MusicTank’s October Think Tank

Music’s New Conundrum: Too Much Choice?

Wednesday 3rd October, MCPS-PRS Alliance

MusicTank asks “Web 2.0’s music consumers’ paradise of unlimited music poses one overriding question: how do fans discover and sort the wheat from the chaff amidst the clamour of a thousand different advisory voices?”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Tom Robinson , Broadcaster & Songwriter

Panelists include:

Andrew Keen Author, Cult of The Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture

Paul Brown Managing Director – International, Pandora

David Jennings Director, DJ Alchemi Ltd and Author

Other panelists to be confirmed…

The event will be chaired by Keith Harris, Chairman of MusicTank, and renowned artist manager.

With so much music vying for our attention in this digital age, the public is now faced with a head-spinning level choice. While we were once used to receiving our weekly dose of music via the all-important Top 40 and a now defunct Top of the Pops, we can access over 420,000 rock acts and 400,000 hip hop acts via MySpace alone.

In this sea of music of unimagineable scale, can we really be expected to sort the wheat from the chaff amidst the clamour of a thousand different advisory voices? And with the accompanying explosion of hype over substance, are we at risk of losing the tradition of nurturing our talent to its fullest potential?

The speakers discussing these issues include:

KEYNOTE:

Tom Robinson has co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché whilst his own early hits include ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’, ‘Glad To Be Gay’ and ‘War Baby’. Now an award-winning broadcaster, Tom now hosts his own new music show on BBC 6Music and is a regular presenter on Radios 2 and 4.

PANEL:

Andrew Keen Author, Cult of The Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture The San Francisco Chronicle recently wrote that “every good movement needs a contrarian. Web 2.0 has Andrew Keen.” Andrew is indeed the leading contemporary critic of the Internet, and is established as one of the most controversial and incisive voices in Silicon Valley.

Paul Brown Managing Director – International, Pandora

David Jennings Director, DJ Alchemi Ltd and Author is an independent consultant in online learning, who has written on music and technology for Five Eight and The Spectator and advised the (now defunct) National Centre for Popular Music, Sheffield as part of their Exhibitory Education Advisory Group.

(Full Event Copy is below)

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

Time: 18.30 – 21.00 hrs Complimentary drink on arrival

Venue: The Basement, MCPS-PRS Alliance

Location: 9-33 Berners Street , London, W1T 3AB

Price: £30, £25 trade body members

(AIM, BACS, BPI, MMF, MPG, MPA, MU, MCPS-PRS Alliance, PPL)

All places MUST be booked and paid for in advance via www.musictank.co.uk

 

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