17th September, 2012, London: 2Pears, the team that brings you events and networking for creative and start-up companies in technology, music and media, announced the upcoming Music 4.5 Smart Radio seminar, focusing on exploring the business models for streaming and interactive music-platforms. The Music 4.5 Smart Radio seminar will take place on Wednesday 26th of September, 2-6pm. In the offices of Lewis Silkin on Chancery Lane, followed by drinks and networking. This is the first time Music 4.5 examines radio and online audio, and the discussions are set to revolve around audiences, revenues, royalties, and sustainable business models.
The seminar is created specifically to bring together radio industry experts, online radio services, broadcasters, licensing and copyright experts, artists, artist managers, music-tech startups, record labels, publishers, entertainment experts and agencies in the UK and Europe, for a productive and informed discussion. The event is supported by event partners Coadec, Lewis Silkin, MediaTainment Finance, MusicTank, TheFetch, TheNextWeb. Chaired by industry expert Cliff Fluet of Lewis Silkin, previously with Capital Radio/Global Radio, the Music 4.5 Smart Radio discussion will kick off with a scene-setting keynote by Clive Dickens, co-founder and COO of Absolute Radio, a director of RadioPlayer and a Trustee for the Radio Academy.
David Lewis, founder of consumer behaviour research specialist Audiencenet, will share insights from his latest research into the behaviour and attitudes of the next generation of radio listeners. The radio analyst and founder of Totally Radio, Grant Goddard, will debunk some of the common misconceptions with regards to the online radio business model and deconstruct the licensing structures for online audio services. Additionally Pete Downton, director of Cloud Services at Imagination Technologies, and at the vanguard of developing new multimedia experiences, will look at the innovation in music and the digital impact from a radio perspective. Further in-depth discussions will follow including a panel moderated by media industry expert Greg Grimmer, media partner of agency HMDG, and previously MD of Zed Media.
The panel will see Linda Smith, executive chair of Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Giampiero di Carlo, founder and editor-in-chief of Italy’s leading music website Rockol, Clive Gardiner, previously of We7, and Nikhil Shah, co-founder of Mixcloud, come together to discuss online radio as an advertising medium and the sustainability of the ad-funded model. The final discussion led by Cliff Fluet, will aim to explore the differences and similarities between radio and audio and where the opportunities lie. Ben Chapman, BBC Audio & Music Interactive, Christian Miccio, CEO of MPme, Samira bin Sharifu of 22tracks, and Andy Harrower, director of Licensing – Broadcast and Online at PRS for Music, will be debating if it is a question of smart radio and dumb audio, algorithmic or human curated music discovery, and the impact of the social sharing behaviour of the ‘playlist generation’.