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First ILMC Sessions Announced

As we head towards the holidays, ILMC registrations are flying out of the door faster than Santa on the 24th. So as something of an early Xmas present to all of our members around the world, here’s a sneak preview of five sessions set to be talking points of ILMC 2019.
On Wednesday 6 March, Tim Chambers chairs Ticketing: Selling out is losing out, which considers whether in an age of dynamic ticketing, slow ticketing, always-on ticketing and a dizzying array of ticket types, perhaps it’s time that artists and promoters alike lost their obsession with sell outs. 
Read more Ticketing: Is selling out losing out?.

Festival Forum: Fan first? asks whether in the clamour to claw back ever-escalating artist fees and turn a profit, festivals are in danger of turning off their patrons, chaired by ARTmania’s Codruța Vulcu & Paléo Festival’s Dany Hassenstein.
Read more here

And also that day, Frukt’s Dom Hodge chairs Partnerships: I’m with the brand, which discusses what the next decade will bring for brand activation at festivals and larger events; marketing the brand in the ever-evolving digital space; and how the relationship with the fan is expected to change.  
Read more here

On Thursday 7 March, Simkins LLP's Jessie Merwood leads Industry Investment: The power brokers to examine how the flood of investment is reshaping the industry it’s flowing into, and whether the price paid may eventually be too high for all.
Read more here

And the Thursday programme also boasts The Venue’s Venue: Close-up magic, as the Royal Albert Hall’s Lucy Noble stirs this year’s melting pot of topics, which include exclusive venue data, diversification of programming, innovation and pre-show entertainment.
Read more here

The full ILMC agenda will be published in January, but to ensure you’re part of the conversation at the leading gathering of the international live music business, click here to register.

ILMC 31: Bigger, Broader Than Before

It’s a good job that this year’s theme encompasses magical characters because the 2019 conference schedule is a giant. From The Platform 9 3/4 Magical Opening Party on Tuesday night to the closing party on Friday, ILMC 31 is going to be a bumper edition.
By programming a full day of conference sessions on Friday 8 March, there’s almost an entire extra day of future-focused sessions to inspire and inform. And with extra breaks and The Vanishing Act Closing Drinks – a new event to wrap up ILMC – there are more moments to meet and mingle than ever.
The Friday sessions take place under the banner Futures Forum, which also sees an invited delegation of younger professionals join ILMC delegates during the day. More details of the schedule will be announced shortly, but with over 40 conference sessions slated for ILMC overall, it’s going to be a busy three-and-a-bit days…
To see the full ILMC schedule click here.
Or, to book your place at the live music industry’s most magical annual event, click here.

GEI Early Bird Rate Ending & 1st Speaker

The discounted early bird rate for the 2019 Green Events & Innovations Conference ends tonight, and organisers have revealed their first keynote speaker.

Highly respected campaigner, Kierra Box, who currently leads the Brexit campaign at Friends of the Earth (FOE), and represents the organisation on the Greener UK and Brexit Civil Society Alliance coalitions, will be chairing a session dedicated to the effects of Brexit on the environment and events.

In recent months, Kierra has co-ordinated FOE’s work influencing government thinking on the new environmental watchdog, fed in to the development of future UK trade policy, and has engaged with EU governments to lobby for a commitment to non-regression in the future UK-EU relationship. To find out more about this session, click here.

GEI takes place on Tuesday 5 March. To find out more about the event, click here.

The GEI early bird rate expires at midnight, so to save a round or two at the bar and secure your delegate pass for just £80 + VAT, click here

It's a Kinder Magic

As most longstanding ILMC delegates will know, the Nikos Fund Prize Draw is a conference highlight. Not only is it free to enter with more prizes than Merlin can shake his magic stick at, but the Prize Draw also raises money for charity.
Next year, to allow more delegates than ever to take part, we’re changing things up a little. Thedraw will take place on Thursday 7 March, a day earlier than usual, and it will also move back to the Park Terrace Restaurant in the hotel.
With previous prizes ranging from a business class trip to Australia, to a week in a nudist camp, it’s always worth being in the room, and so in with a chance to win… It all starts at 13:30 with this year’s Nikos Fund charities - ActionAid  and Music Venue Trust - set to benefit.
More information about the Nikos Fund is available here.
Also, if you have a prize to contribute to the draw, big or small, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conjuring Production Tricks at IPM...

This year’s ILMC Production Meeting (which all ILMC members are welcome to sign-up to and attend) will see more sessions than ever. With the cream of the production community in attendance, the 2019 edition also sees new collaboration with the Green Events & Innovations Conference(GEI).

The aim of IPM is to bring the production community closer to the general ILMC membership, while encouraging communication and the exchange of knowledge and opinion. Mixing main room discussions with Production Notes presentations of new ideas and innovation, this year’s agenda also includes a raft of breakout sessions, held in collaboration with GEI.
It all takes place on Tuesday 5 March (the day before ILMC starts), and a delegate pass includes a five-star buffet lunch and refreshments, plus many networking opportunities, and a closing party with complimentary drinks.

To find out more about the event click here; and to register, click here.