Wide Days announces conference sessions and speakers for April event

News: 6th March 2020 by Louise Dodgson under Music Training & Careers

Scotland’s music convention, Wide Days, has announced its first conference topics which include sessions on musical martial artists, distribution/label services, music video, and how to use data for planning PR, tours and releases. Taking place in Edinburgh on 23-25 April, it also sees the addition of the Local Heroes strand, which celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to Scotland’s music scene, while a Podcast Lounge will allow delegates to watch some leading music-industry shows being recorded live.
Wide Days will again team up with long-term partners PPL, CMU Insights, UHI and the Association of Independent Music (AIM) on several panels. And a media partnership with IQ Magazine, will see the live music-industry publication programme a session which will be announced later this month.
“Wide Days has built a reputation for its innovative, thought-provoking and entertaining conference, which aims to be relevant across the music industry spectrum,” says founder Olaf Furniss.
Local Heroes will feature individual interviews with Showcase Scotland organiser, Lisa Whytock, whose company Active Events celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Also included in the new strand is electronic music entrepreneur and FLY Events founder Tom Ketley. His company started out as a student club night in Edinburgh in 2013 and his large-scale FLY Open Air festivals have launched the international careers of several Scottish DJs.
AIM and CMU Insights host a session focusing on the range of different distribution/label services available for artists, while the latter will also present panels on getting the most out of video and data. The Martial Artists discussion features musicians who also practice martial arts and/or combat sports. It includes world champion boxer and orchestral bassoonist Hannah Rankin and wrestling musician (and judo blackbelt) Joe Hendry, who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
Wide Days also sees the return of popular perennials, Introducing PPL and A&R You Brave Enough? while this year the Ten Things I Hate About You panel will feature managers vs musicians (in the spirit of greater understanding and harmony).
Confirmed speakers include Ally McCrae (How Did You Manage That? podcast) Anna Grace (IQ Magazine), Blue Kirkhope (SMIA/North Rising podcast), Chris Cooke (CMU Insights), Gabi Corbett (BBB podcast), Joe Hendry (wrestler), Lisa Whytock (Active Events), Nicola Phillips (Embassy of Music), Pip Newby (Friends vs Music), Tom Ketley (FLY Events), Sam Taylor (CMU Insights), Sarah Wall (PPL), Sophie Paluch (How Did You Manage That? podcast).
Further sessions are set to be announced so keep an eye out, and grab some tickets via the link below. Wide Days runs from 23-25 April, with the conference taking place at Teviot Row House on Friday 24 April.

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