UK's leading digital music trade fair returns!

News: 25th February 2011 by Louise Dodgson under Music Publishing, Music Training & Careers, Selling & Distributing Your Music

Now in its ninth year, Music Connected 2011 - the UK's leading digital music trade fair - returns on Thursday 5th May 2011, as leading labels and music companies descend on historic Glaziers Hall to meet the key players in UK digital music.

Music Connected 2011 will see Music Ally return to chair a conference programme of panel discussions and case study presentations on hot digital topics, including a session on ‘Music Discovery and Curation in 2011’, looking at who and what are the new tastemakers in the modern age of online music discovery.

The first presentation to be announced is from Jonathan Forster, Spotify’s GM for Europe, who will give an exclusive presentation on Spotify’s consumer behaviour and the future of the service.  More top name speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

The event, which offers a full day of conference sessions as well as a ‘digital market place’ of stands hosted by all the major digital companies, has become the key date in the digital music industry calendar.

Always a sell-out event, Music Connected offers independent music companies and artists the chance to learn about key digital music matters and get practical digital business advice, as well as offering unrivalled networking and deal-making opportunities.

Digital companies already confirmed to participate include: 7 Digital, Absolute Marketing & Distribution, AWAL, Believe Digital, Bounce Mobile, BPI Anti Piracy Unit, Ditto Music, EMUbands, FanCorps, Finetunes, IDOL, IFPI, INgrooves, ISA Music, Music2Text, MusicAlly, Music Business School,  Noise Inc, PPL, PRS for Music, Radar Music Videos, Sound Cloud, Spotify, state51, The Orchard.  Many more to be added in coming weeks…

Last year’s sell-out event drew 400 delegates from over 130 UK labels including:

Cherry Red Records, Beggars Group, Bella Union, Domino Recording Co, Union Square Music, Ninja Tune, PIAS, World Circuit, Full Time Hobby, Warp Records, Champion Records, Media Records, One Little Indian, Cooking Vinyl, Nettwerk, Hospital Records, Dramatico, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Snapper Music and many more.

Tickets are now available. Book via the AIM website below.

Contact Lara Baker - [email protected] regarding exhibiting at or sponsoring this event.

AIM is a not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK independent music industry. Now in its 10th year, AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups to the largest and most respected independents in the world.   AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging the sector’s power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. 
AIM oversees an independent sector whose artists have delivered six Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years, a figure which underlines once again the sector's continuing role and importance in launching Britain’s most ground-breaking artists.    

The independent sector regularly accounts for 30% of all UK artist album awards (silver, gold, platinum/multi-platinum). In 2009, independent albums made up half of the fifty “best albums of the year” according to the UK music press, and independents claimed seven of the top ten releases.
Artists signed to AIM member labels include: Adele, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beach House, Big Pink, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Bloc Party, Bon Iver, Bring Me The Horizon, British Sea Power, Cancer Bats, Coldcut, The Cribs, Darwin Deez, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Future of the Left, The Futureheads, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Grizzly Bear, The Horrors, Infadels, Jack Penate, Jarvis Cocker, Jose Gonzalez, Justice, Katie Melua, The Libertines, Lost Prophets, M.I.A., Madness, Marilyn Manson, Maximo Park, Mr. Scruff, The National, Nitin Sawnhey, The Prodigy, The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Reverend And The Makers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, Seasick Steve, The Strokes, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Underworld, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, Warpaint, The White Stripes, Wild Beasts, The XX and thousands of others.

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