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The Great Escape announces First Fifty shows and 2023 CMU+TGE themes

By | Published on Wednesday 28 September 2022

TGE Conference 2023

The Great Escape has announced details about its First Fifty shows that will take place in London in November. Plus the key themes have also been revealed for the CMU+TGE programme that will sit at the heart of the TGE Conference in Brighton next May, with the spotlight falling this time on music and education, music and deals, and music and the creator economy.

The First Fifty shows accompany the announcement, on 15 Nov, of the first 50 acts that will be playing the main Great Escape festival in 2023. Not only that, but some of those acts will also take to the stage on 15 Nov as well, with gigs happening at eight London venues on that day.

Artists due to play the First Fifty shows – and therefore also next year’s TGE – include Áine Deane, Girls Of The Internet, Grove, Jessica Winter, Joey Valence & Brae, Nell Mescal, Seraphina Simone, The Dinner Party, The Heavy Heavy and Witch Fever. Full details of those London shows and how to get tickets for them can be accessed here.

At The Great Escape itself, which takes place from 10-13 May 2023, more than 450 acts will play at 35+ venues across the city of Brighton, with both music fans and the music industry amassing to check out an exciting line-up of emerging talent from all over the world.

Within the festival programme, numerous industry, media and country partners will host showcases, helping ticket-buyers and industry delegates to navigate the programme. Every year that includes the event’s lead country partner, which this year is Italy, with Italia Music Export hosting showcases and a networking event that will put the spotlight on the great new music coming out of the country right now.

Industry delegates also have access to the TGE Conference, of course. And once again the team from CMU will curate and host the core sessions at that conference, with three full-day strands each focusing on a different aspect of the music business.

On Wednesday 10 May the focus is music and education. We will once again bring together music educators and the music industry to consider and debate the best ways to support future music talent, both on-stage and behind the scenes, all informed by the work of CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation.

What respective role do educators and the industry play in providing the knowledge, skills and opportunities that people need to build sustainable and successful careers in music?

How can we effectively equip musicians and creators with a framework that encourages creative entrepreneurship and helps them to develop the skills they need to succeed – whether as frontline artists with their own artist businesses or portfolio musicians and creators selling their skills and expertise to the industry, media, brands and beyond?

And what do current and future music industry leaders – executives and entrepreneurs – need to know to pursue successful careers in the business, to help teams thrive, and to shape the future of the ever-changing music sector?

On Thursday 11 May the focus is music and deals. Across the day we will review how deals are being done in every strand of the music business in 2023.

All kinds of music industry deal-making will be up for discussion. That includes the deals between artists and their business partners – including labels, publishers, promoters, agents and managers. Plus also the deals done between the music industry and users of music, including digital platforms, media and consumer brands.

How are the deals changing? How are they negotiated? What issues and challenges stop deals being done – or the deal-making from even starting? And how are new technologies impacting on the deal-making process?

And on Friday 12 May, we will be putting the spotlight on the wider creator economy.

We’ll dissect and discuss the growing number of tools, platforms and market-places being used by creators of music to write, record and iterate music, to facilitate collaborations, and to generate new income from their creative expertise. And we’ll look at what being part of the creator economy can mean for musicians – as both creators and consumers.

Plus, we’ll review the digital tools and platforms that help frontline artists – and other creators in and beyond music – to grow their fanbases and monetise the fan relationship.

Access to all of these CMU+TGE sessions – plus a programme of in conversations, partner panels, networking events and much more – is open to anyone with a TGE delegate or conference pass. As a delegate, you also get priority access to the full TGE festival.

You can get those passes right now here.