Venue Summit: Industry relationships
Room 3 | 14:00 – 15:00 | Thursday
Chair: Lucy Noble, Royal Albert Hall (UK)
At the centre of the live music equation, venues need solid relationships with each stakeholder in a show. But the nature of those relationships is changing. The promoter and agent relationship is key both in buy and hire scenarios but as venues leverage their own consumer relationships to produce or programme their own shows, how will this change? Brand involvement, including naming rights, is a constantly evolving relationship, alongside links with technology suppliers, and education and outreach programmes. So where does the modern music venue sit in the wider music ecosystem, and how does that impact the promoters, agents and others that they service?
Jane Beese, The Roundhouse (UK)
Stuart Galbraith, Kilimanjaro Live (UK)
Paul Ryan, United Talent Agency (UK)
Doug Smith, Ticketmaster (UK)
Tim Worton, AEG Ogden (AU)
Jason Zinc, Emporium Presents (US)
Chair's Biog | Lucy Noble
Lucy has been involved with the Royal Albert Hall for over fifteen years - she attended the Royal College of Music and during her studies worked as a steward at the Hall to support her musical education. She went on to work as an orchestral assistant at the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and IMG Artists as tours and projects manager. Lucy has recently been appointed as the artistic and commercial director at the Royal Albert Hall having held several positions beforehand. Her current focus at the Hall is producing and promoting its own programme of events – a new area for the Hall, this area ranges from films with live orchestra, classical concerts through to large-scale dance projects. As well as overseeing all artistic areas of the Hall, Lucy looks after the Education & Outreach Programme, which reached nearly 200k people in 2016, as well as the Hall’s corporate partnerships including sponsorship. Lucy is working to encourage more people of all backgrounds into the Hall through a programme of initiatives such as special matinees and workshops for young people with world-class artists. She is also responsible for introducing many of the new programming initiatives outside of the Hall’s main auditorium that highlight the Hall’s public benefit messages by offering these events for free or at lower tickets prices, such as the free lunchtime music, an exhibition series and Late Night Jazz, Elgar Comedy, Classical Coffee Mornings, the new Elgar Room programme and Albert Sessions initiatives.
Speaker's Biog | Jane Beese
Jane is the head of music at the Roundhouse. Her role involves overseeing the choreography of the diary for 100+ gigs, managing the team that produce the music projects in the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios, overseeing the Roundhouse Resident Music Artists, and curating new festivals and series such as In The Round, which started in January 2016 featuring artists such as Marianne Faithfull, Keaton Henson, Matthew E White, and Mulatu Astatke. The music team also produce Rising Festival, which is the Roundhouse’s platform for emerging talent. Jane was previously the head of contemporary music at the Southbank Centre where she was responsible for the co-ordination and management of Meltdown Festivals curated by David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Lee Scratch Perry and Robert Wyatt, going on to direct and programme Meltdown Festival from 2010 – 2015 with Richard Thompson, Ray Davies, Antony, James Lavelle and David Byrne as the artistic curators. In a former life, she spent 10 years working at 13 Artists, International Talent Booking and Asgard overseeing the International touring schedules of artists ranging from Radiohead and Skunk Anansie to Suede. She has also worked as a freelance programmer on corporate events such at T-Mobile Street Gigs working with artists such as Kasabian and Editors, and has tour managed several artists including the legendary New York Dolls. In 2009, she was nominated to the British Council's Cultural Leadership Programme. A graduate of London School of Economics in Government and History, she is committed to supporting the next generation of artists in an ever changing and challenging industry.
Speaker's Biog | Stuart Galbraith
Stuart is CEO of Kilimanjaro Live, one of the most successful and respected live music promotion companies in the UK. He has been a key player in the growth of UK live music over the last four decades. During 2016, he has promoted arena / stadium tours with artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Andrea Bocelli, Bastille, Hans Zimmer, Stereophonics, The 1975, Louis C.K. and BABYMETAL – making it Kilimanjaro’s most successful year to date. In 2015, Kilimanjaro promoted Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking 3 shows at Wembley Stadium. Galbraith’s career in music started off at Leeds University in 1980, where he brought in an amazing array of bands including The Clash, Simple Minds and U2. He quickly progressed and joined Midland Concert Promotions (MCP) in 1984 where he spent almost 15 years eventually becoming a director and partner. Whilst there Galbraith promoted and worked with many incredible artists including Simply Red, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, U2, Simple Minds and AC/DC. MCP saw a gap in the market, and Stuart played a role in the development of the creation of Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington Park. He also made it his mission to build Hyde Park as a music destination and highlights over the last few years in that venue include Bon Jovi, Simon & Garfunkel, REM, Queen, Shania Twain and the record breaking run by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, which played to over a quarter of a million people. At the start of 2008, Galbraith decided it was time for the next chapter and in partnership with Tim Leiweke at AEG Live formed Kilimanjaro Live, the company he runs to this day. Touring is at the heart of what Kili Live do and the calibre of artists they work with speaks for itself – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica, Simply Red, Barry Gibb, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Andrea Bocelli and many more. Away from work, Galbraith is an extreme sports enthusiast and v there’s a common thread between his work and hobby – stamina and unending determination, life’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Speaker's Biog | Paul Ryan
Starting off his journey in music as one of the founder Members of Cradle of Filth, after 2 albums and touring Europe for several years Paul became a regional promoter in East Anglia, which led to him working at the London Astoria (RIP) for the Mean Fiddler as a UK national promoter. After a couple of successful years, the switch to international agent was made working with the likes of Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Trivium amongst others.
Speaker's Biog | Doug Smith
Doug is SVP, business operations for Ticketmaster UK, responsible for the business’ Client Services teams based across the country in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Doug has over 26 years’ experience working in the ticketing business. He started his career at the NEC in Birmingham as a box office clerk, shortly moving across to the Symphony Hall, also in the city, to help open their box office in 1991. Doug spent a number of years working within football, firstly at Leeds United FC and then later managing ticketing and customer services at Manchester City FC, where he was also the customer charter representative focusing on issues of diversity within the club and amongst its fans. It was these years of experience in the industry that brought Doug to finally settle in London, taking on the role of ticketing director for Live Nation Entertainment, before moving to Ticketmaster.
Speaker's Biog | Tim Worton
Tim has been engaged in senior roles in venue management for over 25 years. Currently he is group director of arenas for AEG Ogden, the largest venue management company in the Asia Pacific region – a role he has fulfilled for over 11 years. Tim has oversight of the management of AEG Ogden's managed arenas – Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Brisbane and Newcastle Entertainment Centres and Perth Arena. He also interfaces with AEG Ogden’s stadiums, convention centres and theatres in their concert and live entertainment operations, in particular the theatres of the recently opened International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. In his role, Tim is responsible for business development and strategy, promoter relationships at the macro level, and oversight of the venues’ financial performance and compliance by the venues with the operator agreements with venue owners. Prior to his current role, Tim was general manager of the Sydney Entertainment Centre for 8 years, and prior to that, 6 years at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, 4 of which were in the capacity of general manager.