Music Futures Conference

12th November 2015

Sage Gateshead

12th November 2015

Sage Gateshead




Music Futures has quickly become the must attend autumn music industry conference for:

  • Innovative musicians & producers
  • Leading labels
  • Digital music analysts
  • Streaming services
  • Forward thinking publishers
  • Industry trade organisations

Now in its fifth year, it’s no wonder that the Music Futures conference has developed a reputation as one of the most forward thinking and trend forecasting industry events in the UK, boasting both national and international reach.

Music Futures Digital Partner



Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 in News.

Generator is absolutely thrilled to announce the addition of former Sony Music CEO and head honcho of recently founded Twin Music, Nick Gatfield as the second special guest to take part in Music Futures Fireside Chats.

Nick is recognised as one of the leading A&R experts in the business worldwide and it came as no surprise when he launched his new company, Twin Music, to be centred around developing, managing and funding a delivery strategy and business platform with the aim of creating sustainable business models for both artists and entrepreneurs.

At the time of launching the company Nick stated, To date there has been a void in early stage funding and incubation support for new artists and music start-ups. However, with the current level of disintermediation in the industry, there has rarely been a better time for artists and entrepreneurs to pursue their unique vision and forge their own career paths. Twin Music Inc hopes to fill this void and help find & develop those unique individuals who will define the next chapter of the music business.”

In addition to his Fireside Chat, Nick will also take part in the conference panel alongside Alison Donald, Caroline Elleray and Jim Chancellor discussing whether A&R now relies on data too heavily and should pay more attention to the actual talent.


Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 in News.

Generator  are thrilled to announce that Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at the BPI will deliver the key note address at Music Futures.

During his 8 year tenure at the BPI, Geoff has been at the forefront of many battles that the music industry has had to encounter, not least combatting piracy on all levels. As such, along with UK Music, he has been instrumental in changing consumer behaviour working with technology partners, despite some resistance, to ensure that music is valued correctly and help educate consumers that they should be paying for it.

At the conference Geoff will expand on how the future will look for the music Industry and how tech will continue to affect the changing patterns of consumption and distribution from the future of the high street right through to streaming and playlist curation effectively replacing radio.

Speaking about the conference Geoff said, “The music industry is constantly adapting its business models to take advantage of new technology and to offer consumers new ways to engage with music. This makes forward-looking conferences such as Music Futures vital to help us anticipate future trends and understand their implications for the whole music ecosystem. Music Futures is now a major event in our music industry calendar and I am very much looking forward to delivering its keynote address this year.” 

Second Wave of Stellar Speakers Announced

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 in News.

Generator are pleased to reveal the second wave of speakers to take part in the already impressive Music Futures Conference in November.

Set to join Simon Cole (CEO, 7 digital) and Joe Harland (Head of Visual Radio, BBC) on the ‘Rebirth of Radio’ panel will be Karen Pearson of Folded Wing, the pioneers in the use of radio, branded content and online broadcasting.

Victoria Campoamor of Google Play and Chris Meehan, CEO of Sentric become the first panellists announced for ‘Music Publishing in the Digital Age’ while independent retailer Phil Barton of Sister Ray joins Kim Bayley (ERA), Martin Talbot (Official Charts Company), Mel Armstrong (HMV) and Lee Morrison (Believe Digital) to discuss the future of retail in all its formats.

With Alison Donald (Joint MD, Columbia), Jim Chancellor (MD Fiction / Caroline International), Caroline Elleray (VP of A&R, Universal Music Publishing) already announced to talk about whether A&R is too reliant on data the themes and panels are shaping up as one of the strongest assemblies of executives taking part in a UK conference to date.

In addition, the conference’s ever popular ‘Insight Presentations’ also make a step up with independent playlist champion Sammy Andrews (Cooking Vinyl), music industry social media guru, Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown / The Daily Digest), ethical secondary ticketing pioneer, Richard Davies (Twickets) and the man who turned Mr Scruff into a high street brand, manager Gary McClarnan all delivering warts and all sessions on some of the toughest topics in the industry.

If that wasn’t already enough for one day Generator have announced the first of the conferences one to one Fireside Chats in the shape of Sony Music’s Vice President of Strategy Fred Bolza for an in depth look at where he feels the industry is headed over the next decade or so.

Generator and Music Futures CEO Jim Mawdsley comments “We have been overwhelmed with the response from all of the fantastic industry executives we have invited to present or take part in panels at Music Futures this year. There is a real appetite for discussion and debate around where we are all heading and this conference look set to lead the way. We have much more to announce but already the strength and quality of the event is certainly looking to be one that will live long in the memory.”

With even more still to be announced Music Futures is certainly shaping up as an event that just cannot be missed.

Interview 1

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 in News.

As the Music Futures Conference approaches The Gen locked three participating industry stalwarts in a room to get their take on why the conference is important and what they want from the day.

7 Digital CEO Simon Cole got the ball rolling: “The music and radio industries have rarely been at a point of so much change and tumult, Music Futures comes at what I think is a critical time in the industry’s transition”.

An opinion echoed by Sentric CEO Chris Meehan who’s been a regular attendee at previous Music Futures, “With so much change within the industry, it’s always great to get together with colleagues and forget each other’s business for a day and concentrate on the industry as a whole and about how things can change for the better”.

Darren Hemmings Founder of Motive Unknown joined in: “And because the industry is facing challenges and it will continue to do so for some years to come, it’s really important to have honest discussions led by people with significant industry experience”.

Simon added “At such a junction, communication and an open exchange of views and opinions are vital, as is the opportunity to meet participants and potential clients”.

Darren picked up on the importance: “What is critical is a high level of informed discourse and Music Futures has that – I really enjoyed the last Music Futures as there was a good deal of frank, insightful chat that got everyone thinking. Bizarrely, that’s still quite a rare thing, so I treasure it when I find it”.

Chris explained: “The conference has a very high calibre of speakers and attendees, so you always learn”.

Chris continued: “The shift and change of revenue streams presents a great opportunity for artists and industry alike to generate income and engage with consumers in new ways”.

Simon chipped in: “And technology is making it possible for more people to enjoy more music in more formats and environments than ever before”.

Darren added: “These changes will force old models to be laid to rest and challenge people to think up new ways of doing things”.

Leaving Chris with the last word: “After having had such a great time at last year’s Music Futures, I’m really looking forward to meeting old friends and making new one in a great setting, Great ideas and potential partnerships always happen at Music Futures”.

Music Futures conference, takes place at Sage Gateshead on November 12th


The Future Starts Here: Music Week Interview

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 in News.

Interview Extract taken from Music Week by Dave Roberts 7-9-15

Created five years ago by the North East based regional business booster Generator, Music Futures has evolved into a well regarded music business conference with a national (and indeed international) agenda. Founder Jim Mawdsley talks to Dave Roberts about how the event has grown and what to expect this year…

Can you tell us a bit about how and why Music Futures was started?

Historically we had shied away from producing an annual conference as we delivered content all year round. We were then tasked with producing a Music Business network in Yorkshire and one of the pre requisites of the agreement was to produce a conference for the network at the end of the year. We planned a day packed with panels, networking events and talks which was over subscribed and extremely useful for the businesses in the region so we thought we should be doing this in the North East.

And how has it evolved in the last five years in terms of its standing, its agenda and its goals?

As we had established our business support programme for new and existing Music Businesses in the North East originally Music Futures was an opportunity for those business to get together for a day, network and to listen to panellists and speakers from the highest end of the music industry. We were almost taken aback at how much support the industry gave us in terms of the calibre of experts willing to give us their time and travel to the Northeast.

As the conference has grown we’ve had to move it to bigger stages, from the original theatre to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and again, as attendance and interest has grown, we’ve had to move to the iconic Sage Gateshead. We realised that this has become an industry conference of national interest. We always wanted to evolve a conference which was less about the practicalities of the “here and now” which all the other conferences and conventions are about (and are extremely useful), to one that was more for music industry leaders, strategists and commentators to outline where they think the industry is going, on as many aspects as possible in one structured day.  We have an ambition to make this the must attend autumn event for the Music Industry and it is shaping up to be just that.

Who is Music Futures for?

Music Futures is aimed at the national Music Industry. It is for anyone working and making a living from the industry whether as a junior or senior exec in a major label, leading indie or small recording company right through to trade associations, management companies etc. It is an opportunity for the industry to get together outside of London and discuss and debate the immediate future of the industry.

What will delegates get out of MF?

They will certainly get insight into where areas of their business activity are headed by hearing discussion from some of the leading figures in differing sectors of the industry. Throughout the event including the preconference reception on Wednesday the 11th and the post conference drinks and social they will get opportunities to network with each other and the invited panellists / speakers. We aim to have high quality throughout and these opportunities will be enhanced by the fact we have limited the numbers to 320 delegates this year.

Who helps you shape the topics and the participants?

We are really proud that through the success of the organisation we have built strong partnerships who are happy to help with content and with attracting the right guests to participate. This year apart from working with Music Week, of course we are producing content with Music Ally, Music Business Worldwide, New Slang Media and with trade associations including the Music Publishers Association and Musicians’ Union. We are also massively fortunate to have Tony Wadsworth on our board and he has been a huge help in advising on all aspects of the conference as well as inviting key people to attend.

Which issues in particular are you tackling this year?

The main themes we are tackling are quite simply retail, publishing, A&R and streaming but obviously where the future lies for them. With A&R we are asking whether the whole business of signing artists is too reliant on data nowadays with less emphasis on the actual creativity of writing a good strong repetoire. With retail we are asking where the continuing rise of streaming will leave retail both physically and digitally and with the former is the continued rise of vinyl sales boosting a return to the high street stores? Streaming is a fascinating area at the minute, not least the revenue share debates but also how it could eventually take over radio as well as a primary music consumption and promotion model as we have seen moves towards increased curation and indeed the ‘acquisition’ of key broadcasters and producers by Apple in recent times. We have also seen changes in the way technology can affect the way publishers can share data with their clients and we are asking the question on whether transparency is the future. Underlying all of these themes is the big question of whether more tech based companies are actually trying to take over the music industry as we see an increasing need for their promotion and distribution models.

Who are some of the standout speakers and panelists and how many more are there to announce?

We still have plenty to announce including the ‘fireside chats’ with leading Music Industry figures but the line up of speakers is already not only the best yet at Music Futures but also one of the most impressive I’ve seen at an industry conference for years. The A&R panel ‘Where Data leads the music will follow’ already has Alison Donald (joint MD at Columbia), Jim Chancellor (MD Fiction and Caroline International) and Caroline Elleray (Head of A&R at Universal Publishing) on it. The future of retail has a similarly strong line up so far with Martin Talbot (MD at The Official Charts Company), Kim Bayley (CEO, ERA), Mel Armstrong (Director of Music Category at HMV) and Lee Morrison (General Manager UK at Believe Digital). We’ve just added Andy Heath (Beggars) to Chris Meehan (CEO at Sentric) for the publishing panel and with Joe Harland (Radio 1 and 1 Extra), Simon Cole (CEO at 7 Digital) all to be joined by confirmed but yet to be announced guests as well as a strong showing of moderators including Mark Sutherland from Music Week, Karim Fanous from Music Ally, Chris Price from New Slang Media and Tim Ingham from Music Business Worldwide it really is shaping up to be an unmissable event.

Has it been a goal to build around the conference itself? And what do you have this year ‘outside office hours’, so to speak?

Yes definitely, as we have had increasing amounts of people travelling to the event from much further afield and staying over we have been conscious that we should lay on some social events. This year we are hosting a preconference reception on the Wednesday 11th which all speakers and delegates will be invited to in order to break the ice. Also following the event we will have the traditional networking drinks and then everyone can move over to the Ouseburn Valley where we have an evening programme of gigs at the Cluny and Cluny 2 (venues that were central to the recent 6 Music Festival day time programme) where we will be putting some of the Tipping Point artists on alongside some of the regions brightest talent. The beauty of these venues is that they have a huge bar in between so if the bands don’t take your fancy you can just continue your conversations…

One of Generator’s founding principles is to assist local businesses and creatives, does that mean that there is a regional element to Music Futures, or is it an entirely national event?

Over recent years we have taken a more national role in a significant amount of what we do and it is this outlook that we see Music Futures now becoming a truly national event. Newcastle / Gateshead can be reached on a train from Kings Cross in under 3 hours and with the conscious decision to keep the key content of Music Futures to one day we are looking to build a strong conference that will definitely be worth the trip without being too costly at all.

On that note, is the music industry too Londoncentric and do you ever get pushback from potential panelists or delegates who don’t fancy making the trip?!

No not at all. To be honest we have been taken aback by the willingness of everyone to come and take part. I think that is testament to the team at Generator who have earned the respect and admiration from the UK Music Industry by producing outstanding programmes that have helped artists and businesses succeed wherever they are based. We are finding that while the heat of the UK music industry remains in London there are an increasing amount of success stories from all regions and nations of the British Isles.

Music Futures Just Gets Bigger

Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 in News.

If you haven’t already booked your place at this year’s Music Futures Conference, make sure you register before Friday 28th August to make the most of our £80 early bird ticket offer.

On top of the fantastic line up of speakers discussing and debating the burning issues affecting our industry today, Music Futures delegates will also be able to attend 3 pre and post conference Socials

Before the event kicks off all delegates and speakers will be invited to attend a special networking reception at Sage Gateshead on the eve of the conference on Wednesday 11th November.

We close the conference itself with the traditional post event networking drinks…

…And for the first time ever, Music Futures will have a live music programme on the evening of the 12th taking over The Cluny & Cluny 2 for the night showcasing some of the UK’s best new music unearthed through Generator’s daily blog ‘The Tipping Point’ and Evolution Emerging Festival (lineup TBA). Entrance is included in the price of the conference ticket.

First Speakers Announced for Music Futures 2015

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015 in News.

Generator has today announced the initial line up of stellar panellists for the Music Futures Conference set to take place at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 12th November. The impressive programme looks to discover what is next for the UK’s most productive creative industries, confirmed panels include…

The Rebirth of Radio – exploring the fascinating space where broadcast and Internet radio collide

  • Joe Harland (Head of Visual Radio, BBC)
  • Simon Cole (CEO, 7 Digital)
  • Chris Price (Director, New Slang Media)

The Future of Retail – from all aspects including the affect this will have on downloads, physical record stores and of course the vinyl revival

  • Kim Bayley (CEO, Entertainment Retailers Association)
  • Martin Talbot (MD, The Official Charts Company)
  • Melanie Armstrong (Director of Music Category, HMV)
  • Lee Morrison (General Manager UK, Believe Digital)

Crisis What Crisis? – With recent reports suggesting that A&R are lazy, too reliant on data and aren’t getting to the real core of the music, we ask ‘crisis what crisis?’

  • Alison Donald (Co President, Columbia Music UK)
  • Jim Chancellor (MD, Fiction Records & Joint Managing Director / Head of Music, Caroline International)
  • Caroline Elleray (Head of A&R, Universal Music Publishing)
  • Tim Ingham (Editor, Music Business Worldwide)

More speakers, panels, themes, presentations and further sessions to be announced, check back for updates.

2015 Registration Now Open

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 in News.

The well-established Music Futures Conference, brought to you by the UK’s leading music development agency Generator, is set to be the largest event yet and the must attend event in the UK for music businesses and industry professionals.

This year the conference is being held at the prestigious Sage Gateshead on the bank of the Tyne on Thursday 12th November.

The conference offers an impressive programme including cutting edge panel discussions, keynote speeches and ‘In Conversations’ with high profile industry figures.

Prices start from as little as £80 with our earlybird rate which finishes on 28th August. Special students rates available – click on the ‘Ticket’ button to view all rates.

To help us deliver a fresh, innovative and thought provoking programme we are working alongside key delivery partners including: Music Week, Music Ally, New Slang Media, Motive Unknown and Music Business Worldwide as well as key conference advisors such as Tony Wadsworth.

Conference themes include…

  • The vinyl revival and the future of retail
  • Streaming and curation – is this the future of radio?
  • Is increasing clarity and transparency for artists’ revenues the future for publishing?
  • Does A&R rely too heavily on data and pay too little attention to actual talent?
  • Are tech companies the new superpowers of the music industry?

We look forward to welcoming you to NewcastleGateshead in November.

New Sponsor Announcements

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 in News.

We’re delighted to welcome HMV as Gold Sponsor and Musicians’ Union as Session Sponsor at this year’s conference. For sponsorship opportunities contact Jo Sloan on or 0191 241 4523.

Music Futures Conference 2015

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

We’re busy planning Music Futures Conference 2015, expect an announcement soon. In the meantime, here’s some brief highlights from 2014′s conference.


Music Futures has quickly become the must attend autumn music industry conference for:

  • Innovative musicians & producers
  • Leading labels
  • Digital music analysts
  • Streaming services
  • Forward thinking publishers
  • Industry trade organisations

Now in its fifth year, it’s no wonder that the Music Futures conference has developed a reputation as one of the most forward thinking and trend forecasting industry events in the UK, boasting both national and international reach.


Geoff Taylor – BPI

Geoff Taylor
Having spent 8 years as Chief Executive Officer at the BPI and being at the forefront of the many battles that the music industry has encountered, not to mention piracy on all levels, we feel extremely privileged to welcome Geoff Taylor as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s Music Futures Conference.

Geoff, a lifetime music fan, is also Chief Executive of BRIT Awards Ltd and a Director of the Official Charts Company.

Victoria Campoamor – Google Play

Victoria Campoamor
Victoria is Head of Publisher and Society Partnerships at Google Play, overseeing music licensing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Victoria has a wealth of experience in the music business with previous positions at companies including PRS for Music and International Music Joint Venture.

Chris Meehan – Sentric Music

Chris Meehan
Chris is Co-Founder and CEO of Sentric Music, an award winning music publisher collecting and licensing music directly in over 100 countries.

Headquartered in Liverpool with operational bases in US, Scandinavia, Germany and Holland, Sentric publishes over 70,000 songwriters and in excess of 400,000 songs. Chris has also appeared in Music Week’s 30 under 30 list.

Ray Bush – The Music Royalty Co

Ray is the Founder and Managing Director of The Music Royalty Co which provides accountancy services and royalty processing for record labels, distributors and music publishers.

Ray started out in cinema, before joining Cooking Vinyl in 2011 to create and manage a royalty department. In 2014, this department broke away to become a company in its own right.

Mark Sutherland – Music Week

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Mark is Contributing Editor at Music Week and is an extremely experienced and respected music industry journalist having written for Smash Hits and NME, as well as his current contributions to Q, Kerrang!, Rolling Stone and The Times.

Mark is scheduled to take over as Musc Week Editor from Tom Pakinkis shortly.

Joe Harland – BBC

Joe Harland square
Joe is Head of Visual Radio for the BBC, working with his small team to create videos that have made Radio 1 the most-watched radio station in the world.

Joe previously produced Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe before taking up his role as Executive Producer overseeing the station’s specialist output.

Karen Pearson – Folded Wing

Karen Pearson
Karen is the Founder of Folded Wing, one of the most innovative production companies around today. Karen is passionate about music and radio and developed her production skills at BBC Radio 1 which included seven years with Giles Peterson’s legendary Worldwide show.

Pete Downton – 7digital

Pete Downton
Pete is Chief Commercial Officer at 7digital, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy.

Prior to 7digital, Pete held leadership roles at Imagination Technologies and spent over a decade working for Warner Music Group, holding senior management positions in the company’s International Marketing and Business Development teams.

Lisa Ward – Fiction

Lisa Ward
Lisa is Label Manager at Fiction Records, home to artists such as Elbow, Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs and The Maccabees.

She was promoted internally in 2013, having previously filled the position of Senior Product Manager where she oversaw Haim’s number 1 debut album.

Chris Price – New Slang Media

Chris Price
Chris is the founder of New Slang Media, working with radio, streaming services, labels and brands to build audiences through content, curation and creativity.

Chris has previously worked as Head of Music for BT and, and occupied roles at MTV, BBC Radio 1, Sony and Warner.

Nick Gatfield – Twin Music Inc

Nick Gatfield
Nick is the Founder of Twin Music Inc, which offers seed/angel investment for both music creatives and emerging start-ups. Nick has previously headed up companies including EMI, Island Records and Sony Music UK, having left the latter last year to establish his own company.

Alison Donald – Columbia

Alison Donald
Alison is Co-President at Columbia Records alongside Mark Terry. Alison has previously been managing director of Chrysalis Music, where she served for ten years, and Head of A&R at Warner Chappell Music.

She also worked for Capital/EMI Records for seven years, ending as Senior Vice President A&R in Los Angeles.

Tim Ingham – Music Business Worldwide

Tim Ingham
Tim is the Founder of Music Business Worldwide (MBW) and was Editor of Music Week for more than three years before stepping down in late 2014.

Tim has also written about the music industry for the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Daily Mail and NME.

Fred Bolza – Sony Music

Fred Bolza
Fred Bolza is Vice President at Sony and is responsible for the development of their strategy in the UK. Fred runs an in-house marketing team that helps labels connect artists with fans by offering planning, insight, partnership, digital, social and creative services.

Previously,Fred worked as a strategist at PRS for Music and as a management consultant advising ISPs, mobile operators and media companies.

John Hirst – HMV

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John is Senior Music Manager at HMV, having been promoted in 2010 following his work as chart manager for the UK entertainment retailer.

John has since overseen a major upturn in the company’s fortunes with a series of initiatives including a focus on the vinyl format and in-store gigs.

Lee Morrison – Believe Digital

Lee Morrison
Lee is General Manager at Believe Digital, providing widespread digital distribution and trade marketing services to labels.

Some of his previous roles include Head of Digital at Skint / Loaded Records, Director of Sales at Broad Street Digital, owner at Alexlee Music Management and sales for Amato Distribution.

Phil Barton – Sister Ray

Phil Barton
Phil is the Owner and Manager of independent record shop, Sister Ray and has been involved in many aspects of the music industry from A&R to management and all points in between.

Phil retains an undying passion for independent retail and more importantly the vinyl format which is essential to its resurgence.

Sammy Andrews – Cooking Vinyl

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Sammy is Head of Digital at UK-based independent record label Cooking Vinyl.

Sammy has extensive industry experience as a concert promoter, artist manager and independent record label founder and currently heads up Cooking Vinyl’s digital department looking after campaigns including Billy Bragg, Carl Barat and The Prodigy.

Sammy has also recently been named as Rising Star by Music Week’s Women in Music Awards.

Sammy’s recent blog for MBW is brimming with convergent ideas.

Darren Hemmings – Motive Unknown

Darren Hemmings
Darren is the Founder of Motive Unknown, a strategic digital marketing consultancy and former head of digital marketing at PIAS.

Darren’s clients include Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, Villagers, Local Natives, Darwin Deez, Drenge, The Temper Trap and Eliza & The Bear.

Gary McClarnan – Mr Scruff

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Gary is the Founder of Sparklestreet, an artist management and events production company in Manchester.

Gary discovered Mr Scruff, who is still a client, and helped him reach international fame with music featured in international ad campaigns, selling over one million records and producing hundreds of successful lines of merchandise.

Jim Chancellor – Fiction Records

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Jim is Managing Director at Fiction Records and joint Managing Director and Head of Music at Caroline International, housed under the Universal International umbrella.

Jim has extensive experience in the music industry, particularly in A&R having discovered the likes of Snow Patrol and worked with artists including Ian Brown.

Karim Fanous – Music Ally

Karim Fanous
Karim is Head of Research and insight at Music Ally, specialising in strategy and business development across the label and startup sectors.

Karim is also an experienced analyst and regular speaker / panellist at various music industry events across the world.

Martin Talbot – Official Charts Company

Martin Talbot
Martin is Managing Director of The Official Charts Company, joining in 2007 after several years as Editor of Music Week.

Martin has since overseen a rebrand of the company with the launch of subscriptions and streaming data for the industry, as well as the launch of the Official Chart Update.

Kim Bayley, ERA

Kim Bailey

Kim is Chief Executive of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), whose members include major digital service and retailers selling music, video and games in the UK.

Kim is also a Director of the Official Charts Company and a key participant in many entertainment industry forums.

Richard Davies – Twickets

Richard Davies
Richard is the Founder of Twickets the ethical ticketing agency and is currently looking to build on its audience of 500,000 through strategic partnerships with artists, event owners and venues.

Richard started his career as a graduate trainee at EMI Records for eight years before setting up Good Technology in 1994, one of the UK’s first digital agencies.



Registration for Music Futures 2015 is now open. To register your place please click the link below:

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Ticket Prices:

Standard – £100 + VAT (Includes entry to pre-conference reception and Music Futures Live)

Student* rate – £50 + VAT (Includes entry to pre-conference reception and Music Futures Live)

*Please note you will be asked to provide a copy of your student ID




The 2015 conference will be taking place at Sage Gateshead. 

Travel information

  • Sage Gateshead is situated on the Quayside in Gateshead, a 10 minute walk from Gateshead Town Centre.
  • Newcastle Central Station is 3 hours from London Kings Cross, 1.5 hours from Edinburgh.
  • Sage Gateshead is accessible for pedestrians from the Newcastle Quayside over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
  • Tyne and Wear Metro Service. Newcastle Central Station or Gateshead Metro Interchange.
  • Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station. The bright Yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, at least every 20 minutes during the evening and directly serve Sage Gateshead. The Quaylink service 1 (Q1) starts from both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station.


Sage Gateshead
St Mary’s Square
Gateshead Quays



There are a number of accommodation options located close to the Sage Gateshead. To help with your planning we have arranged preferential rates for Music Futures delegates on the 11th & 12th November at the following hotels:

Hilton NewcastleGateshead (5 minute walk)
Delegate rate:
£109 B&B per night
To book a room click this link 

Ramada Encore (8 minute walk) 
Delegate rate:
One nights stay – £95 B&B per night
Two nights stay – £67 B&B per night
To book a room call the hotel directly on 0191 4813600, select option 2 and quote block code EC1111 

Jury’s Inn NewcastleGateshead Quays (10 minute walk)
Delegate rate:
Single occupancy – £85 B&B per night
Single occupancy – £75 Room Only per night
To book a room call the hotel directly on 0191 401 6800 and quote ECHOBA111115

Copthorne Hotel Newcastle (10 minute walk)
Delegate rate:
Single occupancy – £100 B&B per night
Double occupancy – £120 B&B per night
To book a room call the hotel directly on 0191 20 11 393 and quote ECHO111115

Malmaison (10 minute walk)
Delegate rate:
£125 per night (breakfast not included)
To book a room call the hotel directly on 0871 943 0350 and quote 1111EE.

Please note these rates are only available for a limited time so book early to avoid disappointment.

Other hotels options include:

Premier Inn Newcastle Quayside Hotel (10 minute walk)
Travelodge Newcastle Central (14 minute walk)
The Vermont Hotel (10 minute walk)
Thistle Newcastle City Centre (17 minute walk)
Hampton by Hilton (17 minute walk)
Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle (12 minute walk)

Please note delegates are responsible for booking and paying their own accommodation. This is not included in the conference fee. 


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Event Sponsors

Generator gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in the preparation and delivery of Music Futures Conference 2015…

Music Futures Live

The Tipping Point presents… Music Futures Live with PINS, Kagoule, Gallery Circus + more

Generator’s new music blog The Tipping Point announces a live music programme that will follow the Music Futures conference on Thursday 12th November.

Tickets are on sale now for the Live event and for delegates attending the conference entry will be included as part of the conference ticket (subject to capacity).


The Tipping Point presents… Music Futures Live



Music Futures Live will take place at The Cluny and Cluny 2 in Newcastle featuring headliners PINS and Kagoule along with promising regional acts Gallery Circus and Coquin Migale.

Manchester’s PINS were first featured on The Tipping Point in 2012 and following the success of their second album ‘Wild Nights’ will headline The Cluny stage with their brooding post-punk. Cluny 2 plays host to NME, Drowned In Sound and Kerrang! favourites Kagoule who headline as part of their current Mapped Out tour, they will be joined by rising indie 3-piece Man Made who are currently on tour with Johnny Marr, Newcastle’s brightest alternative guitar hopes Coquin Migale and through a partnership with Sentric Music, ILSER will open the stage with their dark, riff-driven rock. Joining PINS in The Cluny will be the powerful rock duo Gallery Circus, soulful electronic producer Dom Zilla, playing his debut Newcastle show and London’s All Kings and Queens completing the bill after being selected with Music Futures digital partner conference sponsors TuneCore.

To buy tickets for Music Futures Conference & Live Programme head the the tickets section of the site.

All venues 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). Entry to Music Futures Live venues is wristband only. There are no individual venue tickets. No wristband, no entry.

Collecting Wristbands
Whether you buy advanced tickets (online or at The Cluny) or would like to buy your wristband at the event, you MUST go to our Wristband Exchange Desk in The Cluny gallery (opposite the main venue entrance) to collect your wristband.