Live Music Exchange, Newcastle – Programme


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The event ran from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab (King’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU) – Thursday 2nd June

Tickets; £10 (£5 concessions – student/OAP)

 9:30  Registration, Coffee
10:00 Welcome An introduction to the day
10:30 Panel Discussion – Live Music in the North East: A discussion of the key challenges and opportunities facing live music practitioners in the North East region of England. Featuring participants from Generator, Jazz North East, the Musicians’ Union, Tees Music Alliance and others.
11:30  Panel Discussion – Live Music Value: An assessment of different ways of valuing live music – economic, social, cultural. Featuring: Jonathan Todd (UK Music Chief Economist), Dave Laing (journalist, researcher), Professor Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow, AHRC Cultural Value Project), Dr. Matt Brennan (University of Edinburgh, AHRC Cultural Value Project).
 12:30 Lunch
 1:30 Keynote address by Professor Simon Frith – ‘Living Music, Situating Value’

Professor Simon Frith is the Tovey Chair of Music at the University of Edinburgh and Chair of the Mercury Music Prize. He is a leading scholar in the fields of Popular Music Studies and live music research and author of Performing RitesThe Sociology of RockSound Effects and has published widely in academic journals. He is also a former music critic for The Times and a founder member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

 2:30 The Impact of British Festivals 20/20 – Dr. Emma Webster
 2:45 Break
 3:00 Panel discussion – The Secondary Ticket Market in the UK With a UK Government inquiry into the controversial secondary market due to release its report soon, this panel includes Professor Mike Waterson (University of Warwick and the chair of the inquiry), Sharon Hodgson MP (All Party Parliamentary Groups Music and on Ticket Abuse), Dave Newton (COO, WeGotTickets) and Paul Reed (General Manager of the Association of Independent Festivals)
3:50 Break
4:00 ‘In Conversation With’ – Dr Emma Webster speaks to Jim Mawdsley (CEO of Generator)  about the Newcastle live music scene and the changes that have taken place over the last twenty years.
 5:00 Summary of the day and respondents’ ideas
 5:30 Wine and networking