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Great Escape Convention is underway – education, AI and China in the spotlight

By | Published on Wednesday 16 May 2018

The Great Escape 2018

The Great Escape is upon us once more. The TGE Convention kicks off today with the CMU Insights Education Conference. And we’ve made a special magazine to celebrate – which you can download here.

CMU Insights will present three conferences at TGE this year. Today’s Education Conference, with Urban Development and BIMM, will investigate how music education and the music industry can be more closely aligned. Tomorrow’s AI Conference will assess the technologies most likely to revolutionise the music industry in the next decade. And Friday’s China Conference, with the BPI, will provide a one-stop beginners guide to the rapidly expanding Chinese music market.

All three conferences take place at Dukes at Komedia, packed with talks, interviews, discussions and debate. Alongside those sessions, CMU’s music business podcast Setlist will be in Dukes 2 interviewing key panelists for a special series of podcasts that we will publish later this year.

Being interviewed today are Peter Chivers from Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, Vanessa Wilson from Value Added Kids, Jane Beese from The Roundhouse, Adam Joolia from Audioactive, Mark Irwin from BIMM, Matt Griffiths from Youth Music, Oli Morris from UK Music and Silvia Gargiolo from BIY People & Talent.

CMU will celebrate its 20th birthday in the middle of this year’s Great Escape. To mark that occasion we’ve picked the 20 biggest stories we’ve covered over the last two decades, each of which are summarised in the aforementioned CMU Great Escape Special magazine, which will be handed out to all of this year’s TGE delegates.

As well as all this, CMU will also host an in conversation with Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz and launch a new research project with AIM that will map the digital supply chain.

All this sits alongside a programme of other panels and sessions presented by TGE’s industry partners at The Old Courtroom, the Brighton Dome and AIM House. And, of course, parties and networking sessions galore, and the whole bloody TGE festival presenting hundreds of bands in venues large and small across the city.

Check out CMU’s guide to WednesdayThursdayFriday and Saturday at the TGE Convention. And see you in Brighton!