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Full schedules published for this year’s CMU Insights conferences

By | Published on Wednesday 25 April 2018

The Great Escape 2018

With three weeks to go until this year’s Great Escape, the schedules have now gone live for the three conferences CMU Insights will present as part of the showcase festival’s convention programme this year: The Education Conference, The AI Conference and The China Conference.

CMU Insights has teamed up with Urban Development and BIMM to present The Education Conference, which will kickstart this year’s TGE proceedings, taking place on Wednesday 16 May, the day before the festival gets going. This full-day conference will explore the crisis in music education today, while seeking to join a lot of dots between the many organisations offering opportunities to young people with a passion for music and the music industry.

The Education Conference is also part of the wider Redefining Music Education project recently launched by CMU Insights, Urban Development and BIMM. As part of that project, CMU Insights is currently mapping music education in England, the careers available in music, and the skills required to pursue those careers. The results of all that mapping will be presented during the conference.

Check out the full schedule for The Education Conference here. Standalone tickets are also available for this conference at just £65 – click here for information.

The AI Conference on Thursday 17 May puts future music technologies in the spotlight, with a focus on audio recognition, automated messaging, innovative uses of fan data and machines that make music. Companies showcasing their technology include WARM, POP, Ents24, Instrumental, Jukedeck, MXX Music and Rotor. We’ll also be joined by Maggie Boden from Sussex University and Marcus O’Dair from Middlesex University to discuss what exactly AI is.

There will also be two big debates during the AI Conference. The first will discuss which new technologies – both AI and beyond – will really have an impact on the music business in the next decade. Lined up for that discussion are Andrew Parsons from Ticketmaster UK, Dan Fowler from JAAK, Imogen Heap from Mycelia, Manan Vohra from 7digital, Sammy Andrews from Deviate and Stef Pascual from Crown Talent.

Meanwhile at the end of the day we’ll ask whether machines are set to become the pop makers of the future, and – if so – where the humans will fit in. Joining that debate will be Cliff Fluet from Lewis Silkin, Helienne Lindvall from Auddly, Scott Cohen from The Orchard and artist Chagall.

Check out the full schedule for The AI Conference here.

The China Conference on Friday 18 May puts the spotlight on this key emerging market, just as the IFPI confirms that China has entered the top ten global recorded music markets for the first time. It will provide a beginners guide to the Chinese music market and China’s music industry, with a particular focus on opportunities for UK and Western artists in the country, in terms of streaming, touring and reaching an audience.

Among other things, we’ll put the spotlight on the copyright regime in China, at how things have improved in that domain over the last decade, but also where there is still plenty of room for improvement. We’ll also ask how the UK music industry can possibly influence copyright law on the other side of the world.

In terms of monetising those music rights, we’ll then look at the burgeoning streaming sector in China, getting insights from Mathew Daniel from Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music, as well as Anne Jenniskens from FUGA, Nina Condron from Horus, and Stephen King from Believe.

Check out the full schedule for The China Conference here.

There is a final batch of speakers still to be announced for the CMU Insights conferences, and those will be revealed next week, alongside the schedules for the other strands of the Great Escape’s convention programme: the in-conversations, the courtroom sessions and the DIY programme for new talent.

To access all this you need to get yourself at TGE delegate pass or convention-only pass – both of which are available here.



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