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KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

A series of keynote in-conversations with leading executives, entrepreneurs, creators and innovators from across the music community – presented by TGE and CMU.


There are keynote in-conversations on each day of the TGE Conference, each one putting the spotlight on the interviewee’s career to date, and getting their perspective and opinions on the very latest trends and developments in the business of music. The keynote in-conversations confirmed so far for 2023 include…


Musician, broadcaster, Chair of BPI and Chair of Youth Music YOLANDA BROWN, who will discuss her career as a music-maker, and her ground-breaking work encouraging, educating and supporting the next generation of music talent.

Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, producer and recently re-elected President of the PRS Members’ Council MICHELLE ESCOFFERY, will also discuss her career in music and her creator advocacy role at PRS For Music, as well as what early-career music-makers actually need to focus on to pursue a successful career in the industry.

Promoter and Afro Nation co-founder SMADE, who will tell the story of the creation, evolution and global expansion of the Afro Nation festival, and his work promoting and supporting afrobeats music and culture via his SMADE Entertainment business.

Ticketmaster’s EVP of Global Music DAVID MARCUS, who will discuss the latest trends, innovations and opportunities in the live music and ticketing sector, including how new data technologies and services can help promoters, venues and artists better plan and market their shows, and build stronger connections with their audiences.