The Open Forum: The big round up
Room 1 | 11:15 – 12:45 | Wednesday
Chair: Phil Bowdery, Live Nation (UK)
Joining session chair Phil Bowdery (Live Nation) for an agenda that includes Brexit, secondary ticketing, agency consolidation and major global trends, will be renowned agent and CAA co-head, Emma Banks; Charles Attal, co-founder of C3 Presents (Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza); Paradigm Talent Agency's Marty Diamond, founder of Little Big Man Booking; FKP Scorpio chief Folkert Koopmans (Hurricane, Southside, Bråvalla); Nostromo Management founder Paul Craig (Biffy Clyro); and Amazon Tickets GM Geraldine Wilson.
The session will evaluate the key issues that have affected the industry over the last 12 months, before chair and panellists don deerstalker hats in order to predict the next 12.
Charles Attal, C3 Presents
Emma Banks, CAA
Paul Craig, Nostromo Management
Marty Diamond, Paradigm Talent
Folkert Koopmans, FKP Scorpio
Geraldine Wilson, Amazon Tickets
Chair's Biog | Phil Bowdery
Phil was appointed the position of executive vice president, touring Europe at Live Nation, after SFX acquired Barry Clayman Concerts, where he was a director, and has since been promoted to executive president of touring, international. In his current role, part of his brief is to oversee the management of the offices in Australasia, Asia & China, as well as international touring. His passion for music and his wealth of experience in touring are vital ingredients in the company’s continued success across the globe. Phil’s aspiration for a career in the music industry started at the age of 16 when he toured Germany as a drummer in a rock band. When the band split in 1971 he joined his hometown band, Mud, as road manager, touring Europe and the UK until 1978. He then left the UK for the USA, working for Monarch Entertainment in New Jersey, promoting home-grown rock acts and other East Coast bands such as Grateful Dead. After a year, Phil returned to the UK, and formed a long-time relationship with promoter Barry Clayman, and went on to become the tour manager for Leo Sayer. This working relationship continued at Barry’s company MAM Agency promoting other high-profile artists such as Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. Most recently, Phil has promoted the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2, Stevie Wonder and Coldplay, and a number of shows for Cirque du Soleil. In 2006, Phil was honoured with one of the music industry’s most coveted accolades - the Pollstar International Promoter of the Year award and in 2015 he received an ILMC Arthur Award for Promoter’s Promoter. He has also recently taken on the role of chairman of the Concert Promoters Association (CPA).
Speaker's Biog | Emma Banks
An agent for over 20 years and a founding agent at CAA’s London office, Emma Banks works across a wide range of artists from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Katy Perry, Kraftwerk to System of a Down. She has worked with many artists on her roster from their very first shows and believes that there is no substitute for hard work.
Speaker's Biog | Paul Craig
Paul currently co-manages one of the UK's most successful rock acts, Biffy Clyro, who in 2016 achieved their second Number 1 UK album and their first Number 1 album in Germany. During his career, he has also worked with and managed acts such as INXS, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, Birdy, Bullet For My Valentine, and The Overtones. In 2014, Paul launched Nostromo Management & Consultancy as an independent company to focus on global artist management, new technology and consultancy. In 2009, he was appointed SVP, artist partnerships for Warner Music UK where he was in charge of the strategic development and implementation of all 360 (e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, crm, ticketing, brand partnerships, merchandising, touring, and new commercial opportunities) activities across the company, as well as building an artist management company within Warners called Nostromo Management. In 2007, Paul was appointed general manager of Atlantic Records UK, and in 1999, he co-founded the artist management company SuperVision Management, which went on to represent multimillion selling acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, and Bullet For My Valentine, and to win both the Music Week and Music Managers Forum awards for 'Manager of The Year' in 2006.
Speaker's Biog | Marty Diamond
Marty founded Little Big Man Booking, a boutique music agency that was acquired by Paradigm in 2006. He oversaw Little Big Man's growth from a two-person operation to the leading small agency in North America, winning the Pollstar Award for Small/Boutique Booking Agency 10 out of 11 consecutive years. Marty himself won Pollstar's highest individual honor, Agent of the Year, in 1997; he has been nominated 12 times. Marty serves as a member of the Paradigm Music Executive Group. In 2016 and 2017, the group was recognised in Billboard’s Power 100 list. Among his clients are Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Solange, Halsey, Alessia Cara, Charli XCX, Sigur Rós, David Gray, Janelle Monáe, Blur, Vance Joy, Franz Ferdinand, and Sara Bareilles.
Folkert Koopmans is the CEO of FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH. He was born in Orleans, France, in 1963 and worked as a freelance promoter and talent buyer for renowned clubs like Große Freiheit 36 and Docks, before founding FKP Scorpio in 1990. Today, FKP Scorpio is not only one of the largest German organisers of tours and local concerts, but also the largest festival organiser in Europe, with offices in seven countries and more than 200 employees. The FKP Scorpio festival repertoire includes Hurricane, Southside, Highfield, Chiemsee Summer, M’era Luna, Rolling Stone Weekender, Metal Hammer Paradise, A Summer's Tale, Hamburger Kultursommer and Deichbrand. On the international side, FKP Scorpio hosts Bravalla (S), Northside (DK), Provinssi (FI), Greenfield (CH), Indian Summer (NL), Best Kept Secret (NL), Nu Forms (AT) and Out Of The Woods (AT), among others. Folkert’s artist roster includes musical giants such as Blink-182, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, James Blunt, Pixies and many more. In addition to tours, festivals, shows and local concerts, FKP Scorpio is also the owner of the gourmet variéte theatre PALAZZO, which opens its doors in the winter season in various European cities. Be it music or entertainment, Folkert is constantly seeking new forms of creative and innovative entertainment.
Speaker's Biog | Geraldine Wilson
Geraldine Wilson is general manager for Amazon Tickets UK and has a background in launching and running start ups inside and outside corporates. Before joining Amazon in 2014, Geraldine was managing director for Micro Merchants at WorldPay and launched WorldPay Zinc, a mobile card payment product for very small businesses. Prior to Worldpay, Geraldine was CEO of mobile telco, Truphone, VP mobile in Yahoo! Europe, and also had a variety of roles at Vodafone UK, Group and Sweden for 12 years, where she launched the UK ‘s first prepay product. She received an MBA from INSEAD in 1994 and a BA in French and maths from University College Dublin. She is Irish, lives in London and Newbury, is married with two children and is an Arsenal fan.