CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE

NEW MUSIC CONFERENCE

Featuring experts from all sectors of the music industry
CONFERENCE
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Our Interactive programme presents industry panels and discussions, featuring experts from all sectors of the industry.

Our 2023 conference programme to be announced in due course.

Check out what happened in 2022 below…


Thursday 5 May 2022

11:10am

Post-pandemic media: challenges, changes and trends

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1:00pm

Get Me On The Bill:

With the world officially still experiencing a pandemic – what does recovery really look like for the live sector and what effect has this had on opportunities for new artists?

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2:15pm

PPL presents: Re birth of Indie Labels

What does it mean to be an Independent record label in 2022? Just a label or ‘must’ they be 360 degree artist service providers?

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3:30pm

Digital Innovators:

How developments in tech are empowering new artists.

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Friday 6 May 2022

10:00am

USW and TRAC Cymru Sustainable Touring

How do we maintain international connections and opportunities for artists whilst also protecting the planet?

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11:10am

PRS for Music and PPL Presents: The importance of new grassroots scenes in Wales

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12:30pm

Keynote: Jude Rogers (The Guardian)

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1:00pm

POWER UP WALES

In this special session Andrew Ogun (Arts Council Wales) and Yaw Owusu (Senior Manager for POWER UP) will share key findings from a series of focus groups held earlier this year that focused on Black music in Wales and what can be done to improve the current situation. Andrew and Yaw will also present the POWER UP Wales programme for 2022-23 as part of the partnership between POWER UP and Arts Council Wales. In addition, there will be a discussion around specific elements of the programme, featuring special guests.

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3:30pm

Keynote: Self Esteem (Rebecca Lucy Taylor)

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Saturday 7 May 2022

1:00pm

Does Radio Still Make or Break an Artist in 2022?

How important is radio in making or breaking an artist in today’s music climate? These past few years have seen artist discovery on social media platforms such as TikTok boom, even dictating what’s being playlisted on radio and streaming services!
How is radio evolving, adapting and thriving for artists, presenters and for those who work behind the microphone? This panel will bust the myths surrounding radio, dissect the evolution of radio and the role it plays in the current music industry. What are the pathways from local to regional and national radio for anyone interested in a career or even being played?
Radio can transcend time zones, languages and generations. It’s fought off video, podcasts and streaming in the past, but can it survive this latest threat?

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2:15pm

Disrupting the Music Industry: Future Disrupters Take Over

The music industry has reflected and showcased youth culture throughout its lifespan, from the shaggy mop top haircuts of the Beatles via the anarchy of Punk, the smiley faces of 90s raves to the present day. In a recent Spotify research report, 74% of Gen Z’s surveyed in the UK said their generation is “ready to rebuild society from the ground up”.

The question is, who are these young people at the forefront of change in the Music Industry? What are they doing within their communities to help navigate the maze of the music economies and make tangible change for others along the way?
This panel will showcase the young people disrupting the Welsh Music Industry, infiltrating it from the inside out and building their own brands. Highlighting the key issues that matter to young people and what help is needed to tackle these issues.
The future is about to be disrupted, where will you be when it happens?

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