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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.

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.

MusicTank @ MidemNet on…Millennials

18th January 2009 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

MusicTank presents its first post-Millennials conference road-mapping brainstorm update at which Terry McBride will discuss progress with James Yuill's manager, Amul Batra and others.

MusicTank @ MidemNet on…Filesharing

18th January 2009 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

MusicTank contributes to the MidemNet Big Issue Debate with a presentation of its 'Let's Sell Recorded Music!' report - a summary of its recent high-level discussion series.

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part 4: Squaring The Circle

2nd December 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The fourth and last of the series, this think tank will draw together conclusions from the series and scope possible areas for consultation, research and development. It will also consider the main issue to surface throughout this discussion strand: at the heart of the future of digital music sales, does the future lie in licensing proprietary, closed music services or open systems that somehow utilise P2P?

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part 3: Coalition Of The Billing

18th November 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This session considers what might be the best way to license these new services and whether or not a collective approach is indeed desirable or plausible?

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part 2: We Have The Technology, What’s The Solution?

4th November 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The second in a four-part series, this panel will look at what is becoming technically feasible and what might be the best blue-sky model for the UK, while considering the needs and perspective of ISPs and mobile platforms.

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part1: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

21st October 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Since Napster first reared its head in the late nineties, the recorded music business has tried in vain to put the genie back in the bottle. The result - some pr blunders and an estimated 20:1 illegal/legal download rate. This series of think tanks will focus on effective legitimate P2P alternatives and over the course of four events will review what people want, where technology is heading, what the most plausible new models are and how they might be licensed. Kicking off the series, we take a long hard look at what music consumers actually want and how this tallies with the status quo and raft of new services in various stages of development or launch

Face To Face With The Millennials

17th July 2008 @ 1:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following the recently acclaimed ‘Meet The Millennials’ report, MusicTank has invited its author and Nettwerk Music Group’s Co-Founder & CEO Terry McBride to the UK to take part in a very special music business initiative. Challenged to put his philosophy into practice, Terry will not only debate his ideas with fellow professionals but in a unique experiment, be confronted with an up and coming British act for whom he will roadmap a path to success live on stage. With nowhere to hide this will be the ultimate test of Terry’s beliefs and skills.

Buzz Building For The Digital Teenage Generation: LIVERPOOL

10th June 2008 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
88 Wood Street
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Buzz Building For The Digital Teenage Generation: MANCHESTER

19th May 2008 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cathedral Gardens
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Buzz Building For The Digital Teenage Generation: LONDON

12th May 2008 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On invitation from Youth Music, MusicTank will deliver 4 regional seminars to complement the Youth Music/Rough Trade 'Build A Band Campaign', 2008, taking place across four regional centres...

Celestial Jukebox: Free Streams Or Pipe Dreams?

6th May 2008 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This Think Tank will consider whether on-demand streaming can fulfil the celestial jukebox fantasist’s dream to become the predominant method of mass music consumption.

Buzz Building For The Digital Teenage Generation: BRISTOL

24th April 2008 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Watershed Media Centre,
1 Canon's Road
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Deal Or No Deal? The Great Artist/ Label Trade-Off

5th February 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“We need to enter into a new relationship with our artists, where they see us as partners rather than the enemy."...said Ged Doherty, Chairman & CEO Sony BMG earlier this year. Building on December's sell-out think tank, this session will further explore the redefinition of the artist-label relationship - would 360 models become more attractive if labels took another look at unattributable recording income?

Cheques, Hugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Changing Face of Artist Management

5th December 2007 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

360 deals and self-release strategies open up a world of possibility to artists and managers willing to go against the industry norm. MusicTank’s latest think tank will dissect the emerging trends of fragmentation and diversification of label services, to ascertain the best future configurations of management and label teams.

Distribution: Tools To Turn Creativity Into Income

20th November 2007 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Never before has it been possible for any creator of IP to effectively reach an audience without a sizeable investment and a plethora of middlemen, all eager for their cut. This session will discuss the possibilities, pitfalls and future potential of digital distribution channels with a panel of speakers comprising music, publishing, images and photography.

Building A Business On ‘Free’

5th November 2007 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been produced in conjunction with CIDA and will consider whether or not it is viable or advisable for today's emerging artists, labels, managers and small music companies to give music away for free and if so, discuss how can it be done in a way that doesn't compromise artists' income, integrity or longevity.

Music 2 Mobile

30th October 2007 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement, PRS for Music, Copyright House,
29-33 Berners Street
London, W1T3AB United Kingdom

Music’s New Conundrum: Too Much Choice?

3rd October 2007 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Basement, PRS for Music, Copyright House,
29-33 Berners Street
London, W1T3AB United Kingdom
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