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PRS for Music confirms YouTube, Spotify, Deezer and Rdio for The Great Escape Festival 2013

On Friday, 17 May, PRS for Music returns to The Great Escape for a fourth year running, with Making waves in digital, a line-up of cutting edge guests to debate the pros and cons of being an artist in today’s technology-driven environment.

The Guardian’s media and technology correspondent, Jemima Kiss moderates a panel comprising some of the most well-known industry players; Patrick Walker, Senior Director at YouTube (EMEA), Mark Foster, Managing Director at Deezer, Mark Williamson, Director of Artist Services at Spotify and Stefan Baumschlager, Head of European Partnerships at Rdio.

How can songwriters build awareness and generate revenue? When should label managers start using buy buttons, widgets and wave streams? How can an artist transform their views online from a few to thousands? To answer these questions, PRS for Music presents Making waves in digital: The marketing value of digital services on Friday, 17 May at 3pm in The Old Courtroom, Brighton.

The ever popular PRS for Music Make it Happen panel returns, taking place at 4pm in The Old Courtroom. The session brings together Sarah Lewin, Digital Manager at Sony Music, Isla Angus, Booking Agent at Nomanis, Alex Martin, Manager at Crown Talent and Eric McLellan, A&R at Sire/Warners to offer frank advice to those who want to move their music career or business to the next level. The session features The DuBarrys and Astro-Physics based at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) who will step in as real life case studies looking for some practical pointers.

The sessions are followed by a PRS for Music party in the Brighton Dome Bar that evening from 5-6pm, where delegates can join the team and speakers for a complimentary drink and chance to network.


The Great Escape has gone from strength to strength over the years - the conference is forward thinking and the showcases are an A&R’s dream. PRS for Music’s Making waves in digital panel features Spotify, YouTube, Deezer and Rdio - among the strongest, most identifiable brands in the world of online music. For the first time we are thrilled to work with Brighton Institute of Modern Music, one of the most respected colleges in the country from which their talent will be pitched to agents, managers and labels in our Make it happen session. Whether you are running a label, scouting for talent, or are an aspiring musician The Great Escape is unmissable.

Myles Keller, Head of Membership Development PRS for Music

Come say hello at The Great Escape:

Festival ticket holders:

Saturday 18 May, 12pm – 4pm, Komedia downstairs

PRS for Music Foundation showcase

The Foundation presents live performances from Luke Sital-Singh, WALL, Mary Epworth and Dan Croll.

Delegate ticket holders:

As proud sponsors of The Great Escape, we are hosting an afternoon of panels, debates and networking to help you make waves in digital.

Friday 17 May, 3pm – 3.45pm, The Old Courtroom

PRS for Music presents…Marketing value of digital services

Learn how to improve your marketing skills and knowledge, create a buzz and generate revenue on digital music platforms. More info.

Moderator: Jemima Kiss (The Guardian)

Panellists: Mark Foster (Deezer), Mark Williamson (Spotify), Patrick Walker (YouTube) and Stefan Baumschlager (Rdio)

Friday 17 May, 4pm – 4.45pm, The Old Courtroom

PRS for Music presents…Make It Happen

This session will cover everything you need to know to move your music career or business to the next level. Perfect for acts, managers and labels alike. More info.

Moderator: PRS for Music

Panellists: Sarah Lewin (Sony Music), Isla Angus (Nomanis), Alex Martin (Crown Talent), Eric McLellan (Sire/Warners)

Friday 17 May, 5pm – 6pm, Brighton Dome Bar

PRS for Music Party

Join us for a complimentary drink, meet the panellists and talk to the PRS for Music team.

Please note, places are on a first come first served basis.

Tickets for the festival are selling out. For more information please visit The Great Escape website.

About The Great Escape

The Great Escape, now in its 8th year, takes place in the city of Brighton on the South East coast of England. Firmly established as Europe’s leading festival for new music, The Great Escape showcases over 350 artists, from 30 different countries, in 30+ venues to over 16,000 attendees during the 3-day event. Running alongside the festival is The Great Escape Convention which hosts a variety of insightful industry talks, panel debates, targeted networking sessions and keynote interviews aimed at industry professionals and music business fans. In 2012, The Great Escape Convention was attended by 3,000 festival delegates from over 25 different countries.

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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