UK Music unveils brilliant line-up of guests for party conferences

We have announced our panel line-ups for this Autumn's conferences

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03/09/18: UK Music will be hosting a series of panel discussions during party conference season on the theme: “How can we support our future musical talent pipeline?”

While the immediate outlook for the UK music industry is promising, there is growing evidence of a looming crisis in the music industry’s talent pipeline.

According to Pollstar magazine, UK acts Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Sir Paul McCartney, Ed  Sheeran and the Rolling Stones all featured in the top ten worldwide tours last year.  This is a fantastic achievement, but all bar one of those acts released their debut single in the last century.

It is vital that established artists continue to make our world-beating music which is loved across the globe and is a fantastic economic success story at home and abroad.

However, if want to produce the stars of the future, we must invest in talent for the future.  That’s why we have chosen the crucial issue of the talent pipeline as the theme of party conference discussions this year.

Our programme for party conference is as follows:

At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, our panel line-up will be Lord Tim Clement-Jones (Lords’ spokesperson on the Digital Economy), Baroness Sue Garden (Lords’ spokesperson on Higher and Further Education and Skills), Tom Gray (from the Mercury Prize-winning indie band Gomez) and Mel Thornton (Head of Careers and Employability at BIMM).

The event will take place on Monday 17 September – 1pm to 2pm –  the Edinburgh Suite in the Hilton Metropole, Brighton.  The venue isoutside secure zone, so there is no need for a pass to access the event.


At the Labour conference in Liverpool, our panellists will be Steve Rotheram (Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region), Kevin Brennan MP (Shadow Deputy DCMS Secretary), Sharon Hodgson MP (Co-chair APPG on Music), Horace Trubridge (General Secretary, Musicians’ Union) and Vanessa Reed (CEO, PRS Foundation).

The event will take place on Monday 24 September – 12.45pm to 2pm – at the Albert Suite 3, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool.  This is outside the secure zone, so there is no need for a pass to access the event.

At the Conservative conference in Birmingham, our panellists will be Margot James MP (Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries), Damian Collins MP (Chair, DCMS Select Committee) and Julian Lloyd Webber (Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Chairman Sistema England).

The event will take place on Tuesday 2 October – 1pm to 2pm –  at the Adante, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham.  This is inside the secure zone, so please note that you will require a pass required to attend the event.

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher will chair all three of our party conference panels.

If you would like to attend any of the panels, please contact UK Music's Public Affairs Officer Felicity Oliver on

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