Update: The Great Escape 2013 announces keynote speakers

By on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 1:45 pm

It is important to note that while for punters the Great Escape is known rightly so as one of the most exciting social events of the year, it is also one of, if not the pre-eminent, emerging music conference of the British music industry’s calendar. TEarlier today, the Great Escape announced its keynote speakers for the professional event that coincides with the dates of its music festival, the 16th to the 18th of May.

Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey will officially launch the first ever artist-centric music funding initiative – The Music Industry Talent Development Fund – and outline the Arts Council’s vision for music talent funding. Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation, which will manage and administer the new scheme, will also be on hand during Mr. Davey’s session to explain how the new initiative will work in practise.

The second keynote speaker will be Stephen Godfroy, co-owner of Rough Trade Retail, who will no doubt be offering up his views on the industry in light of the recent downfall of retail giant HMV. Both of these industry heavyweights will offer unique insights into the music business to attending delegates.

The third keynote session will definitely be one to watch. It’s being run by Convention Programmer of the Great Escape, Chris Cooke, who will delve behind the scenes into how artists, both grass roots and established, are learning to navigate the ‘new’ music industry. He’ll be chatting to some of the most admired managers – including Brian Message (Radiohead and Nick Cave) and Garry Blackburn (Madness) – on the new kinds of approaches and deals that are already working for them in 2013. Reminds me a bit of the ARIA Week Masterclass I attended in Sydney in November.

While super early bird wristbands for Great Escape punters have tone, a 3-day early bird festival wristband can be yours for £45 plus booking fees. Early bird delegate badges are available for £145. Both are under very limited availability, so book early to avoid disappointment! As John explained on his latest Great Escape update on Tuesday, Bastille has been announced as the first Brighton Dome headliner, and to gain access to a Brighton Dome show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket for £14.50. View the initial line-up here.

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1:49 pm
14th February 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: Update: The Great Escape 2013 @GreatEscapeFest announces @ace_national @RoughTrade keynote speakers : http://t.co/ew

1:49 pm
14th February 2013

RT @tgtf: Great Escape @GreatEscapeFest announces Alan Davey @ace_national and Stephen Godfroy @RoughTrade as keynote speakers: http://t

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