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MusicTank events feature top-drawer speakers and attract a rich and dynamic cross-industry audience; open to all, they also afford excellent networking opportunities. These are pitched at mid-level and assume a level of knowledge concerning the music industry in general, if not the subject matter itself. Past events are archived in full.

The archive typically includes (1) a detailed 15-20 page transcript - free to members and event attendees (2) a 15-minute video edit; (3) more recently (from 2014), key points captured through rich graphical summaries.
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The Economics of Streaming: Full Stream Ahead?

June 15 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This event will feature keynote speaker and noted academic, Peter Tschmuck, whose recently published book 'The Economics of Music' questions the profitability and sustainability of streaming and speculates on a near future of further market consolidation synonymous with mergers, acquisitions and probable bankruptcies.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Disasters & What They Taught Me. UK Music Industry. Music Business

Rock ‘n’ Roll Disasters & What They Taught Me…[Postponed]

8th November 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Partnering with Word in Your Ear we put Rock ‘n’ Roll under the spotlight in a unique and humourous way that puts ‘learning from mistakes’ centre-stage...

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The Road To Tour Management: 1-Day Course

22nd February 2016 @ 10:00 am - 23rd February 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Andy Inglis returns to deconstruct the live industry, focusing on one of the most interesting, pertinent and specialised areas: Tour Management.

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Creators’ Rights In The Digital Landscape

10th November 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This think tank considers the pressing issue of creators’ rights and remuneration in the digital landscape. It is informed by the presentation of a paper by Fiona McGugan, which considers the evolution of communication rights that overshadow conventional distribution and reproduction rights as music consumption increasingly shifts away from ownership, towards access models of streaming services. Understanding how these rights are applied, territorial variations in the application of rights, and how licensing structures are determined according to the levels of user-interactivity of digital services lie-at the heart of possibly the single biggest issue facing the music industry in recent times - how much artists get paid.

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Private Copy Exemption: Rightsholders And Remuneration

25th June 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MusicTank takes forward the complex aspect of rightsholder remuneration, centering discussion on a bold and imaginative solution that balances the need for rightsholder compensation with a harmonious, equitable and transparent process that accurately and appropriately charges only those who choose to lawfully copy music for personal consumption.

The Road To Tour Management 2015

20th April 2015 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Andy Inglis returns to deconstruct the live industry, this time focusing on one of the most interesting, pertinent and specialised areas: Tour Management. Whether you want to be a TM, or you’re just the only member of the band who’s got decent wifi and can liaise with the promoters, this course will prepare you for the all the things you hadn’t thought of, and set you straight about all the things you had.

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Moneyballing Music: Big Data, Consumers And A&R

10th March 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Taking its lead from the recent publication of an MA thesis on the subject of Big Data, this event will consider how the recorded music industry is currently collecting and using data to support a historically subjective process of signing new artists.

Easy Money? Funding Creativity

18th October 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day of presentations, workshops and networking aimed at increasing knowledge of funding available for music projects, for musicians, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses & SMEs, in association with Music Industry Bassetlaw.

The Big Music Project Live

11th October 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Targeted at 14-24 year-olds, The Big Music Project aims to inspire young people and create real opportunities in order to gain experience, develop skills and enable all to find out more about all the possibilities that the music industry has to offer. A MusicTank curated panel will consider the role of the record label and its place in the digital world.

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Is Technology The New Beatles?

16th September 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This think tank debate will present a vision of technology’s engagement with music and shed light on what new technology fused with music is bringing to the industry. Which are the most positive trends and where are the biggest challenges? What forms of creativity will technology unleash for artists and bands and fans? And what are the implications for markets and businesses?

The Artist Economics Of Streaming

7th April 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Despite Spotify’s attempt in late 2013 to shine some light on its equations, there is still a palpable sense of confusion and distrust amongst artists both old and new around streaming. MusicTank aims to shed some light upon the economics of the record business’ next big format shift.

Easy Money? The Convention

22nd October 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Several leading industry professionals and funding experts have been added to the lineup for Easy Money? The Convention; MusicTank’s first ever day of presentations, workshops and networking aimed at increasing knowledge of funding available for music projects, for musicians, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses & SMEs.

Follow The Money: Can The Business Of Ad-Funded Piracy Be Throttled?

28th May 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Recent debates on infringement are increasingly focusing on the role of advertising in bankrolling unlicensed sites. Be clear, this isn’t some romantic fantasy of teenagers sticking it to the man; it’s £millions in FTSE and Fortune 500 company funding reaching the most nefarious corners of the Web on an industrial scale. Could this new focus create common ground between Big Tech and the content industries, and can the funding be stopped, even if the will is there?

MusicTank @ TGE: The Finance Question

17th May 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

As artists and managers restructure the way they do business with music companies, the big issue is how such partnerships can raise finance outside of the traditional label deal model.

Get Plugged In: Live Music, Promotion and Venue Management Course 2013

12th February 2013 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Targeting tour managers, promoters, booking agents, marketers, DIY artists and small-to-medium sized venue owners and operators, this innovative 5-part course will provide all with a thorough grounding in the business of live music. Today’s best practice will be considered in an open forum, and strategies explored for improving attendances and revenues.

Ticket To Ride: Getting Primary Tickets Back Into The Hands Of Fans

5th December 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In a summit comprising two panels and a case study, MusicTank will bring together executives from across the ticketing business, consumer representatives and government to look at ways to re-balance the primary and secondary ticket markets - in favour of fans and not profiteers.

The Dark Side Of The Tune: The Hidden Energy Cost Of Digital Music Consumption

11th October 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Drilling down on MusicTank's recent energy paper, this event will question who ultimately has responsibility to tackle the environmental challenges of the digital economy. Should it be the sole preserve of policy makers or technology businesses to make digital consumption sustainable? Or does the creative community have a bigger role to play, to ensure that content is enjoyed in the most energy efficient way possible?

Welsh Music Foundation – Live Music, Promotion and Venue Management Course

9th July 2012 @ 10:00 am - 10th July 2012 @ 4:00 pm

MusicTank is taking its popular Live Music Industry course to Wales, courtesy of the Welsh Music Foundation. Tutored by Andy Inglis, respected co-creator and manager of London venue The Luminaire, this course is designed as a much-needed best-practice roadmap for live music promotion and venue management.

MusicTank @ TGE: Your Favourite Track May Destroy The Planet

11th May 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Interview with Dagfinn Bach - President, Bach Technology and author of MusicTank’s forthcoming report on the spiralling energy costs of digital music consumption, video interviewed by Eamonn Forde.

Get Plugged In: Live Music, Promotion and Venue Management Course 2012

26th March 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Targeting tour managers, promoters, booking agents, marketers, DIY artists and small-to-medium sized venue owners and operators, this innovative 5-part course will provide all with a thorough grounding in the business of live music. Today’s best practice will be considered in an open forum, and strategies explored for improving attendances and revenues.

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