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Output Belfast Returns for 2017


Top names from the global music industry are being lined up to speak at the third iteration of Ireland’s largest music conference next month

Top names from the global music industry are being lined up to speak at the third iteration of Ireland’s largest music conference, ‘Output Belfast’, which takes place for the third year in a row at The MAC, The Oh Yeah Centre and other venues in Belfast on Thursday 16 February 2017.

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with Generator NI, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

The conference is expected to be attended by around 500 local artists, businesses and students, and will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents, highlighting the key role that music and performance plays within Northern Ireland’s buoyant creative industries sector.

Selected highlights released from the daytime event include:

  • Benji Roberts, founder of Pledge Music, on Blockchain’s potential to change the music industry;
  • Crispin Hunt, Chair of BASCA and co-writer with Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine and Jake Bugg, on co-writing hit repertoire;
  • Ferry Gouw, graphic designer for Major Lazer, on working between music and design;
  • Daniel P Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show) and more on where the rock and metal industry is heading;
  • Country 2.0 event featuring Lynne McDowell (CMA Member and Head of Comms PPL), Milly Olykan (The O2), Stuart Banford (Downtown Country) , Bobbi Boyce (CMA) and Iain Snoddgrass (Former VP Marketing UMG)
  • Members of Adidas and Jagermeister’s music teams on working with music and brands;
  • Spotify present Spotify Session for artists and managers;
  • CMU Insights presents ‘Top Five Things Music PRs Do Wrong’;
  • CMU Insights presents ‘Top Five Streaming Developments In 2017’;
  • Sound-design in video games featuring Playstation sound-designers;
  • Notting Hill Music 2 hour masterclass on co-writing;
  • Marc Sylvan, composer for The Million Pound Drop, Total Wipeout, Tipping Point and Fifteen To One, on composing for television;
  • Speed-networking session for music funding opportunities, including Pledge Music, Transmit Start-ups, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians and Arts Council NI;
  • Meet the royalty collection agencies networking event, featuring PRS, IMRO, PPL and MCPS as well as the MU and BASCA
  • AVA Festival presents The Future of Festivals featuring Lee Denny (Leefest) and Jim Mawdsley (Association of Independent Festivals);
  • Sentric Sync Masterclass;
  • BPI present the Music Export Growth Scheme

In the evening there will once again be a raft of free showcasing, featuring the most exciting new Northern Ireland artists, taking place across Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Confirmed hosts include Nialler 9, Smalltown America Studios, The Thin Air, Chordblossom, The Greedy Pig, Homebeat, State, Voodoo, Help Musicians, Quiet Arch, PRS, IMRO, Sentric, The Nerve Centre, The Oh Yeah Centre, Primitive Sound and many more.

To sign up for priority updates and more information on Output Belfast 2017,  visit the website here.

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