The Open Forum: The bosses level

Friday 4 March 2016
11:15 – 12:45
Room 1
Chairs: Phil Bowdery, Live Nation (UK) | Greg Parmley, ILMC (UK)

As the main session to kick off ILMC 28, The Open Forum sets the tone for the weekend’s discussions. This year's session will be split into two parts and begins with a unique Q&A with Live Nation Entertainment president and CEO Michael Rapino. 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.

The second half of The Open Forum will feature an all-star cast of industry executives discussing the last 12 months in the international business, key issues and topics, and the year ahead. 

Following his debut last year, the session will see Live Nation’s Phil Bowdery return to the chairman’s seat, co-chairing the second part of the session with ILMC’s Greg Parmley. Joining them  for a high-level discussion on the key issues in the international live music business will be Australian music business legend Michael Gudinski (The Mushroom Group/Frontier Touring), Superfly co-founder Rick Farman (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands), CAA co-head Mike Greek (One Direction, Sigur Rós, Sam Smith), Red Light Management’s UK MD James Sandom (Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines), and ITB's Lucy Dickins (Adele, Mumford & Sons, Jamie T).

Guest speakers:
Lucy Dickins, ITB (UK)
Rick Farman, Superfly Presents (US)
Mike Greek, CAA (UK)
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group/Frontier Touring (AU)
Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment (US)
James Sandom, Red Light Management (US)

About Mike Greek:

Mike Greek started his career at Wasted Talent in 1990 and is now co-Head of CAA  in London alongside Emma Banks. His roster includes a diverse array of talent including Sigur Ros, The Black Keys, The Script, Paloma Faith. Olly Murs,  Jamie Cullum  Sam Smith, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.

About Michael Gudinski:

Michael is an Australian entrepreneur and businessman, the founder and Chairman of Mushroom Group.He is a music, television and event producer, concert & event promoter, A&R executive, artist manager, film executive and philanthropist.

Michael Gudinski created/co-founded Mushroom Group in Australia in 1972 and its foundation was based on the record label Mushroom Records, it’s associated music publishing company Mushroom Music Publishing and the Consolidated Rock Booking agency.  Over the next 4.5 decades Gudinski has directed the continual development, expansion and diversification of Mushroom Group across many facets of the Australian Music & Entertainment industry

Mushroom Group is now Australia’s largest and most successful independent music and entertainment group with a portfolio of companies that has become a collective of 40+ specialist brands. Mushroom Group incorporates international and domestic touring, booking agencies, record labels, merchandising, music publishing, creative and marketing services, venues, exhibition and events production, film and television production.

Michael has been honoured with several industry and civic awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), Member of the Order of Australia from the Australian government, and many, many more. 

About James Sandom: 

James has been in Artist Management since the late 1990s, with accolades including Music Week Manager of the Year, MMF Manager of the Year and Music Business Worldwide Manager of the Month (Feb 2016).

Following twelve years with SuperVision Management, seven of those running the company with business partner Cerne Canning, SuperVision was folded and migrated across to form the origins of Red Light Management’s UK office at the start of 2012.

James’s current management roster includes Bastille, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs & Ricky Wilson, Crystal Castles, The Vaccines, Broken Social Scene, The Cribs, White Lies & Temples, with Red Light's London office also representing artists including Everything Everything, Franz Ferdinand, Frightened Rabbit, Oh Wonder…

Highlights: multiple #1 UK albums including The Vaccines, Kaiser Chiefs and White Lies. NME's Outstanding Contribution to Music Award twice for Belle & Sebastian & The Cribs. NME's John Peel Award for Innovation for Crystal Castles. BRITs Best New Artist nomination & winners of same NME Awards category for The Vaccines. Kaiser Chiefs three BRIT Awards wins, Ivor Novello Award and multiple Q & NME Awards. 2016 will see the release of the second Bastille album.

About Rick Farman:

As co-founder of Superfly, Rick plays a leading role in business development, identifying key opportunities to grow and expand the company, its capabilities and strategic partnerships.  Rick also oversees and manages company operations and communications.  Additionally, Rick is responsible for overseeing the event operations team for all of Superfly, including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and all client activations.

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