CMU Present - Mapping the music eco-system in Northern Ireland
Many reports have been written looking at the infrastructure of a Music City. Never however has a region’s music infrastructure been fully mapped and joined together to see how the music scene works, and where gaps and needs are in terms of skills, jobs and investment. This session will discuss the work undertaken to map N Ireland (in association with Help Musicians NI).
Chris Cooke is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy unit CMU Insights; and education programme CMU:DIY. Via CMU, he also programmes core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and he wrote the acclaimed book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’. CMU is part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural media ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks at the Edinburgh Festival; and teaches for PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.
Phil Nelson has been an Artist Manager since 1988 and his clients have included The Levellers (1 Platinum, 5 Gold records) who headlined Glastonbury before starting their own 15,000 capacity Festival Beautiful Days (which Phil set up) , and The Longpigs (1 Gold record and Brit Award Nomination). Current clients include 2016 Grammy-winning Matt Hales / Aqualung (1 Gold record) and Duke Special (1 Platinum record), Sweet Billy Pilgrim (1 Mercury Music Prize nomination.)
He was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forum from 1997-2007. He co-founded The Great Escape Festival with Martin Elbourne and Jon McIldowie and dreamed up the Breakers’ Chart for Music Week.
From 2016-18 he was Music Industry Ambassador at BIMM (British & Irish Institute of Modern Music) for BIMM Group of colleges. This role includes setting up the Appetite for Disruption conference – the USP being that the Panellists were mainly in their 20s or early 30s; https://www.afdconference.com/ also talking to the Music Industry to find Real World Projects for Dissertation Students, thereby solving problems for the industry and hopefully making the students more employable. With Chris Cooke of CMU he also set up The Education conference at The Great Escape Festival. He also set up a Student-run Record Label, Pool Valley Recordings.
Alongside managing and lecturing, Phil has set up Pathways into Music with Chris Cooke, to research in detial the current state of Music Education and to provide a series of seminars for people who teach, advise and support early-career artists and future music industry talent, as well as the artists themselves. They are also mapping the Music Industry outside of London, region by region.
Phil is a lapsed bassoonist.