Do you know how to make the most of your music conference experience? Networking? Setting up meetings? Pitching your ideas to professionals? We are bringing five of the leading music conference organisers who will give you tips on how to maximise your music conference experience.
Javier Lopez - Head of UK Sales (Midem)
For the last 14 years I have been the UK Sales Director for Midem, the leading international marketplace for the global music community. Previously I worked as a music journalist among other roles. I arrived to London over 25 years ago from sunny Madrid.
Midem 2018 last June united in Cannes 4,800 delegates from 80 countries and was packed with new initiatives, industry leaders and a wealth of talent, particularly from Africa.
One of the highlights for the last 3 years is the Midem Artist Accelerator, an exclusive bootcamp for artists and their entourages.
Designed to support managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally, it’s a unique opportunity to access Midem business expertise in export and innovative solutions.
Another great success this year was the Songwriting Camp bringing together exciting songwriters and producers from all over the world to collaborate and write music over 4 days. Next year we’ll be bringing all the above initiatives under a new area called the Artist Hub and also we’ll be launching the 1st edition of the Midem International Awards.
Midem 2019 will take place June 4-7 in Cannes, France.
Becky Aryes - Managing Director (Sound City)
Rebecca Ayres is Managing Director of Sound City, which is the UK's leading independent festival for new music. Hosting hundreds of artists performing to an audience of over 20,000 music fans and 2,000 industry professionals from 37 different countries, it offers controversial debate, unparalleled networking, amazing music, outstanding art, throughout three inspirational days and hedonistic nights, in the world’s most legendary music city. Other Sound City events include New York Sound City, Sound City Korea, Off the Record - Manchester, Sounds of the Xity: China (in partnership with Modern Sky Entertainment). In 2016 Sound City received investment from Modern Sky, China's largest entertainment company which led to the set up of a sister company, Modern Sky UK. Modern Sky UK works with artists including Slow Readers Club, The Blinders, Calva Louise, No Hot Ashes, SPINN, Beyond Average, Red Rum Club, Catholic Action. Rebecca is passionate about emerging talent succeeding and one of the favourite parts of her role is overseeing the international and emerging artist programme. She also runs the Sound City Entrepreneur Training Programmes which are aimed at anyone who has a burning desire to work in the music industry and board member of the UK Association of Independent Festivals. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk
Lee Morrison - Professional Conference Programmer (BMC (Brighton Music Conference))
With over 20 years of music experience, Lee has a wealth of knowledge in record label distribution & conference planning.
His role with Brighton Music Conference is primarily sourcing speakers and planning the talks and discussions alongside the day to day running of the event.
He also runs a music company Monokrome Music helping artists and labels with their route to market, publishing, distribution and neighbouring rights whilst at the same time building technology to manage music rights and data.
By starting to work in the digital music space very early in its inception, Lee has seen the births of key services like iTunes, YouTube, Beatport, Spotify and Juno and more recently has worked heavily on the collection of performance related income for record labels. This includes working along side collection societies and technology solutions to gather data and revenue worldwide.
Previous roles include SVP Rights Management Believe Group / GM Believe Digital UK, Head of Digital at Skint/Loaded Records, Director of Sales at Broad Street Digital, Owner at alexlee Music Management.
Michael Nicholson - Co-founder (Dumfries Music Conference)
Michael Nicholson is a former magazine editor, now working independently as a PR consultant and freelance journalist. He co-founded Dumfries Music Conference (DMC) with Colin Tennant in 2012. Their objective was to galvanise the vibrant music scene in Dumfries and Galloway and to give the region a voice on a national level. In 2016, DMC was established as a community interest company and attracted funding to support a part-time Operations Manager position, as well as an annual programme of events. Over the last six years, DMC has formed friendships and partnerships with key organisations across Scotland.