The live music industry has always been a leading subject during the ESNS conference. This year’s edition is no exception to the rule. With the presence of some of the most interesting keynote speakers and panelists, several important topics regarding live music industry will be addressed.
The Dickins family share the stage for the first time for a truly unique interview with Greg Parmley (ILMC, IQ). Barry Dickins (Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon) has co-steered ITB for 40 years, working alongside his daughter Lucy Dickins whose roster includes Adele and Mumford & Sons. Meanwhile, Barry's son Jonathan Dickins' stable includes Jamie T, London Grammar, Rex Orange County & King Krule.
Solo Agency's John Giddings, responsible for tours of amongst others the Rolling Stones, Madonna and David Bowie, as well as steering the the very successful Isle of Wight Festival for many years now, will do a keynote interview with Greg Parmley (ILMC, IQ).
As the live business continues what appears to be inexorable growth and development, Allan McGowan (ILMC) quizzes Paul Buck, Paradigm Agency (GB), Alex Bruford, ATC Live (GB), Beckie Sugden, X-Ray Touring (GB) and Maria May, CAA (GB) about the current state of the agency business.
In the last twenty years European festivals, arenas and venues experienced an increasing number of visitors but were also confronted with ever increasing artists fees, eventually resulting in ticket prices going up. Does this mean that we are excluding young people, and are we 'promoting for the elite'? Sammy Andres (Deviate Digital) asks Eric van Eerdenburg - Lowlands (NL), Michal Kascak - Pohoda (SK) and Roel Coppen - Best Kept Secret (NL).
ESNS welcomes the 11th edition of the European Festival Awards; the annual celebration of the continent’s most esteemed festivals and the organisers behind them and of course The Greener Festival Award. The conference also hosts various panels on the most relevant festivals issues.
Gordon Masson (IQ, ILMC) dives into the world of Boutique Festivals. As consolidation at the top end of the festivals business is placing many of Europe’s best known events in the hands of corporate owners, do they have to rethink their programming strategie? With Rui Torrinha - Westway Lab (PT), Christof Huber - OpenAir St.Gallen (CH), Emma Zillmann - Bluedot | Kendall Calling (GB) and Dimitris Voglis - Release Athens (GR).
Acts and artists in the hip hop genre have chosen their own unique way of communicating with their audiences. Beckie Sudgen (X-Ray Touring) quizzes Maarten van Vugt - Mojo Concerts (NL), Anna Brink - Live Nation (DK) and Julian Gupta - Melt Bookings (DE) about how hiphop artists are breaking the unwritten laws of the pop and rock business, and what to learn from it.
Three leading European festivals that signed the international Green Deal Circular Festivals will present their innovations and solutions that help them organise their event plastic free, on sustainable energy resources and with circular food courts.
Venues and stages are a crucial link in the infrastructural chain of talent development and creating a healthy music industry. Nevertheless, venues have to face new challenges, varying from new regulations to keeping a healthy financial score while giving young upcoming talents a stage to perform and improve.
Fair Pay, inclusion, diversity: important issues for all issues venues in the Dutch music scene. VNPF will address the most important consequences of the new governmental regulations. Next to that, VNPF will also go into the new ban on smoking, effective as from March next year.
You don't have to be a fortune teller to realise that many venues will get into trouble somewhere in the coming years. Jeroen van Erp (Fabrique) will paint a dark picture of the future, but also sketch the bright possibilities for venues. Followed by a panel discussion with three venue directors whether the sketched image is real or much too apocalyptic.
Cor Hospes will tell his audience how to build a content platform as a venue yourself. And what you can learn from Nick Cave, Joe Kay and Ryan Leslie regarding this. How can venues cash in by communicating directly with their fans and followers?
Selling tickets, filling small-medium rooms and breaking new unheard of artists is tough. So how can we get new audiences to see a developing band they often haven’t heard of? Empire Agency's Rob McGee believes the solution may have been staring at our faces all along, and believes that there is an existing business model that can be moulded to small-medium sized venues that could potentially change the way we fill rooms.
The European Production & Innovation Conference (EPIC) offers three full days covering the most current topics and innovations within all that has to do with event production. From volunteers, suppliers and industry association to (technical) producers. From logistics, data analytics to health & safety and sustainability. Simply all that is indispensable to enable high-quality technical event productions within clubs, stadions and festivals.
EPIC presents various panels and presentations on green energy solutions, meeting new nitrogen standards and alternatives to our current food systems. The programme also covers Temporary Demountable Structures (truss, tents, towers etc), new techniques such as AR and the holograms, safety both online in a digital infrastructure, as crowd control during events.
The last job Jon Ola Sand will do as the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor is the event's 65th edition in Rotterdam, 2020. Interviewed by Helienne Lindvall, Jon Ola will share his views on the biggest media event in Europe, and share some behind the scene stories. A truly unique insight in the complexity and the immense mediascope for European music.
NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, who are producing the event together, expect the 65th edition of the music competition to be the largest television production ever in The Netherlands. Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, will talk about how the productional preparations are going for Rotterdam 2020.
The legendary independent label Cooking Vinyl is home to some of the most rebellious artists on the planet, including Billy Bragg, The Prodigy, Killing Joke, Buzzcocks and Amanda Palmer, and has survived and thrived for more than 30 years. Glastonbury’s Martin Elbourne speaks to Cooking Vinyl founder Martin Goldschmidt about the history of the label, and his time as an agent and a manager.
Eelko van Kooten and his partner Roger de Graaf successfully sold their Spinnin’ Records to Warner Music in September 2017. They never told how much they got for their company, but rumours say it’s around €100 million. Interviewed by lawyer Hans Bousie, Eelko van Kooten will talk about how he built his company and the proces of selling your company to a 'major'.
Do you know where your money's going when you stream your favorite artist? Interviewed by Helienne Lindvall, Richard Wernicke, Head of Content Central & Eastern Europe at Deezer, will break down the current model and introduce UCPS, a new way to pay streaming royalties that Deezer wants to champion.
Together with the IMMF, ESNS will organise two artist managers masterclasses. The objective is to engage artists, self-managed artists, managers and professionals in a networking environment. Across two hours participants will meet 8 experts who will share their experiences across 4 topics: Brand, Songs, Live and Deals.
How to build an export strategy in Canada and China? EMEE is hosting two sessions, giving feedback, advice and tips from professionals who will help you to have a better understanding of the opportunities and impediments in the territory.
Almost every musician starts as a small entrepreneur: you promote yourself, sell your own merchandise, and manage your musical act. Some artists grow in that role and continue to run their own company, some prefer to hand things over as soon as possible. BAM! starts a conversation with enterprising musicians and songwriters about the do's and don'ts of musical entrepreneurship.
There is today an incredible array of powerful tools available, offering world class data insights to build a fanbase, market to them and be in control of your career. This panel will discuss how building a successful business and career starts at almost free, and will also be examining the power of the classic strategic move.
The recorded music business is about to enter the second half of a decade of annual growth. Mark Mulligan will dive into the fundamentals of the business that are changing, from artist careers, through music company business models to audience behaviour. The next five years of growth will underpin a story of winners and losers, of insurgents against incumbents.
Paul Hitchman, President of AWAL, gives a keynote speech on the future of independent recording business. Prior to joining Kobalt in 2011, Paul was a co-founder of 3 prominent digital music companies and worked at BMG Music and Warner Music.
In 2019 Robbie Williams released his 13th Studio album ’The Christmas Present’. In this keynote presentation the digital and marketing team from London based ie:music break down and dissect what goes into a global marketing campaign for one of the worlds most successful artists.
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter pay nothing directly to their users, but you can make money from them. This panel digs deep into how you can actually make money and build viable and successful businesses on these platforms. Whether it's creating your own festival, building a successful brand or making money from brand partnerships, there is significant money to be made from 'free'.
What were the hot topics of the festival marketing scene in the 2019 season? There was definitely a lot going on, so the steering committee of the EMAC Group (pooling together some of the biggest festivals of Europe) will present a few interesting cases that will certainly help our most important aim: mutual learning.
Why is it that 'loud music' is months or even years behind on digital marketing and online presence, as just recently more bands transfer their social media presence from Facebook to Instagram. Which bands need to catch up and why? What can we learn from bands that already built a community around their music and genre, in order to share newest releases or gear updates?
Key factors in the development of successful radio models might be digital audio broadcasting replacing FM broadcasting and adapting new ways of diffusing content to attract listeners. How can radio remain successful in capturing the hearts of its listeners? Glenn Peoples of Billboard Magazine will ask BBC Sounds (UK), KEXP (US), Radio Primavera Sound (ES) and 3FM (NL) to go into their very own strategy.
Public service broadcasters have been key in unearthing, supporting and promoting up-and-coming bands and artists over the years. What’s the score today? Others are doing it too, but the on-air and online reach of radio channels remains unique.
To what extent do radio and streaming services complement each other in the current market? Do they reinforce each other, especially when it comes to talent development and supporting new acts and artists? We ask Dutch radio stations like Radio 538, Q Music, NPO Radio 2 and Spotify
Writing music for a commercial and ending up in the airplay top-10 charts for 14 weeks. This is exactly what happened to Joe Buck with The Way You Take Time. He originally wrote the song for the PLUS on behalf of Amp.Amsterdam, the company that was responsible for music supervision in close collaboration with advertising agency Wunderman Thompson Amsterdam.