THURSDAY 13 APRIL 2018
FRIDAY PASSES STILL AVAILABLE AFTER FULL ACCREDITATION SELL OUT
Weekend passes for Wide Days have sold out for the second year in a row, with delegates from ten countries including France, Germany, Norway and Hungary already set to travel to Edinburgh for the music business convention which takes place next week (20-21 April).
Friday tickets are still available the conference, and include lunch, buffet dinner and priority access to the showcases which feature some of Scotland’s most exciting acts.
“The popularity of the weekend passes reflects the rise in interest from outside Scotland as delegates who come from abroad, as well as other parts of the UK, are keen to take advantage of the networking activities we offer on the second day,”
Says Wide Days founder, Olaf Furniss.
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, this year’s event will see 50 speakers take part in the conference, with the panel programme again set to feature a gender balanced line up.
Topics include monetising streaming services, new music label models, improving access for disabled music fans and a specially commissioned report detailing how secondary ticketing is being tackled in different countries around world. Moreover, this year’s keynote interviews feature 2 Tone pioneer, Rhoda Dakar and to coincide with Record Store Day on 21 April, Kim Bayley, CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association.
In addition to the Friday accreditation, Wide Days has a very limited number of bursaries remaining. The bursary scheme, offered in partnership with Help Musicians Scotland, provides a 75% discount for qualifying musicians and emerging industry professionals. Moreover, a handful of student passes are also available.
Showcases are open to members of the public who can apply for a free ticket via the Wide Days website. This year’s acts - CRYSTAL, Edwin Organ, Graham Costello’s STRATA, LUCIA, Rascalton, Wuh Oh and Zoe Graham – were selected from over 200 applications, and chosen in consultation with a network of A&R scouts, broadcasters, promoters, journalists and festival organisers.
NOTE TO EDITORS
ABOUT WIDE DAYS
Wide Days was launched in 2010 and is hosted by Born To Be Wide CIC. In 2014 it was named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards, was runner up in the same category in 2015 and was also nominated for Best Convention Venue in 2016.
Wide Days attracts key music industry players from the UK, Europe and North America and in 2017 hosted 250 delegates with a further 1000 registrations for the public-facing showcase concerts. Over £400,000 of business was generated for attendees in the five months which followed the event (based on an independent survey of a third of delegates).
In 2017 the convention achieved a gender balance in its speaker programme building on Wide Days 2016, when the majority of showcase acts were fronted by women. It recently became the first Scottish event to join PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative which aims to establish a 50/50 split by 2022.
Acts who have previously showcased at Wide Days include Be Charlotte, Catholic Action, Fatherson, Rachel Sermanni, Elle Exxe, Scottish Album of the Year Award winner Kathryn Joseph and the Mercury-nominated C Duncan. Honeyblood, PAWS and Siobhan Wilson, all signed record deals as a result of their performances.
Parent company, Born To Be Wide, was launched in 2004, as a social evening for people in the Edinburgh music scene and in 2012 was incorporated as a Community Interest Company. It stages music business seminars, showcases and the Off The Record youth events, as well as bespoke panels for other organisations.
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ABOUT CREATIVE SCOTLAND
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
ABOUT HELP MUSICIANS
Help Musicians UK is Britain's leading independent music charity. Since 1921, Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has provided help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives. HMUK's mission is to create a sustainable future for all musicians and those who work in the industry. The charity works in partnership to transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning, programmes and targeted investment for all those within it.
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