Organisers of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) have announced new Summit conferences dedicated to the festival and venue markets.
The Festival Summit will take place on Wednesday, March 8, in association with European festival association Yourope. Discussion topics will include the rise of new festival concepts, VIP offerings, new financial models for festivals, streaming and broadcast rights, and the role of festivals as an A&R source.
Yourope general manager Christof Huber said: “Just before the main push towards the summer, the Festival Summit is a great moment to address some of the key issues that organisers face. Yourope is thrilled to be expanding its involvement in ILMC moving forwards.”
The following day, on Thursday, March 9, the Venues Summit 2017 will include discussions on developments in the arena and stadia sector, venues as content creators, action to protect the grassroots scene, and safety and security following the Bataclan attack in 2015. The agenda has been built in conversation with the National Arenas Association (NAA), the European Arenas Association, Music Venue Trust and other associations.
NAA chair and CEO of Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Martin Ingham said: “It’s great to see the ILMC evolving and extending its content relating to venues into the Venues Summit. This will not only allow the ILMC to continue to host the greatest concentration of rena management but extend across the whole range of music venues so that we can all learn from one another’s experiences in the industry.”
“The two new Summits will provide a new, crystal clear focus on these dynamic areas of the business,” added ILMC head Greg Parmley (pictured). “With two new conference programmes, a shift to a mid week format and more live music than ever, we’re counting the days to March.”
ILMC 29 will take place at Kensington's Royal Garden Hotel from March 8-10. A full agenda will be published in late January with the full ILMC schedule.