Music industry heavyweights head to North East for Music Futures conference

The line-up for the fourth Music Futures conference being held at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead has been announced

Chief executive of music development agency Generator, Jim Mawdsley
Chief executive of music development agency Generator, Jim Mawdsley

A host of music industry luminaries are heading to the North East for a conference that has become a key date in the entertainment industry calendar.

The North East’s leading music development agency Generator has announced a line-up of broadcasting giants, festival organisers and producing greats who will be at the Music Futures conference at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead on November 6.

The one-day event, which is now in its fourth year, aims to offer vital perspectives in the constantly changing landscape of the music sector, providing a range of innovative panels and debates as well as networking opportunities.

Radio 1’s head of music George Ergatoudis will speak at the event, heading up a lively discussion looking into music streaming, curation and whether or not playlists will kill off the traditional album format.

Those joining him include Tony Wadsworth, chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), John Dyer, director of Domino Recordings, Chris Price, head of music at BT, James Foley from Deezer, broadcaster Jen Long and Kendal Calling co-founder Andy Smith.

Other speakers include Luke McGrellis from Sony/ATV and Liam Howe, a producer and co-writer who has worked with Jessie Ware, Ellie Goulding, Foxes and Sampha.

Generator chief executive Jim Mawdsley, recently announced as the new chair of the Association Of Independent Festivals, said: “Brimming full of innovative panels and debates with those who change and shape the music industry and those who have pioneered the technology and shaped the future of discovery, delivery and consumption, Music Futures is a must attend for anyone interested in the business of music.

“Music Futures has expanded to meet the needs of growing audiences of artists, music businesses and entrepreneurs looking to get ahead of the game with future trends that will capture the diverse revenue streams the digitisation of music has created.”


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