700 students from over 15 prestigious educational institutions joined leading representatives from the music industry last Friday [January 26] for the inaugural Appetite For Disruption Conference, which took place at Brighton’s Clarendon Centre.
The event saw the executives of tomorrow from BIMM [British and Irish Institute of Modern Music], both Brighton and Sussex Universities, Middlesex University and the Bournemouth Academy of Modern Music, amongst many other colleges and universities, come together for a day of 19 specialist talks across four conference rooms.
The Appetite For Disruption Conference, which centres around the future challenges of the music industry, also welcomed two exceptional keynote speakers in Keith Harris OBE – Stevie Wonder’s manager, and Chris Carey, who is the founder of FastForward and CEO of Media Insight Consulting.
The packed day featured talks on ‘saving grassroots music venues’ chaired by Music Venue Trust’s Bev Whitrick, ‘the future of radio’, streaming, ticketing, music journalism, social media, entrepreneurship, digital marketing, advice for gaining a fanbase. An insightful and important panel about musicians’ mental health, hosted by HelpMusiciansUK and many more. Full list here::
Industry experts included Ruth Barlow, Director of Live at Beggars Group and Deezer Artist Marketing Manager, Maria Lallia. Also present were Chiara Micheletto, Digital Marketing Executive at Music Ally, Sam Taylor Chief Commercial Officer at Pop, Jessie Scoullar, Founding Director of Wickstead Works, and BIMM senior staff, who sponsored the day along with UK Music, Read Audio and Help For Musicians. Full list here
The event was made possible by BIMM music industry ambassador, Phil Nelson, who is also a co-founder of The Great Escape festival in Brighton. He said: “The day was all I hoped for and more with fantastic contributions from Panellists and Students alike. I hope we’re able to take the conference to the other music cities in the not too distant future.”
The conference was a major success and has been tipped by former BIMM student turned CODA Music booking agent, Natasha Bent, as one of the most important conferences in music.