Preston to host the Future Sound Music Conference

Posted on - 17th April, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Music, Preston News, University campus, What's On in Preston
Music management students are to get the chance to quiz industry experts

Music management students are to get the chance to quiz industry experts

The future of the music industry is to be debated and showcased at a two-day event in Preston.


Musicians, academics and journalists are to gather for the Future Sound Music Conference.

Held at the University of Central Lancashire the event has a diverse range of speakers.

Professor Michael Huber from the Institute of Sociology of Music gives the keynote talk on the second day.

Conference co-organiser Tony Rigg said: The panels have been designed to feature expertise that cover the main areas of the contemporary music industry, and include entrepreneurial thinkers, representatives from key institutions, artists, managers, and people working at the cutting edge of the digital music environment.

“Whilst we will be exploring new knowledge, you don’t have to be an expert, a student, or working in the industry to attend. This event is also ideal for anyone who might want to make a living from music related activities, or is considering studying at the University.

“Members of the public are very welcome. There is no charge for attending but it will be necessary to reserve a place in advance.”

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Those speaking at the event include:
Dr Rupert Till, esteemed academic and author
Owen Hatherley, journalist and author
Nicola Spokes, Marketing Director for Ministry of Sound Recordings
Professor Ewa Mazierska, Professor of Contemporary Cinema at UCLan
Dr Niall Scott, Senior Lecturer in Ethics at UCLan

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Senior lecturer in music at UCLan Dr Les Gillon said: “Bringing industry and academia together is intrinsic to our work at the University of Central Lancashire. It is an excellent way to deepen our understanding of a constantly changing landscape and it helps to facilitate innovative practice. This is massively advantageous when working in competitive market environments such as the music industry.”

The festival runs from Tuesday 16 May to Wedesday 17 May.

Anyone wanting to attend is asked to email

What do you think of the festival? Will you be going? Let us know in the comments below

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