Michael Rapino and ILMC 28 Preliminary Agenda Revealed


ILMC kicks off proper on Friday 4 March with our main opening session, The Open Forum: The bosses level. And we’re thrilled to announce that Live Nation Entertainment president and CEO Michael Rapino will be joining the meeting for a unique Q&A. A name that needs very little introduction, Michael served as president and CEO of Clear Channel Music before taking the helm of Live Nation when it was formed in 2005. He’s since been credited with many of the largest tours ever witnessed, and as the most influential figure in the live music business, it promises to be a session to remember.

For those on site before The Open Forum (more details on which will be announced shortly) there’s the New Delegates’ Orientation for ILMC first timers, while Google executives are on hand to present our first workshop, Selling tickets with Google & YouTube.

Performance Royalties: Shows, songs and settlements looks at collection societies, rates and rebates, while The Dance Club: The beat goes on?, discusses the EDM scene in light of recent corporate news. Better Brand Partnerships highlights the most innovative brand activations of the last 12 months, and Festival Forum: Open space invaders considers escalating artist fees and the latest trends in the sector.
Market Focus: Australia travels Down Under to discover more about this vibrant music market, while the workshop A Greener Live promises a suite of resources and tips for going green. Friday's finale is The Digital Audience: Crossing streams, which will be looking at the impact of new digital lives on the analogue live music business.
Chairs include: Jon Webster (MMF), Maria May (CAA), Codruţa Vulcu, (ARTmania), Anders Wahrén (Roskilde Festival), Tim Worton (AEG Ogden), Joanna Young (Live Nation).

View Friday's full agenda here.

Saturday at ILMC kicks off with The Emerging Markets’ Place: Changing games which stretches from Asia to Eastern Europe whilst The Venue’s Venue: The control pads weighs up renovation or rebuilding and new methods for assisting with the penciling of dates. 
Ticketing: The disruptors considers allocation and the influx of new players in this overcrowded space while Alternative Entertainment: New games to play presents a quick-fire format of the best non-music content on the market.
New Technology: Bits and bots gives a rundown of the latest innovations in the concert business, andIndustry Relationships: Setting the moral compass asks whether 'loyalty' is now a lost word.
Workshops include The grassroots venue, where we will take a look at funding and venue strategies, and Twitter and fan engagement which will welcome the social media service to ILMC.
Finally, Industry Out-takes: ‘It’ll be alright on the night’ pt. II, winds up Saturday afternoon with an abundance of tall touring tales and belly laughs.
Chairs include: Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio), Michal Kaščák (Pohoda Festival), Barış Başaran(URU Group), Brian Kabatznick (AEG Facilities), Georgina Parnell (Twitter), Carl Leighton–Pope (LPO), Tim Chambers (TJ Chambers Consultancy), Christoph Scholz (Semmel Concerts), Steve Machin (Dot Tickets), & Marc Lambelet (Mainland Music). 


Sunday morning gets underway with a conference highlight as Marc Geiger meets host Ed Bicknell in the Breakfast Meeting. As head of the music division at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Geiger oversees 2000+ clients, while his own diverse roster includes Jack White, Tony Bennett, LCD Soundsystem, Outkast, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, Rihanna, Tom Petty and Nine Inch Nails. Early arrival for this one is recommended…
Later that morning, The Booking Ring: The streetfighters  looks at agency consolidation, dealing with exchange rates and over-touring, while The Unconference: Tackling industry hangovers gets to grips with the unanswered questions from the weekend. Finally, The ILMC 28 Autopsy feedback session wraps it all up.
Chairs and guests include: Marc Geiger (WME Entertainment), Ed Bicknell, Anna Sjölund (Live Nation Sweden), Gordon Masson (IQ) & Greg Parmley (ILMC). 


Opening Night Party at ILMC

There’s only one place to start invading ILMC's five-star space this year, and that’s at the Space Invaders Opening Party on Thursday 3 March. Taking place early – from 18:00 – 20:00 – to allow delegates ample time for a few game-sharpening drinks before heading out for the evening, this analogue event includes complimentary bubbles, tasty nibbles and great prizes – making it the perfect launch pad for ILMC 28.
Hosted by those handsome girls and boys at Dot Tickets (the new top-level web domain targeted at the ticketing sector), the party reunites ILMC members after 12 months of global missions. And as if all that networking and complimentary booze wasn’t enough reason to form an orderly queue, we’ll also be running arcade game competitions with some juicy prizes up for grabs. Possibly the only way to begin ILMC 28.

First Sessions Preview

We’ll be announcing the full ILMC agenda next week, and it’s a bulging arcade of industry topics and information. In fact, there are more characters than we can fit into one email, so to spread the load a little, here’s a quick preview to whet your appetite:
Friday afternoon at ILMC will see Live Nation UK’s head of campaigns and marketing Joanna Young assemble an all-star cast of evangelists and users to explore The Digital Audience: Crossing streams.How are streaming and new online trends in music discovery changing gig-going habits? And is the live music business making the most of the newly available tools and opportunities?
The next day, and following on from the discussion at the International Festival Forum, Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio, DE) and Marc Lambelet (Mainland Music, CH) consider whether ‘loyalty’ has become a lost word in the wider live music business in Industry Relationships: Setting the moral compass. As the traditional boundaries between agent, local agent and local promoter have become blurred, are too many conflicts of interest and financial pressures affecting the way we work with and trust each other? 

Joanna Young, Stephan Thanscheidt & Marc Lambelet

Last Call for Bursaries

The deadline for the ILMC Bursary Scheme is this Friday. Designed as a route into ILMC for young executives or those who would otherwise not be able to attend, the scheme is supported byRobertson Taylor W&P Longreach, who kindly stepped up as patrons in order to give the next generation of business talent a helping hand.
So, if you know any future leaders or business champions who you think should be part of the mix over the ILMC weekend, please send them this link

ILMC Rate Change!

ILMC’s early-bird delegate rate ends this Friday at 18:00 GMT, leaving just four days to save yourself a bundle of gaming credits. So, any members who want to save £50 on the price of attending the conference, should make like Sonic the Hedgehog and get moving!
You can do a lot with £50 these days: you could ‘invest’ in a conference costume and buy a round at the bar; donate water for 50 people; or enjoy a feeling of smugness when pocketing the change. If you haven’t already signed up, you’re just in time – click here to register.