1. avatar Sans303
    NI MUSIC-The Way Forward

    Thursday 6th November
    The Whitla Hall, University Road Belfast
    930am-430pm

    2008 has been a landmark year for the music industry in Northern Ireland with many artists and businesses making their mark in the global marketplace.

    In an industry climate where change can be expected on an almost daily basis….. What are the global opportunities for Northern Ireland’s creative talent? How can the Northern Ireland industry continue to develop and meet the expectations of the global marketplace?


    NIMIC presents Northern Ireland’s largest ever music conference to help the sector address these questions.

    Key speakers include

    Paul Brannigan (Editor-Kerrang)
    Declan Ford (Electric Picnic Festival))
    Harry Martin (Domino Records)
    John Webster - ( CEO Music Managers Forum)
    Andrew Ferris - ( Founder of the Smalltown America label)
    Andy Mac (Skint Records/a+r for Alloy Mental)
    Ben Turner (Bestival)
    Iain Ramage (head of A+R Sony ATV Music UK/Europe)
    John Cullen –ex Director Business Affairs (EMI)
    James Cassidy – Head of A&R at Alberts Music (The Answer/AC/DC)

    and Feargal Sharkey (CEO British Music Rights)



    Admission is free, but requires registration. We anticipate much interest in this event so in order to reserve a place and guarantee entry please email mark@nimusic.com to confirm your attendance.



    In association with Sonic Arts Research Centre @ QUB.

    Music-it’s the business is supported by
    Arts Council Northern Ireland
    National Lottery
    Invest Northern Ireland
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  2. avatar Sans303
    We are, a week after announcing, at nearly 200 sign-ups-so please, if you want to come, drop a line to NIMIC.

    Thanks,
  3. avatar Sans303
    Just bumping this for people who havn't heard about the event yet-register (for free) by emailing mark@nimusic.com

    Thanks.
  4. avatar Sans303
    Thanks to everyone who has replied so far-we are at well over 350 confirmed attendees now. Please get in contact if you would like a place reserved. Less than two weeks to go.
  5. avatar Sans303
    Fergal Sharkey has now been appointed as head of UK Music, the umbrella organisation that will represent songwriters, composers, musicians record companies, managers, promotors, publishers and producers throughout the industry. He will deliver the Closing Keynote Address at this event. We're 8 days away and well over 400 sign-ups, so please get in contact if you would like one of the last spaces.

    mark@nimusic.com

    Thanks.
  6. avatar tinpot anto
    Any breakdown of an agenda for this Day?

    I'm going to manage about half of it, so I'd like to know where morning or afternoon is going to be more appropriate?

    Cheers
  7. avatar tinpot anto
    Excellent event yet again by NIMIC. Couldn't stay beyond 1pm myself, but got a good insight into what people are looking for right now - labels, management etc. What's the current state of play etc.

    Andy Ferris spoke really well, and the more established guys from Domino/Sony etc looked a bit in awe of him. Good guy that!

    Stuart Bailie, Jim Carrol and Jonny Tiernan doing their 3 best songs bit was a bit indulgent, but actually it was really interesting to see what sort of stuff gets a journo's blood flowing and can catch their interest. Really useful for writing promo material and so on.


    It's funny the 360 deals thing was something I mentioned to a guy from Sony BMG about 3 or 4 years ago and he was like "No that makes no sense as a business model"

    fule, probaby got a job in Lehmann Brothers
  8. avatar goatboy
    Are you sure it isn't Alan Ferris from Smalltown America?
  9. avatar tinpot anto
    Yes I am sure it isn't Andy Ferris, it's definitely Alan.
  10. avatar JTM
    [url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7712665.stm]NI musically "punching above weight"[/url] according to yesterday's thing.
  11. avatar The Ronster
    [quote:1734a8f896="goatboy"]Are you sure it isn't Alan Ferris from Smalltown America?[/quote:1734a8f896]

    I have no idea what you're on about, since you probably know more about Andrew than his own mother.

    Did I miss a joke somewhere?
  12. avatar JTM
    Didn't Alan Ferris used to be in Welt? I can't say that for Andrew Ferris.
  13. avatar tinpot anto
    [quote:03bd82f3f3]500 young people were expected to attend.[/quote:03bd82f3f3]

    What I thought was odd that I've busted the 30 mark, but that a large proportion of the crowd were significantly older than me.

    What's with that?
  14. avatar deadonmusic
    Yeah there did seem to be a lot of older people there. There was a distinct white hair brigade down near the front for the first half. Were they people seriously thinking of a career change? Retirees going into band management as a hobby? Who knows...

    Still, I found it quite informative and thought Andrew Ferris was the best speaker of the morning.
  15. avatar rentaghost
    [quote:def55f3b5d="deadonmusic"]Yeah there did seem to be a lot of older people there. There was a distinct white hair brigade down near the front for the first half.
    [/quote:def55f3b5d]

    You have just described 90% of the politicians in NI
  16. avatar dodgi stereo
    http://dodgystereo.blogspot.com/2008/11/music-its-business.html

    Includes a link to Feargal speaking.
    It's a low quality recording.
  17. avatar Rich9
    it was definitely a very thought provoking day, tho the best bit for me was the get-together that happened afterwards.

    a bunch of people (audience and panelists) ended up in The House afterwards for a couple of hours, and it gave everyone the chance to make some acquaintances and wind down after the day.

    in fact it was so good that we thought it should be done every month so we figured on getting a venue together for an early December meet-up
  18. avatar digmo
    [quote:d916fefdce="tinpot anto"]


    It's funny the 360 deals thing was something I mentioned to a guy from Sony BMG about 3 or 4 years ago and he was like "No that makes no sense as a business model"

    fule, probaby got a job in Lehmann Brothers[/quote:d916fefdce]

    What is the 360 deal thing ? sounds interesting ?

    D