MUSIC BUSINESS CONFERENCES

CMU Insights @ The Great Escape 2018

More CMU@TGE> INTRO | EDUCATION | AI | CHINA


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.

CMU Insights presents three full-day conferences as part of the convention programme for TGEs industry delegates, each one focused on a different aspect of the music business, this year: education, AI and China.

• For a ticket to the CMU Insights Education Conference click here
• For a ticket to all three CMU Insights conferences click here
• For a full delegate pass for the TGE convention and festival click here

To get fully up to speed on what we’ll cover at this year’s conferences, download this CMU Insights Brighton Briefing.


THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCES

THE EDUCATION CONFERENCE
16 May, Brighton INFO
CMU Insights presents a full-day conference at The Great Escape putting the spotlight on music education. Following numerous reports about music education in England being ‘in crisis’, we bring music educators and music employers together to discuss how music education and the music industry could be more closely aligned.

THE AI CONFERENCE
17 May, Brighton INFO
CMU Insights presents a full-day conference at The Great Escape exploring the new technologies most likely to impact on the music industry in the decade ahead. With a focus on AI, we’ll focus on audio-ID technologies, automated messaging, innovative uses of fan data and software that composes music.

THE CHINA CONFERENCE
18 May, Brighton INFO
CMU Insights presents a full-day conference at The Great Escape focused on the Chinese market, in association with BPI. Across the day we will provide a full beginner’s guide to this key emerging market looking at recent trends, the local copyright regime, and streaming, social media and touring in China.


EVEN MORE FROM CMU AT THE GREAT ESCAPE

In addition to the three full-day conferences, CMU is also presenting three additional sessions at TGE this year, while our podcast Setlist will also be in attendence interviewing key panelists…

WILLARD AHDRITZ IN CONVERSATION
As part of the TGE Convention’s In:Conversation programme, CMU MD and Business Editor Chris Cooke will be in conversation with Kobalt Founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz on Thursday 17 May at 4.15pm. We will discuss how Kobalt has sought to revolutionise the management and monetisation of music rights, the impact that has had on the wider music publishing sector, and how he sees the company’s AWAL venture changing the business of recorded music. Plus what challenges and opportunities remain for artists and songwriters today?
Dukes at Komedia at 4.15pm on Thursday 17 May.

MAPPING THE MUSIC SUPPLY CHAIN
CMU Insights is also contributing to the programme at the all new AIM House venue which is opening its doors at The Great Escape for the first time this year. We will unveil a major new research project that CMU Insights and AIM are undertaking which will map the digital music supply chain for the first time. We will present a new guide to music distribution that explains the different kinds of delivery partners labels can now work with, as well as outlining the wider research programme.
AIM House at 4.30pm on Friday 18 May.

HEROES & VILLAINS: ‘CMU IS 20’ EDITION
CMU celebrates its twentieth birthday in the middle of The Great Escape this year, and we will mark the occasion with a very special edition of Heroes & Villains, the popular panel that always closes the TGE Convention each year. As always, four music industry veterans will discuss the highs and lows of their careers to date, and the heroes and villains they met along the way. But this year, all four panelists were early supporters of CMU back in the late 1990s: advertisers, publicists and contributors who supported the magazine in its earliest days. On the panel will be CMU co-founder and MD Chris Cooke, plus Pat Carr from Remote Control, Sumit Bothra from ATC Management and broadcaster Edward Adoo. As always, your host will be journalist and talent scout Stephen Jones.
The Old Courtroom at 4.30pm on Saturday 19 May.

THE SETLIST INTERVIEWS
Setlist, the music business podcast from CMU, will be in the house at this year’s TGE, interviewing panellists who are taking part in the CMU Insights conferences. Setlist will be setting up its studio in Dukes at Komedia screen two on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, interviewing panellists as they come off stage from screen one between midday and 4pm. There’ll be new interviews on the hour and half past the hour. These interviews will be podcast later this year, but you can also watch the conversations as they happen on the day, hear more in-depth discussions from our key panellists, and ask your own questions too. Look out for the line-ups going live on Monday.
Dukes at Komedia screen two from midday to 4pm on Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CMU INSIGHTS CONFERENCES
1. CMU reports on the music industry every day – as a result our conferences are more timely, more incisive and more forward looking.

2. CMU Insights is a leading provider of music business training and each of our conferences include more formal training elements, meaning together they form a substantive professional development programme.

3. We present a whole day of content around each topic enabling us to dig much deeper than any other music conference into the issues and challenges the business faces today.

4. We prioritise talks and interviews in our programme, allowing industry experts to present their insights and case studies in a more detailed and digestible way.

5. The CMU conferences are truly editorially driven, we identify the key challenges and opportunities and find the people best equipped to discuss them.


MORE INFORMATION
For information on the whole TGE delegates programme, including the three CMU Insights conferences, and the In Conversation, Courtroom Sessions and TGE:DIY strands, check the official website here.