Festival Summit: Streaming & artist engagement
Room 3 | 15:30 – 16:30 | Wednesday
Chair: Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt, IMMF
Beyond the walls and fences of their physical event, festival organisers are increasingly building their brand online. And with generating hours of unique content, what promoter would not want to broadcast their efforts as far as possible? But the ongoing conflicts between rights holders (artists/labels/publishers) and a summer calendar of festival appearances all wanting to broadcast similar content is a stumbling block that is only getting bigger. How much cooperation should festivals expect from artists booked to perform, and their labels? From streaming to media relationships, image and video rights, are festival organisers right to expect more from their bill?
Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group (UK)
Andras Berta, Sziget/Yourope (HU)
Rob Challice, CODA Agency (UK)
Ben Challis, Glastonbury Festival (UK)
Lars-Oliver Vogt, Live Nation (DE)
Chair's Biog | Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt advises The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), an organisation that brings together artist and artist representatives associations from 50 countries, to work for better trading conditions for creators through networking, sharing and discussion. His focus at IMMF is on metadata, usage and also copyright. He also works as a business adviser to artists, and at Acme Rights as a rights specialist for a selection of recording artists and music copyrights.
Ruth Barlow began working for the Beggars Group (4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks) in 2002, firstly as a national radio promoter working with The White Stripes, Interpol & TV on the Radio etc. She developed a new role under the ‘live’ banner getting involved in a variety of areas including festivals, live shows, merchandise, live marketing, brand partnerships, live stunts and building relationships with the live industry. More recently, Ruth has been instrumental in implementing company-wide policies and procedures regarding the licensing of the labels’ artist’s live recordings to third parties worldwide. In 2014, Ruth was invited to join the Beggars Group board.
Speaker's Biog | Andras Berta
Andras Berta has been involved in the Hungarian and international music industry for about 15 years. He was co-founder and director of PANKKK, the popular music development programme of the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and also served as programme co-ordinator of Music Export Hungary. Andras worked for booking and management agency Budapestrocknroll and was co-founder/ceo of the independent label zene360, before taking the position of international relations director at Sziget Cultural Management Ltd in 2010. His main task is supervising the international sales, marketing and communication of Sziget and Balaton Sound. Andras is also a founder and head of the European Marketing and Communication Group within Yourope, the European Festival Association.
Rob Challice has over 30 years’ experience in the live music industry, as agent, promoter and festival organiser. He is one of the founding directors of London-based Coda Agency Ltd, which, in 2014, entered into a global partnership with Paradigm Talent Agency. Acts represented by Rob include Billy Bragg, Bon Iver, Ezra Furman, John Grant, Warpaint and Sufjan Stevens.
Speaker's Biog | Ben Challis
Ben is a UK lawyer specialising in music and entertainment law. His clients include the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, where he is executive producer for television and general counsel. Ben acts for Africa Express, Damon Albarn's eclectic collaboration of African and Western musicians, for the Prince's Trust, for Arcadia Spectacular and for Yourope, the European festivals association. He also co-founded A Greener Festival, the global environmental campaign group that works with music and arts festivals to promote environmental good practice. Ben is a graduate in law from Kings College London and The City University. He also holds the degree of Master of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sheffield Hallam University.