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4th March 2019 - 10:30am

to 4th March 2019 - 5:30pm


TICKETS : £10, (includes entry to Quantick's Quiz) students £5 on the door

Doors open 10am

Un-Convention is a one-day music conference aimed at the grassroots of the industry. Catch panellists from across the music business in conversation about the future of the music industry and attend workshops on a range of key elements that supports songwriters and musicians.

Panellists include:

  • Julie Weir - Label head at Music For Nations (SONY)
  • Simon Williams (CEO Fierce Panda)
  • Melita Dennett - BBC Introducing The South/Radio Reverb
  • Sharon Dean - Respect Music
  • Lara Baker - Head of Programming at BBC Music Introducing Live
  • John Robb - Musician, writer and broadcaster
  • Kieron Pepper - Musician and Head of Artist Development at Academy of Contemporary Music
  • Ace Skunk Anansie - Writer/Producer/Musican and Director Of Creative Industry Development ACM
  • Kelly Munro - Manager (End of the Trail Creative)
  • Leo O'Brien - Performer Development Specialist, PPL
  • Stuart Belsham - PRS for Music Education & Outreach Manager
  • Sam Calver (Musician)
  • Hannah Lou Deeble (Musician)

1) How does new music reach audiences? 10.30 – 11.30am

The way in which people are listening to, and discovering new music is changing. In a time when more music is released than ever before and everything is accessible all of the time it’s crucial to find ways to make sense of the landscape. Playlists, as ever, play an important role in all of this, but is it the ones on the radio or the ones on Spotify that really matter? And moreover, who is deciding what we hear and what influences their decisions? In this panel we look at how new music is discovered, and what that means for breaking an artist.

2) Music copyright & licensingwhat does it mean and why it's important? 11.45am – 1.00pm

Intellectual Property, Copyright and Licensing are the backbone of the music industry. Understanding your rights as a music creator is essential for a successful career. Representatives from the PRS and PPL will explore how music copyright and licensing work, and how it generates revenues for artists.

3) How music colleges can help build a sustainable career in the music industry 2.00 – 3.00pm

This session provides an insight into how an immersive and learning environment, that directly connects with industry, can support your understanding of how the music business works and lead to a sustainable career.

4) The modern role of record labels 3.15-4.15pm

The record industry has been through quite a transformation in the last twenty years. Labels have had to adapt to changing consumer habits as we’ve shifted from ownership to access models. Equally the means of production and distribution have also been revolutionised. More artists are recording and releasing their own music, so what is the role of the modern label? Are they still an essential part of the industry and developing new artists? If so, what are they looking for, and what do different labels, from small independents to global majors have to offer?

5) John Robb in conversation with Special Guest 4.30 – 5.30pm

The music conference is followed by Slim Monday and Quantick's Quiz - doors 6.30pm