Organisers of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) have unveiled the programme for this year's event, which takes place at the Royal Garden Hotel in London from March 5-8.
Panel topics will range from ticketing, agency, investment, and management, to diversity, streaming, digital marketing and new technology, while The Who frontman Roger Daltrey (pictured) will appear in conversation with former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell.
“This year’s ILMC agenda features more sessions, more speakers and more topics,” said conference head Greg Parmley. “From our keynote interview with Roger Daltrey, to the most immediate issues in the international business and the launch of the new Futures Forum day for young professionals, it’s a packed schedule.”
The invitation-only event welcomes over 1,000 of the world’s leading live music professionals from more than 60 countries each year.
Highlights of the 2019 agenda include The Open Forum: With or without EU, which sees Live Nation’s Phil Bowdery lead a distinguished panel through the last 12 months in the business, while The Agency Business 2019 considers the power balance in the business, and the development of full service offerings.
Ticketing: Is selling out losing out? asks whether it’s time we lost our obsession with sell-outs, while Secondary Ticketing: The fightback looks at recent anti-resale successes and The Manager’s Office: Conjuring careers sees a line-up of prominent artist managers take the temperature of the live business.
Diversity: Breaking the spell asks how the business can encourage a more diverse workforce, while Accessibility: Unlocking the purple pound examines the industry’s attitudes towards deaf and disabled fans.
Further sessions and details of all guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.