A full day of talks, discussions, case studies and insights on music and deals curated by CMU – on Thursday 11 May 2023

The basics…

CMU and The Great Escape review how deals are being done in the music business today.

All kinds of music industry deal-making will be in the spotlight. That includes the deals between artists and their business partners – including labels, publishers, promoters, agents and managers. Plus also the deals done between the music industry and users of music, including digital platforms, media and consumer brands.

How are the deals changing? How are they negotiated? What issues and challenges stop deals being done – or the deal-making from even starting? And how are new technologies impacting on the deal-making process?

Key topics…

• Every artist deal is different – and that has never been more true than today! What are the options for artists when choosing business partners to work with to build businesses and develop revenue streams around their recordings, songs, shows, merchandise and fanbase?

• When it comes to artist deals, what are current industry conventions and how do those differ from country to country? What have been the big deal-making developments in the last 20 years – and what will the key deals look like in 2040?

• A diverse and complex range of digital products and platforms will be generating revenues for the music industry in the decade ahead. How do the industry’s deals with different digital platforms compare – and how do those deals work? And how does that impact on how artists and songwriters get paid?

• Plus, how do record labels, music publishers and collecting societies interact with technology companies that are developing brand new business models – and how can the industry get better and faster at capitalising on new opportunities?

• When brands want to work with music, they often want access to recordings, songs, shows, merchandise and the artist’s fanbase. But achieving that will likely involve many deals with many different music companies. What do brands need to know? What do artists need to know? And how can the industry get more from the brand partnership opportunity?


MUSIC+DEALS takes place on Thursday 11 May 2023 at Jury’s Inn Waterfront and is open to anyone with a TGE delegate or conference pass.