CONFERENCE NEWS: Music Connected – the UK’s largest digital music conference Friday 20th April 2018


Music Connected 2018 – the UK’s largest digital music conference – returns on Friday 20th April. Leading record labels, self-releasing artists and digital music companies will descend on Glaziers Hall London for a day packed full of future-facing topics, top name speakers and unrivalled professional insight on all things digital.

Music Connected 2018 (in association with Merlin and CI) will look at the latest developments and opportunities opening for labels and music companies operating in the digital music market. The annual conference will offer a tightly targeted day of networking, deal-making, practical digital business advice and enlightening conference sessions. The official Music Connected afterparty will take place at Omeara from 5.30-7.30pm on the day, with all delegates receiving a hard-earned complimentary drink at the bar.

Tickets are now on sale

AIM members = £52 +VAT

Non members = £190 +VAT*

Ticket prices include lunch, refreshments and a drink at the afterparty at Omeara.

(*Discounts for members of affiliated organisations)


The full conference programme will be announced in the coming weeks, but our initial line-up of speakers and sessions can now be revealed:

Talking Heads – The Rise of Voice Recognition Devices
With voice recognition devices now firmly embedded in the home, our panel look at the increasing adoption of these devices and the impact on labels, artists, DSPs and music consumption. What data tagging developments are in store? Where is the technology heading? How can labels and artists embrace these developments?

RoboPop – AI, a Music Industry Friend or Foe?
The emergence of Artificial Intelligence and has opened up debate across the music industry. Our panellists will look at the effect AI and machine learning are having on copyright, production, A&R, consumption, sync, advertising and more. Are they threats or opportunities for the modern music industry?

Virtual Insanity – Embracing VR & AR
New platforms, immersive experiences and interactive developments are opening brand new opportunities for the music industry. Our panel explore the variety of ways that labels, artists and music companies can make use of the rapid advances in virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive technologies.

The Evolution Of The Music Supply Chain
With increasing options available to artists, the digital supply chain offers a higher level of transparency than ever before. The introduction of modular solutions means independent labels and music companies can keep 100% control. This session looks at how technological advancements have impacted the digital supply chain, what trends can be predicted, what the increasing options mean for rights holders and where the potential pitfalls lie for self-releasing artists in 2018.

Living The Stream – The Future of Online Music Consumption
The rise of streaming continues with consumption habits increasingly leaning towards DSPs. Our panel look at the importance of streaming strategies for a campaign, how to increase your presence on platforms, tips for getting playlisted and look at advances to expect in the streaming landscape.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult
  • Julia Killer, Director of Label Relations – SoundCloud
  • Kameil Sattar, Head of Digital – Proper Music Group
  • Matt Parsons, Founder & CEO – Ditto Music
  • Paul Langworthy, Chief Operating Officer – 7digital
  • Peter Harris, Founder & CEO – Resonate
  • Russel Coultart, Global Head of Music Partnerships – MUSO
  • Sam Taylor, Chief Commercial Officer – POP!
  • Scott Kerr, Label Development Manager – INgrooves
  • Simon Wheeler, Head of Digital – Beggars Group
  • Summer Kim, Head of Business Development – CI


Several smaller breakout workshops, training sessions and masterclasses will also take place throughout the day, offering training on essential digital music skills and topics. These will cover topics including:

  • Fan Engagement, Apps & Bots
  • Data Analytics and Music Piracy
  • Blockchain Explained

More sessions and speakers to be announced in coming weeks.


In addition to the packed conference programme, the Digital Marketplace will host a raft of top digital music companies. Always a sell-out event, Music Connected has become the key date in the digital music industry calendar.

Digital companies already confirmed to participate include:

7digital, Beggars Group, Bonded, CI, Digital Catapult, Ditto, INgrooves, Merlin, MUSO, POP!, Proper Music Group, Resonate, SoundCloud, Web Sheriff and more!

Limited number of stands still available in the Digital Market Place. For information on exhibiting please contact Alex Morley on

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