FOCUS Wales are pleased to present a brand new digital showcase and conference event set for 21st – 25th September 2020, the inaugural Out of FOCUS Digital Conference.
In the first of a series of online events (with more to be announced in the coming months), this virtual showcase event will feature panel talks, and keynote sessions, with industry professionals and special guests.
Check out the schedule and first speakers announced below.

Monday 21 September 2020

MU Presentation

Discover what the Musician’s Union are currently offering in terms of support (financial and advice), lobbying, and also what other support is available for musicians right now.

12pm – 12:45pm
Building your strategy Part 1 – Planning for the worst and hoping for the best.

What are the options for planning and developing an artist’s career path under the current circumstances?

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Keynote – Gareth Evans Q + A

Youtuber and the founder of Goliath Guitar Tutorials – a youtube channel with in excess of 750,000 subscribers – Gareth will explain how he managed to turn his skill as a musician into a global, online business.

4pm – 4:45pm
Future Yard present DIRECT INPUT – Stealing Sheep in Conversation


6pm – 7pm

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Music Media – The future of music media

Our expert panel will discuss the challenges, currently facing music media and how the future will look.

1pm – 1:45pm
Building your strategy Part 2 – Digital

Platforms: What’s New and how to make the most of them. More than ever, it is vital for artists to have an up to the minute knowledge and command of the latest online platforms available and how to get the most out of them.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Keynote – Dave Stewart

World renowned artist, writer and producer and founder of Eurythmics: Dave Stewart and Trackd discuss Remote Music Collaboration. Theme: Exploring music collaboration in the age of the internet. A keynote exploring tools for remote songwriting collaboration and recording.

4pm – 4:45pm

Wednesday 22 September 2020

Funding Clinic

The latest information  on what funding and support is available for music creators and the wider music industry in Wales.

1pm – 1:45pm
Mental Health Check-in 

Music Mind’s Matter lead an informal group chat checking in on our mental health, and sharing tips and advice.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Keynote – Henca Maduro Q&A

The founder of ‘New Skool Rules’ the international Hip Hop and r&b showcase in Rotterdam. Henca will talk about her life and career with Ffion Wyn (ladies of Rage)

4pm – 4:45pm

Thursday 23 September 2020

HMUK Presentation 

How can Help Musicians help me?
Find out about all the ways the charity Help Musicians can support musicians in their career, through health and welfare, creative career development and building confident business skills. Help Musicians offers a lifetime of support when it’s needed the most.

1pm – 1:45pm
A Working Live Sector – Road to recovery

How has the live sector responded, not just to Covid 19 but also to the problems it faced before and how will we shape it, going forward?

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Going worldwide on the web

Exploring what effect Brexit and the Pandemic may have on exporting music?

4pm – 4:45pm

Friday 22 September 2020

Privilege Cafe

Music & Race in Wales Sgwrs #5 – @ FOCUS Wales 2021: Out of Focus. In collaboration with Tŷ Cerdd in collaboration with Privilege Café

12:30pm – 2:05pm

In conversation with Dan Koplowitz of Friendly Fire Licensing, USA. All you need to know about starting to sync your music.


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