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Futures Forum: New event announced as ILMC 31 launches

The inaugural Futures Forum, taking place on the final day of ILMC 31, will bring together 300 young professionals to discuss the evolution of the live music business

By IQ on 14 Nov 2018

A capacity crowd at the first session of this year's sold-out ILMC 30

A capacity crowd at the first session of this year's sold-out ILMC 30


Organisers of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) today launched the 31st edition of the event, boasting its largest-ever programme – and a new day dedicated to the next generation of industry leaders.

With the launch of Futures Forum, the final day of ILMC on 8 March 2019 invites a further 300 young professionals to discuss the evolution of the live business. “Futures Forum will bring the individuals that currently define the business together with those who will drive its development,” says ILMC head Greg Parmley. “It’s an extra day of ILMC, and a chance to embrace new formats and encourage fresh voices and different thinking.”

Designed for working professionals aged 30 or under, Futures Forum will feature a mix of progressive panel discussions, quickfire presentations on new ideas, initiatives and technology, workshops on a range of industry topics and dedicated mentoring sessions with industry leaders. The direction of Futures Forum is being steered by a ten-person Futures Council, comprising emerging executives drawn from across the international live music industry, alongside affiliated associations, the ILMC agenda team and the IQ editorial team.

The full Futures Forum schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

The wider ILMC 31 conference will run from 5 to 8 March 2019, following a vote by ILMC’s 5,000 members earlier this year to make its mid-week format, first trialled for 2017, permanent. Both the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) and Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI) take place on 5 March, while Futures Forum book-ends the conference week on Friday 8 March.

“Futures Forum will bring the individuals that currently define the business together with those who will drive its development”

“With over 1,800 live music professionals attending an ILMC event during the week, it’s the focal point for the international business,” says Parmley. “We can’t wait to start announcing speakers and sessions shortly.”

One of the highlights of ILMC, the Gala Dinner & Arthur Awards, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. To mark the quarter-century, the industry’s Oscar equivalents are moving to the art-deco Sheraton Grand Park Lane, which will host more than 350 of the industry’s best and brightest.

Companies supporting ILMC’s 2019 edition include Live Nation, Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim, DEAG, Showsec, MOJO Rental, WME Entertainment, eps, Commerzbank Arena, Eyellusion, Feld Entertainment and Buma Cultuur.

The new ILMC 31 website – which, in keeping with the 2019 event’s ‘Mystery of the 31st Level’ theme, invites “the world’s greatest sorcerers and their apprentices to travel to London, to the centre of illusion and magic in the live entertainment universe” – is here.

For more information on Futures Forum, visit www.futuresforum.live.

 


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