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CMU+TGE 2021: Thursday’s Keynote In Conversations

By | Published on Friday 23 April 2021

TGE Panels - Thursday Keynotes

The Great Escape Online is taking place on 13 and 14 May, with a packed conference programme of interviews, webinars, briefings and debates, both on-demand and live, as well as networking opportunities galore within a bespoke online conference platform.

As well as curating three strands of briefings and panel discussions, CMU is also presenting a number of keynote in conversations this year. These are in-depth 25 minute interviews with industry leaders, talking through their respective careers to date, getting the lowdown on their current roles and projects, and discussing some of the key challenges and opportunities in music and media in 2021.

There will be three keynote in conversations on the first day of TGE Online, Thursday 13 May.

At midday, we’ll be joined by Wendy Ong and her colleague Anna Neville from TaP Music. Ong oversees TaP’s US-related activities for a diverse roster of artists, including Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Hailee Steinfeld. Prior to joining the label and management company, she previously held senior marketing roles at major labels like Interscope and Arista, and well as having a stint as CMO at Roc Nation.

At 12.30pm we’ll be talking to the BBC’s Controller Of Pop, Lorna Clarke. She will discuss her 30 year career in radio and her current role overseeing the broadcaster’s five pop music radio networks as well as pop music output across BBC TV and online.

And finally, at 5pm we will be in conversation with Merck Mercuriadis, veteran artist manager and founder and CEO of the Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Through Hipgnosis, Merck has single-handedly changed the narrative of the global music rights industry, of course, having signed numerous headline-grabbing deals with artists and songwriters like Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, The Chainsmokers, Timbaland, Dave Stewart, Fraser T Smith, Johnny McDaid and Mark Ronson.

To access all the In Conversation sessions, all the CMU+TGE panels, and all the other content and events happening as part of TGE Online this year, get yourself a delegate pass here.

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