Enterprising Music (Fri, 16th Nov)

Event Info

Fri 16 Nov, 2012 from 9:30am - 5:00pm
The Roof Gardens
6th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, (Entrance on Derry Street)
London, W8 5SA, UK (Map)


Enterprising Music - London - Friday, 16th Nov 2012
part of Global Entreprenership Week, supported by UK Trade & Investment

GEW 2012 High Impact EventPerhaps more than any other media, the music industry has felt the chill wind of change more than most. From iTunes to Spotify, Songkick to Soundcloud a new breed of entrepreneurs are re-shaping the music business.

Social and digital technologies have been at the heart of this dramatic shift and whilst the incumbents have been challenged, high-speed connectivity, frictionless sharing, the rise of peer-to-peer and social networks have driven innovation out of crisis.

Enterprising Music, a free event, shines a spotlight on the opportunities that this revolution is opening up, through a mixture of keynotes, panel sessions with Q&A through to collaborative problem-solving sessions, the event brings together established entrepreneurs, industry experts with new startups and individuals looking to build their businesses.

This free event is designed for current and future entrepreneurs, existing startups and established companies looking to innovate. Space is limited, so best to grab a ticket early. 


Keynote: Ben Drury, CEO and founder, 7digital (@bendrury // LinkedIn)

ben druryBen started his career by founding dotmusic.com, at United News and Media in 1996. By 1999 the site had 1.8 million unique users per month. Ben moved to BT Openworld, where he successfully launched a major music channel. With the partnership between BT and Yahoo! Ben engineered the sale of dotmusic to Yahoo!

7digital began with James Kane in 2004. 7digital is the world’s leading digital music and content technology platform, and provides open access to the broadest catalogue of fully licensed, high quality digital music. The company powers comprehensive digital music services for consumers, developers and a wide range of partners around the world.

Currently 7digital employs over 100 people in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Luxembourg and New Zealand.

Stefan Glänzer, Founding Partner, Passion Capital (@stefanglaenzer // LinkedIn)

Stefan Glanzer

Stefan Glänzer is an entrepreneur turned early stage investor in London. He was named the best angel investor in Europe 2010/2011 by readers and editors of TechCrunch Europe, and was the first investor and executive chairman of Last.fm, seeing that company through to its sale to CBS in 2007. Prior to that Stefan was co-founder of ricardo.de, one of the first European online auction sites, which he took public in 1999 and merged to QXLricardo in 2000, which got eventually sold for USD 1.8bn (2008) to Naspers.

Adam Perry, CEO & Founder, BandApp / Drummer, The Bloodhound Gang (@ItsTheYin // LinkedIn)

adam perry

Adam joined The Bloodhound Gang for their 2005-07 World arena tour, headlining Rock Am Ring with Metallica. Adam’s band “A” signed to Warners in 1996, releasing 4 albums and scoring Top 10 hits both in UK and abroad. In 2005 Adam launched two successful companies; Medical Records (co-owned with Jason Perry, distributed worldwide through Universal Music) and Medical Music, music management/ branding consultancy. In 2010 Adam had the idea for BandApp (BrandApp’s main product), a free iPhone/ Android app for unsigned bands including it's own digital retail and emerging music licensing store, The BandAppStore. BandApp is now Adam’s primary business focus and passion, that and hitting drums!

Simon Wheeler, Director of Digital, Beggars Group (LinkedIn)

simon wheelerPreviously a musician, remixer, engineer, producer and promoter, Simon has been with The Beggars Group since 1990. 

Starting work with online distribution in 1997 - licensing the entire groups catalogue for download sales - Simon has since worked with almost every significant entity in digital media.

He is chairman of AIM's New Media Committee in the UK, has spoken at most music conferences around the world on digital music and media, made statements to the UK parliament on DRM and has testified at the USA's CRB webcasting proceedings, but the most important role is keeping the Beggars Group of labels at the forefront of all new technologies to deliver its award winning roster of artists to the widest possible audience.

The Beggars Group represents the following labels: 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings

Matthew Bennett, Deputy Editor, Clash Magazine Group (LinkedIn)

mbMuse of email, filter of shite, whimsical and unstable leyline of breaking band, propper of bars, warmer of dance floors, fanatic of the weird, strange and sometimes unlistenable; Matthew has been spraying his musical hinterland at Clash with his own distinct odour for the last 8 years. as comfortable delivering front covers with jamie xx or the animal collective as taking tea with Death Grips as he is expanding on the nuances deodorant advertorials and the capitalist centripetal horror of all culture being slowly forced to exist simultaneously in the gloopy and confused centre of society.

Penny King, Director of Music, Arts Council England (LinkedIn)

pkPenny King is acting Director of Music at Arts Council England and leads the organisation’s music development work across the country.

Penny works with a team of music specialists in each English region to develop the organisation’s national strategy for music across all genres to meet the Arts Council’s mission of ‘Great art for everyone’. Recently this has included developing new strategies to support the most distinctive artists to develop their potential in the commercial music industry.

Previously she produced national tours with some of the world’s most celebrated musicians focusing on contemporary and Asian music.

Martin Rigby, Co-founder & CEO, Psonar (@martinrigby // LinkedIn)

matrinrPsonar is the streaming music service pioneering Pay-Per-Play – a wholly new way for people to enjoy music on mobile.

Martin is also a director of ET Capital Limited, a Cambridge based venture capital firm, and has invested in more than 40 innovative technology businesses over the past 25 years.

He sits on the boards of several companies (inc. Bango plc, the AIM quoted mobile payment and analytics business). He is chairman of South East Fund Managers and is an independent director of two other venture funds.

Clive Gardiner, CEO, Headstretch (ex WE7, BMG - @clive_gardiner // LinkedIn)

clive gardinerClive has 25+ years hands-on experience in Senior Leadership and Strategic Commercial roles in the Music and Technology sectors including MD positions at BMG Music, 9 years at Board level and the last 5 years as SVP Digital at Peter Gabriel co-founded music streaming service WE7.com (recently bought by Tesco plc). Now Clive offers strategic consulting, mentoring and coaching through Headstretch Ltd, as well as running a Peer Advisory Board of growth-orientated CEOs and MDs for Vistage International, the world’s leading organisation for Chief Executives. Clive is a former musician, songwriter, DJ and credited Video Producer.

Marie-Alicia Chang, Co-founder, Musicmetric (LinkedIn)

marie aliciaMarie-Alicia Co-Founded Musicmetric in 2008 having identified a lack of digital data products able to inform the decision-making process of music businesses. Since then the company has raised over $6 million and is now the leading global provider of digital music analytics.

Allowing detailed insight into consumers of music online and artist popularity, Musicmetric is uniquely positioned to track the global trends online and Marie-Alicia’s passion in this area gave rise to Musicmetric’s recent Digital Music Index which blew the lid on the countries who were illegally downloading the most around the world. 

Musicmetric now boasts the most comprehensive range of artist analytics products offering the most expansive coverage of artists, tracks and sentiment plus the most granular data; regarding geographical and time coverage for social networks, peer to peer and web mentions.

Paul Brindley, IC tomorrow / Co-founder, Music Ally (@musicallypaulLinkedIn)

paul brindleyMusic Ally is the digital music and media research agency, and has been providing publications, consulting, research, events and training to the music and technology industries since 2001.

Paul also consults for IC tomorrow, a digital innovation programme of the Technology Strategy Board. IC tomorrow runs grant-funded contests aimed at start ups and developers (for current music contest with up to £150k available, click here).

Paul has a background as a musician and has worked as a researcher in Tony Blair’s private office at the House of Commons. He wrote New Musical Entrepreneurs, a report into the impact of new technologies on the UK music industry, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in March 2000. He was also called in to advise the UK Government on the policy implications of technology and new media. 

Sybil Bell, Director, I Like The Sound of That / Founder, First Monday (@SybilBell // LinkedIn)

sybil bellSybil is Director at music marketing and experiential agency I Like The Sound Of That which handles brand partnerships in music.

She has a range of experience in music including artist and label management, tour management, promotion in the UK and internationally, has set up an artist’s rights business as well as raise funds for artists, owned a live music venue and studio and has worked at UK Music, the MMF and the FAC.

Sybil also runs FM First Monday, a monthly music industry get together and blog.

Laura Whitticase, Grants Co-ordinator & Project Manager, British Music Abroad at PRS for Music Foundation (@laurawhitticase // LinkedIn)

lwLaura joined PRS for Music Foundation in April 2010. She is Applications Co-ordinator for PRSF’s core grant programmes and manages the British Music Abroad fund with external partners UKTI, British Underground and Arts Council England. She has curated showcases and spoken on panels both in the UK and in America, at events including SXSW; Musexpo (L.A); The Great Escape and Camden Crawl.

Ellie Lawson, Independent Singer Songwriter (@ellielawson // LinkedIn)

ellie lEllie is an Independent Singer Songwriter with a new EP out in Jan 2013 produced by the outstanding producer and Communion records Co-founder Ian Grimble. (Mumford & sons, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter)

Ellie has been a Quiksilver Ambassador for the last 4 years and has toured Quiksilver shops & USA Barnes & Noble's shops as well as other unique and alternative venues.

She has also scored several Beat-port top 10s with her side projects in electronic dance music with top 100 DJs such as Ferry Corsten, DJ 4 Strings, Richard Durand.

Her self-motivated journey in the music industry has helped her create a wealth of material with powerful, issue driven lyrics.

Tris Taylor, Owner, Audiobin (@audiobinLinkedIn)


Tris is a songwriter, composer, producer & remixer.

Over the last 10 years he has composed for award-winning films, broadcast TV, and international commercials & campaigns. His band scored 9/10 on Drowned In Sound, his solo album is signed to Cooking Vinyl and his last remix is being played by Dimitri from Paris.

 He is based in Hastings on the UK’s south coast.

Jon Mansfield, Founder & CEO, MusicConnex (LinkedIn)

JMHe has 22 years’ experience as a successful entertainment executive occupying senior roles across Music, Media and Events industries.

As MD of Music at Emap PLC he oversaw live events and a record label business for category leading music and media brands Kiss, Kerrang! Smash Hits, Q, Mixmag and Mojo.

As Head of music content for BBC Worldwide he worked on the Glastonbury Festival, BBC Electric Proms, Later, TOTP, R1BW etc. 

Most recently he founded MusicConnex to help people who want a career in Music in the Digital age. The inaugural event was a Music Conference in 2011.

Jo Burford, Artist Relations, Talenthouse, London (@JoanneBurford // LinkedIn)

jbTalenthouse is a global award-winning artistic community for creative collaboration. Jo works closely with the artist relations team in LA leading on the outreach strategy, setting up and managing blogger networks and activating social media channels to encourage peer to peer sharing of branded creative content. Working with the record labels, Jo has worked on projects with EMI, Universal and Sony Music, connecting the creative community with unique projects and artists such a Leona Lewis, Richard Hawley and Professor Green. With over ten years experience in digital, Jo began her career in media at Channel 4 television before moving her networking skills and passion for social into building digital networks within start-up businesses.

Rich Huxley, Director, Alamo Music / Musician, Hope & Social (@TheHuxCapacitor // LinkedIn)

rhRich is a musician, music industries consultant and public speaker, record producer, member of the band “Hope and Social”, MA Music Industries student and lecturer. Rich also writes including articles for Hypebot, Creative Deconstruction, Music Education UK and has his own blog.


Paul Bay, Founder, citizenbay, citizenguild & citizensound (@citizenbay // LinkedIn)

pbFounded citizenbay in 2004 to help companies shake up their approach to marketing communications.

Founder of citizenguild, a collective of specialist mentors who provide PAYG support to businesses sized Medium, Small and Xtra Small.

Founder of citizensound, helping brands with the sound of their brand, and musicians with their brand strategy.

About to launch a personal brand identity business. Lectures at three London universities, tweets @citizenbay & occasionally writes over at www.citizenbay.net.

Previously spent 14 years at advertising agencies in international roles & 4 years at Levi Strauss EMEA as Director of Consumer Communications & of Licensing.

Laura Kidd, Musician, She Makes War (@warriorgrrl // LinkedIn)

LKAs gloom-pop solo artist She Makes War, multi-instrumentalist Laura Kidd has released two self funded and released albums, toured the length and breadth of the UK playing venues from living rooms to theatres, created a series of handmade music videos and video blogs and promoted her own community and collaboration gigs under the banner "Breakfast With Apollo". Her digital DIY collective "My Big Sister" is due to launch in early 2013 with the aim of creating a positive space for pooling knowledge and resources for DIY musicians across the world.

Laura also works as a session bassist/vocalist, video director, editor, photographer, writer and social media reporter, giving lectures and running workshops on portfolio working, digital video, blogging and social media for musicians.

Marlon Lindo, Founder, BeatFlick & TargetWave (LinkedIn)

marlon lindoMarlon is the 2011 music category winner of the IC Tomorrow Future Games contest. Whilst freelancing as a digital designer, he came up with the winning concept of ‘Beat Flick’. After successfully pitching it to the judging panel, he was awarded funding by Abertay University and has since formed a development company called TargetWave. Beat Flick will be their debut game release.

Beat Flick is built around the freemium business model and combines downloadable artist releases, user generated content and addictive rhythm based gameplay. It's a great music platform for artist exposure and allows players to explore music creatively. Coming soon in early 2013.

Chair: Lisa Holloway, Creative Industries & Media Consultant, The Space & Northbrook College

lisa holloway

Lisa works as a consultant in the creative industries and education sectors in the UK and internationally. She sets up and hosts arts and business networking initiatives and cultural events, including Brighton’s popular arts and media night The Space where she interviews prominent professionals in front of a live audience. Previous projects have included First Fictions literary festival and being Fundraising Manager for Europe’s leading music industry convention and festival The Great Escape for several years. Lisa is also Deputy Head of Music, Performance, Theatre at Northbrook College (an Affiliated College of the University of Brighton).

Speakers? Want to Exhibit? Contact: Tara Solesbury - taraatchinwag [dot] com

Media Partners

AIMAIM is a not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK independent music industry. Now in its 13th year, AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups to the largest and most respected independents in the world. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging the sector’s power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. 

In addition to the crucial role AIM plays in advocacy and lobbying for the independent sector, AIM makes a daily difference to the businesses of members by providing advice, training and business support to ensure members have the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to succeed.

musicindie.com // @AIM_UK

rotdRecord of the Day is the music industry's favourite daily digest providing a raft of original and aggregated news from all UK and international media outlets, encompassing press and online. Each daily mailout also contains a soundclip of the best in new music chosen by the RotD team. The company also produces a weekly music industry magazine containing comment, news, data, listings, interviews and of course, clips to the best new music out there.

recordoftheday.com // @recordoftheday

CIKTNThe Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network (CI KTN) stimulates technology focused innovation and wealth creation in the UK by connecting industry, academia and the public sector around the opportunities and challenges faced by the creative industries. Our work delivers valuable insights into technology trends and developments, and also promotes regular funding and collaboration opportunities. We are creating a unique community of innovators to enable them to meet, share ideas and shape the future. 

To join our growing network of 6000+ people working across all sectors within the creative industries, register for free by visiting our website.

Website // @CreativeKTN

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