Thursday February 26th
The Old Library, Custard Factory
10am – 5pm

This industry focussed event at the heart of Levitate: Birmingham Music Week will highlight dynamism and resilience, prototype solutions to challenges facing the sector, and provide access to industry experts whose input can energise your professional journey.

Featuring Panel Sessions:

Destination Birmingham

Chaired by Jez Collins from Birmingham Music Archive/BCU.

An industry led discussion, comparing Birmingham’s live music economy with that of other cities. What can we learn from elsewhere, and what strengths should we shout about?

Panelists include researchers from Universidade de São Paulo, who contributed to Manifesto da Noite / Night Manifesto – a bilingual text exploring the São Paulo’s night time economy, and what it can learn from other parts of the world.

Collaborate to Levitate

Inspired by collaborative projects in which music makers and other creatives join forces to punch above their weight, we’ll explore the power of collaboration to drive the sector onwards and upwards. Speakers sharing case studies of their collaborative work include Jon Walsh – Director of Kambe Events (Shambala Festival).

Brum and Beyond

This element is around Birmingham based music entities achieving success beyond the city, and a focus on music export. Confirmed panelists include Mendi Singh, Jon Cotton (Poseidon Music/Jo Hamilton) and Colin Abrahall (GBH).

The Future of Live Music

This discussion centres around the national campaign to secure the future of independent live music venues, and an exploration of their importance to musicians’ careers. Speakers include Beverley Whitrick (Music Venue Trust), Zoe Hinks (Roadhouse Birmingham) and Adam Regan (Hare and Hounds).

Prototype Space

In this interactive space, hosted by Jungo Arts CIC, we’ll look at creative ways to address issues like physical distribution and visibility. There’ll be space for delegates to air thoughts and share ideas, and play out tunes.

Featured talks and presentations:

Publishing 101 Workshop with Sue Hantsch

Sue Hantsch (Music Publishers Association) will be delivering a 35 minute presentation called Publishing 101. The presentation will cover the following areas:

– Role of a music publisher
– Relationship with writers/composers
– Revenue Streams
– Collective and direct licensing
– UK music publishing revenues
– Issues faced by publishers
– Work of the MPA

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