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CMU to lead conversations at M.I.A.’s Meltdown this weekend

By | Published on Monday 5 June 2017


M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival kicks off at London’s Southbank Centre this Friday, and over ten days she will present an eclectic programme of very fine concerts, shows and events.

That includes on Saturday, 10 Jun, an afternoon of conversations presented in association with CMU under the banner ‘Where Next For Music?’ CMU MD and Business Editor Chris Cooke will explore three topics selected by M.I.A, looking at the science of music, the impact of technology on music consumption and music making, and how musicians can contribute to the political debate.

Says Cooke: “These are going to be three fascinating conversations looking at what it means to be an artist and a music maker in 2017. Technology and politics will run throughout the discussions. How do the latest technologies and recent political upheavals impact on the way artists approach their songwriting, their recordings and the business side of their music. It’s exciting to have this new platform via which we can delve into the business of music in a totally different way – by taking M.I.A.’s lead and running with it”.

The three conversations are The Power Of Sound at 1pm, The Political Artist In The Social Media Age at 2.30pm and Music & The Machines at 4pm. Admission is free. Look out for details of who is taking part in the CMU Daily this week and check out full information about M.I.A.’s Meltdown here.