More speakers & seminars announced


With just over a month to go until Wide Days 2018, we are pleased to announce the latest additions to the conference programme with streaming, gender balanced festival bills and secondary ticketing among the themes set to be discussed at this year’s convention, which is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The topics form part of a packed schedule, hosted at Edinburgh’s Teviot Row House on Friday 20 April with recently confirmed speakers including Natalie Judge (general manager, Matador Records), Runa Strindin (founder, Midgardsblot Festival), Matt Henry (Digital Strategy Manger, Beggars Group) and Ceri Dixon (head of digital partnerships, Rubyworks Records).

To coincide with Record Store Day on 21 April, we will also feature an interview with Kim Bayley, the long-standing CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association.

“Our music industry provides a significant contribution to Scotland’s culture and economy and I commend Wide Days for their work in organising this business convention, enhancing the profile of Scotland’s music industry. “Over the years, Wide Days has established itself as a valuable event for those working, or looking to work, in the music and culture sector in Scotland. I welcome the news that this is the first Scottish event to sign up for the PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative, which aims to create real and noticeable change in the gender balance of music festivals by 2022.”  (Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secretary) 

“It’s great to see a conference based in Scotland leading the way when it comes to the issues that affect the music industry at a global level,” says Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland’s Head of Music. “Wide Days’ panel sessions get to the heart of what matters in music right now, as well as defining what will shape it in the future. This is only possible by bringing internationally respected guests together in the same place at the same time to share their extensive knowledge, and Creative Scotland is proud to support an event that by the very nature of its speaker and showcase line-up tackles important topics such as gender balance. The fact Edinburgh plays host is a massive boost for Scottish-based musicians, emerging and experienced alike.”  (Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland)

:: New sessions announced include ::

Streaming To Success
Getting on playlists and the role of services on promoting releases.

Tackling The Ticket Touts: The Story So Far
CMU Insights MD Chris Cooke will unveil a specially commissioned report which reviews and compares the different approaches employed to regulate the secondary ticketing sector in Canada, France, the UK, Italy, the US and Australia.

CMU:DIY - Making Money From Streams
How different streaming services, including Spotify and YouTube, pay artists and songwriters.

50/50 Festivals
What practical steps the industry as a whole can take to achieve this at festivals?

Staying Healthy on Tour
Hosted by Wide Days charity partner, Help Musicians Scotland, we look at how artists can look after themselves on the road.

10 Things I Hate About You!
A tongue-in-cheek session where promoters and booking agents have a chance to vent their respective bug bears about each other.


View the full programme here.

Ailsa Harper