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Changing times for live music: Sustaining a vibrant live music ecology





A conference with a difference - Live Music Exchange, London gathers together leading academics with live music practitioners to exchange ideas about how to encourage and sustain a vibrant live music ecology.

This event follows successful sessions in Leeds and Cardiff and will feature prominent promoters, researchers and organisations in the live music sector giving presentations and taking questions on their work, panel discussions and an emphasis on interaction and engagement.

It's our starting premise that constantly shifting relationships between state and commercial investors, small scale and corporate interests, merits a view of live music practice on an ecological model.

Live Music Exchange London: Edinburgh University Live Music Exchange, with the Centre for Cultural Policy and Management, City University London for information and bookings

Draft Programme

09.30 - 09.45

Registration / Tea & Coffee

09.45 - 10:00

Welcome An introduction to the day by Professor Stephen Cottrel

10:00 - 10.45


The academy and live music businesses:Research- Dr. Adam Behr and members of the Live Music Exchange team discuss knowledge exchange, the different priorities of academic and industry research, and where they can work together.Training - Debbie Dickinson, Director of City University's Creative Industries foundation degree reflects on working with the Roundhouse for the past 5 years on developing Creative Event producers, and the skills needed by industry
How Green is Music' Prof Toby Miller.

11.15 - 11.30


11.30 - 12.15

Keynote address by Dave Laing: 'Live Music in an age of Austerity - some current trends'Dave Laing has had a long career in music journalism and music business research: he was an editor of Let It RockMusic & CopyrightMusic Week and Music Business International, has written or co-written reports for the Musicians Union, the National Music Council (a forerunner of UK Music), the European Music Office, Jazz Services, the Welsh Music Foundation and WIPO, and has taught music business courses at the University of Westminster and City University.
Dave has also co-edited three music reference books, the most recent of which is the Encyclopaedia of Popular Music of the World (EPMOW). He is currently researching the regulation of collecting societies at the University of East Anglia as part of the CREATe (Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology) programme, as well as recording interviews with industry figures for Unsung, a British Library oral history project on the UK music business. Dave also edits two book series, on popular music and on the music industry, for Equinox Publishing.

12.15 - 13.15

Panel discussion 1: Revenue and funding streams for live musicWhat is the relationship between state funding and the commercial sector? How successfully do different music worlds interact? What can they learn from one another? What does the future look like for different areas of live music practice?Featuring:-
Penny King (Arts Council, England)
Will Page (Spotify)
Bryn Ormrod (Barbican Centre)
Chris Hodgkins (Jazz Services)
Ben Hogarth (Songkick)
Chair: Professor Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow)

13.15 - 14.00

Lunch (provided on site)

14.00 - 14.30

Models of Promotion - An overview: 
Professor Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh/Mercury Music Prize) talks about the different types of promoter that make up the live music ecology, and how they intersect.

14.30 - 15.30

Panel discussion 2: Access to the acts and models of promotion
How is the changing environment for live music affecting the business of promotion? What is the relationship between different levels of live music - grassroots, mid-level and international? What is the future for independent promoters and venues?Featuring:-
Lucy Woods (Eat Your Own Ears)
Dave Gaydon (The Roundhouse)
Jeff Thompson (Un-Convention/Off-Axis Network
Ben Mandelson (Womex )tbc
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Chair:  Dr Laudan Nooshin (City University)

15.30 - 16.00



In conversation with Paul Latham (Live Nation UK, Creative and Cultural Skills)


Summary of the day and respondents' ideas followed by:

17.00 - 18.00

Wine and networking

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When & where

9.30am - 11.00pmTuesday 14th May 2013

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

Contact Details

City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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