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The Great Escape adds 125 more bands, reveals more about this year’s CMU Insights conferences

By | Published on Tuesday 7 March 2017

TGE 2017

As The Great Escape added another 125 artists to the bill this morning, we today reveal more about the conversations due to take place during the four conferences that CMU Insights will present for the festival’s industry delegation this year.

As previously reported, CMU Insights @ The Great Escape – which sits at the heart of TGE’s industry-focused convention programme – is basically four conferences in one. Over two days in the two screens at Brighton’s Dukes @ Komedia cinema, CMU Insights will present The Media Conference, The Drugs Conference, The Export Conference and The Royalties Conference.

Full details about what topics each of these conferences will explore are now available online, while specifics about five of those sessions have also been revealed today…

1. The battle for digital transparency. As artists and songwriters call on government to put pressure on the big music corporations to be more transparent about their digital deals, we will reveal what information music creatives and their managers want access to and why they need it, based on the findings of the Music Managers Forum’s ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ research. CMU’s Chris Cooke – who wrote that report – will discuss its findings with MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick.

2. Will it be streams that actually kill the radio star? As streaming services ramp up their curation services and original programming, are they becoming the new radio? And if so, what does that mean for traditional broadcasters? We plot the future of radio with Folder Media, 7digital and Brighton’s own youth radio venture Platform B.

3. Want to go global? Artist managers who have benefited from the Music Export Growth Scheme will present a series of case studies which together provide a guide to launching new artists in new markets. Including David Manders from Test Card Recordings discussing his work with Public Service Broadcasting and Julie Weir from Goremount on exporting Fearless Vampire Killers.

4. Why are some artists shunning collective licensing in live? Adam Elfin from PACE Rights Management will outline why artists like Deftones, Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler and Mr Big’s Paul Gilbert have adopted a direct licensing approach in the live space, while CMU’s Chris Cooke will explain what the hell that means.

5. We need to talk about Brexit. BPI’s Director Of Public Affairs Ian Moss will walk you through the mechanics of Brexit – what’s happened so far and what’s still to come? – informing our discussion on how the UK exiting the European Union will impact the wider music industry.

CMU Insights @ The Great Escape is a unique music business conference, combining the training and research we provide to music industry professionals all year round, with input, viewpoints and case studies from over 100 of the delegates attending TGE this year.

Part of the Great Escape’s Learn programme, in amongst the lively debate, the aim of all four conference is to aid the personal professional development of those attending. A pre-event seminar and other online materials will also be available.

The CMU Insights conferences site alongside all of the other Great Escape festivities that take place in Brighton from 18-20 May. 125 bands have just been added to the festival line-up, including the likes of Abra Cadabra, Raye, Ibibio Sound Machine, Overcoat, Jay Som, Mystic Braves, Douglas Dare and Isaac Gracie.

Delegate passes for TGE – which get you into all four of the CMU Insights conferences plus other convention events and priority access into the festival – are still available at the saver rate of £195. Click here to buy yours.