Music Conference Networking Skills

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Music Venue Trust was created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of grassroots venues. Beverley runs the charity, co-ordinates campaigns and communication, fundraises, produces Venues Day, manages the Music Venues Alliance, liaises with arts/cultural sector partners, advises venues and local authorities, represents MVT at national/international meetings.

Beverley has over 20 years’ experience of Arts Development, event management, tour co-ordination, building networks, funding, evaluation and strategy. She has worked as a local government Arts Development Officer in 3 different authorities and as a freelance Arts Consultant in London and Barcelona.

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Killer B Music has been programming and booking festivals, events and venues for over 12 years, our portfolio of festivals has included: Hop Farm Music Festival, FIB Benicassim, The Mighty Boosh Festival, Costa de Fuego, Black Deer, Wood Festival, Towersey, Cambridge Folk
Festival, Desertfest, Zoo Project UK, The Brick Lane Takeover, The Magic Loungeabout, Synergy Live, Parklife (South Africa), Roko Nakyts, Bliuzo Naktys and Galapagai (Lithuania).

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Project Manager, Radio Presenter, Event Curator, New Music Champion.

Current projects including 10 years presenting a specialist music show every Saturday night on BBC Radio Wales 7-10pm, 6 years at the helm of the influential Horizons Music Project (a collaboration between the BBC and Arts Council of Wales).

Previous credits include BBC Radio One presenter of the Session in Wales, and Introducing in Wales, alongside ‘cover’ host at BBC 6 Music. Also a festival host, DJ, magazine publisher, event organiser and public speaker.

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Parenting and Music

Rebecca Ayres is Managing Director of Sound City. As a response to the pandemic, Sound City recently launched a new streaming platform called Guests House. Guest House is a subscription streaming service featuring many of the festival artists live from their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown. Guest House is a subscription streaming service featuring many of the festival artists live from their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown. Guest House is the only service directing subscription revenue directly to artists whose performance income has been cut off by the shutdown of the live music sector across the world.

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Building your strategy Part 2 – Digital Platforms
Showcasing Online

Help Musicians is an independent charity, with an extraordinary history. For nearly 100 years, it has provided a broad spectrum of help, support and opportunities to empower musicians aged 18+, at any stage of their career, from times of great need to times of opportunity, providing a lifetime of support when it is needed most.

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Anika Mottershaw is A&R and Project Manager at Bella Union where she has worked for the past ten years. Anika started at Bella Union after moving to London dropping out from university and meeting label founder Simon Raymonde at the gigs she was going to. Not long after this Anika became Label Assistant signing her first artist in 2012. She now works as A&R and is Project Manager, working closely with the label’s artists. Outside of the label Anika is a huge fan of literature and film and loves to get involved in creative endeavours as often as possible.

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Building your strategy Part 1 – Planning for the worst and hoping for the best.

Andy is the MU’s Regional Organiser for Wales and South West England, and manages the MU’s services, advice, campaigns, and outreach work for members and musicians across the region.

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MU Presentation

Company Director of Musicbox Studios which was established in 1996 and is one of Wales’ longest running and largest rehearsal, recording and backline hire facilities. I am currently one half of Right Hand Left Hand and 1 quarter of Ghostlawns but I’ve been in lots of bands over the years and appeared on lots of albums. I’ve been fortunate enough to tour a lot of the world as both a musician but also as a tour manager and tech for bands like Los Campesinos! Future of the Left and Super Furry Animals to name a few.

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Anastasia created Noise Unit PR in 2019 after nearly a decade in the music industry starting from writing for the likes of Drowned In Sound, The 405, DIY and GIITTV, to promoting emerging artists and later working with leading European festivals. She has spoken and presented at many international events, including Pop Montreal (Canada), Linecheck (Italy), Westway Lab (Portugal), MENT (Slovenia), Sharp (Slovakia), and Tallinn Music Week (Estonia). A St Petersburg native, Anastasia has travelled and lived in many cities from London to Manchester to Beijing. She’s based in Edinburgh now, and it feels like home.

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The Future of Music Media

Aly Gillani is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp; a thriving global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels and artists using Bandcamp to connect with their fans.

He is also the founder / A&R for Worldwide Awards Label of the Year First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Tawiah and many more.

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Building your strategy Part 2 – Digital Platforms

Senior music executive for a US Record Label and Music Publisher: Big Indie – Executive Vice President

Over three decades of the music industry with accolades including Brit Award, Smash Hit Award, Music Week Award, Capital Radio Award and MBA Best Music Video Awards and multi-platinum sales and gold disks for working across many genres in the realm of popular music.

Toured and released music around the globe from Japan to Lagos, and New York to Syndey.

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Tom is a member of the British Council music team and works as Programme Manager with countries in Wider Europe and South Asia.
His background is in live music, having held roles as Music Programmer at The Big Chill Festival the Barbican Centre in London and Warwick Arts Centre. With No-Nation he developed and produced events for venues and organisations including Sydney Opera House South Bank Centre Royal Opera House Brighton Festival and Music Beyond Mainstream.

More recently he developed UK and international touring projects with Asian Dub Foundation The Light Surgeons and CDR.
He is really missing live music!

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Rob was the founder of UK based agency Electric Harmony. He was part of this company for 7 years working with artists such as Idles, October Drift , Demob Happy & Lazy Day among others. In 2018 the decision was made to close the doors of Electric Harmony for good. As of January 2019 the agency merged with The Empire Agency.

The Empire Agency proudly holds offices in Los Angeles USA & Bristol UK. Our most recent signings include KT Tunstall, THUMPER, Zion I & Tusks. Rob now represents over 20 artists including CAPYAC, RDGLDGRN, Little Brother, Shawn James & more…

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Building your strategy Part 1 – Planning for the worst and hoping for the best.
A Working Live Sector – Road to Recovery.

Sam Dabb has been working in and managing Le Pub for 23 years. Under her guardianship it became a top venue on the Uk touring circuit and has been nominated for many awards including NME Small Venue Of The Year in which it finished third overall and first in Wales. In 2016 when faced with closure due to the sale of the building Sam set up a co-operative and launched a community share offer enabling Le Pub to move to much bigger premises and become a multi use artspace as well as a venue.

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Sion Trefor is a composer, performer and producer based in the UK. His work is distinguishable by a fluid, staggeringly emotive musical language that is both highly distinctive and accessible. Recent / upcoming projects include composing and producing scores for three upcoming features, Netflix series ‘Freud’ and BBC’s Gavin & Stacey Christmas special (international version). Recent clients including Rolex, Disney, Aston Martin, Google Arts & Culture, Nationwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, AIG and PwC. Sion released his debut solo piano album earlier this year, and releases his band, Future Kult’s debut EP in October 2020.

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Otto is an Indie-Pop artist from Wales. Having graduated from the prestigious Forte Project and been championed by Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio 1) he has already been singled-out as one of the most talented artists of his generation. Over recent years he has opened for acclaimed acts such as Louis Baker and Saint Raymond and has performed everywhere from HubFest and Landed Festival to Swansea Fringe, Swn and HowTheLightGetsIn. Otto’s single ‘Boxer’ was A-listed on BBC Radio Wales for six weeks over the summer and his new EP (‘Post’) was supported by the BBC Horizons Launchpad Fund.

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Keynote – Dave Stewart, TRACKD, and Otto

Rheolwr Cynnwys a Marchnata PYST ac AM. Marketing and content manager at PYST and AM.

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After joining The Great Escape team in 2015 as Bookings Assistant, I was quickly promoted to the role of Event Executive a year later where I managed all of The Great Escape’s international and UK based trade partnerships with the most important building blocks of the music industry including Sentric, PRS For Music, Sounds Australia, SESAC, DITTO or the Association of Independent Music (AIM) plus I oversaw the running of The Alternative Escape. Since August 2019 I have also taken on Event Management tasks as well as managing all event partnerships.

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Mike helps organisations around the world to find creative ways to engage with their audiences, and maximise and measure the impact they make.

He is an Associate Consultant with the Co-production Network for Wales, a Visiting Researcher in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and a Mentor for with Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme for new businesses.

Mike regularly speaks at conferences and events, and has published a number of papers and books on themes relating to business, entrepreneurship, communication and creative public engagement. He has a degree in Physics and Philosophy from Durham University.

Lisa Jên Brown is from Bethesda North Wales. She is an actor singer writer and songwriter. Lisa is the lead singer and songwriter with award wining genre-defying band 9Bach – signed to Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld records. 9Bach perform extensively in festivals and gigs all over the world.
She has collaborated vocally with Gruff Rhys (from the Super Furry Animals ) on solo album’s since Candylion in 2007 She also features on Public Service Broadcasting ‘s Every Valley and has sang live with them in many festivals plus promoting the last tour dates at venues such as The Albert Hall.

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Parenting and Music

Mace The Great carries Cardiff on his shoulders with pride! The evident love held for his city is reciprocated tenfold by his local community. Keeping humble and true to his roots he’s quickly building the foundations towards global success.Establishing himself on the UK grime and Rap scene in recent years Mace The Great has driven forward his unique fluent flows and distinctive accent shutting down stages across the whole of the UK. Mace’s sound and vision has matured into a refined established chapter organic fruition. The progressions obvious to see in the latest release ‘BRAVE’ the new statement-maker from Cardiff.

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Parenting and Music

Lisa is the Director of Active Events an international agency and events management company.
Active manage Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections and Lisa is also the Director of Showcase Scotland Expo.

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Michael Lambert is an artist manager and co-owner of A Modern Way Management, representing artists including Fatherson, Idlewild, Roddy Woomble, SHEARS, Tom Joshua and Zoe Graham. He is also a director of Scotland’s award-winning Music Convention and showcase event Wide Days, which was founded in 2010, and takes place in Edinburgh each April. In addition to these roles Michael also represents the Association of Independent Music in Scotland.

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Building your strategy Part 2 – Digital Platforms
Showcasing Online

Matthew is a freelance culture and environment journalist, born by the sea and prone to returning. As well as being a regular contributor at NME, he’s had bylines in Vice, Consequence of Sound, The Quietus, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, and various others.

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The Future of Music Media

Julie has been in the music industry for over 25 years from humble beginnings in a record store in Leeds. After moving to London to do an MA she began to work for independent label Cacophonous as label manager. She set up Visible Noise (an independent rock label to nurture UK guitar bands ) in 1998 and signed acts such as Bullet for my Valentine and Bring me the Horizon. She has also worked in Management sync publishing and branding . In 2016 she decided to take the leap and move in house to Sony.

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Building your strategy Part 2 – Digital Platforms

Jen Long has been working in music for over a decade. She presented BBC Introducing on Radio 1, was the voice of BBC Three, and presented festival coverage for the channel. After leaving the BBC, Jen worked at DICE as Music Editor before leaving to set up her own company Take Care Management looking after several acts including MAMMÚT and Austra. She is contributing editor at The Line of Best Fit.

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The Future of Music Media

James the director and founder of Mystic Sons a Music Press and Radio company and online magazine based in London and has recently founded a new London-based Record Label called Silent Kid Records focusing on Digital and Vinyl releases.

Mystic Sons PR focuses on Traditional National Press and Radio services in the UK alongside Digital Marketing including Tastemaker Online blogging and Spotify Playlist Plugging.

Over the years James has history of working with artists such as Gary Numan, Squarepusher, Swim Deep, Ladytron, Pendulum, The Bloody Beetroots, The Dead South, Andrew Bayer, and Leftfield, to name a few.

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Building your strategy Part 1 – Planning for the worst and hoping for the best.

With a background in building relationships with artists, Kirsty came to Help Musicians from Performer Services at PPL and prior to that, a live mixed arts venue, specialising in artist hospitality. She joined the Health & Welfare team 4 years ago, handling grant applications and providing advice and support on the frontline directly to musicians in need. She works on projects around the charity’s mental health initiatives, and her work in Beneficiary Engagement ensures musicians’ voices are heard and represented in the work of the charity.

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Henca Maduro is the co-founder and organizer of European Largest Urban Music Conference New Skool Rules. New Skool Rules is a 3 day music conference and festival that features over 150 showcases delegates from 27 different countries 20+ panels 10+ workshops auditions jamsessions demolisteningsessions writingcamp etc. Besides New Skool Rules Henca has been the C.E.O. of urban talent development foundation Epitome Entertainment for over 20 years now. Henca believes that your network is your NETWORTH so she has invested thoroughly in a global music network. She also was a radio dj for over 10 years in the Netherlands.

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