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The music business in 2012, the future of television and the PR battle for legislative reform 

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PRS for Music programmes first day of The Great Escape

On Thursday, 10th May 2012 for a third year running, PRS for Music presents a entire day of panels with key industry voices at Brighton based convention and music showcase, The Great Escape.

With protests across Europe and the US against measures to combat online piracy and the stalling of new legislation, the question whether the ‘creative industries are losing the PR battle’ is addressed. How can we balance the needs of content creators to earn with protection measures and digital enforcement, and what does this mean for media owners, technology providers and creative entrepreneurs in the UK?

The Guardian’s Helienne Lindvall, also a professional songwriter and musician, previously published by BMG joins PRS for Music Chief Economist, Will Page and Chris Deering, former CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment to lead vital analysis of these issues impacting heavily on the industry.

What is the future of integrated devices and second screening television? The UK still dominates on a world music stage but can Adele really save us? Leading experts in copyright, digital, new media and music business join the esteemed chairs to reinvigorate debate and offer some insight into universal issues.

Will Page, Chief Economist, PRS for Music said, “Times are challenging, but there is a sense of optimism too about what the future holds; how the rapid developments in technology and demands of the consumer are shaping the music business. That is exciting. The one thing that does remain a constant is a genuine love of music and a desire for sharing knowledge across the creative spectrum. Bringing together innovators, thought leaders and industry experts means we can add value to the debate and make informed decisions for ourselves and our business.”

The day also plays host to BBC6 Music’s Matt Everitt in conversation with Placebo front man, Brian Molko who has achieved fifteen years in the industry, six studio albums and 11 million album sales.  A ‘Make it Happen’ session, featuring emerging Brighton acts, House of Hats and Us Baby Bear Bones in workshop with a panel of music business experts completes the day.

PRS for Music presents at The Great Escape:

Are the creative industries losing the PR battle on legislative reform?
Helienne Lindvall, The Guardian (Chair)
Andrew Orlowski, Executive Editor of The Register
Andy Saunders, Velocity Communications
Peter Bradwell, Open Rights Group


Goodbye idiot box. Hello Smart TV
Chris Deering, former CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment (Chair)
Helen Kosinski, International Marketing Manager, Neilson Music
Eric Mackay, Director Business Development & Business Affairs VEVO
Ben Bleet, Managing Director, Howling Monkey
James Cooper, Senior Synchronisation and Marketing Manager Sony/ATV Music Publishing

nterview with Brian Molko
Matt Everitt, Presenter BBC 6 Music (Interviewer)
Brian Molko, Placebo

The next movement
Will Page, Chief Economist, PRS for Music (Chair)
Tim Chambers, SVP International Corporate Development, Live Nation Entertainment
Ruth Simmons, CEO soundlounge
Olly Barnes, Director, Digital Business at Universal Music Group

Make it Happen
Jules Parker, Membership Development, PRS for Music (Chair)
Natasha Bent, Agent, The Agency Group
Marni Wander, Digital Marketing, Sneak Attack Media
Dan O’Neill, The Angle Management / Lovebox
Nigel Adams, Full Time Hobby

Networking drinks


Notes to editors:

Olivia Chapman, Media Relations Manager
Email: olivia.chapman@prsformusic.com
Phone: 020 7306 4229 / 07939 449 333

About PRS for Music:
PRS for Music represents the rights of 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK.  As a not-for-profit organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced; championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry.  The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.9bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators.   Collecting £630.8m in 2012 PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations.   With 150 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over 2 million music creators.

About The Great Escape:

Europe’s leading festival for new music, THE GREAT ESCAPE, will be hitting 30 amazing venues across Brighton from 10th-12th May 2012. Described as Britain’s answer to South by South West, THE GREAT ESCAPE is the best place in the UK to discover incredible new sounds, get the latest on hot industry trends and lose yourself among the coolest spots in a city devoted to music.

The 2012 GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL features an inspiring lineup, spanning genres from Catalan Garage to Australian Electro-chant, and UK Surf to Canadian Blues. It includes: Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny, Africa Express Soundsystem, Friends, Perfume Genius, Django Django, Alabama Shakes and Young Magic.


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