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The Talent Development Conference 2018

PRS Foundation presents…



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 organisationspolicy-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:

Beyond Education?

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: