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The Great Escape reveals 2017 themes

TGE will focus on some important topics this year.

Dean Chalkey

The Great Escape has revealed details of its 2017 themes. These will be explored during the convention in May in association with CMU Insights.

The convention this year will incorporate four conferences into one and will center around interesting and important topics such as exporting music worldwide, the impact of drugs within the music industry and music media. Keep reading for more detail below.

The Media Conference – The crisis in music journalism

Is it still possible to make money out of music media in the digital age? Will music journalism be the preserve of brands in the future? And is music radio ready for its impending collision with the streaming platforms?

The Drugs Conference – Let’s actually save some lives

Can artists embrace the sex, drugs and rock n roll lifestyle without damaging their career and their health? And, following the battle for Fabric, what can and what should clubs, promoters, law enforcement and licensing officials be doing to prevent drugs deaths at live music events?

The Export Conference – Breaking out beyond Brexit

A guide to taking new artists global in 2017 featuring tips on going global, including from acts who have benefited from the Music Export Growth Scheme. Plus, how will Brexit impact music in Europe? This conference is presented in partnership with BPI.

The Royalties Conference – Where’s my fucking money

Tracking the money from sale, sync and stream to artist and songwriter. How does collective licensing work worldwide? Why are some artists licensing direct? And where is all of that Spotify money going?

Each conference will comprise a series of talks, discussions and debates from music industry specialists including artists, promoters, managers, label execs and journalists.

The Great Escape General Manager Kevin Moore says: “The convention programme at The Great Escape has repeatedly led the way in recent years by putting the most current music industry talking points under the spotlight, often for the first time, whether that be the power of playlists and the YouTuber, the evolving label/manager relationship, the industry’s myriad data challenges, or the need to address mental health in the music community. This year’s topics look set to continue that trend”.

“Plus, since we launched the ‘four-conferences-in-one’ format with the team at CMU Insights, our conference programme has really stood out by delving much deeper than your average music industry event, so to better enlighten, education and inspire our delegates.”

The Great Escape is famed for championing new talent in the music industry and talking about the topics artists and industry people are interested in. Previously the likes of Kate Tempest, Rag N Bone Man, The Joy Formidable, Everything Everything including many more headlined the festival.

The Great Escape takes place between 18th and 20th May in Brighton.

 

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