The Great Escape Conference kicks off tomorrow with music and education in the spotlight

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By CMU Editorial | Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Great Escape returns to Brighton tomorrow with four days of great music across the city, plus a four-day conference for the music industry, including a jam-packed schedule of sessions presented by CMU.

The first of the CMU+TGE sections starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. MUSIC+EDUCATION highlights the work of CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation, which seeks to better connect all the many strands of music education and all the many strands of the music industry.

Things kick off at 10 a.m. with a discussion of the composition of the music-making community in 2022, and in particular where the large number of hobbyist and DIY artists releasing music on streaming platforms fit in, with the music education and the music industry. .

Dr. Hayleigh Bosher from Brunel University will join this discussion; Lucie Caswell of the Music Publishers Association; Paul Bonham of MMF and Will Page, former Spotify and PRS For Music economist.

At 11:15 a.m., Pathways Into Music will present its Artist Circle, a tool to help artists in the DIY phase organize their activities and advance their careers. There are four segments in the circle, and throughout the day, a team of music industry experts will identify the top ten knowledge and information that DIY artists need in each segment, then discuss the best way to convey this information to these artists.

At lunchtime, there will be additional conversation about the role of music funders in supporting early career artists and music education. Pippa Moyle from BIMM Brighton will speak with Daniel Williams from Youth Music, Shad Mutali from Help Musicians and Westley Holdsworth from the PRS Foundation.

And towards the end of the day at 3.15pm, we’ll launch a new Pathways Into Music research series which aims to map music education – in all its forms – across the UK.

We will also be discussing how to better connect and report all the great educational and talent development initiatives available with Dr Maha from BIMM London, Pamela McCormick from UD, Peter Chivers from Create Music and Wizdom from We Are Impact + Head from MOBO UnSung.

Closing the proceedings at 4:30 p.m. will be a final conversation where four of our guests for the day will join us on stage to make and discuss big ideas and radical suggestions – for the future of music education in general – and more specifically, for future work that may be pursued by the Pathways Into Music Foundation.

MUSIC+EDUCATION will take place at Jurys Inn Waterfront from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. It is open to all TGE delegates – and stand-alone tickets only for this program are still available – info here.

Two other full-day CMU+TGE strands are also taking place as part of the TGE this year – with MUSIC+DATA on Thursday and MUSIC+VIDEO on Friday, both presented in association with the BPI. Then, on Saturday, there are the TGE ELEVATE SESSIONS, a day of panels and seminars for those who are at the start of their musical career.

In addition to this, CMU and TGE are also presenting three keynotes in conversations this year. Thursday noon, we’ll chat with the team who worked for Ed Sheeran on the recent “Shape Of You” legal battle.

Later today, we’ll talk to Tom Gray, MP Kevin Brennan and (just confirmed) recently elected MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl about the economics of the streaming campaign.

And on Friday at 12:45 p.m., music PR legend Barbara Charone will talk to reporter Jacqui Swift about highlights of her career in the music industry.

To browse all of the CMU-organized sessions taking place at TGE this year in one place – check out this handy webpage here. To navigate the wider TGE conference program – including all panels, parties and sessions presented by TGE’s industry partners – download the official app.



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