CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2017


The Great Escape is the festival for new music taking place in Brighton each May. Over 450 bands play in over 30 venues, with 3500 music industry professionals from across the world among the audience.

The TGE Convention programme helps these industry delegates learn, network and discover, to identify new talent and business partners to work with, and to explore and understand how to get more out of the business of music. CMU Insights @ The Great Escape is at the heart of this programme.

Capitalising on the daily music business reportage of CMU, and the original research and professional development training courses of CMU Insights, CMU@TGE is a music business conference like no other.

Delegates get access to a series of insight presentations, case studies, one-on-one interviews and panel debates, together exploring and explaining the very latest music industry issues and trends.

The 2017 edition of CMU@TGE took place on 18 and 19 May at the Dukes@Komedia cinema. Four conferences in one, it put the focus on media, drugs, export and royalties.

Access resources and extras from CMU@TGE 2017 here.


CMU Insights presents The Media Conference | INFO
The crisis in music journalism
This CMU Insights conference explored the challenge of making money out of music media in the digital age. Great music journalism may get the clicks, but can it generate revenue in an era where so much advertising spend goes to social and search? Is the future of music media a combination of branded content, unpaid writers and click-bait headlines? Plus we asked whether music radio is ready for its impending collision with the streaming platforms.

CMU Insights presents The Drugs Conference | INFO
Let’s actually save some lives
Following the battle for Fabric, this CMU Insights conference asked what clubs, promoters, law enforcement and licensing officials should really be doing to save lives. What practical measures can be taken to ensure the safety of our customers? And what about drug culture within the music community? How can artists embrace the sex, drugs and rock n roll lifestyle without damaging their health and that of those around them? Presented in partnership with Help Musicians UK.

CMU Insights presents The Export Conference | INFO
Breaking out beyond Brexit
In an increasingly connected world, is it easier than ever for new artists to go global, or is access to investment and on-the-ground support still key? This CMU Insights conference provided a user-friendly guide to taking new artists global, learning from past recipients of the Music Export Growth Scheme. Plus how to get the most out of showcase festivals and what, exactly, does Brexit mean for the music industry in the UK and beyond? Presented in partnership with BPI.

CMU Insights presents The Royalties Conference | INFO
Where’s my fucking money?
This CMU Insights conference tracked all the money as it goes from sale, sync and stream to artist and songwriter, via labels, distributors, publishers and collecting societies. How are your music rights really making money and where do all the royalties go? Including global collective licensing explained; the shift to direct licensing in live; and digital’s big transparency problem.

In addition to the CMU Insights conferences, CMU also presented two more sessions as part of the Saturday programme at the 2017 TGE Convention.

CMU & Louder Than War Present John Robb’s Pop Question Time
Following a year of big political events, John Robb’s Pop Question Time returned to The Great Escape. Artists and journalists tackled a series of political issues, from music-specific topics to the bigger political debates of 2017. Plus what role do musicians play in informing and influencing their audiences? John Robb – of The Membranes and Louder Than War – chaired the proceedings, and was joined by journalists Andy Malt and Serena Kutchinsky, plus Jeremy Pritchard from Everything Everything and Rob Luis from Tru Thoughts.

CMU presents Heroes & Villains
A true Great Escape institution, Heroes & Villains returned for its seventh edition. Once again a group of our favourite music industry executives took to the stage to discuss the highs and the lows of their respective careers to date, name-checking the heroes and villains they met along the way. A&R and talent scout Stephen Jones was joined by Diane Wagg, Debs Wild and Sharnita K Athwal.


CMU@TGE 2017: Facilitating Export – UK Export Initiatives
CMU@TGE 2017: When Music Gets Synchronised – TV and beyond
CMU@TGE 2017: Tackling Addiction In The Music Community – Simon Mason
CMU@TGE 2017: New music media business models – DJ Mag
CMU@TGE 2017: The top five visa mistakes made by musicians
MMF launches mental health guide for artist managers
Sound Diplomacy launches Music Export Pledge
The Great Escape starts today!
CMU@TGE 2017 | Resources & Notes
CMU@TGE 2017 | Top Ten Questions #10
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CMU@TGE 2017 | Top Ten Questions #5
CMU@TGE 2017 | Top Ten Questions #4
CMU@TGE 2017 | Top Ten Questions #3
CMU Podcast: Fyre Festival, Eminem, The Great Escape
CMU surveys UK music journalists ahead of Great Escape Media Conference
CMU@TGE 2017 | Top Ten Questions #2
CMU Insights @ The Great Escape programme now live
CMU@TGE 2017 | Top Ten Questions #1
CMU@TGE 2017 | A speedy guide to this year’s programme
CMU@TGE 2017 | Five more speaker updates
CMU@TGE 2017 | Five Royalties Conference updates
Some Insights | Top five streaming challenges
CMU@TGE 2017 | Five more sessions to check out
CMU Podcast: The Great Escape, Access v Ownership, Ed Sheeran
CMU@TGE 2017 | Five sessions just added
The Great Escape adds 125 more bands, reveals more about this year’s CMU Insights conferences
CMU@TGE 2017 | In five steps
Themes announced for CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2017: Export, royalties, media and drugs