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Execs Line Up for ILMC

This year’s ILMC agenda is not just the biggest yet, but it’s also filling up faster than ever, with guest speakers from Spotify, WME, Paradigm, X-ray, SMG, The O2, C3 Presents and more.
Among the executives recently confirmed for ILMC are WME partner and head of tour marketing & ticketing Michele Bernstein, Ticketmaster EVP and head of music David Marcus, and UTA’s Jules de Lattre who take part in Ticketing: Is selling out losing out?

Joining session and Promoter 101 host Dan Steinberg on The Agency Business 2019 will be Paradigm’s Tom Windish, WME’s London head Brian Ahern, K2 Agency’s Sharon Richardson, and X-ray’s Josh Javor.

Meanwhile, The Manager’s Office session has confirmed Nostromo Management MD and MMF chair Paul Craig, Big Life Management’s Kat Kennedy, Various Artists Management's John Dawkins, and Seven 7 Artist Management's Matt Vines.

Brittany Schaffer, head of artist and label services at Spotify, BBC Radio 2 DJ Baylen LeonardMilly Olykan (CMA), Oliver Hoppe (Wizard Promotions) and Sean Goulding (UTA) make up Country Music: Walking the line.

And the annual Venue’s Venue discussion will welcome John Sharkey (SMG), Anne-Marie Harwood (SEC), Steve Sayer (The O2 Arena), Guy Ngata (Dubai Arena), and Adam Goodyer (LiveStyled).

The Arthurs - Have you voted yet?

Voting for the live music industry’s Oscars is still open, and all ILMC members and IQ Magazine readers are eligible to take part. Who’ll take home the coveted Second Least Offensive Agent award? What is the First Venue to Come Into Your Head? And which is the Liggers' Favourite Festival?
A host of the industry’s top professionals and events are up for awards, and YOU decide who’s most worthy. If you haven’t already taken part, click the button to potentially make someone's year...

Our virtual polls close on Friday 15 February at 18:00 GMT. And to be in the room when it all takes place, a limited number of tickets remain for the ILMC Gala Hou-dinner at Sheraton Grand Park Lane on Thursday 7 March. More info here

Dutch Impact Party Details Live

With ILMC being as much about the evening entertainment as it is the daytime conference sessions and networking, one highlight on the schedule is always the Dutch Impact Party.

This year’s event - The 'Hocus Pocus' Dutch Impact Party -  takes place on Wednesday 6 March at 18:45 at the nearby Greyhound pub, and features showcases from LewsbergEUT, and Canshaker Pi. With live music, drinks, snacks, and a good few hundred live music professionals rubbing shoulders, it’s one not to miss.
Full details including showcase timings are available here.

Hosts: Dutch Music Export, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Dutch Performing Arts and Buma Cultuur

Full ILMC Agenda Live!

Grab a broomstick and get ready to fly because the ILMC 31 agenda is now live! From ticketing, agency, investment, and management, to diversity, streaming, digital marketing and tech, it’s a spellbinding cauldron of topics.

Wednesday 6 March

ILMC’s bumper opening session, The Open Forum: With or without EU, sees Live Nation’s Phil Bowdery lead an all-star cast through the last 12 months in the business, before Partnerships: I'm with the brand explores the next decade of activations at live events, and Ticketing: Is selling out losing out? asks whether it’s time we lost our obsession with sell-outs.
The Manager’s Office: Conjuring careers sees a line-up of prominent artist managers take the temperature of the live business; Festival Forum: Fan first? asks whether we’re treating our customers correctly; and Country Music: Walking the line considers how Nashville’s sound and ethos are influencing all genres in the business.
Also on Wednesday, workshop sessions include the latest concepts and case studies in VIP & Upselling, insight into some fascinating potential new revenue streams with Tourism & Destination Business and updates on the rapidly evolving worlds of social media and online promotion in the Digital Marketing session.

Wednesday chairs and hosts include Jacqui Harris (AEG Presents); Dale Ballentine (Eventim UK); Dr Julia Jones & Danny Keir (Sound Diplomacy); Anna-Sophie MertensPhil Bowdery & Ellie Parker (Live Nation); Patrick Ross (Music Ally); Fiona McGugan (MMF); Codruța Vulcu(Artmania); Dany Hassenstein (Paleo); and Tim Chambers (TJ Chambers Consultancy).

Thursday 7 March
On Thursday, The Agency Business 2019 asks who really has the power in the business, New Technology: It’s a kind of magic presents the latest concepts and products in quick-fire format, and Diversity: Breaking the spell asks how the business can encourage a more diverse workforce.
Touring Entertainment: New illusions profiles the best new non-music shows on the market, Think Tank: The immigrants invites three luminaries to share their experiences of time in exile, and The Venue’s Venue: Close up magic looks at new programming and pre-show entertainment.
Security: The new threats explores cyber security, drones and insider threats; Industry Investment: The power brokers considers external investment in the business; Secondary Ticketing: The fightback looks at recent anti-resale successes; and Accessibility: Unlocking the purple pound examines the industry’s attitudes towards deaf and disabled fans.
Thursday’s schedule of workshops includes Streaming, which looks at what live can gain from online music consumption, and demystifying and understanding an overabundance of information in D is for Data.
And of course, the grand finale to Thursday’s schedule is the late Breakfast Meeting, which sees host and raconteur Ed Bicknell interview The Who frontman and music legend Roger Daltrey.

Thursday chairs and hosts include Vanessa Reed (PRS Foundation), Dan Steinberg (Emporium Presents), Steve Machin (Fandragon Technologies), Christoph Scholz (Semmel Concerts), Lucy Noble (Royal Albert Hall), Coralie Bereal (Forest National), Jessie Merwood (Simkins LLP), Suzanne Bull(Attitude is Everything), Chris Carey (Media Insight Consulting) & Don Pawley(Ticketmaster International).

Friday 8 March

ILMC’s revamped Friday schedule, which takes place under the name Futures Forum, was announced last week. Featuring a Buddhist monk, a super-tout, and some of the industry’s fastest-rising executives, it’s a dynamic schedule…
The day mixes panel discussions, TED-style, 15-minute Soapbox Sessions, workshops, mentor sessions and more. All registered ILMC delegates can attend Futures Forum, while members are also encouraged to send their younger colleagues along and take advantage of the subsidised day pass (more info here). 

Confirmed speakers include: Karma Bertelsen (Kilimanjaro Live), Aino-Maria Paasivirta (Fullsteam Agency), Mike Jones (MJR Group), Mike Malak (Coda Agency), marketing consultant Emily ScogginsJenni Cochrane (AEI Group), Felix Canetty-Clarke (Sony / ATV), Tristan Hunt (AFEM), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Achal Dhillon (Killing Moon), Steven Hancock (MelodyVR), and Jules O’Riordan (Judge Jules).
The final batch of conference sessions and the full line-up of guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Space at ILMC is filling up faster than ever this year, so if you haven’t already signed-up… click here to register. 

Paul Zenon for ILMC Gala Dinner

With this year’s ILMC theme, and celebrating 25 years of the industry’s Oscar equivalent, The Arthurs, we needed the most magical performance ever for the 2019 Gala Dinner.
However, we’re still somewhat flabbergasted that none other than world-famous illusionist and street-magic pioneer Paul Zenon has agreed to provide entertainment on the night. Having performed across the globe and appeared on hundreds of TV shows, Paul will be captivating guests prior to The Arthur Awards ceremony when we reveal which stars of the live music industry will be taking one of the cherished statuettes.
The ILMC Gala Hou-Dinner & 25th Arthur Awards takes place takes place in a new venue, the stunning surroundings of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane – one of London’s most spectacular Art Deco spaces – on Thursday 8 March.
To join the great and good of the live music business on the night, book your place here, or click here for full information.

Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
19:30 - 00:00 | Thursday 7 March 2019
Hosts: Commerzbank Arena | DEAG | Ticketmaster GmbH