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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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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.

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...

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.


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?

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.

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?

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.

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 Written Word: Creative Music Writing And Journalism

18th February 2011 @ 10:00 am - 19th February 2011 @ 5:00 pm

This innovative FREE two-day course will focus on the many aspects of good and effective music writing - from reviews, interviews and online publishing through to pr activities including press releases, biographies and compelling promotional copy

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.

‘Words Up’ – Music Writing For People Who Mean Business

11th October 2010 @ 6:00 pm - 29th November 2010 @ 9:00 pm

Confirmed contributors incl. Rob da Bank, Mojo, Hot Chip & Atlantic Records UK...This innovative music journalism course aims to engage a breed of writer who has the drive and talent to steer a new anti-churnalism campaign - with our help. This course aims to bring back excellent writing and journalism skills, with an unapologetic back-to-basics philosophy and is tutored by Lulu Le Vay, Journalist, Marketing Consultant and all round creative hustler.

‘No. 1’ With A Bullet: Is Pre-Release Killing Our Business?

10th March 2010 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 is the latest speaker confirmed for this event that will consider the pressures on the release process. In an age where a track is generally 'available' as soon as the first promos have been sent out, MusicTank will ask how labels should market and promote their releases in a post-digital age and whether it is possible or even desirable for the media and music businesses to wean each other off their addiction to release dates.

Jazz And The Beeb: A Love Supreme Or Kind Of Blue?

19th January 2010 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

BBC R3 Controller ROGER WRIGHT & LEWIS CARNIE, Head of Programmes, BBC R2 and 6 Music confirmed. Central to this think tank is the BBC's role in supporting and developing jazz and other niche genre. Should the BBC adopt both a policy and a strategy for the support of its national jazz scene? With current interest in jazz experiencing a current high, are its pleas for more support from the ‘the nations favourite’ justified? All event bookers will be entered into a free prize-draw to receive one of three Roberts DAB radios!!

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.

Media Composers: New Rules Of Engagement?

4th June 2009 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This think tank debate will compare traditional and evolving commissioning models for composers and producers of music for advertising and television. From production music libraries to media content producers and publishers, this session will examine what’s changing (and why) and consider the impact on music creators in this highly competitive sector.

Can The Music Industry Afford To Go Green?

30th March 2009 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Launching at MusicTank's think tank debate on sustainability, environmental coalition Julie's Bicycle will unveil a unique initiative providing grants to help music companies with carbon audits, training and tools for sustainable energy management. Many music organisations have made great strides in cleaning up their acts but, as we lumber through this recession, how many green initiatives will be sidelined by cost cutting measures? Many will argue that we can’t afford to go green, not just yet at any rate. This evening’s debate will sort fact from fiction and examine what sustainability measures are financially sustainable at this point in time.

Meet The Millennials @ Canadian Music Week

13th March 2009 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

MusicTank Chairman Keith Harris will introduce the executive keynote speech by Terry McBride at this year's Canadian Music Week, for which Terry will expand on the ethos behind MusicTank's seminal 2008 report.

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