'We can encourage positive changes': A dozen industry figures on their hopes for 2020 (Part 3)

'We can encourage positive changes': A dozen industry figures on their hopes for 2020 (Part 3)

It’s the third part of our round-up of music industry figures on their big hopes for the biz in 2020. You can read the first part here and the second part here.

In our latest line-up of execs on the year ahead, we hear from Jamie Oborne (pictured), Annabella Coldrick, Drew Hill, Kim Frankiewicz and more on everything from climate change to Gods Of Rap…

Here are a further dozen answers to the question: what’s your biggest hope for the music industry in 2020?

“Further progress in positively addressing diversity and gender in the workforce across the industry.”
Glyn Aikins, co-president, Since 93

“Another Gods Of Rap tour. Please.”
Simon Barnabas, managing director, Universal Music On Demand

“That we manage to knit society back together in 2020 and music plays a big role in this.”
Annabella Coldrick, CEO, Music Managers Forum

“RCA’s new signing Sam Fischer.”
David Dollimore, president, RCA

“That the business continues to grow at the pace it currently is.”
Kim Frankiewicz, EVP, Worldwide Creative, Concord Music Publishing 

“A business rates concession for record shops on the high street – they’re hugely important, both in terms of culture and community, and need a helping hand.”
Drew Hill, managing director, Proper Music Group 

“More female artists breaking through and more Bristol bands doing the same.”
Steve Hogan, agent/partner, WME

“For Feeder to release Shapes And Sounds as a single.”
Bruce McKenzie, sales director, Townsend Music

“More women in A&R roles. There are very talented female A&R executives in the UK, but for some reason it's still male dominated. We need to do more.”
Ben Mortimer, co-president, Polydor

The environmental crisis is worsening with every day that passes

Jamie Oborne

“I hope for a more liberal and socially conscious environment, both within and outside of the music industry. I feel that we (humanity) are at a crossroad, where we can either carry on with the existing status quo or forge a new progressive path and encourage positive changes that will safeguard all of our futures. We have a lot of work to do. The environmental crisis is worsening with every day that passes and too much time is being wasted. Perhaps my greatest hope is that in a year’s time, if you ask me this same question, I will be able to reflect that 2020 was the year we started to materially correct this. I believe artists have an important role to play in this.”
Jamie Oborne, founder, Dirty Hit/All On Red

“My biggest hope is that every element of the music industry model keeps its scope broad with gender equality being front of mind. You can’t expect festivals to head for a 50/50 balance if female artists aren’t being given coverage on radio stations, magazines, blogs, syncs too. It all builds the journey.” 
Danielle Perry, DJ, Absolute

“That we continue to use our position to raise awareness of important issues. Festivals are about more than escapism and hedonism. At best we can become platforms for influencing audience behaviour, provoking thought and debate and effecting change in wider society that people can carry into everyday life and behaviour. On issues such as the climate emergency, festivals can demonstrate the power of communities and we can have an impact.” 
Paul Reed, CEO, Association Of Independent Festivals 

Stay tuned to musicweek.com for a final round-up of the industry’s hopes for 2020.

Click here and here for our execs’ highs and lows of the past 12 months.

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