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Artist fees, ticketing, security, gender, ethics and the value of a joined-up music industry will be just some of the topics discussed at the most essential ILMC yet
By IQ on 10 Jan 2018
Organisers of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) today launched the conference schedule for March’s ‘Close Encounters of the 30th Kind’ anniversary edition.
Topics scheduled for discussion at the world’s leading live music business event range from artist fees, security, ticketing and ethics to blockchain, gender, virtual reality and a galaxy of agency, venue and festival sessions.
“With external threats from terrorism to Brexit, new technologies driving change and topics such as gender and ethics questioning the very framework of the business, there’s never been an edition of ILMC when there was more to discuss,” says conference head Greg Parmley.
A raft of the industry’s top companies have already lined up to support the conference’s 30th year – the second in its new midweek format – set to kick off with a UFO-themed opening party on Tuesday 6 March, with many from the wider music industry also invited.
A committee of more than 100 professionals worldwide helps build the ILMC agenda, with input also drawn from key industry associations. The invitation-only event welcomes more than 1,000 of the world’s leading live music professionals from over 60 countries each year.
Highlights of the agenda this year include legendary artist manager Peter Mensch in conversation with Ed Bicknell during the Breakfast Meeting session on Friday 9 March; and Security: Rock and a hard place, which asks what’s next for a business still reeling from multiple serious incidents over the last two years.
“There’s never been an edition of ILMC when there was more to discuss”
Ticketing: Paying the price sees pricing, pre-sales and secondary go under the microscope, while The Music Business: United we stand?, which invites five industry figureheads to discuss what shape the joined-up wider music business will take.
Gender: Calm down, what’s the fuss?, meanwhile, questions whether the live industry has a problem with gender and equality, while Business Ethics: Why do we alien-ate each other? lifts the lid on murky business practices. This year’s Think Tank session invites industry notables Barry Dickins, Pino Sagliocco and Jackie Lombard to discuss their routes to the top of the business in an intimate format.
Also returning are the popular Festival Summit and Venue Summit strands, while workshops for 2018 include Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies, deciphering these disruptive new technologies, while the Riders Booking Workshop questions whether they’re worth the paper they’re written on.
Further sessions and details of all guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The full ILMC agenda can be viewed here.
ILMC takes place at the Royal Garden Hotel in London from 6 to 9 March.
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