POSTED ON – 29.05.17

SSR Manchester - The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Last week, students from our Music Business & Creative Industries course made their annual trip to The Great Escape Music Festival & Conference in Brighton, with Course Leader Jo Hilditch.

"It’s really important for all of our students to network within the music industry while they are studying and The Great Escape Conference is the perfect opportunity for them to do this. As it is attended by industry professionals, from tour managers to publishers, the students get have the chance to network, arrange work placements and promote any artists they are working with." - Jo Hilditch Course Leader Music Business & Creative Industries

Students across all 3 years of the degree course, as well as some alumni, spent 3 days attending panels and debates, networking and checking out new musicians and established artists at venues across the city.

After a great time at the event, Jo Hilditch gave us an insight into the highlights of the conference -

“As well as live sets from artists such as Rag N Bone Man, Kano, Charlatans, and Manchester’s up and coming band CABBAGE, there were a lot of really valuable panels and talks, which inform both myself and students about the industry and where it is heading.

These panels covered the four main conference topics for this year’s festival which included royalties, media, export and drugs. These topics covered a variety of areas which will be affecting the industry as a whole over the next few years, ranging from how to generate income from music media and the issue of transparency in the industry, to drug use and mental health and what Brexit means for the industry.

There was also a number of ‘in conversation with…’ sessions which covered anything from practical advice and experience on ‘being in a band’ to more poignant topics such as mental health in the music industry.
These conference events offer students invaluable advice from industry professionals as well as a great opportunity to network and start getting their names heard. We look forward to attending next year and introducing our new students to what is now an annual industry meet up and celebration.”
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