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Meet the team behind The Great Escape, find out what staging a festival involves, and learn more about the inner workings of the wider music industry in 2020. Perfect for anyone considering a career in music - on or off stage - and everyone interested in the ever evolving music business.

11.00 Meet The Great Escape The Great Escape is the festival for new music. Every May 16,500 music fans and 4,500 music industry executives arrive in Brighton to check out the very best new music, with 450+ acts playing across 35+ venues over three days. Meet the team that make it happen and find out what is involved in producing a showcase festival of this size, and how we discover and select the artists and bands who play TGE each year. With Adam Ryan (Head of Music), Carolyn Bates (Marketing and Event Manager) and Nathalie von Rotz (Partnerships & Event Manager). Moderated by CMU’s Sam Taylor.

12.00 CMU:DIY's Guide To Making Money From Music CMU is a news service and consultancy that helps people navigate and understand the music business. The CMU team also programme the conference side of The Great Escape, where music industry leaders debate the latest trends and developments in streaming, marketing, touring, media, talent development and artist deals. In this workshop, CMU's Sam Taylor will introduce all the ways that artists generate revenue around their music today, and explain the role different music companies play in making all that happen.

13.00 Join The TGE Team The Great Escape has a network of volunteers who help support the festival each May. This is a great way to get hands-on experience working on a music festival, plus you'll get to see some great music for free. Find out more about the volunteer programme and how you can apply. With Rebecca Halifax (Volunteer Manager)

13.30 TGE Q&A The team from TGE and CMU answer your questions. Whether you’re looking for tips on pursuing a career in music or the music industry, or you’d like to discuss some of the key issues facing the music business today, come join the debate!

14.00 Dream Wife Q&A Having formed while studying in Brighton, Dream Wife released their eponymous debut album in 2018, following it up with extensive touring across Europe and North America. With a new album in the pipeline, they'll take to the stage with TGE at Sussex University this Friday. Ahead of the gig, the band will join us for an open chat about their career to date, their experiences of the music industry, and their tips for aspiring musicians.

Dates & Times

  • Friday 14 February, 2020
    11:00am – 2:30pm


  • Free but Ticketed
Please note this is a special event only accessible to students and staff at University of Sussex
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