Ultimate Seminar confirms exec speakers for Manchester event

Ultimate Seminar confirms exec speakers for Manchester event

The Ultimate Seminar has unveiled exec speakers for this month’s Manchester event. It marks an expansion outside of London for the Cre8ing Vision initiative.

Taking place on Saturday, September 24 at Manchester’s Band on The Wall, Ultimate Seminar aims to inspire and engage with the next generation of industry professionals. This year's event is exclusively partnered with Warner Music UK, including labels Atlantic, Darco Recordings, Parlophone and Warner Records, and is also in association with NQ. 

The Ultimate Seminar event will bring together top executives who will host insightful conversations on the future of the music industry. Free to attend, it has become a key annual event for those wanting to pursue careers in every area of the music industry. Sessions will enable attendees to learn business skills and benefit from networking opportunities. 

Confirmed to appear across the panels this year from Warner Music are: 

- Darcus Beese, president of Darco Recordings & EVP of Warner Music UK

- Kevin Christian-Blair, A&R director, Asylum Records 

- Andy Daniell, A&R manager, FFRR Records 

- Jess Keeley-Carter, SVP global marketing, Warner Recorded Music

- Emily Kent, Asylum Records, senior A&R manager

- Komali Scott-Jones, A&R manager, Parlophone.

- Charlie Torrible, head of data and insights, Warner Records 

This year's panels will include Knowing Your Business, Major Mindset, Cre8ive Breakers and PPL Songwriting & Artist, and attendees will also be able to book 1:1 sessions with top industry execs. More names are set to be announced.

Entry to the Ultimate Seminar event is free, subject to availability and registration. Full announcements about the event are taking place via the Ultimate Seminar social channels. Click here for registration.

The Ultimate Seminar Manchester is sponsored by NQ, BMI, Hipgnosis, Sentric Music Group, Darco Recordings, PPL, PRS, Pie Radio, MMF and DawBell.

It is important that events like these are kept free and supported by the industry at large

Darcus Beese

Darcus Beese, president of Darco Recordings and EVP of Warner Music UK, said: “I have been a long-time supporter of the Ultimate Seminar and will continue to be. They’ve been a vital force in encouraging, educating and finding new executives from different backgrounds on their path into the industry. It is important that events like these are kept free and supported by the industry at large.”

Annabella Coldrick, chief executive, Music Managers Forumsaid: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with the Ultimate Seminar in association with Warner Music UK. MMF was founded 30 years ago in Manchester, and, thanks to initiatives like our Accelerator Programme, we’re seeing a huge influx of young upcoming managers from all over the country, epitomised by the likes of [Michael] Adex and what he's building with NQ. For all those reasons, it feels really fitting that we can return to the North West this September and meet the next generation of future industry leaders.”

In a statement, Cre8ing Vision said: "Cre8ing Vision is an all-encompassing music family that incorporates mentoring, recruitment, networking and most importantly, free music business education. The organisation has gained a creative following over 14 years without the need to advertise and continues to grow its reach across the UK. With the support of our partner Warner Music UK, we have been able to expand our reach regionally for two consecutive years. The obvious choice for us was Manchester, mainly because of our ethos alignment with NQ and the tremendously rich musical history that Manchester has.”

The Ultimate Seminar London will follow in November.


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