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ILMC Announces Agenda For 2017

LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Organizers for the 29th International Live Music Conference (ILMC) have announced the agenda and schedule for this year's conference, as well as new components to the invite-only event.

2017 will mark several firsts for the long-running music conference and this year, organizers are introducing a new Festival Summit and Venue Smmit, both aimed at key market segments and developed in partnership with industry associations and operators.

An annual update on the global artist booking sector, The Agency Business 2017 launches this year as well, as does The Think Tank series featuring a trio of well-known industry figures. All take place alongside ILMC's regular three-day schedule of panels and workshops.

Highlights of the agenda this year include:

  • Ticketing: The survival plan considers major global trends and the entrance of new deep-pocketed multinationals in the market, while The Agency Business 2017 discusses the latest trends in the increasingly consolidated agency world.
  • In an exclusive for ILMC, Jon Slade presents Elastic Artists: A cautionary tale, telling the story of his London agency which went into administration in late 2015.
  • YouTubers: Money in millennials looks at the trend of vloggers developing touring and festival shows, while The Fan: The social overload? highlights new techniques in digital marketing.
  • The Festival Summit 2017 presents a day of sessions in partnership with Yourope. Topics include franchises and new formats, streaming and artist engagement, the role of festivals in breaking new artists, and new income streams from VIP and premium ticketing.
  • Topics during The Venue Summit 2017 include safety & security, key international data and trends, and the evolution of wider industry relationships.
  • Workshop sessions include Instagram & Snapchat, visas & immigration, mental health, and two new dedicated Booking Workshops on cancellation and contracts.
  • Direct Licensing: Rates, rights & wrongs draws together promoters, direct licensing agents and collection societies for a pan European discussion on this recent and controversial development.
  • The first Think Tank session sees industry favourites Andrew Zweck, (Sensible Events), Bryan Grant (Britannia Row), and Herman Schueremans (Live Nation Belgium) discuss randomly selected topics.
  • ILMC 2017 will take place at the Royal Garden Hotel in London from 8-10 March. – Staff Writers