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20 Apr Music Connected 2018

Music Connected 2018 – the UK’s largest digital music conference – returns on Friday 20th April. Leading record labels, self-releasing artists and digital music companies will descend on Glaziers Hall for a day packed full of future-facing topics, top name speakers and unrivalled professional insight on all things digital.

Music Connected 2018 (in association with Merlin and CI) will look at the latest developments and opportunities opening for labels and music companies operating in the digital music market. The annual conference will offer a tightly targeted day of networking, deal-making, practical digital business advice and enlightening conference sessions.  The official Music Connected afterparty will take place at Omeara from 5.30-7.30pm on the day, with all delegates receiving a hard-earned complimentary drink at the bar.

Tickets are selling fast – get yours whilst stocks last.

AIM members = £52 +VAT

Non members = £190 +VAT*

Ticket prices include lunch, refreshments and a drink at the afterparty at Omeara.

(*Discounts for members of affiliated organisations)



The full conference programme will be announced in the coming weeks, but our initial line-up of speakers and sessions can now be revealed:

9 – 9.45am – Registration

9.50 – 10am – CEO welcome address – Paul Pacifico

10 – 10.10am – Welcome keynote from sponsors

10.10 – 10.40am – Meet The Digitals
Quick 2-minute introductions to the companies hosting stands in the Digital Market Place – find out how they can help your company in the digital space.

10.40 – 11am – Break – visit the Digital Market Place!

11 – 11.45am – Talking Heads  – The Rise of Voice Recognition Devices
With voice recognition devices now firmly embedded in the home, our panel will look at the increasing adoption of these devices and the impact on labels, artists, DSPs and music consumption. What data tagging developments are in store? Where is the technology heading? How can labels and artists embrace these developments?
Speakers include: Patrick Clifton (Amazon), Samantha Sawyer (7digital), Pascale Giovetto (Beggars Group) & Stuart Dredge (Music Ally)

11.45 – 12.30pm – RoboPop – AI, a Music Industry Friend or Foe?
The emergence of Artificial Intelligence has opened up debates across the music industry. Our panellists will look at the effect AI and machine learning are having on copyright, production, A&R, consumption, sync, advertising and more. Are there any threats or opportunities for the modern music industry?
Speakers include: Jeremy Silver (Digital Catapult), Lydia Gregory (FeedForward AI), Simon Wheeler (Beggars Group) & Sophie Goossens (Reed Smith)

12.30 – 2pm – Lunch (complimentary buffet lunch provided)

2 – 2.30pm – Digital Marketing Campaign Case Study – Kove – ‘In From The Cold’
AEI present their campaign for Drum & Bass legend Kove’s ‘In From The Cold’ EP. By making use of the latest developments on social media platforms and collaborating with YouTube channels, the campaign proved a huge success. We look at how this campaign was planned and executed, and how to make the most of every pound in your budget.
Speakers: Farhana Aboo (AEI) & Leanne Joseph (AEI)

2.30 – 3.15pm –  Living The Stream – The Future of Online Music Consumption
The rise of streaming continues with consumption habits increasingly leaning towards DSPs. Our panel look at the importance of streaming strategies for a campaign, how to increase your presence on platforms, tips for getting playlisted and what advances to expect in the streaming landscape.
Speakers include: Dorothée Imhoff (FUGA), Julia Killer (SoundCloud), Lee Parsons (Ditto) & Peter Harris (Resonate)

3.15 – 3.30pm – Break

3.30 – 4.15pm – The Evolution Of The Music Supply Chain
With increasing options available to artists, the digital supply chain offers a higher level of transparency than ever before. The introduction of modular solutions means independent labels and music companies can keep 100% control. This session looks at how technological advancements have impacted the digital supply chain, what trends can be predicted, what the increasing options mean for rights holders and where the potential pitfalls lie for self-releasing artists in 2018.
Speakers include: Dianne Bonney (Absolute Label Services), Iain Catling (AudioSalad), Kameil Sattar (Proper Music Group), Scott Kerr (INgrooves) & Summer Kim (CI)

4.15 – 5pm – Virtual Insanity – Embracing VR & AR
New platforms, immersive experiences and interactive developments are opening brand new opportunities for the music industry. Our panel will explore the variety of ways that labels, artists and music companies can make use of the rapid advances in virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive technologies.
Speakers include: Andrew Melchior (One Little Indian), Gee Davy (AIM), Helen Sartory (Musician – ANDRODES), Zac Smith (Landmrk) & Laura Cortes (Nexus).



Our Breakout Workshops are now confirmed – these bespoke training sessions and masterclasses will offer insight on essential digital music skills and topics. These sessions To RSVP please email callum@musicindie.com confirming your name and session you would like the attend.

11 – 11.35am – How to Use Piracy Data to Your Advantage
Piracy data is an essential tool in the digital age, helping music businesses to find vital trends in consumption. This data provides companies with the ability to view unfiltered, real life audiences, giving global insight into specific music consumption habits and new behavioural trends. MUSO CEO, Andy Chatterley and Global Head of Music Partnerships, Russel Coultart, will be giving their expertise on data analytics, music piracy and how music companies can develop more innovative ways to re-engage audiences and unlock new digital marketing opportunities from piracy.

11.45 – 12.20pm – Fan Engagement, Apps & Bots
Technological advances are providing new, innovative ways for artists to engage with their fans in the digital age. The rise of messaging services is an exciting development, with the messenger bots providing fans with the ability to speak directly with their favourite artists. I AM POP! will delve into the future of these services, and the current trends that are emerging from this new technology.

2 – 2.30pm -The Power of Data Analytics
Jesper Skibsby (WARM) in conversation with Chiara Michieletto (Music Ally) to discuss the impact that accurate data analysis can have on your business. The discussion will look at how independent labels and artists can make use a variety of key data sources and consider the practical uses of that data in driving your business forward.

3.30 – 4.10 –Blockchain Explained
With the rapid rise of blockchain based businesses and tech solutions this session aims to demystify the technology, whilst looking at practical ways developments can aid music companies. Becky Brook from tech company JAAK will outline the truth behind the technology, delving into the many facets of its potential and where Blockchain’s future is heading. Over to you, JAAK…


DIGITAL MARKETPLACE – supported by Digital Catapult

In addition to the packed conference programme, the Digital Marketplace – supported by Digital Catapult, will host a raft of top digital music companies exhibiting their services to the music community. 

Exhibitors in the Digital Marketplace are: Audiolock, Believe, Bonded Services, CI, Digital Catapult, Ditto, FeedForward AI, Love Music Hate Racism, Muso, Play MPE, PPL, state 51, Supapass, Web Sheriff & Zebralution


DEMO SPACE – Fantasynth

This year we have introduced a Demo Space to the Music Connected schedule. This gives delegates the chance to enjoy an immersive music tech experience throughout the day and try out the developments being discussed  across the conference firsthand.

This year we welcome Fantasynth with SubPac by Hello Enjoy. Fantasynth is an audio-reactive experience designed for Virtual Reality. Glide through a procedurally populated environment that comes alight with the music. Featuring the song Chez Nous by N’to. http://fantasynth.com/


Tickets are now available. 

AIM members = £52 +VAT

Non members = £190 +VAT*

Ticket prices include lunch, refreshments and a drink at the afterparty at Omeara.

(*Discounts for members of affiliated organisations)


AIM is grateful for the support of our event sponsors CI, Merlin, Digital Catapult, Ditto, MUSO, Resonate, Web SheriffSongtradr & 7digital


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Glaziers Hall
9 Montague Close
London, SE1 9DD


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