Leading digital music conference shapes up

News: 6th April 2011 by Louise Dodgson under Music Publishing, Music Training & Careers, Selling & Distributing Your Music

A host of senior digital music business figures have been confirmed for the UK’s leading digital music conference – Music Connected - taking place on Thursday 5th May at London’s Glaziers Hall.

A partnership with City Showcase will see the first official Music Connected afterparty take place at the historic 100 Club, giving delegates the opportunity to continue networking whilst enjoying some great independent music. The night will feature performances from Thomas J Speight, Toodar, Jake Morley and Tigers That Talked.

All stands at the event have already been snapped up, with exhibitors including 7 Digital, Shazam, The Orchard, Record of the Day, Merlin and Believe Digital amongst others. 

The first speakers and conference sessions to be announced for the 9th Music Connected event include:

- Good Lizard Media present ‘The Real Cost of Direct to Fan’. Following David Riley’s well-received presentation of his digital campaign for The Prodigy’s ‘Invaders Must Die’ album at Music Connected 2009, David returns to the Music Connected stage with colleague Sam McGregor.

- Spotify’s GM for Europe Jonathan Forster gives a presentation on Spotify’s consumer behaviour and the future of the service. Find out how labels can get the most out of the service, and the habits and traits of Spotify’s userbase.

- Panel discussion ‘The Real New Tastemakers’ – in this age of online music discovery, how do music fans find new music and who/what are the new tastemakers?

- Panel discussion ‘Digital Marketing NOW’ – what digital marketing strategies and tools are working (or not) for independent labels.  How are labels utisiling social networks? How can labels hit the ground running on releases with an ‘on air on sale’ strategy? Chaired by Music Ally’s Paul Brindley, with speakers including The Domino Recording Co’s Kurt Lane, Hospital Records’ Matt Riley, Radar Maker’s Karen Piper and Hassle Records’ Mike Hemsley.

More panels and presentations featuring top name speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

Digital companies already confirmed to participate in Music Connected include (new additions in bold):

3DiCD, 7 Digital, Absolute Marketing & Distribution,, AWAL, Believe Digital, Bounce Mobile, BPI Anti Piracy Unit, Decibel, Ditto Music, EMUbands, FanCorps, Finetunes, Good Lizard Media, IDOL, IFPI, INgrooves, IODA, ISA Music, Juno Download, Kudos Records,, Merlin, Music2Text, MusicAlly, Music Business School, Noise Inc, The Official Charts Company, The Orchard, Phonofile, PPL, Proper Music Distribution, PRS for Music, Radar Music Videos, Record of the Day, Rovi Corp, Select Music & Video Distribution, Shazam, Sound Cloud, Spotify, state51, Zebralution.  Many more to be added in coming weeks…

Tickets are almost sold out, with the following labels attending: 

Union Square, Demon Music Group, New State Entertainment, Fabric Records, Dramatico Entertainment, Ninja Tune, Beggars Group/XL Recordings, Cherry Red Records, Sony Music Entertainment, World Circuit Records, CR2 Records, Full Time Hobby/Hassle Records, Domino Recording Company, One Little Indian, Mute Song and many more.

Tickets are almost sold out. Book via the AIM website at: 

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.

City Showcase provides year-round platforms for aspiring musicians to perform and network.

As well as the annual Spotlight London event, City Showcase runs regular open mic nights (City Showcase: Rising), masterclasses with big names providing their expertise for free (City Showcase: Sessions) and real live social networking, face to face, at the City Showcase: Club. With all of these activities and more, City Showcase is the year-round festival of new music.

Artists previously discovered and showcased through City Showcase include Keane, Razorlight, Amy Winehouse, Newton Faulkner, Hot Chip, Scouting for Girls, Sway, Seth Lakeman, N-Dubz and Ray LaMontagne.

City Showcase is a non-profit making venture.

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