CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2016

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In 2016, CMU Insights @ The Great Escape packed out Dukes @ Komedia on the first two days of TGE with four one-day mini conferences putting the spotlight on data, YouTube, physical product and the way the music industry recruits and supports its people.

In Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let’s make buzzwords happen! we looked at the various pools of data available to artists, labels, managers and promoters, and how that data can be used in practical ways. We then looked at the issues around music rights data and the lack of transparency in the way digital income is processed, and at some of the solutions to the music industry’s biggest data challenge, including how the blockchain might play a role.

In What if YouTube actually is the future? we looked at the controversy around safe harbours and the value gap, and other legal and licensing challenges around YouTube and video online. We then looked at how the music industry can better use YouTube as a marketing channel, a data service and a micro-licensing platform. YouTube then provided an update on its latest developments, before we looked at the rise of the YouTuber, and the live, legal and managment challenges they face.

In CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff? – sponsored by BPI – we asked why CD sales were holding up better than everyone expected in the UK. We then looked at how managers and labels are generating extra revenue through premium CD and vinyl releases, before putting the spotlight on merch and direct-to-fan, and the role of management and labels in building successful D2F businesses.

In What has the music industry ever done for you? – sponsored by Help Musicians UK – we looked at diversity and training issues in the music industry, before exploring mental health challenges in the wider music community. Help Musicians UK launched its new research project on mental health in the music industry, while Vice showcased its recent videos on the issue, and we discussed how managers, labels and promoters can better support the health of their artists and people.

Along the way CMU Insights presented four mini-guides which you can check the slides from here…
Building a more skilled music industry
The physical market in 2016
Tracking digital dollars
YouTube + Music – A brief history

Once again, CMU Insights @ The Great Escape put the spotlight on the biggest topics of the moment while also putting new issues and trends onto the music industry’s agenda.


Achal Dhillon Killing Moon
Adam Scrimshire Wah Wah 45s
Alex Bewley WME Entertainment
Alex Hoffman VICE
Alex Nicolas Flying Vinyl
Alex Thomson Greenhouse Group
Alice Roberts Royal Albert Hall
Aly Gillani Bandcamp
Amanda Harcourt
Andy Allen BSI Merch
Andy Edwards MMF
Andy Franks Music Supports
Andy Malt CMU
Angelique Sabine BIMM
Annabella Coldrick MMF
Åsa Carild ICE
Benedict Maxwell First Access
Benji Rogers PledgeMusic
Bob James Intune Addicts
Brittney Bean Tracks2
Candice Morrissey YouTube
Carla Marie Williams Girls I Rate
Chloé Julien BandSquare
Chris Carey Media Insight Consulting
Chris Cooke CMU
Christopher Elkins MUSO
Claire Mas Communion Music
Clare Scivier
Cliff Fluet Lewis Silkin
Conrad Withey Instrumental
Craig Evans Flying Vinyl
Danny McMillan
David Boyne Bravado
Ellie Giles
Ewan Grant Notting Hill Academy
Geoff Taylor BPI
Hannah Trigwell YouTuber
James Hancock Free Focus
James Ponnusamy Get Street Team
Jamie Emsell Communion Music
Jazz Sherman Rocket Music
Jennifer Roberts Festival Republic
Jessie Scoullar Wicksteed Works
Jimmy Mikaoui Marathon Artists
John Hirst HMV
Jordan Gremli Spotify

Karen Emanuel Key Productions
Katia Isakoff Women Produce Music
Kieron Faller CI
Laura Allington Kameleon
Laurence James Believe Digital
Liam Negus-Fancey Get Street Team
Lyndon Stephens Champion Sound
Maggie Collins Bigsound
Marcus Barnes
Marcus O’Dair Middlesex University
Mark Douglas PPL
Mark Meharry Music Glue
Mark Murdoch Mahogany Sessions
Mark Richardson Music Supports
Mark Walker Kilimanjaro
Martin Goldschmidt Cooking Vinyl
Natasha Youngs Resident Music
Nic Yeeles Peg
Niclas Molinder Auddly
Nigel Dewar Gibb Lewis Silkin
Noodlerella YouTuber
Pat Dam Smyth
Paul Barton PledgeMusic
Paul Sampson CueSongs
Phil Nelson BIMM
Ray Pope Universal Music
Rebecca Lammers Laika Network
Ric Salmon ATC Management
Richard Robinson Help Musicians UK
Rob Brown Disturbing London
Robert Kaye MusicBrainz
Sachin Premnath Reed Smith
Sally Gross University Of Westminster
Sam Taylor
Sammy Andrews EI
Scott Cohen The Orchard
Scott Quinn Ont Sofa
Simon Raymonde Bella Union
Sophie Goossens August & Debouzy
Stacey Mitsopulos Box Plus
Stephen King Believe Digital
Stuart Dredge Music Ally
Suli Breaks YouTuber
Tahir Basheer Sheridans
Vangel Vlaski Proper Music

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