The Future of Music: Dialogue at the Mansion House

A Dialogue on The Future of Music and The Digital Revolution took place on Friday 7th July at the Mansion House in London, hosted by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley and the Master of The Musicians Company, Sir Roger Gifford.

The keynote speaker was Richard Lyttelton (Former President, EMI Classics and Jazz) and the panel consisted of several eminent music industry experts, including Nicholas Riddle (CEO, Edition Peters Group), Adam Barker (Director of Business Affairs, Universal Music Group UK), Roger Press (MD of Academic Rights Press) and Jeremy Silver (entrepreneur, author and CEO of Catapult Digital).

Sir Roger introduced the Lord Mayor, who welcomed a cross-section of the music industry to the Mansion House, and there followed a informative speech from Richard Lyttelton about the rapid progress of digital music and the propulsion of the music industry and the technology it now embraces. The invited panel then provided a lively debate, giving their own professional views of how the digital revolution has impacted on their professional careers and the various companies and brands they represent.

The audience was then invited by Sir Roger to offer their opinions on the subject and present to the panel a multitude of questions, which covered several areas of the music industry including rights collection, artist treatment, record labels, and how change will continue to affect the industry.

The debate ended with further thanks from the Lord Mayor and Sir Roger, and a drinks reception followed in the Mansion House, to continue the discussion with both the panel and the audience.

Amanda Ratcliffe