MIDEM 2005 To Launch First Ever Live Music Network

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — MIDEM 2005, The World’s Music Market (Cannes, France, 23–27 January) will host a Live Music Network for the first time. The networking and conference day is dedicated to the thriving live music sector and will be held on Wednesday, January 26.

Live music experts taking part in the event and sharing their experience and opinions with MIDEM participants include: Tim Clark, Director of IE:Music and manager for Robbie Williams (UK), Tony Wadsworth, Chairman & CEO EMI Music UK & Ireland, Peter Grosslight, Worldwide Head of Music, William Morris Agency (US) and Peter Schwenkow, Director Deutsche Entertainment (Germany).

The Live Music Network will take place at a time when the live music sector has never been so dynamic. It will unite artists, management, agents, promoters, merchandisers, sponsors, venues, ticket agents, record companies, retailers, music publishers and media to discuss this growth. Particular focus will be given to how new technology has helped the live sector’s explosion, and how it will increasingly do so in the future.

Coming together at the networking day are leading companies from the traditional side of the live music sector: Clear Channel Entertainment (UK), William Morris Agency (USA), Deutsche Entertainment (Germany), On the line Inc. (Japan), IE:Music (UK), J Management (UK)… and key technology companies specialising in live music: Shazam (UK), Disclive (USA), AOL Music (USA), Blueprint (UK). Record company executives from EMI Music UK & Ireland, Australian label, Blah Records and merchandising specialists, Flight Charmandising (France), will also contribute their views and discuss the impact of future developments within the live music environment.

The Live Music Network is organized in partnership with the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and will be preceded by a networking lunch. Two key panels will be at the centre of the day: “Live Music & Media Exploitation – Update on Opportunities in 2005,” will focus on broadcast and media rights and look at the opportunities for new revenue streams from live music. The “Changing Roles in Live Music 2005,” will explore the evolving relationships between the media, concert promoters, music publishing and recording sectors.

Media partners for the Live Music Network are: Celebrity Access (USA) and VIP Booking (Denmark). –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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