Breaking out beyond Brexit
In an increasingly connected world, is it easier than ever for new artists to go global, or is access to investment and on-the-ground support still key? We provide a user-friendly guide to taking new artists global, learning from past recipients of the Music Export Growth Scheme. Plus how to get the most out of showcase festivals and what, exactly, does Brexit mean for the music industry in the UK and beyond? Presented in partnership with BPI.

Morning sessions…

Great British Music Overseas
Three of the five best selling recording artists worldwide in 2016 were British, so the UK music industry must be doing something right! We’ll dig a little deeper into the BPI’s latest stats to learn more about how UK artists and labels are performing overseas, identifying the challenges and opportunities ahead for both new and established talent in the global music market.

The MEGS Guide To Exporting New Talent
So, your artist is enjoying success at home, now it’s time to make that great escape to markets abroad. We provide tips galore on going global from past recipients of the UK’s Music Export Growth Scheme funding, which is provided by the Department For International Trade and administered by BPI. Including David Manders from Test Card Recordings discussing his work with Public Service Broadcasting and Julie Weir from Goremount on exporting Fearless Vampire Killers.

Top Five Visa Mistakes
With artist visas in the news so much lately, we’ll talk Andy Corrigan from Viva La Visa through his list of the top five mistakes music people make when securing visas.

Afternoon sessions…

Facilitating Export
Having artists build audiences overseas is great for the local music industry, and great for the local economy. This is why many countries have music export offices to support acts once they are ready to expand their reach. We’ll look at best practice in music export initiatives from around the world. And, while the UK doesn’t have a specific office, we’ll review the export support programmes that are on offer.

Getting The Most From Showcase Festivals
Showcase festivals like The Great Escape can be key to building an audience and a business for your artists abroad. But how do you get the most out of a showcase festival, as an artist, a manager, a label, a promoter or an agent? We provide your one-stop guide.

A Beginners Guide To Brexit
So, Brexit then. BPI’s Director Of Public Affairs Ian Moss will walk you through the mechanics of Brexit – what’s happened so far and what’s still to come? – to inform a discussion on how the UK exiting the European Union will impact the wider music industry, involving delegates from both here and across the continent.