PRS Foundation presents…
THE TALENT DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF MUSIC
Thursday 4th October, 11.00-17.00 | Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
What support do music creators need at the earliest stages of their careers and what more can be done to bridge the gap between education and the professional world?
PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Conference is an annual, landmark event which connects UK music organisations, policy-makers, music creators and cultural pioneers around shared challenges and opportunities for music and other creative industries.
Join us this year, to take a fresh look at the issues faced by music creators at the start of their careers and the help which is currently available from some of the UK’s most innovative music organisations.
This free day of expert discussions, presentations and networking opportunities includes insights from PRS Foundation’s UK network of Talent Development Partners.
Coffee, Registration, and Networking
Welcome and introduction to the day
Vanessa Reed, CEO PRS Foundation
Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council
Graham Hitchen, Facilitator
Part 1: 11.15am-12.45pm
Bridging the gap: from Music Education to Early Career Development
The first half of our Talent Development Conference explores the gaps in support for those progressing from music education towards a career in music. Guests will explore pioneering approaches to bridging the gap and the collaboration we need between educators and the music sector if music creators are to flourish in the real world.
Keynote from Helena Gaunt, Principal, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Panel Discussion Chaired by Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music, Arts Council England with:
Julia Ruzicka, Future of the Left and Principal, BIMM London
David Bahanovich, Assistant Director of Music and Head of Programmes, Trinity Laban
Anna Meredith, Artist and Composer
Toks Dada, Creative Producer and Programmer, Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham
From an artists’ perspective with Moses Boyd and Supriya Nagarajan
Two provocations and a Q&A facilitated by Clare Crane (BBC 6 Music News) Hear how different music creators navigated their first steps into the profession including support they accessed, barriers they overcame and their thoughts on how we can help empower those with the most potential.
Lunch & Networking
Sponsored by The Musicians’ Union, PPL and PRS for Music
PART 2: 1.45pm – 2.50pm:
Many of our most talented artists don’t have access to formal education and pursue alternative progression routes. What are music organisations doing to make sure they’re reaching a diverse range of music creators? What digital innovations make discovery easier and how do we identify all of those with the most potential?
Keynote from Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3 & Trustee of EFDSS
Panel Discussion Chaired by Vanessa Reed, PRS Foundation with:
Amy Frenchum, Future Bubblers
YolanDa Brown, Artist and Chair, Youth Music
Barry Farrimont MBE, Chief Executive, National Open Youth Orchestra
Carla Marie Williams, Songwriter and founder, GirlsIRate
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Coffee Break & Networking
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PART 3: 3.20pm – 4.10pm
Why Should Music Cities Develop Early Career Talent?
As part of the launch of Cardiff, Music City, this discussion brings together key players with experience of cities which put music at the centre of city planning. Does this include investment in local talent and if so how?
Panel Discussion chaired by Bethan Elfyn BBC Radio Wales & Horizons / Gorwelion with:
Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West and Deputy Shadow Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport
John Rostron, Promoter and Cardiff Music City Consultant
Ani Saunders (aka Ani Glass), Artist, PHD on Music Cities
Louise Mitchell, Bristol Music Trust/Colston Hall
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4.10pm – 4.45pm:
Reflections on the Day’s Discussions
Hear from three of PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partners who will reflect on the main themes of the day and encourage further discussion online after the conference has ended.
Zakiya Bale, Urban Development reflecting on Bridging the Gap
Debra King, Brighter Sound reflecting on Beyond Education
Rollo Maschietto, Sound Diplomacy reflecting on Music Cities
Facilitated by Graham Hitchen
Lunch is sponsored by: