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ILMC reveals 2017 agenda

The International Live Music Conference returns for its 29th outing this March, armed with two new summits and panels and workshops tackling the industry's biggest issues

By IQ on 27 Jan 2017

The Open Forum: The bosses level, ILMC 28

Phil Bowdery and guests at The Open Forum at ILMC 28

The agenda for the 29th International Live Music Conference (ILMC) is now live at, with the long-running conference this year introducing several new elements to reflect innovations in the global live music business.

New to ILMC are the Festival Summit 2017 and Venue Summit 2017, produced in partnership with key industry associations and operators; The Agency Business 2017, an annual update on the global artist booking sector; and The Think Tank series, featuring a trio of renowned industry figures.

Other highlights include Ticketing: The survival plan, which considers major global trends and the entrance of new deep-pocketed multinationals into the market, and The YouTubers: Money in millennials, which looks at the trend of vloggers developing touring and festival shows.

“We wanted this year’s agenda to reflect the accelerating pace of change across the global live music business”

Direct Licensing: Rates, rights and wrongs draws together promoters, direct licensing agents and collection societies for a pan-European discussion on this recent, often controversial, development, while Elastic Artists: A cautionary tale sees Jon Slade tell the story of his London agency, which went into administration in late 2015.

“From ticketing, security, fan engagement, streaming and YouTubers to workshops on Snapchat, Instagram, mental health, visas and VIP upgrades, we wanted this year’s agenda to reflect the accelerating pace of change across the global live music business,” comments ILMC head Greg Parmley.

The invitation-only conference, which this year has a murder mystery theme, takes place from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 March at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.


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