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YolanDa Brown, Michelle Escoffery, Smade and David Marcus confirmed for Great Escape 2023 keynotes

By | Published on Thursday 8 December 2022

The Great Escape Conference 2023

Four keynote in-conversations have been announced for next year’s Great Escape Conference, with YolanDa Brown, Michelle Escoffery, Afro Nation’s Smade and Ticketmaster’s David Marcus all confirmed. The conversations will take place as part of the four day TGE Conference from 10-13 May 2023, alongside the CMU+TGE Sessions that will put the spotlight on education, deals and the creator economy.

With the keynote in-conversations – curated and presented by CMU – TGE delegates get to hear from leading executives, entrepreneurs, creators and innovators from across the music community. Each conversation puts the spotlight on the interviewee’s career to date, and gets their perspective and opinions on the very latest trends and developments in the business of music.

As part of the 2023 programme, musician, broadcaster, Chair of BPI and Chair of Youth Music YolanDa Brown will discuss her career as a music-maker, and her ground-breaking work encouraging, educating and supporting the next generation of music talent.

Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, producer and recently re-elected President of the PRS Members’ Council Michelle Escoffery will also discuss her career in music and her creator advocacy role at PRS For Music, as well as what early-career music-makers actually need to focus on to pursue a successful career in the industry.

Elsewhere, promoter and Afro Nation co-founder Smade will tell the story of the creation, evolution and global expansion of the Afro Nation festival, and his work promoting and supporting afrobeats music and culture via his SMADE Entertainment business.

And Ticketmaster’s EVP of Global Music David Marcus will discuss the latest trends, innovations and opportunities in the live music and ticketing sector, including how new data technologies and services can help promoters, venues and artists better plan and market their shows, and build stronger connections with their audiences.

The conversations are just one part of the TGE Conference. The CMU+TGE Sessions are three full-day strands that dive deep on three key topics each year, in 2023 music and education, music and deals, and music and the creator economy.

Then there’s a series of panels, workshops and networking events presented by The Great Escape’s industry partners – plus, of course, delegates also get priority access to the festival side of The Great Escape.

For more information about the 2023 TGE Conference and to buy delegate passes click here.

A number of other announcements have been made about the 2023 Great Escape today as well. Carousel, the Brighton-based charity championing the rights of artists with learning disabilities, has been confirmed as the event’s charity partner for 2023, plus BIMM returns as education partner.

Information has also been announced about The Road To The Great Escape, the live music showcases that take place in Glasgow and Dublin in the days leading up to the main event in Brighton. The Glasgow shows will take place on 6 May and the Dublin gigs on 8 and 9 May. There’s more information about The Road To The Great Escape here.

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