UK’s leading digital music conference, Music Connected returns in 2016!

The UK’s Largest Digital Music Conference, in association with CI

Claire Mas (Communion Records), Adam Cardew (Absolute Label Services), Siofra McComb (The Other Hand), Vanessa Bakewell (Facebook), Katie Ray (Method Music) & Lucy Blair (Motive Unknown) amongst first speakers announced

Wednesday 27th April 2016, Glaziers Hall, London SE1

Now in its fourteenth year, Music Connected 2016 – the UK’s leading digital music conference – returns on Wednesday 27th April, as leading labels and music companies descend on historic Glaziers Hall to meet the key players in UK digital music.

Music Connected 2016 (in association with CI) focuses on independent music companies operating in the digital market, offering a tightly targeted day of networking, deal-making, practical digital business advice and enlightening conference sessions.

While the full conference programme will be announced later this month, an initial line-up of speakers and sessions can now be revealed.

A panel entitled “The Future of Social Marketing in Music”.  With the rising dominance of messaging apps including Snapchat, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, we consider the future of social marketing in music. A panel of experts explore the opportunities for marketing music via messaging apps, and the challenges presented in terms of tracking and monetising that activity. Speakers include Katie Ray (Method Music), Claire Mas (Communion Records), Lucy Blair (Motive Unknown) and Stu Dredge (Music Ally).

A session entitled “Streaming Playlist Strategy for 2016 and Beyond” will offer up to date information on how the streaming and playlist market has changed over the last 12 months.  Where are plays coming from? How do you get your tracks featured on the top playlists on the various services? Should you be creating your own playlists and how do you build engagement when you do? This panel will highlight some interesting and successful streaming playlist strategies, as well as provide an update on AIM’s independent streaming platform project. Speakers include Sammy Andrews (music industry strategic advisor) and Adam Cardew (Absolute Label Services).

A presentation of the marketing campaign for Run The Jewels’ ‘Run The Jewels 2’, from The Other Hand’s Siofra McComb and Motive Unknown’s Darren Hemmings.

There will also be smaller break out workshops held in the event’s Board Room, including a presentation on “Facebook Marketing: Best Practice Tips” fromFacebook’s Vanessa Bakewell.

More sessions and speakers to be announced in coming weeks.  In addition to the packed conference programme, the Digital Market Place will offer stands hosted by a raft of top digital music companies.

Always a sell-out event, Music Connected has become the key date in the digital music industry calendar.

Digital companies already confirmed to participate include:

Absolute Label Services, AMP suite Limited, AudioLock, CI, Ditto Music, Facebook, Laika Network, Media Science International, Merlin, Motive Unknown, Music Ally, Music Gateway, Muso, Phonofile, Plastic Head Media, PPL, Radar Music Videos, Revelator.  Many more to be added in coming weeks…

Last year’s sell-out event drew over 400 delegates from over 140 UK labels including:

Sunday Best Recordings, Secretly Group, Proper Records, 4AD, AEI Media, Modular, Union Square Music, [PIAS] Recordings, Hospital Records, Red Bull Records, Warp Records, Brownswood Music, Rough Trade, Because Music, Dramatico, Domino, Jagjaguwar, Buzzin’ Fly, Nuclear Blast, Wichita, Cooking Vinyl, Anjunabeats, Kartel Ltd, Cherry Red Records, Stolen Recordings, The Other Hand, CR2 Records, Skint, One Little Indian, Champion Records, Silva Screen Records, Visible Noise, Fabric, World Circuit, Snapper Music, Ninja Tune, !K7, The Leaf Label, Eleven Seven Music, Ministry of Sound and many more.

Tickets are now available. Book Now via our event page.

Stands are currently available in the Digital Market Place. For information of exhibit please contact Lara Baker on lara@musicindie.com.

AIM is grateful for the support of event sponsor CI – for more details on their services visit their website.