Wide Days 2012 Seminar Programme and Speakers

click to go to Wide Days websiteCentral Scotland’s only music business conference Wide Days, is pleased to announce its seminar and workshop programme, which takes place at Edinburgh Teviot Row House on April 11-12.

In addition to topics covering themes such as artist development, online retail and getting gigs abroad, this year’s event will also feature several topics focusing how the music can boost tourism, generate more business for hotels and add value to sporting events.

“There are many areas where the music and tourism sectors complement each other and there is huge potential for closer cooperation,” says Wide Days co-organiser, Olaf Furniss. “We aim to highlight some exciting collaborations and the programme is designed to be of use to everyone from emerging artists seeking new audiences, to state tourism organisations.”

The conference will begin with a presentation titled Everything You Need To Know About The Music Business, providing an insight into the industry, and a roundtable discussion will feature representatives from both music and tourism organisation will explore how the two sectors can collaborate.

Other topics include innovations in music technology, audience development, getting gigs abroad and getting the most out of download stores.

The daytime event will be followed by a free showcase programme on Thursday 12 April, featuring six emerging Scottish acts and award-winning Norwegian band Honningbarna. For details visit www.widedays.com/artists

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Seminar Programme Summary

(additional speakers to be announced)

::Everything You Need To Know About The Music Business::

Presented by PPL

::Building & Analysing An Audience::

gettting, building & analysing your audience

Anny Deery (Deery Me)

Scott Cohen (The Orchard)

::Playing The Sport::

music at sporting events

Alex Smith (Go Events/Go Surf)

Mike Jardine (Rare Management)

Shannon Davis (Competitor Group/Rock n Roll Marathon)

::Rise Above The Noise::

how to get ahead in the download stores

Scott Cohen (The Orchard)

::Modern A&R::

how is talent developed and nurtured?

Alex Knight (FatCat Records)

Ellie Giles (Jigsaw Management)

Stewart Henderson (Chemikal Underground Records)

Pip Newby (Friends vs Records/PIAS)

::Getting Gigs Abroad::

Toby Shippy (Salsa Celtica)

Soom T (musician)

Jamie Webster (Instinctive Racoon)

::Destination Music::

how artists and festivals can boost tourism

Anna Hildur (Nordic Music Export)

Dougal Perman (Walking Heads)

::Hotel Music::

working with promoters, bands and fans

Gordon Reilly (The Old Bridge Inn)

Simen Vinge (Nordic Choice Hotels)

::Just Around The Corner::

innovations in music technology

Rob Howell (Bluemungus)

Tommy Perman (Found)

Mike Shorter (University of Dundee)


developing parnterships in music tourism

Les Kidger (CK Events)

Audrey MacLennan (HIE/Tourism Intelligence Scotland)

Will Page (Chief Economist, PRS For Music)


Tickets for the Wide Days conference begin at £20 for under 18s, with discounts for students and members of the Musicians Union.

Tickets can be purchased from www.widedays.com/tickets

About Wide Days

Wide Days was launched in April 2010 by Scotland’s leading music business seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide. It aims to bring together industry veterans and those at grassroots level, and provide a manageable number of showcases with a focus on quality over quantity. The event receives support from the Musicians Union.

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