PPL and PRS for Music Panel at Liverpool Sound City

PPL and PRS for Music are holding a joint session titled ‘International Success and Maximising your Revenue Potential’ at the Liverpool Sound City music conference on Friday 22 May 2015.

Liverpool Sound City (LSC) is an international music, media and technology conference and festival, held in Liverpool from 22 - 24 May 2014. The live music festival features over 300 artists on over 25 stages throughout the city centre, while the accompanying conference includes key networking events and receptions.

‘International Success and Maximising your Revenue Potential’ explores the key opportunities available to artists internationally in a competitive market place, including crucial advice on how to increase global revenue streams.

The session will be moderated by PPL’s Director of Performer Affairs, Keith Harris, with Myles Keller, Member Development Director from PRS for Music, Irwin Sparkes, lead vocalist of The Hoosiers, and Australian singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi.

The session takes place at 12.30pm at the Hilton Liverpool on Friday 22nd May and is open to all LSC attendees. It will be informative for artists, labels, publishers, and managers.

Myles Keller, Membership Development Director, PRS for Music

A music industry veteran of 26 years, Myles oversees writer, publisher and music industry relations as well as the global membership acquisition strategy. The journey so far began on the road crew of the Pink Floyd ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ Tour, travelling through concert merchandising, artist management and record promotion working with artists as diverse as Brand New Heavies, ASWAD, Billy Idol, Richard Marx, Eternal, Hall and Oates, Lisa Stansfield, Dina Carroll and Bomb the Bass.
As an International Marketing head at EMI/Chrysalis, he ran global record campaigns for Jon Secada, Rick Wright, David Coverdale / Whitesnake, D ‘Angelo and Fun Lovin’ Criminals until joining 3 Mobile in 2000 to devise the strategy for music products and services. 
His management company Mylestone merged with Logan Media in 2002 handling artists, producers and songwriters including Fraser T Smith (UK), Relish (Ireland), Airman (Denmark) and Nina Woodford (Sweden) prior to his move to PRS for Music in 2006.

Keith Harris, Director of Performer Affairs, PPL

Keith Harris is the Director of Performer Affairs for PPL, former Chairman of the MMF the managers’ trade body and Chairman of Musictank.  Keith began work in the record industry in 1974 and worked at Transatlantic records, EMI Records where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’, Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International. He then joined Motown and during his period at the label worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores and Stevie Wonder.  He left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies. 
On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and has been involved in the management of various UK based artists since.  Keith managed the late Lynden David Hall, and still represents Stevie Wonder most recently being his Tour Manager for his US and European tour in 2014. He received the Music Industry Champion Award at the 2014 Artists and Managers Awards Ceremony.

Irwin Sparkes

After studying Performing Arts on a soccer scholarship at a university in Indiana, Irwin moved to London to form pop band, The Hoosiers, scoring a number one album with their debut ‘The Hoosiers & The Trick to Life’ and a top ten follow up with ‘The Illusion of Safety’. Comfortable collaborating with artists from diverse genres he has written with Hudson Taylor, Freestylers, Alexander Wolfe, Eg White, Elliot Kennedy, Rick Nowels and Cathy Dennis. Drawn to melodious top-lines and unique angles in lyrics, it’s Irwin’s desire to write music that matters; music that has an identity and helps to establish an artist and set them apart from the crowd.
As an artist himself Irwin is heavily involved with writing for London-based art-collective: The Sea & I. Known for producing concerts with a lighting designer, collaborating with London Chamber Brass, London Contemporary Voices choir and the Iskra string quartet they make a cinematic, baroque-pop noise that needs to be seen to be believed. After several years hiatus The Hoosiers are back making a noise in the studio and on the touring circuit with a barrage of new and constantly evolving rock-pop tracks, which The Sunday Times recently cited as “pop perfection”.

Gabriella Cilmi
Gabriella Cilmi is a multi award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, best known for her hit song ‘Nothing Sweet About Me’. In 2008 Cilmi was awarded six ARIA Music Awards, including Single of the Year and Best Female Artist, followed by a Best International Female BRIT Award nomination in 2009. Her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned, was released in March 2008, becoming an international success, and Cilmi has released two popular albums since and toured internationally. She is currently working on new material for her new project ALL KINGS AND QUEENS.

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