25th February 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Friday 25 Feb

The East Hastings Sea Angling Association


Tickets:£5 HERE

A one-day grassroots music conference featuring panellists from across the music industry sharing their experience and identifying some of the challenges for artists in the modern era.

Surround yourself with like-minded people to explore the nuts and bolts of how to make a career in music viable.

Un-Convention is a UK based global music network and development agency. Their events and projects bring together artists and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise.



What is the Music Business?

Speaker: Jeff Thompson, Unconvention Founder and Deputy Course Leader for Music Business at BIMM Institute Manchester.


Panel 1- 'Making, playing, promoting, touring'

Chair: Jeff Thompson

Panellists: Melita Dennett -BBC Introducing in Sussex and Surrey. Suzi Burrows- Sound Technician. Gemma Murphy- venue owner, The Brass. Clare Britt- Marketing & Brand Strategist, Artist Manager.



Panel 2 - 'Building a Career'

Chair: Melita Dennett

Panellists: James Endeacott- head of 1965 records, radio presenter and once A&R at Rough Trade. Anna Moulson- freelance Live music promoter. Tony Crean- Music Manager- Goldfrapp, The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip. Jonathan Tester- Head of Sync at Bucks Music Publishing


Keynote Q & A

Ace- legendary Skunk Anansie guitarist and music educator in conversation with John Robb

Full details of all sessions at hastingsfattuesday.co.uk

Jeff Thompson - co-founder, Un-Convention

Jeff is the co-founder of Un-Convention, a series of music industry conferences and showcases that have brought together thousands of artists and music professionals, both nationally and internationally over the course of 106 events on 5 continents. This has enabled him to work in a broad range of contexts, both here in the UK, as well as around the world in countries such as The Netherlands, Poland, Liberia, and Palestine, and with everyone from bedroom producers and DIY labels to multi-million selling artists and major festivals and corporations. He is also one of the founding members of a European-wide talent development project called JUMP.

As well as Un-Convention, Jeff has run independent record labels, and books artists for festivals. He has helped to establish several music co-operatives in Africa, a Regional Music Scene Network, and a live music touring model which enables artists in 85 towns and cities across the UK to play to new audiences. He is currently a member of the Great Manchester Music Commission.

Anna Moulson- freelance Live music promoter.

Anna Moulson has been a freelance live music promoter/event consultant, for over 20 years, promoting under the name of 'Melting Vinyl'. Each year she stages BBC 6 music/creative type artists at over 50 events, and curates and produces a festival, these combined reaches audiences of 10,000+ in Brighton and Kent. Anna has contributed to writing courses for BIMM Brighton and teaches about event management, as a live lead lecturer, on a first and third year Music Business and Event Management degree courses. She also holds the diary/organises the production for touring live music artists at a stunning 600 capacity: St George's Church in Brighton. Anna freelances on unique collaborations in festival and gallery spaces and worked with Shirley Collins, and a sound artist, and poet, at the Bloomsbury group's: Charleston House.

Anna has had to be dynamic and adaptable to survive an ever-changing live music industry and during lockdown worked with Brighton Dome on 'Live is Alive!' a series of social distance grassroots artists shows held at the venue in the Autumn of 2020. She went on in 2021 to program a series of arts council funded inspiring live music streams at St George's Church in Brighton which lead on to her being involved in talks about streaming at the Brighton Dome based 5G festival.

James Endeacott- head of 1965 records, radio presenter and once A&R at Rough Trade

My name is James Endeacott. I'm male, married and have 3 children. I was born in Halifax on St Patrick’s day 1965. The first record I bought with my own money was Space Oddity by David Bowie when I was 10. I guess I've been working in and with music ever since. I wanted to be a comedian but I couldn't make people laugh. My mum wanted me to be a vicar. I decided to join a band in my early 20's. The band were called Loop – we wore a lot of black leather and were very thin. I worked in a record shop at the same time. I then worked for Rough Trade records in the early 1990's. I soon turned my hand to band management and looked after Tindersticks for about 5 years. I then went back to work at rough trade records and started to work in A & R - I signed acts like Mull Historical Society, Hal and The Libertines. I also hung out with The Strokes and a lot of B–list celebrities. I then started my own label called 1965 records and signed a band from Dundee called The View who’s debut album went to Number 1. I now present a radio show on Soho Radio every weekday morning called Morning Glory…I have my finger in a lot of pies. I also eat a lot of pies and have a stutter that gets bad when I'm tired or nervous. I've been telling people for over 30 years that I am not Mick Hucknall - he just looks like me.

Jonathan Tester- Head of Sync at Bucks Music Publishing

Music publishing professional with 24 years experience in Sync. I started as an Intern for Songseekers International and on my first day walked the dog and arranged the stationery cupboard. I now head the Bucks Music Sync team, finding opportunities and placements for our wonderful roster of writers and our catalogue of iconic and legendary songs across Commercials/Film/TV/Games/Digital. The Bucks Sync Team has twice won the “Music Week Sync Team Independent Publisher Award”

I am also a Board Member of the Music Publishers Association.

Suzi Burrows- Sound Technician

A funsized sound engineer who simply loves music, how it unites people and enjoy being part making live events happen.

Tony Crean- Music Manager- Goldfrapp

Starting as a roadie and sometime DJ in the 1980s I graduated to a press office job with the indie Go! Discs label (after playing football for them for a year…)

Due to financial limitations at the label I was given the chance to expand my workload into marketing and spent the 90s learning on the job working with many individual & brilliant artists including Paul Weller, Portishead, Gabrielle, The Beautiful South, David Holmes, Travis and many more.

From 2000 I continued to work as a marketing consultant with various independent labels but also drifted into artist management and since then have been fortunate to work with a wide range of talented people from Goldfrapp, Ladytron and The Shortwave Set to most recently The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, The Avalanches and somewhere in between the special music of Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou.

From 2010 I have also worked as a Visiting Lecturer on the Music Business MA at the University of Westminster.

Clare Britt- Marketing & Brand Strategist, Artist Manager.

Clare’s first job was answering the phone at Metal Hammer. A crash course in metal and rock led to hanging out with Axl Rose and Gene Simmons and somehow wangling a job on a TV show - MTV’s Metal Hammer.

The next move was a journey into marketing and PR working with the Stone Roses in the middle of their war of labels - quickly learning how to fend off tabloids and lawyers! Clare’s first stint in artist management followed, signing a band to Seymour Stein at Sire, and experiencing touring in the USA.

Marketing Director at Island Records in the 90’s working with Pulp, P J Harvey, U2, The Cranberries, Def Jam, Tricky, and loads of amazing artists until joining Rough Trade in 2000 to help them with a ‘little band’ Geoff & Jeannette had found ... The Strokes… and a million albums later led to The Libertines, Arcade Fire and many more.

Joining Arcade Fire’s management team was the next move in the mid 2000’s, who also had Bjork and Paul McCartney on the roster and a label deal with Mercury to develop new talent.

Around 2008 Clare set up her own business, offering marketing services, artist management, brand strategy, and digital innovation, working with a huge array of different artists and staying on the frontline breaking new bands. Partnering with Florence & The Machine’s manager in 2017 to manage a roster of new talent, Clare also branched out into other creative areas, and her other passions, working for Damien Hirst, Dynamo the Magician, and latterly Judd Trump (snooker).

Loving St Leonards, Clare is now consulting to labels and working with Hastings Fat Tuesday.

Still a big fan of music, magic, and snooker.

Gemma Murphy- venue owner, The Brass

Venue manager since 2012, Gemma has been in the Industry since 2006, learning 'on the job' and finally purchasing The Brass Monkey in 2016 which over lockdown she and her Husband, Lee have remodelled into live music venue The Brass.

Melita Dennett -BBC Introducing in Sussex and Surrey

I present and produce BBC Introducing in Sussex & Surrey on BBC Local radio, and also a show on Brighton's RadioReverb. BBC introducing is dedicated to giving a platform to emerging artists across the UK, and obviously our local show is just from artists in this region.

Ace- legendary Skunk Anansie guitarist and music educator

From a teenager and until is mid 20s Ace was in local bands in Cheltenham playing regular venues such as bars, clubs and the town hall. His original band The Screaming Ameebas became quite well known and signed a record deal with Tewksbury based Prophecy records. With his continuing hunger for success he uped sticks and went to London for auditions to eventually end up running a club and becoming a founder member of Skunk Anansie.

Ace is the guitarist in UK rock band Skunk Anansie and has been simultaneously working in music education for over 25 years

Formed in 1994, Skunk Anansie have become one of the biggest rock bands in Britain and Europe now with over 6 million physical sales to date and over 25 million Spotify streams per year plus winners of numerous awards.

Known for headlining Glastonbury festival to playing for Nelson Mandela’s Gift to the Nation Concerts and the Dalai Lama with Pavarotti, their achievements are as diverse as the music they make.

Touring and playing with such bands as Metallica, Rammstein, Muse, U2, Lenny Kravitz, Foo Fighters, Deftones, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Stereophonics, Sex Pistols and Killing Joke, they still continue to do sell out shows and write and release new music with their own independent record label.


Ace has earned a reputation as being one of the top creative guitarists in the rock world as well as an author, educator, session player and musical entrepreneur. He has also been producing records professionally since 2001 for many European acts.


Ace is Head of Industry Partnerships and Business Development for ICMP in London.