Beyond the Music unveils first speakers and panels ahead of October event

News: 27th September 2023 by Louise Dodgson under Music Training & Careers

Taking place from 11-14th October 2023, the first edition of Beyond The Music offers a weekend of live new music alongside the creation of a global forum which aims to support and launch real time solutions to industry issues. 

The festival’s newly announced selection of panels offer a necessary, progressive, and groundbreakingly honest range of discussions around the most relevant topics in the music industry today. Framed in the concept of ‘Past, Present, and Future’, the panels will address topics from the new economics of music, the climate crisis, AI copyright and artist ownership, mental health strategy, to grassroots venues, international touring and visas in the wake of Brexit. 

The week's Keynote Talks will begin with Michael Adex and Keith Harris OBE’s In Conversation: Where Are We Now? Setting the tone for the entire weekend, Adex and Harris will establish the conference in the current climate. Shortly following this comes an address from the Chair of The Ivors Academy and founder of Broken Record, Tom Gray, before a discussion between Rita Ora and her award-winning manager Sarah Stennett - with perspectives from all sides of the industry, the conversation is bound to be compelling and enlightening.

Thursday will also host the GREEN SUMMIT - Green Daze: Net Zero by 2050? Moving Forward Music’s Sustainability Revolution, in partnership with AIM, with EarthPercent as Beyond The Music’s Sustainability Partner, they will question the state of the Music Climate Pact and invite experts to discuss how the industry can move towards it’s promise to be net zero by 2050. Later in the day, Mark Davyd, AO Arena, Co Op Live, and Jane Beese, will take to the floor for Who’s Feeding the Grass Roots?, unifying major players in arena touring and independent venue spokespeople, in partnership with Music Venue Trust.

Alongside these discussions comes #Endtheburnout: The Music Industry’s Duty Of Care When It Comes To Artists’ Mental Health, in partnership with LUSH. The panel will be supplementary to an overarching End The Burnout campaign to be launched at Beyond The Music - aiming to provide realistic and tangible methods of supporting the mental health of both artists and people behind the scenes.

Amongst the weekend’s programme you can also find The Mayors’ (Live) Show: Metro Leaders Come Together To Change Visa Issues For Musicians, in partnership with LIVE, spearheading the challenges faced in international touring in post-Brexit Britain. Elsewhere, you’ll find Beyond Streaming: Future Planning For The Next Technology Revolution, featuring the likes of Napster CEO Jon Vlassopulos, about the future of an industry in the hands of technology.

The scope of available topics stretches wider still - as Friday brings Black Women In The Music Industry: In Their Own Words (in partnership with Black Music Coalition) and Capital Punishment: Does the Future of the Music Business Live Outside London. With both talks addressing accessibility and diversity within the music industry, Beyond The Music will call for action in ensuring the industry is acting on its promises of increased opportunity.

To see full details of the programme and to book tickets, check out the link below...

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