD, CMU Insights
Cliff Fluet Partner, Lewis Silkin
Conrad Withey CEO, Instrumental
Dan Fowler Strategy & Operations, JAAK
Diarmuid Moloney Founder & CEO, Rotor
Ed Newton-Rex Founder & CEO, Jukedeck
Gideon Mountford Global Head Of Video, Believe
Gregor Pryor Co-Chair of Global Entertainment And Media Industry Group, Reed Smith
Helienne Lindvall Head Of Business And Songwriter Relations, Auddly
Imogen Heap Founder, Mycelia
Jesper Skibsby Founder & CEO, WARM
Joe Lyske Co-founder & CEO, MXX Music
Manan Vohra Head Of Product, 7digital
Mark Wood Chief Architect, Ents24
Neil Pollard Founder, Ents24
Rebecca Lammers CEO & Co-Founder, Laika Network
Sam Taylor Chief Commercial Officer, POP
Sammy Andrews Founder & CEO, Deviate
Scott Cohen VP International, The Orchard
with many more to be announced very soon!

A guide to the key sessions taking place during The AI Conference…

01: What Is Artificial Intelligence?
It’s an important question to ask as we kick off our AI Conference, though it’s harder to answer than you might think. We explain what big data and machine learning is all about, and explore what we mean by AI and what artificial intelligence might mean for the future.

02: Where Next For Music And Technology?
The history of the music industry is basically a story about how a long line of new technologies changed the way music is made, performed, recorded, distributed and consumed. But which new technologies will kick-start the next revolution in the music community? Experts from across the wider music business consider the AI and other technologies that are getting hyped today, and ask which will really have an impact on the music industry in the next decade.

03: Monitoring Music
Audio-identification technology isn’t particularly new, but it its getting more sophisticated all the time, and the industry is finding all sorts of new ways to exploit the machines which can recognise what songs and recordings are being played. We look at the latest developments, and consider how this technology is changing the way music is curated and recommended, and how it can be employed to ensure the right artists and songwriters get paid.

04: Marketing Music
In a series of case studies, we’ll look at how new technologies are changing the way music is marketed. Including how big data is being used in the live space to recommend and sell tickets. Plus how new technologies are allowing artists, labels and festivals to move the fan conversation into the messaging apps, where consumers increasingly hang out.

05: Making Music
Are machines the creators of the future? We look at technologies that can automatically compose music, write lyrics and direct videos. How do these platforms work and where do they fit in? Could machines ultimately be the artists, songwriters and video directors of the future?

For more information on the wider TGE:CONVENTION, check the official website here. You can access the whole convention including the three CMU Insights conferences with either a TGE delegate pass or a TGE convention-only pass – get yours here.