Music Tank reveal top notch speakers

News: 29th June 2011 by Louise Dodgson under Music Training & Careers, Record Labels

Remake, Remodel: Challenging The ‘Dynosaur Myth’
2.30pm to 7pm, July 14th 2011
PRS for Music
29/33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB

MusicTank have announced the first raft of speakers for their fourth industry conference, Remake, Remodel: Challenging the ‘Dinosaur’ Myth.

Muff Winwood, who began his career in the Sixties as the bass player of the Spencer Davis Group before rising through the ranks to become President of Sony Music UK, joins Paul Smernicki (Director Of Digital, Universal Music UK), Peter Thompson (MD [PIAS] UK), Martin Goldschmidt, (Founder, Cooking Vinyl), Robert Horsfall, Founder Partner, Sound Advice and of course Tony Wadsworth, BPI Chairman and former Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK & Ireland, for the half-day conference.

The event builds upon Wadsworth’s recently published report into the future of the record label, which raised questions about the recordings business that can no longer be ignored.  Five key questions about the business will be explored in an attempt to map out its new dynamic.

Said Wadsworth “I'm thrilled that my report has got people talking! We put the report together with the input and opinions of many people in the industry. Several key themes came through from these conversations that we began to explore and try to make sense of over the course of the report.

“This conference is an opportunity to explore these themes further across a wider group of music people. I certainly don't feel we arrived at all the answers, but perhaps during the conference we may get a lot closer to some of them.

“The role of the record label, whatever part of the business you come from, is a key question. Whether you believe it's had its day, or that its role in the digital world is as pivotal as ever, or indeed you are somewhere in between, the debate is timely and promises to be anything but boring.”

Commented Keith Harris “Having allowed time for people to digest Tony's report, we are now looking to widen the debate with this conference, and hopefully reach some hard and fast conclusions about the way the Recorded Music Industry is developing."
Tony Wadsworth BPI Chairman, Report Author
Muff Winwood, Former President Sony Music UK
Paul Smernicki Director Of Digital, Universal Music UK
Peter Thompson, MD [PIAS] UK
Martin Goldschmidt, Founder, Cooking Vinyl
Robert Horsfall, Founder Partner, Sound Advice
Chairman: Keith Harris, MusicTank Chairman, Director of Performer Affairs, PPL
Moderator   Dr. Eamonn Forde, Report Collaborator, Journalist
Content Partner   Music Week
MusicTank is the UK’s music business network, an initiative of the University of Westminster, set up with the support of 14 UK music industry organisations.

MusicTank aims to foster new collaborations and circulate innovative ideas, best practice and cutting-edge strategies to increase innovation and productivity across the business.  Regular think tanks bring hot topics into sharp focus and help pinpoint the opportunities created by disruptive technologies.

MusicTank conferences deal with everything from record production to copyright review while occasional social evenings blend the entertaining recollections of music business virtuosos with the opportunity to develop valuable industry contacts.
MusicTank aims to override traditional partitions by providing improved access to expert knowledge via, the leading music business web-site, offering free industry discussion on new business techniques alongside useful reports and comments from leading lights. MusicTank also produces a free monthly newsletter to keep subscribers up to date with all the latest music developments.

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