Speakers have been alphabetised by surname

Lara Baker
Marketing & Events Director, AIM

Lara Baker is Marketing and Events Director for the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in the UK, the organisation that looks after over 600 of the World's most successful and critically acclaimed independent record labels. Named in Music Week's Women in Music Roll of Honour and SheSaidSo’s Alternative Power List in 2017, Lara delivers AIM's year round programme of conferences, networking events and meetings designed to educate, empower and network those working in the independent sector.

In 2010 Lara introduced the AIM Independent Music Awards, designed to shine a much needed spotlight on the wealth of talent in independent music, an event which now attracts over 800 artists and professionals from across the Global independent sector with winners including Bjork, Skepta, Adele, Daughter, Billy Bragg, Stormzy, Frank Turner, FKA Twigs, Courtney Barnett, Wiley and numerous others.

An active member of the global organisation Women in Music, Lara is an advocate for women in music and better diversity across the music industry. She organises an annual Women in Music conference in London, is on the steering committee for Music Week’s annual Women in Music Awards and is a member of UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce which is driving the industry towards a more inclusive and representative future.

Lara recently spent 3 months working in New York with sister organisation A2IM, developing an understanding of the US independent market.

Whitefield 11:00 Traditional Labels vs Label Services

Whitefield 12:00 The Future of Streaming

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Ruth Barlow
Director of Live, Beggars Group UK

Ruth Barlow began working for the Beggars Group (4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks) in 2002, firstly as a national radio promoter. She then developed a new role under the ‘live’ banner getting involved in a variety of areas including festivals, live shows, merchandise, live marketing, brand partnerships and building relationships with the live industry.

For the past five years Ruth has been instrumental in implementing company-wide policies and procedures regarding the licensing of the labels’ artist’s live recordings to third parties, a role that sees her managing the live recordings rights of artists across the Group’s labels globally. In 2014, Ruth was invited to join the Beggars Group board.

Whitefield 14:00 Gaining Fans Through Playing Live

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Michael Baskerville
Commercial Partnerships Manager, Festicket

After working in booking at 13 Artists, then growing innovative ticket startup DICE, Michael Baskerville can now be found at the Sunday Times’ Top 100 tech track (#6) company- Festicket. Michael's day-to-day role involves working out how to unblock obstacles to growth and make fan experiences better.

Edwards 12:00 The Future Of Ticketing

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Natasha Bent
Agent, Coda Agency

BIMM graduate, Natasha Bent, is a leading booking agent at Coda Agency looking after artists such as Amy Macdonald, Chvrches and Gotye to name a few. Natasha has also been shortlisted for the 2018 Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour, which celebrates the achivements of a dozen of the music businesses most important and influential female executives from across every sector

Auditorium 14:00 How Do We Save Grassroots Music Venues?

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Simon Bush
Head of Social, WMA

Simon has 5+ years experience within the music industry, creating and implementing integrated social strategies for national and international artists, working with labels including Syco, Columbia, RCA, Polydor, Island, Virgin, Warner Bros, Atlantic, Fiction, XL and Ninja Tune.

He started out with two and a half years at Modest! Management, running digital campaigns for chart-topping artists including 5 Seconds of Summer and Olly Murs. He moved on to head up the social team at House of 27 and oversee all the social and design output across the agency, including campaigns for Dua Lipa, AlunaGeorge and Clean Bandit. Now heading up WMA’s UK Social Team, he oversees all the agency's UK output as well as running campaigns for Liam Payne and Take That.

This experience from both agency and management side has made Simon an expert in engaging audiences through creative, content-driven campaigns that fully integrate all aspects of the artist’s career.

Auditorium 11:00 Gaining Fans Through Social Media

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Chris Carey
CEO, Media Insight Consulting & FastForward

Chris is an entrepreneur, strategist and data expert. He founded FastForward in 2015 and he is founder and CEO of boutique research company, Media Insight Consulting, specialising in Consumer Surveys, and Big Data Analytics, with a focus on the music industry. Clients include Spotify, Sony Music, The O2 and BMG Music.

He previously worked as Global Insight Director at Universal Music Group and at EMI, and Senior Economist at PRS for Music. He has been quoted in The Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times, The Independent as well as BBC Breakfast, Sky News, BBC 4’s Today Programme, BBC 5 Live, BBC World Service and music industry press.

Edwards 12:00 The Future Of Ticketing

Auditorium 16:10 Where Does The Industry Go From Here

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Roxanne de Bastion
Singer, Songwriter & Performer

Roxanne de Bastion is a singer, songwriter and performer. Born in Berlin to a musical, bilingual family, she started composing and performing at the age of 15. Soon after, Roxanne took her career in her own hands and moved to London, equipped only with her guitar, her songs and a one-way ticket.

Since then, Roxanne has released her debut album “The Real Thing” on her own label, Nomad Songs, and regularly tours across the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. Her music has gained support from BBC6, Xfm, R2 Magazine, The Sunday Times as well as major radio stations across Europe and MTV Germany.

As an independent musician she offers insight into the everyday workings of life as an artist in today’s ever-changing industry and has been invited to speak on subjects such as 'the future of music', 'copyright in the digital age' and 'music streaming'. In 2014, Roxanne was invited to join the board of the FAC in order to represent up-and-coming musicians. The following year, Roxanne founded FM2U, a conference and network specifically from and for independent musicians. Most recently, Roxanne was voted onto the PPL Performer Board to represent up and coming, independent artists.

Carey 14:00 The Art of Songwriting

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Farouk Deen
Founder & Creative Director, Cellar Door Promotions

Farouk Deen is the founder and Creative Director of Cellar Door Promotions Ltd an audacious event management group that challenges people’s perceptions by implementing ground-breaking creative experiences unconstrained by venue capacity or location.

Established on his principle that brands that lead culture are more successful than those that follow it, Farouk Deen specialises in creating global integration on behalf of his clients and uniquely also incubating in-house brands. This has led him to work with Tinie Tempah, Vice, Katy B, Mike Skinner, Blue Rubicon, Chipmunk, RWD magazine, Basement Jaxx, Dynamo, Snakehips, Hip Hop legends Arthur Baker and Jazzy Jeff, UK legends MJ Cole and Sticky, Land Securities, Shortee Blitz, Barclays, Elite Models, Giles Peterson, Virgin, Monki, Etta Bond, Mele, Flosstradamus, Wiley, LRG, Quintain, B.Traits, Deutsche Bank, Sasha Keable, The Heatwave, Ed Sheeran, Maya Jama, Kidnap Kid, Ghetts, Home Office, Morgan Stanley, Kay Suzuki, and Stromzy to name but a few.

Auditorium 14:00 How Do We Save Grassroots Music Venues?

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Robyn Edwards
Head of Distribution UK, Ireland & Nordics, Zebralution GmbH

Since graduating from BIMM Brighton, Robyn has spent time working for distributor Republic of Music and at independent record label Domino Recording Co. Over four years she worked on a diverse variety of artist campaigns such as Caribou, The Charlatans, Animal Collective and Hot Chip, and on number one albums from You Me At Six and The Last Shadow Puppets.

In September 2017 Robyn joined Zebralution, a leading independent digital distribution company, as Head of Distribution for the UK, Ireland and Nordics. Here, she is working to promote catalogues from labels such as Pampa Records, Embassy of Music, City Slang, Get Physical Music and many more across all digital stores and streaming services.

Auditorium 12:00 Gaining Fans Through Recorded Music

Jade Foster
PR Executive, DawBell

After graduating from BIMM in 2014, Jade set her sights on a major label internship and nothing was going to stop her. After many interviews, she was selected from over 2700 applicants and landed the role of Promotions intern at RCA, Sony Music (Roster includes the likes of Beyoncé, Miguel, P!nk, Nothing But Thieves).

This allowed her to place her foot firmly on the music industry ladder, and led to her being employed at DawBell PR - a leading independent Music and Entertainment agency. She worked on campaigns for Craig David, Take That, Madness, Elton John and Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as working on campaigns for more under the radar artists such as Valerie June and Anteros.

Edwards 14:00 The Future of Music Journalism

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Antonia Gilham
General Manager, Music Publishers Association

Antonia is the General Manager of the Music Publishers Association, where she oversees the day to day running of the organisation, supporting a membership of over 280 music publishers. These companies are the engine room of British music and drive an extraordinary cultural and economic success story.

For her undergraduate degree she read Popular Music where she developed a lifelong passion for music. After finishing the music degree, she went on to pursue legal training as well as an LLM in Entertainment Law, whilst already working within the music industry.

Antonia started her career at PRS for Music, where she was initially a Licensing Consultant and then Licensing Manager within the Pan European Digital Licensing area, working on complex issues such as the Option 3 initiative and the first deals with major steaming services.  Following this, she moved to Sony Records, responsible for the licensing of Sony repertoire into global digital services as well as overseeing digital strategy for a diverse range of markets.

Prior to her position at the MPA, she was Director of Business Affairs at Musixmatch, a digital lyrics provider, completing global and multi territory deals with publishers, songwriters and rights organisations around the world.

Carey 15:00 Getting Paid As A Writer

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Henriette Heimdal
Membership and Territory Development Coordinator, Worldwide Independent Network Ltd

As Membership and Territory Development Coordinator of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), Henriette’s role includes supporting global independent member trade associations, capacity building, research and development of reports; additionally, providing key administrative support for the WIN Directors, Alison Wenham and Charlie Phillips.

Prior to graduating at the top of her class with a First-Class Honours degree in Music Industry Management from London Metropolitan University, Henriette spent three years working as a stagehand and show crew in Melbourne, Australia for major recording artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, and Rhianna. As an undergraduate, Henriette managed a variety of bands, promoted her own nights and gigs, and interned for artist management companies, and for reputable digital marketing, industry news and strategy company, Musically. 

Whitefield 11:00 Traditional Labels vs Label Services

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Olivia Hobbs
Director, Blackstar London & Music Industry Consultatnt

Olivia has worked in the music industry in a variety of roles from major label to touring production to management covering off hundreds of campaigns in the last 10 years working with a wide variety of artists from Eminem to Nine Inch Nails & from Kate Tempest to Phantogram. Currently working as a specialist consultant to the music industry.

Whitefield 12:00 The Future of Streaming

Auditorium 15:00 Do We Have Enough Festival Headliners

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Rosie James
Head of Press & Radio, Small Pond Recordings. Founder, Fever To Tell.

Rosie James is a radio plugger and music PR based in Brighton. Since September 2017 she has worked as Head of Press & Radio at Small Pond recordings, while also running her own radio plugging company, Fever To Tell. This follows 10 years at the Tru Thoughts label, where she progressed from Intern to Head of Press & Promotions, driving the label’s in-house PR department to punch above its weight and achieve impressive results across the UK and beyond -- including national press features, and official BBC Radio Playlisting for a host of artists. Her work is driven by a passion for developing and promoting independent talent to the highest level, getting their music heard and telling their stories, especially spotlighting female and otherwise under-represented artists.

Carey 12:00 The Future of Radio

Edwards 14:00 The Future of Music Journalism

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Adam Joolia
CEO, AudioActive

Adam is CEO at AudioActive a ground breaking youth music organisation. He cut his teeth in music development in Nottingham during the emergence of the Grime scene and a very difficult time for the city due to gun crime and gang violence. Combining his background in youth work, experience in music venue management and network of professional artists, he headed up the ‘Inner City Youth Movement’ project, helping marginalised teenagers to produce, record and perform their own music.

Moving to Brighton in 2006, Adam took over at AudioActive in its infancy and through his development of innovative work such as the nationally significant Electric Youth Ensemble & internationally replicated Child-to-Parent Violence intervention, Break4Change, he has gained recognition as a pioneer in his field of using music for both social innovation and grass-roots talent development, helping to build a more inclusive music industry from the bottom up.

Adam is also founding Director of Platform B Radio, Co-Chair of Trustees at Brighton Youth Centre and a Board member of SoundCity, Brighton & Hove’s Music Education Hub.


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Fiona McGugan
General Manager, Music Managers Forum

Fiona supports artist managers on a daily basis as General Manager of the Music Managers Forum UK. The MMF UK is a collective of 500 managers who advocate for transparency in the music business and a greater connection between artists and fans in the digital age. Fiona works to campaign for the protection of managers’ and artists' rights as well as providing education and mentoring for the members of the MMF alongside a board of artist managers. Fiona's background is a mixture of tour management, PR, artist management and brand partnerships before she joined the Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum at the start of 2012. She builds relationships with industry counterparts including labels, publishers, lawyers, agents, retailers and tech companies consulting on industry change.

Auditorium 12:00 Gaining Fans Through Recorded Music

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Chiara Michieletto
Digital Marketing Executive, Music Ally

Chiara Michieletto is Digital Marketing Executive at Music Ally. In her role, she works closely with and advises various companies in the music industry such as Blue Raincoat Music/Chrysalis Records, through which she has been helping to promote artists such as Cigarettes After Sex, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Sinead O’Connor, Suzi Quatro, Chesney Hawkes and Ultravox amongst others. She is a regular contributor to the Music Ally Sandbox Reports where she writes about the latest digital marketing tools and services and has also carried out various training sessions and workshops for clients including Anjunabeats, Universal Music, Havas and the BPI.

While pursuing her master’s degree at Berklee College of Music, she was co-founder of Sofar Sounds Valencia, as well as artistic director of a 1,500 person orchestral event in one of Spain’s biggest opera houses, the Palau de les Arts. She also worked on this years’ edition of Midem Live, in charge of artists’ liaison.

Whitefield 11:00 Traditional Labels vs Label Services

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Suzy Moosa
Label Assistant, Secretly Group

Starting out in the festival scene by doing social media and marketing as a part time job for a multi-festival company Suzy has now worked 5 festival seasons in varying roles. With most of her experience in Indies (3 years with Y Not & Truck, 2 for 2000Trees) in summer 2017 she workied in Licensing for Festival Republic at Latitude and Leeds Festival.

Taking a step away from the festival world Suzy now works at Secretly Group (Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian).

Auditorium 15:00 Do We Have Enough Festival Headliners

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Oliver Morris
Director of Education & Skills, UK Music

Oliver has worked in a broad range of educational settings, formal and informal, with a variety of learners since 2001. Before taking up his role as Director of Education & Skills with UK Music he had been lecturing in education at Aberystwyth University and undertaking doctoral research. His educational experience encompasses widening access to HE programmes, undergraduate tutoring, community education, schools, and youth work with a creative focus (as musician, composer and performer). He has performed in bands since his teens and has also composed and performed for TV and stage.

He was also extensively involved in the voluntary sector in his home-county of Ceredigion in mid-Wales both as community worker and trustee with the County Voluntary Council and his local Communities First partnership. He is currently trustee of both Creative & Cultural Skills and the Centre for Performance Research.

Carey 11:00 Brighton Music City

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Phil Nelson
Founder, First Column Management

Phil Nelson has been an Artist Manager since 1988 and his clients have included The Levellers (1 Platinum, 5 Gold records) who headlined Glastonbury before starting their own 15,000 capacity Festival Beautiful Days (which Phil set up) , and The Longpigs (1 Gold record and Brit Award Nomination). Current clients include 2016 Grammy-winning Matt Hales / Aqualung (1 Gold record) and Duke Special (1 Platinum record), Sweet Billy Pilgrim (1 Mercury music prize Nomination.)

He was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forum from 1997-2007. He co-founded The Great Escape Festival with Martin Elbourne and Jon McIldowie and dreamed up the Breakers’ Chart for Music Week. He is currently Music Industry Ambassador – (Music Cities Liaison and Student Industry Research Projects) at BIMM (British & Irish Institute of Modern Music) for BIMM Group of colleges. This role includes talking to the Music Industry to find Real World Projects for Dissertation Students to do on its behalf, thereby solving problems for the industry and hopefully making the students more employable.

One of these projects is a thorough mapping of the music provision of various cities and regions of the UK which is being carried out with the co-operation of UK Music, BPI, Music Venues Trust, Brighton & Hove City Council, and others. He is in the process of setting up a Student-run Record Label, Pool Valley Recordings.


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Bryony October
FOH Engineer for Katie Melua

Bryony October is a Brighton (UK) and sometimes Dublin (Ireland) based FOH sound engineer and tour production manager. She has been touring for over 20 years, since the tender age of 15 and started mixing FOH sound in her late teens having garnered all her experience and knowledge exclusively on tour. With extensive experience mixing live sound often in conjunction with tour/production management she has toured with a huge range of artists across a wide spectrum of musical styles around the world.

Bryony is currently FOH engineer for multi-platinum selling singer Katie Melua, and the UK’s No.1 female country duo, Ward-Thomas. These days she works almost exclusively with female fronted acts, not at all by design but down to an increasing demand from such artistes and their management for more women in the touring party. She feels strongly however that there is glass ceiling hanging over FOH sound engineering as there are still so few women working at any kind of meaningful level in this role.

Auditorium 15:00 Do We Have Enough Festival Headliners

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Tom Packer
Director, Motive Unknown

Tom is a Director at digital strategy agency Motive Unknown, helping oversee campaigns and clients including Moby, Run The Jewels, fabric Nightclub, Audeze Headphones as well as working with labels and publishers like BMG, Domino and Sentric.

Before joining Motive Unknown in Spring 2016 Tom spent 9 years heading up all things digital on the management side for artists such as Robyn, M83, Röyksopp, The Knife and Fever Ray among others.

Auditorium 11:00 Gaining Fans Through Social Media

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Elijah Pailthorpe-Peart (Nelson Navarro)
Artist, DJ, Radio Presenter, Promoter, Producer

Nelson Navarro is one of the most promising young creators on the South Coast right now - presenter & DJ on Platform B Radio, promoter of Brighton events brands 2CENTS and Kustom Vibes, and the vocalist/songwriter/producer behind his own music.

Since appearing on 2016's Radio // Future Sounds panel, Nelson has continued forging an individual path, with a slew of music video releases and performances in venues up and down the country (most recently DJing for Brighton MC Phonetic on support for Rag N Bone Man’s sold out tour - Overproof).

Also a founding member of underground music collective DownSouth, 2018 is set to bring more music, shows and creation from this up-and-comer.

Carey 12:00 The Future of Radio

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Christo Patricios
Sync & Licensing Manager Music Gateway I grew to love all types of media at an early age. The fascination of how music could impact visuals. How the music could influence the feeling, the tempo and the emotion of a spot.

Starting out as a DJ at the age of 13, House music was my obsession. Fast forward 10 years and electronic music is still a large influencer for me today but now I have learned it can be fused with blues, jazz, Latin music and the possibilities are endless.

In 2015, towards the end of my studies, I decided to pivot to a world where I had been itching to be in for quite some time – the world of music and visuals. Since then I have been lucky enough to work with and place our member’s music with some awesome brands such as Netflix, HBO, Vice and many more.

Carey 15:00 Getting Paid As A Writer

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Anna Pancaldi

Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Anna began writing music as a young teenager. On returning to the UK, Anna studied a Music Diploma, and then went on to travel the world for nine months writing music and gigging. On returning Anna then relocated to London to kick start her music career.

Since then all three releases have charted in the Top Ten of the iTunes singer songwriter charts including her most recent release 'Sweet Charity' which features the single 'Brother'. Having had big support from Spotify being featured in ‘New Music Friday’ and many other playlists including ‘The Most Beautiful Songs in the World’. Anna also sold out all three of her London headline shows at Servant Jazz Quarters, St Pancras Old Church and St Leonards Church. Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and BBC London Introducing have been great supporters of Anna as an unsigned artist.

Having toured the UK extensively with each release continuing to build her fan base, Anna has also toured Europe this year as a headliner after supporting major label artist Jake Isaac. Anna recently completed her first US tour playing NYC, Nashville and LA also performing live in CBS LA TV where she gained US management.

Anna was recently featured in a Levi’s campaign for a ‘trip of firsts’ where they travelled to four countries and Anna went on to sound track the same campaign.

Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Carol King. Anna's haunting, deep and mature vocals alongside her thought provoking and raw music promise to leave audiences as someone to remember.

Carey 14:00 The Art of Songwriting

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Chelsea Rixson
Managing Director, RIXSON MUSIC & Brighton Music Office

Chelsea Rixson is the owner and Managing Director of two Brighton based companies. RIXSONMUSIC which is a live events promotions company which focuses primarily on Brighton based grassroots bands. Secondly, the Brighton Music Office, which is based on the concept of music cities to help grow Brighton's musical economy. The Brighton Music Office is a multifaceted business, we supply an online directory, gig listings as well as conducting detailed research into Brighton's music industry.

Our core aims are to become a central point of contact for industry professionals that are based in Brighton, accurately record the music industry's economic contribution to the city, encourage and boost the growth of Brighton's musical economy, improve communications between industry sector and local authorities and finally to brand Brighton as a prominent music city. Everyone that works at the Brighton Music Office is truly passionate about music, all employees currently volunteer their time, including the managerial team, and support themselves by working within in other parts of the industry.

Carey 11:00 Brighton Music City

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Patrick Ross
Director of Digital Strategy, MusicAlly

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Patrick graduated with honours from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a degree in music business. Since 2007 he’s been working in the UK music industry, initially working with indie labels until founding Delta Nine Online, a web presence management platform for artists. He served as Head of Digital Marketing for digital distributor AWAL, and eventually VP, Digital Marketing for Kobalt’s Music Recordings and Label Services division. Recently he’s joined Music Ally, as Director, Digital Strategy where he oversees digital marketing campaigns. 

Whitefield 14:00 Gaining Fans Through Social Media

Jessie Scoullar
Founding Director, Wicksteed Works

Jessie Scoullar is founding director of Wicksteed Works, a London-based consultancy empowering musicians to maximise their potential through connection, communication and coordination of kick-ass direct-to-fan marketing and retail campaigns. Wicksteed Works clients past and present include Laura Marling, Bic Runga, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kalkbrenner, Elvis Costello, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Eurovision, Eagle Rock, Neil Finn, Little Boots and Paul McCartney.

In 2014 Jessie published the first comprehensive comparison of direct-to-fan music marketing and retail services, Direct-to-Fan: Which Platform, with an expanded and updated edition launched in 2016. She cut her teeth on the world of direct-to-fan in the fast-paced environment of Topspin Media's Creative Services team. Before leaving her native New Zealand in 2007, she worked with CRS Management in Auckland and practised as a commercial solicitor in Wellington.

Auditorium 11:00 Gaining Fans Through Social Media

Whitefield 14:00 Gaining Fans Through Playing Live

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Luke Sital-Singh

Luke is a singer/songwriter who’s been in the music industry as a full time artist since 2012 when he released his first EP. Since then he’s released two albums, five EPs, toured globally and had his music placed in numerous films and TV shows. Luke is an experienced songwriter and collaborater, having written with some of the industry’s top names and helping to develop some of it’s newest talents.

Carey 15:00 Getting Paid As A Writer

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Christopher Smith
Artist (BlackSmith)

Singer/Rapper/Songwriter, 'Blacksmith' defines his sound as Summer R&B. Funky anthems laced with brass; poetic storytelling & catchy hooks. “Through my music, I want to bring the same feeling you get on a hot summer day in July, not humid but warm with a cool refreshing breeze. Like an Ice cold Drink at a BBQ.” BlackSmith.

In 2016 (under the alias ‘Influence’) Chris had two songs on world renowned jazz artist ‪Billy Cobham’s album Drum n Voice Vol 4. His songs ‘Superstar’ and ‘Le Lis’ (Radio Vocal) featured ‘Gregg Kofi Brown’ from the Award Winning British Afrobeat band Osibisa. The album reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts in several countries. His new single ‘Incredible’ is due for release on February 16th this year. In April 2017 The Hospital Club awarded Chris the position of Emerging Creative for Music in 2017/18.

Chris is launching his new E.P. 'Love Letters' on Friday March 23rd 2018 with a launch event at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London. On the night he'll be backed by a live band and brass section. The Love Letters EP includes collaborations with 3 top producers including 2x Grammy Award-winning producer Mahogany Beatz (Dr Dre, Mariah Carey, Jay Z). Visit his website to hear a snippet of the EP and head to 'Getting Paid as a Writer' to hear his advice.

Carey 15:00 Getting Paid As A Writer

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Nats Spada
Co-Founder, Creative Director & Station Manager, Platform B

Nats is Co-Founder, Creative Director and Station Manager for Platform B, 'next generation radio' based out of the Green Door Store, an independent music venue underneath Brighton railway station. The station provides a home for a new generation of DJs, producers and presenters and has become a place for bold experiments in music, political debate and other forms of expression.

Prior to setting up Platform B, Nats worked at totallyradio.com, where she headed up the internet radio station's editorial team and music curators as well as presenting the New Noise Rock Show. She also managed three partnership projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board.

In 2015, she co- founded the annual Radio // Future Sounds conference - an event focusing on innovation, diversity and insurgent radio formats.

Carey 12:00 The Future of Radio

Will Spencer
Key Accounts Manager, Music Glue

Will has worked across the music industry with promoters, labels, venues and music festivals in a variety of roles. At Music Glue he manages key accounts and helps clients to harness the power of their direct-to-fan e-commerce.

Music Glue is a specialist platform for the music business on which artists, labels and promoters can create a free website to sell music, tickets, merchandise and experiences, direct to fans, in one transaction. Music Glue is used by everyone from Moderat to Metallica as well as 35’000 others with offices in London, New York and Sydney.

Edwards 12:00 The Future Of Ticketing

Whitefield 14:00 Gaining Fans Through Playing Live

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Lucy Stone
Strategic Director, Rhythmix

Lucy joined Rhythmix in 2007 and maintains the strategic outlook of Rhythmix with an overview of the programmes, reporting, evaluation, funding, marketing fundraising and project finance. Lucy is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Clore Leadership Programme Short Course graduate. Organisations Lucy has worked with include Carnival Collective, Brighton Jewish Film Festival, Brighton University, West Kent Arts Partnership, Making Space, All Ways Learning, Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Music Trust and Brighton & Hove Music Arts and Study Support.

Carey 11:00 Brighton Music City

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Sam Taylor
Chief Commercial Officer, POP

Sam Taylor is Chief Commercial Officer of POP, a tool that makes creating and managing Facebook Messenger bots super simple. He has worked in technology, digital media and music his whole career, running leading digital distributor TuneCore in the UK prior to joining POP. Sam started his career in music as a booker and promoter before co-founding Scotland’s biggest free music, entertainment and listings magazine. He then spent several years working as a music publicist and digital strategist for clients ranging from major labels and classical artists to venues and festivals.

Sam has always been actively involved in the grassroots music scene, speaking widely about challenges and opportunities of digital for independent musicians and music companies at events such as Great Escape Convention, Swn Festival, Focus Wales, Mobile World Congress, Reeperbahn Festival, re:publica Berlin, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Auditorium 12:00 Gaining Fans Through Recorded Music

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C J Thorpe-Tracey
Writer, Producer, Broadcaster

Writer, broadcaster, music producer and activist C J Thorpe-Tracey is founder of Lo Fi Arts and has spent 20 years dicking around in the music industry, successfully avoiding a proper job. He is a regular panelist at Great Escape Convention, CMU:DIY and Norwich Sound & Vision; has spoken at TEDx, DOTS, Radio Future Sounds, Boring and War Of Words conferences and last year moderated Brighton Digital Festival live podcast series ’This Side Of Reality’.

Chris was the inaugural National Trust Creative Fellow at The Workhouse, Southwell; writer-in-residence at The Royal Pavilion & Museums and completed residencies at Leeds Beckett University and Traidhos Chiangmai for Arts Thailand.

He presents weekly late night radio show Midnight Campfire on Brighton’s Juice 107.2 – with an extensive online archive at TotallyRadio: https://www.totallyradio.com/categories/folk.

Carey 12:00 The Future of Radio

Carey 14:00 The Art of Songwriting

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Heather Varley
Communications and Events Officer, UK Music

Heather is an experienced marketer and event producer with a demonstrated history of working across the music and media industry. She is skilled in Live Event Production, Partnerships, Communications and Marketing with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Events Management from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Heather manages UK Music’s Communications and Events after a career with Time Out Magazine. During her career, she has worked on many UK festivals and live music events from conception through to delivery, including Festival Republic events, Field Day and Sound City Liverpool.


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Beverley Whitrick
Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network by securing the long term future of grassroots music venues. We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences.

Beverley's role includes the running of the Trust, co-ordination of campaigns and communication, fundraising, profile raising, building the ever-growing database, producing Venues Day, developing the Music Venues Alliance and its trade association (TAMVA), liaising with arts and cultural sector partners and representing Music Venue Trust (and through it the Music Venues Alliance) at national and international meetings.

Beverley has over 20 years' experience of Arts Development, event management, tour co-ordination, building networks, funding, evaluation and strategy. She has worked as a local government Arts Development Officer in 3 different authorities and as a freelance Arts Consultant in London and Barcelona.

Auditorium 14:00 How Do We Save Grassroots Music Venues