Next month's event, supported by Music Week, aims to build on a wide-ranging report published last month by BPI chairman and former Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK & Ireland Tony Wadsworth, which asked key questions about the evolution of labels.
Those questions will be examined in detail at the half-day conference. Joining Wadsworth will be a distinguished panel of speakers, including:
- Muff Winwood (Former President Sony Music UK and Member, Spencer Davis Group)
- Paul Smernicki ((Director Of Digital, Universal Music UK)
- Peter Thompson (MD [PIAS] UK)
- Martin Goldschmidt (Founder, Cooking Vinyl)
- Robert Horsfall (Founder and partner, Sound Advice)
The event will take place in the boardroom of PRS for Music at 29/33 Berners Street, London from 2.30pm to 7pm on July 14.
"I'm thrilled that my report has got people talking! We put the report together with the input and opinions of many people in the industry," said Wadsworth. "Several key themes came through from these conversations that we began to explore and try to make sense of over the course of the report.
"This conference is an opportunity to explore these themes further across a wider group of music people. I certainly don't feel we arrived at all the answers, but perhaps during the conference we may get a lot closer to some of them.
"The role of the record label, whatever part of the business you come from, is a key question. Whether you believe it's had its day, or that its role in the digital world is as pivotal as ever, or indeed you are somewhere in between, the debate is timely and promises to be anything but boring."
The chairman of the meeting will be Keith Harris, MusicTank Chairman, Director of Performer Affairs, PPL. He said: "Having allowed time for people to digest Tony's report, we are now looking to widen the debate with this conference, and hopefully reach some hard and fast conclusions about the way the Recorded Music Industry is developing."
Eamonn Forde, who collaborated on the report will moderate.
MusicTank is the UK's music business network, an initiative of the University of Westminster, set up with the support of 14 UK music industry organisations. MusicTank aims to foster new collaborations and circulate innovative ideas, best practice and cutting-edge strategies to increase innovation and productivity across the business. Regular think tanks bring hot topics into sharp focus and help pinpoint the opportunities created by disruptive technologies.
Tickets will cost £65 or £45 for members and must be purchased in advance from MusicTank.
Over the next week, Music Week will preview the event and look at the questions it will raise.