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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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Broadcast Radio

Sounding Out: Young People and Radio

10th October 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Produced in partnership with British Council, this FREE event coincides with the launch of our report for the British Council - Sounding Out: A Rapid Analysis of Young People & Radio in the UK - and will consider the future for radio and audio, the evolution in the way young people engage with the output, and the opportunities that are presented for participation and production.

Regent Street Cinema

When Sound Meets Image

22nd January 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULL. MusicTank in association with Record-Play present a stellar collection of experts from the world of music, cinema, advertising and science, in an exploration of the importance of music’s enduring relationship with image. Focusing on sync and commissioned music, a variety of scenarios will be investigated from cinema and television through to advertising and interactive games.

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The Economics of Streaming: Full Stream Ahead?

15th June 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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?

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.

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.

The Big Question: Can Streaming Go Mainstream?

23rd February 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Once heralded as an industry saviour, a stigma is beginning to form around streaming services and the radio silence from labels on the detail of licensing deals.

Remake, Remodel: Challenging the ‘Dinosaur’ Myth

14th July 2011 @ 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Tony Wadsworth and a raft of industry commentators, innovators and executives from across the business for this half-day conference that will bring together a mixture of opinion leaders, fact-based analysis and case studies to explore the future of the recordings business.

It Started With A Click: How to Spawn A Viral Hit

3rd March 2011 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The third of MusicTank’s Year Zero events aims to demystify the little-understood area of the business that is the viral hit and will inform and inspire those looking to understand how to make music go viral over social media. Lifting the lid and debunking dogma about how to create a viral hit, this illustrated session will combine panel-led debate with open round table discussion providing all with pointers, next step suggestions and an eye on how music will broken in the future..

The Brave New World of Location-Based, App-Driven & Immersive Marketing

9th November 2010 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This think tank will create a positive environment in which current technological innovations and trends, from social media, mobile apps, augmented reality, location-based games and hardware developments will be discussed and their positive application to the music industry debated.

Apple-Accredited Course – Logic 101: Introduction to Logic Express 9 and Logic Pro 9

2nd October 2010 @ 10:00 am - 4th October 2010 @ 6:00 pm

This Apple-accredited short course is based on the authoritative book ‘Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9’ by David Nahmani, and over three-days will provide a thorough insight into professional audio production with Apple Logic Express and Apple Logic Pro 9 (101)

Apple-Accredited Course – Logic 101: Introduction to Logic Express 9 and Logic Pro 9

10th July 2010 @ 10:00 am - 12th July 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Taught by Gary Bromham - an Apple-selected Distinguished Professionals - this Apple-accredited shortcourse is based on the authoritative book ‘Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9’ by David Nahmani, and over three-days will provide a thorough insight into professional audio production with Apple Logic Express and Apple Logic Pro 9 (101)

Apple-Accredited Course – Logic 101: Introduction to Logic Express 9 and Logic Pro 9

29th May 2010 @ 10:00 am - 31st May 2010 @ 5:00 pm

This Apple-accredited short course is based on the authoritative book ‘Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9’ by David Nahmani, and over three-days will provide a thorough insight into professional audio production with Apple Logic Express and Apple Logic Pro 9 (101)

Never Mind The Box Set: The Album Post-iTunes

20th May 2010 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What can the recordings industry do to revive the album's flagging condition? From the sensible to the extreme we'll hear from those who believe that technology, design, and marketing can provide a shot in the arm to the format that gave us 'Dark Side Of The Moon', 'Nevermind', 'OK Computer' and 'Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em', and hear from those who have turned their back on the album altogether.

Millennials & The Social Media Explosion

7th July 2009 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This MusicTank session will lift the lid on the social media phenomenon and reveal how rights holders can better engage with this social space and make sense of its increasingly complex future. Beginning with a presentation from artist, composer and serial social media experimenter Steve Lawson, this event will also update on progress of our chosen Millennials artist James Yuill, twelve-months on from MusicTank’s Millennials conference at which Terry McBride spearheaded a unique 360-degree artist road-map assisted by the amassed 180-strong conference audience. Closing this event will be a 90-minute debate looking at the future of social media in an attempt to gauge where it’s heading and its impact on rights holders, with a panel comprising far-sighted entrepreneurs, commentators and digital culture experts.

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