We are proud to announce that the next Music Mind Exchange will be at The Festival Awards on November 15th at the HMV Forum, London. The festival Awards is the most prestigious date in the diary for industry heads, from the super sized brands to the hottest niche UK festivals. We are pleased to be playing our part in hosting the Social Ticketing panel, discussing the vibrant possibilities and innovation in and around ticket commerce via social channels.

We have drafted in some of the key practitioners to drop science and discuss how ticketing can evolve in the social space, increase revenues from new social avenues and optimizing the social buying experience beyond data metrics. They are human after all!!!

The way Music Mind Exchange panels work is we have a round of closed Q&A between the host and panelists, then open up to the floor for questions and feedback.

The Line Up – First Announcement!

Mark Ellis – Syzygy

Mark Ellis is UK Managing Director of Syzygy, one of WPP’s largest and most respected digital agencies. With over 16 years digital marketing and business development experience, he advises leading blue-chip brands on how to use digital channels to grow their business revenue, brand fame and profitability. Together with Dr Paul Marsden, Syzygy are the creative force behind socialcommercetoday.com, one of the world’s largest and most respected opinion leader blogs in the social commerce space, with over 400,000 registered users.

Rob Langley-Swain – NEC Group

Rob Langley-Swain, Marketing Communications Manager at the NEC Group graduated in 2003. After begging for a job with a large commercial radio station he worked his way through the ranks from Promotions team to Events Manager. Rob subsequently moved in to the world of PR and Marketing, holding various positions before joining the NEC Group in January 2010.

In the past 18 months Rob has helped lead the strategy for Social Media at The Ticket Factory, LG Arena and the NIA, developing communities and an abundance of unique content.

Paul Stacey – MD Fatsoma

Paul Stacey is an internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Fatsoma.com. He had spotted an opportunity to bring online ticketing into the growing social networking phenomenon.

Based on this social ethos, Fatsoma innovated an online rep service enabling promoters to incentivise fans to promote events to their friends online, and their latest product mobilises fans to an even greater extent. Paul strongly believes that social commerce is an important step away from out-dated traditional mass marketing models and allows promoters to reach wider networks through targeted fan-to-fan promotion, thus offering a more valuable form of event promotion.

Nick Ladd – Festival Director

Having started travelling at the age of 15, Nick drove a Bedford fire engine from London to Cape Town in 1991 and it was there that he first got involved in the production of music festivals and the nascient outdoor rave scene, putting on some seminal events there at that time.

Having also produced 3 dance festivals for total solar eclipses in Zambia, South Africa and Mexico respectively, Nick was involved in setting up the first Glade Stage at Glastonbury in 2000 and was instrumental in creating the Glade Festival as both its financial and creative director. This year Nick started consulting for the Mama Group and produced High Voltage and Wilderness Festivals in the role of Managing Director.

Described by Mushroom Magazine as an ‘itinerant spiritual hedonist with a passion for bringing people together’  Nick spends most of his winters travelling round the globe and attending outdoor dance festivals, collecting artists and ideas to bring back to the UK.

About The Festival Conference

The UK Festival Conference is the only event which brings the contemporary music festival industry together for a day of debate, networking and information-sharing.

Incisive panel discussions present the latest business insight and best practice as well as the chance to review the year’s achievements and challenges.

Held on the same day as the UK Festival Awards, the conference has seen explosive growth to 500 delegates last year, and achieved coverage in publications from The Independent and the BBC to Audience, IQ, Live UK, Music Week, Pollstar and TPi.

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We are pleased to announce the members of the panel for this Fridays exclusive event. Our panelists have extensive knowledge in this area and will definitely be adding plenty of value to the conversation.

Ben Drury- 7Digital

Ben began his career in 1996 as a founder of dotmusic.com, an internal venture at United News and Media. Dotmusic quickly became a leading online music destination attracting over 1.8m unique users per month (in 1999). As Head of Music at BT, Ben successfully launched a major music channel before leading the acquisition of his old company dotmusic in 2002.

In January 2004, Ben founded 7 Digital with James Kane. Ben is currently on the board of the Entertainment Retailers Association and the Official Charts Company.

Eric Mackay- Celas

Eric is a music-obsessive with a successful track record spanning in excess of 10 years at a fast paced, high level. His varied experience ranges from being an essential part of Atomic Kitten’s management team for 5 years, through to label managing an independent label (White Noise) and now heading up the licensing activities for CELAS – EMI Music Publishing’s pan European digital licensing agent.  This extensive experience in a fast-paced, constantly evolving and pressurised environment has led to him being at the cutting edge of digital advancements in music and, not to put too fine a point on it, he loves it!

Cliff Fluet- Lewis Silkin

Cliff joined Lewis Silkin LLP as a Partner in April 2006. He was formerly in-house counsel at Warner Music and legal director and company secretary for Capital Radio plc (now GCap Media plc). He now acts for some of the world’s largest names in music, mobile, branded content, production and online. You can read more about Cliff  Fluet here…

Jon Webster – Music Managers Forum

Jon has worked for 2 people most of his life – himself and Richard Branson. Most of his career was spent at Virgin, a member of the BPI Council from 1985 – 1992 and was instrumental in devising the Now! That’s What I Call Music brand.

He founded the Mercury Music Prize and in 2005 and after 13 years working for himself, he was appointed Director, Independent Member Services at the BPI. Since 2007 he has been the Chief Executive of the Music Manager’s Forum. You can read more about Jon Webster Here…

As usual Chris Cooke will be holding court and asking the questions that matter.


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Music Mind Exchange will be hosting a secret invite only event at the world famous Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The event will not appear on the convention programming and is open to only a selected few and in association with The Great Escape management and Team.

The MME team will be giving away a limited 40 gold cards to delegates of The Great Escape to the Friday panel at a secret location.

Please respond via the email address below, stating your name and position, email and mobile number to be shortlisted. Each gold card holder can bring one person with them, again the guest must hold a full delegate pass for The Great Escape.


The panel will be curated and chaired by Danny Mac and Chris Cooke like all previous MME events.

“Why Pay More For Cloud Storage?” will be the topic of the event and the panel will discuss the recent events surrounding the licensing issues regarding the locker services being launched by Amazon, Google, and Apple. Music Mind Exchange asks; Will this stifle innovation? Add to the on going issues of piracy? Or, a second taxation in licensing terms?

We are looking forward to our expert panel dissecting the issues and delivering some solutions to the issues on May 13 2011.

Here are some of the recent stories doing the rounds….

Amazon sends letter to labels over cloud player

Amazon have sent a letter to the major record companies that could have been titled “please don’t sue us, pretty please, go on, leave it alone, you know want to”. Or perhaps “don’t you dare sue us you fuckers, cos the law is on our side thank you very muchos”. Read more here…

Dear Labels, Go F**k Yourself. Love, Amazon…

“We don’t believe we need licenses to store the customers’ files. We look at it the same way as if someone bought an external hard drive and copy files on there for backup.” Read more here…

Behind The Scenes: Record Label Demands From Amazon

To combat this they want only songs with digital receipts to be able to added to lockers. For some time UMG has been demanding that online music retailers embed personal information in every song they sell. They call it UITS. iTunes has been inserting email addresses into every song while other retailers like Napster are using a unique receipt number. (Techcrunch first wrote about Dirty MP3s a year ago and how these might be used by future cloud services.) Read more here…

We will be announcing the panel line up over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

For further information and delegate passes click here…

You can access the The Great Escape programme as a PDF here…

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We are very pleased to add Paul Bedford from Ingenious to our panel of guests for MME next week. Paul brings a huge amount of investment experience and will add huge value to the conversation.  Paul is joined by Chris Cooke from CMU, Richard Lyne of Pledge Music and Tom Bywater of Power Amp Music.

Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford is an investment director at Ingenious Media. He has spent over 20 years in the media sector, specialising particularly in Music. During his time at Ingenious, Paul spent four years working as Finance Director for Simon Fuller’s 19 Group which culminated in its successful sale to CKX in June 2005. He has spent the last few years assisting in the development of Ingenious’ Music and Live VCT funds, with particular emphasis on sourcing and managing deals. Prior to joining Ingenious, Paul spent ten years as Finance Director of the SPZ Group which incorporates record, music publishing, music production and recording studio interests and had major success over the years with artists such as Seal and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Ingenious Media

Ingenious Media offers a range of alternative investments in the media and entertainment sector.
Founded by Patrick McKenna in 1998, the company now employs over 150 people across five businesses and has raised a total of more than £5 billion to invest in film, television, games, music, live events and other media and entertainment assets. Ingenious entered the VCT market in 2004/2005 and has raised c. £100 million of VCT funds to date. Current VCT investments focus on the live music sector and include Creamfields, the dance festival in the north of England, the London based Underage and Field Day Festivals and 80’s Rewind, a new festival based in Henley.

MME would like to thank our supporters and sponsors… See you on Wednesday 27th October at the Clerkenwell House, Hatton Garden.

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We are excited to announce our first run of panelists for this months MME on October 27th and the Clerkenwell House venue in Hatton Garden.

This months topic focuses on funding and the many routes to getting a music project funded, from angel capital, VC, micro funding and fan funding for bands. We will be adding more guests to the panel over the next couple of weeks leading up to the event. Watch this space for updates…

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Tom Bywater IMC – Power Amp Music

Founder and CEO of Power Amp Music, Tom is a qualified Investment Manager.  He trained at Citigroup Private Bank, where he worked in New York, London and across the Middle-East. Having also gained an understanding of the music industry from ventures into live promotion, artist management and consultancy since 1996, Tom was able to identify the emerging potential for music investment funds and founded Power Amp Music in 2006 to take advantage of the growing demand for alternative finance solutions by established and successful artists.

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Chris Cooke – CMU

Chris is the editor of the much respected CMU Daily and an authority on music business topics. In 2002 he brought together his existing media and businesses to create UnLimited Media, and has since expanded both the media and creative services elements of the company. Through a partnership with BigTime, he was also involved in creating and delivering a series of major music partnerships between national newspapers and major brands, and artists like Brian Wilson, Blondie, Oasis, Moby, Soulwax and Pete Tong.

Chris continues to write about the music, media and copyright industries for CMU on a daily basis as its Business Editor, and as such has become a leading expert on those sectors. He regularly speaks about trends and issues within them at conferences, and comments on key developments for other media, in particular the BBC’s business programmes.

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Richard Lyne – Pledge Music

Richard Lyne is an A&R Manager at PledgeMusic. His background is an A&R Scout at Sony Music and various Independents over the last few years. He started in the industry on the Universal Music Graduate Training Program off the back of an MA in Creative and Media Enterprises from Warwick University. He also works as a Producer Manager for XL Talent representing a number of Record Producers/Songwriters and he manages a couple of acts too.

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We are very pleased to announce the inclusion of Steve Purdham, CEO of the superb we7 streaming service.

Steve has a rich history and delivered success within the UK tech community and is constantly pushing forward the road map for we7

CEO & Founder Investor we7

As the co-founder of SurfControl (a world-leading internet protection systems provider), Steve developed its vision and architecture. Using his entrepreneurial skills, he was fundamental in the company’s listing on the London Stock Exchange, first on AIM and then the Main Market.

Between the sale of SurfControl plc and the early formation of we7, Steve also took the Chairman role of Identum Ltd, an Internet Security encryption company which was a spin out from Bristol University utilising world class IP. In his tenure at Identum he helped the team raise additional funding and achieve a successful sale to Trend Micro in February 2008.

Steve’s entrepreneurial abilities have also been personally recognised with many prestigious industry awards including IOD Director of the Year, Technology CEO of the Year, Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and Techmark Personality of the Year.

Keep an eye on more announcements throughout the week.

Visit we7…

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MME are very happy to announce our line up for September 17, with the highly talented team members of mflow, Mixcloud and the brand new AirJ start up. The London music tech start up space is entering exciting times with lots of innovation and great companies. We are always on the look out for great music products; so if you have any suggestions for future pitches and speakers, please get in touch…

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Thong Nguyen – CTO & Co-Founder of mflow

Tum has been programming computers for over 20 years.  His obsession with computer programming started with his first computer, a Commodore 64, and it just got worse from there.

He started his software engineering career during his University years, writing software that runs almost all the retail music systems in New Zealand.  Tum is a believer in using software to solve human problems.  He was a lead developer on the DotGNU project and has been an avid contributor to countless other open source projects.

Before moving to work for mflow, Tum worked as an independent software consultant in New Zealand for various local and International companies, earning a reputation of having an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything technical.

Visit mflow…

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Nikhil Shah  – Mixcloud Co-Founder

Nikhil Shah is co-founder of Mixcloud, an online radio startup based in London. Cambridge University Mathematics graduate and former Brand Consultant, he has always had a passion for building brands and communities, starting from his first clubnights as a teenager.

As a brand consultant he has worked with brands such as Sky, Sony, Unilever and Sony Ericsson on insight, positioning and strategy work.

Nikhil also runs successful London club brand Man Make Music and DJs under the guise Sketchy. He is proud to have played at some of the best clubs in the world alongside some of his musical heroes.

Visit Mixcloud…

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Adam Friedman – AirJ – Founder

Adam Friedman is the creator of AirJ, a tech startup with a suite of highly innovative iPhone music apps launching in September.  An award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Melbourne Australia, Adam’s founded studios, production companies and advertising agencies, has written creative and composed soundtracks for international campaigns for brands including AXA, BMW, Tetley, Target, Fosters, and Australian film and television, and tours internationally as a performing artist.

Adam created the AirJ system to enable him to wirelessly control his music, mixes and instruments in realtime with movements and gestures, captured via motion sensors available on iPhones and iTouches. AirJ is a brand new concept in musical performance and gestural remote control, created in collaboration with the engineers behind Shazam for iPhone, and at MME you can get a sneak preview of the system in action.

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Music Mind Exchange is a new event which is aimed towards music technology start ups and London based music businesses.

The monthly seminar event aims to bring together either end of the music industry spectrum in order to collaborate, share information and develop business opportunities together.

We feel that there is a gap within the industry between new tech-based businesses and the more traditional music industry. We believe that Music Mind Exchange will aid in bringing together both parts of the industry in an era in which the digital revolution is hugely impacting upon the music industry. Our invite only clientele focus, upon premium level industry companies, ensures that each seminar session will be not only engaging but also productive business development sessions.


We believe that there is a space in the market for a niche event that is aimed at music technology start ups and the London music business.

The event aims to bring together either end of the music industry spectrum in order to collaborate, share information and develop business opportunities together.

Our clientele focus is on premium level industry companies and is strictly by invite only.


Music Mind Exchange will take place on Friday September 17 and quarterly  there after.

The venue, The Clerkenwell House, is situated in the heart of the gold district in Hatton Garden.

This location is easily accessible from both Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations. Buses are also frequent to and from Old Street, Holborn and Clerkenwell.

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The Commercialisation Collective

The Commercialisation Collective has one purpose- to use the experience of its team in sales, marketing, and business development strategy and implementation to accelerate the revenue generating potential of the companies and organisations that it works with.
The Collective team are recognised as some of the very best business development strategists and sales professionals in the marketplace.
The Collective when reviewing a company’s product will look to work on an equity and or fee basis. No costs are burdened on the companies it works with. All income for the collective is based on success fees that are clearly defined prior to engagement. Visit The Commercialisation Collective Here..

Sub Bubble Studios

Situated in Wembley, North West London Sub Bubble Studios is a newly created complex incorporating recording studios, a warehouse space and private indoor skate park. The combination of both the Live Room, Recording Lounge, warehouse space and skate park provide a full spectrum of acoustics making Sub Bubble Studios a unique and interesting space in which to work. Visit Sub Bubble Studios Here…

The Zeitgeist Agency

The Zeitgeist Agency are a boutique comms, marketing and sponsorship agency that deliver big agency results. Working in the music space with some of the best festivals, artists, brands and events we operate with integrity and have a habit of over delivering on campaigns for our clients.  Providing fully integrated media solutions and campaigns across on and offline platforms and up streaming big ideas into the mix is our speciality.
Selected  Clients:
Fred Perry, The Great Escape, Underage Festival, Field Day, Iceland Airwaves, Evolution, Trekstock, Macmillan, No Hats No Trainers, NME Radio, Kiss, Caspa, Kissy Sell Out, Mi7 Records, King Charles

Air Studios

AIR Studios began its long and prestigious history in 1969 when George Martin left EMI to establish an independent recording complex in the heart of central London. It became one of the most successful studio operations in the world. Visit Air Studios Here…

Strongroom Studios

Richard Boote opened Strongroom as a single studio in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London in 1984. From the beginning, Strongroom’s guiding principles were clear – the best, most innovative technology in a vibrant and creative environment.This determination to do things differently whilst retaining the highest technical standards quickly established Strongroom as one of the best studios in London in which to record and mix music.Visit Strongroom Studios Here…

PRS For Music

PRS for Music is home to the world’s best music writers, composers and publishers. Formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009,  the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS.  We exist to collect and pay royalties to our members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online. Visit PRS For Music Here…

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