PPL at The Great Escape

The Great Escape presents the UK’s leading music business convention, bringing together thousands of music industry practitioners for three days of insight sessions, panels, conversations, networking and parties every May, in Brighton. With its hub in the centre of Brighton, the convention runs alongside The Great Escape showcase festival, Europe’s leading festival for new music, which presents 450 artists from all over the world in 30+ venues across the city.

PPL and PRS for Music will be supporting The Great Escape (Thursday 19 - 21 May) this year.  Here is where we will be:

Thursday 19th May

CMU Insights @ The Great Escape, "Reality check – who needs to play ball, and why would they?"
Time: 4:15pm – 5pm
Location:   Komedia
PPL panelist: Mark Douglas, Chief Technology Officer

With visions outlined and ambitions expressed, let’s have a reality check. What hurdles does the music community need to cross to make any of this a reality? What stakeholders would need to play ball? And why would they bother? We apply a little cynicism to the debate, and then quickly seek out the solutions. Joining the discussion are Mediaclarity’s Jeremy Silver, Believe Digital’s Stephen King, PPL’s Mark Douglas and IP consultant Amanda Harcourt.

Find out more information here.

Friday 20th May

PPL Drop-In Sessions
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Jubilee Gardens (delegate hub)

The opportunity for members and non-members to meet PPL member services staff to get advice and guidance.  Space is limited so it is essential to book.

Email memberservices@ppluk.com to book your slot.

Joint Panel Session with PRS for Music and PRS Foundation
The Great Escape Courtroom Conversations Programme:
'Creating a Unique Sound and Show' featuring Public Service Broadcasting
Time: 12.30 - 2.30pm
Location: The Old Courtroom

This panel is a must for all artists, songwriters and performers looking to stand out from the crowd and anyone involved in launching new acts. PPL's Keith Harris will be chairing the session, where J. Wilgoose, Esq. (Public Service Broadcasting) will be joined by key members of his live, press, label and management teams to give the inside track on how he’s developed his ideas into Top 40 records and his live proposition as well as how he’s accessed funding to make it all happen. Find out more.

About Keith Harris

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.

Find out more information here.

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