Festivals: Off The Record 2017 Announce Conference Lineup

After recently announcing the date for its second year on 10th November 2017, Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference, Off The Record, has revealed its innovative conference line-up

With exclusive In Conversation sessions with two highly tipped artists, punk-rock fivepiece Cabbage and indie rock trio The Falseheads, and panels including Love For Grime and What Happens On Tour No Longer Stays On Tour already confirmed, this year’s conference line-up is shaping up to be something special. Attendees will be able to take away a wealth of expertise and knowledge from big names within the music industry, who will feature on a wide variety of panels, including…

Love For Grime
With speakers Despa Robinson (BE83 Artists) and Vital
This panel welcomes both the old and new school grime names as well as the avant gardes of the grime scene who will discuss the importance of sustaining the once “criminally overlooked” genre. Sharing their expert advice on everything from starting out as an artist to producing in the Grime scene

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: All You Need To Know About Labels
With speakers Stuart Baxter (Warren Records), Charlie Arme (Tileyard Studios) and Ruth Barlow (Beggars Group)
This panel will reveal all you need to know to know about either going it alone or signing on the dotted line. We bring you the experts who will disclose how to make a label work for you, what it takes to set up your own label and question the pros and cons for signing to an independent or major label

What Happens On Tour No Longer Stays On Tour
With speakers Nathalie Candel (freelance), Nick Otaegui (Sound City/Sentric), Alice Hogg (Live Nation), Richard Jupp (Rogue Emperor / formerly of Elbow)
Is life on tour all that it’s cracked up to be? This panel aims to separate the truth from the tales of touring the UK as an emerging artist. Featuring agents, promoters and other experts who are ready to reveal the essential do’s and don’ts for getting yourself on tour as well as offering crucial advice for any emerging artists or managers looking to break this area

Perception Is Everything, The Art Of Selling Yourself
With speaker Andy Kettle (Steaming Kettle PR) and Victoria Turnbull (Silent Radio)
Harnessing the power of media can work wonders for an artist or brand, with social media now seen as one of the most powerful forms of marketing. This panel brings you some of the most prominent & clued up representatives in Radio, PR and Social Media to discuss its importance, how to obtain it and how to handle the effects once you’ve had coverage

How To Get A Job In The Music Industry
With speaker Matt Parsons
Learn how to turn your passion for music into a full-time career on your own terms. Times have changed and music companies now find staff in a whole new way, often without reviewing your CV or following the traditional application process. This panel will uncover vital rules you must follow and techniques you can use to infiltrate the industry and make your dream music job a reality

Break Down Barriers, We Will Come: Attitude Is Everything
With speakers Suzanne Bull (Attitude is Everything), Hannah McKeamen (AIE Blogger), Rob Madison (Musician & Producer) and Richard Phoenix (Constant Flux)
What can you as an artist or gig organiser to support grassroots venues and include Deaf and disabled people at your shows? To launch their new guide for gig organisers, bands and artists, live music accessibility charity Attitude is Everything will curate a unique panel discussion to shine a light on the untapped potential of Deaf and disabled audiences and artists in the grassroots music scene. Learn about the simple (and free!) changes that all event organisers can implement to maximise inclusivity at their shows, and how to join the charity’s campaign to make #MusicWithoutBarriers

New Kids On The Block
With speakers Phil Saxe (Factory Records), Coral Williamson (PRS for Music), Kali Bradford (Distiller Records), Emily Foreman (Warner Chappell) and Henriette Heimdal (WIN)
This panel brings you an exclusive insight into what it takes to break into the industry. The industries new generation will be sharing secrets from how they took their first step into the industry to how they reached their successes. Learn their tricks of the trade from application processes to gaining that vital work experience as well as landing a dream job.

How To Break A Band In 10 Weeks
With speakers Mark Knight (Rightchord Music), Sophie Neville and Melissa Mould (MEC Wavemaker)
Making great music is pointless unless people get to hear it. With this reality ringing in their ears, the team at London media and partnerships’ agency MEC Wavemaker, took on a unique challenge to attempt to break an unsigned band in just 10 weeks using media, social content, and great storytelling. No budgets, record labels, radio pluggers or music press. This session explains what they did, and what they achieved during the 10-week campaign.

How to Make Money From Merch
With speakers Will Spencer (Music Glue), Cimone Fagan (Hospital Records), Lee Burgess (Century Management) and Shaodow
Merchandise can be one of the most important sources of income at every level of an artist’s career. What kind of merch items work for different kinds of artists, how does direct to fan work and how can you make the most of your fan relationships? The panel will look at direct to garment printing, merch bundling, data collection and design.

Music in Television: Promotion? Easy Money? Or Selling Out?
With speakers Peter Bradbury (Sky Music), David Connolly (Molecular Sound) and Patrick Cloherty (Sentric Music)
This panel will discuss how music in television works from the point of view of the broadcaster, the music publisher and the composer including what types of music is used on TV and who selects the music used in TV content.

Off The Record, launched by three of the UK’s premiere independent music festivals, Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot, and music site Louder Than War, is all about innovative ideas, new music and emerging artists. By day, it features a music conference at the Methodist Central Hall, curated by Sound City and Louder Than War, and by night, Off The Record will put the spotlight on new music, hosting performances from 30 emerging artists across 7 live venues, with acts performing not announced until 24 hours before

Continuing last years format, the 2017 artists performing are nominated by trusted national curators. This year the likes of Brix Smith-Start (The Fall), Phil Taggart (Radio1), Clint Boon (Artist & DJ), Elizabeth Alker (6Music), Jamz Supernova (1Xtra) and Mike Walsh (Radio X) will be choosing the 30 new artists to perform, with the line-up kept under wraps until 24 hours before the event

The performance venues for Off The Record include Jimmy’s, AATMA, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Night & Day and The Castle Hotel, which are all 5 minutes walk from one another in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Tickets are on sale now and there are currently limited tickets priced at £35 for an Earlybird Gig & Conference Pass, £20 for an Earlybird Conference Pass and £15 for an Earlybird Gig Pass available from www.otrmcr.co.uk/tickets Once these have sold out, prices will be £45 for a Gig & Conference Pass, £30 for a Conference Pass and £20 for a Gig Pass with student discounts available. Gig passes are 18+ only