Here at BIMM, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) to create Future Festivals – a brand new programme of conference events.
The initiative will consist of two one-day conference events, with one held at BIMM Brighton on Tuesday 5th April and the other at BIMM Manchester on Thursday 7th April 2016.
The AIF is the UK’s leading festival representational body, acting on behalf of over 50 of the UK’s key independent music festivals. The group was founded in 2008 by Rob da Bank (Bestival) and his manager, Ben Turner (Graphite Media), and operates as an autonomous division of the Association of Independent Music (AIM).
The conference sessions with be presented in association with ticketing partner Skiddle and will feature keynote speeches from promoters such as Ben Robinson (Director – Kendal Calling/Forgotten Fields/Blue Dot) and John Empson (Promoter – The Eden Sessions/Wilderness/Citadel). There’ll also be a number of quick-fire ‘Talking Heads’ sessions and fireside chats with industry experts, as well as opportunities for networking with the movers and shakers of the festival world.
Topics for discussion will include the importance of multi-arts events and family content; the food revolution at festivals; connections between streaming platforms and ticketing; the importance of grassroots venues and connections to festivals; and what the impact of virtual reality and other new tech will have on the marketplace. Event safety, festival finance, drugs awareness and the politics of participation are also subjects on the agenda.
Confirmed speakers so far include Sammy Andrews (Founder – Sabotage Media), Sarah Bird (Director – Wild Rumpus, Just So Festival), Mark Laurie (Director – NCASS), Mark Davyd (Founder and CEO – Music Venues Trust), Nick Lawrence (CEO – NWN Blue Squared LTD) and Andy Lenthall (General Manager – Production Services Association).
Festival Futures is open to members of the wider music industry as well as the general public, but will also be a great experience for BIMM students – not only due to what they’ll learn by attending, but because Event Management and Music Business students will be helping to run both of the conferences as part of BIMM’s unique festival work experience programme.
Tickets to either the BIMM Brighton or BIMM Manchester event are priced at a discounted rate of £50 for AIF members and £100 for non-members, and can be purchased by visiting: www.aiforg.com