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.
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"
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.