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The Futures Forum Keynote: Team Mumford & Sons

From humble beginnings as teenagers honing their craft on the UK’s grassroots venues circuit, London-born Mumford & Sons have, over the past 13 years, risen to become one of the world’s most in-demand live acts.

The band’s recent fourth concert tour, in support of 2018’s electronica-influenced Delta, reflected that album’s evolution in its 360°, in-the-round format – and became their biggest and most successful tour to date, with the nearly 100 arena and festival shows on four continents drawing critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2020 the Grammy Award-winning group will star in a film about their visit to Senegal to play the Blues du Fleuve festival, Return to Podor, while founding member Ben Lovett is set to open his second venue in London, Lafeyette, next month.

At Futures Forum 2020, Lovett will join Mumford & Sons’ long-time manager, Adam Tudhope (Everybody’s), and booking agent Lucy Dickins (WME) to reflect on the band’s journey from banjo-plucking west London folkies to global superstars, with DJ and friend of the band, John Kennedy (Radio X), providing the questions.

2020 speakers: Live Nation, Paradigm, CAA, ICM, The O2, Solo, Primary, Fullsteam & more

With guest speakers lining up across the Futures Forum schedule, here’s a quick taster of some of those taking part…

Building on Futures Forum’s mission ­– to bring together the people who define the business today with those driving its evolution – OK, Boomer: Closing the generation gap pairs up senior execs from leading concert businesses with their more junior counterparts to compare experiences and ways of working.

 

 
This new-for-2020 session will feature Phil Bowdery & Anna-Sophie Mertens (Live Nation), Scott Mantell & Kevin Jergenson (ICM), and Maria May & Jen Hammel (CAA). With more young people than ever choosing to forge a career in live music, what can they learn from the industry’s leaders, and vice versa?

 

 
One of last year’s most popular sessions, Meet the New Bosses 2020 will see a quartet of emerging execs kick off the day with a discussion of their journey to the top, and the skills needed to succeed in the modern live industry. First announced to be joining chair Jo Young (Ticketmaster UK) will be rising stars Matt Pickering-Copley (Primary Talent), Charly Beedell-Tuck (Solo Agency) & Marc Saunders (The O2).

 

 
Mental wellness is now a central topic of discussion within the business, as both institutions and individuals begin to put their mental health first. Aino-Maria Paasivirta (Fullsteam Agency), Adam Ficek (Music & Mind (UK). Richard Mutimer (Paradigm) and Joe Hastings (Help Musicians) are all stepping up to join chair Stacey Pragnell (ATC Live) and consider the next best steps to safeguard our workforce in Mental Health: Next steps for live.

 

 
Click here to see the agenda in full, and here to view all the guest speakers across Futures Forum 2020. Look out for further announcements in the coming weeks.

Futures 2020 agenda is LIVE

Now that we’re just over 1 month away from our second edition, it’s time to release the full provisional agenda.

From mental health, ticketing and digital marketing to global touring, closing the generation gap and life after your star act, Futures Forum 2020 is already set to be an unforgettable day of important discussion, debate and networking. Make sure you register now to get involved.

Panel topics include Meet the New Bosses in which four execs outline their trajectories to success, and Mental Health: Next steps for live, for a look at how much more the industry can do to support its workforce. OK, Boomer: Closing the generation gap will see senior and junior execs get together to compare notes, and Global Touring: Stepping up internationally will discuss touring in new markets.

Workshop sessions throughout the day include Ticket of the future, Getting smart about digital marketing, Assertiveness & effectiveness at work and Life after your star act, and to wrap up Futures Forum, we’ll see another VIP put under the spotlight in The Futures Forum Keynote. Details of which will be announced shortly.

 

Confirmed chairs and speakers include:
Jo Young, Ticketmaster; Lou Champion, Festival Ticketing Expert; Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster; Karma Bertelsen, Kilimanjaro Live; Kelly Bennaton, DHP Family; Prince Laryea, Shift Coaching; and Stacey Pragnell, ATC Live.

Click here to see the agenda in full.

First Sessions Announced

The full Futures Forum 2020 agenda will be announced over the next few weeks, and we’re delighted to announce our first round of sessions.

OK, Boomer: Closing the generation gap

Building on Futures Forum’s mission ­– to bring together the people who define the business today with those driving its evolution – this new-for-2020 session, chaired by IQ Magazine’s Jon Chapple, pairs up senior execs from leading concert businesses with their more junior counterparts to compare experiences and ways of working.

With more young people than ever choosing to forge a career in live music, what can they learn from the industry’s leaders – and vice versa? Expect frank discussion and plenty of practical advice from either side of the generation gap with leading lights from the international touring and agency worlds.

 

Mental Health: Next steps for live

ATC Live’s Stacey Pragnell will chair Mental Health: Next steps for live at Futures Forum 2020. With mental wellness now a central topic of discussion within the business, and as both institutions and individuals begin to put their mental health first, how can the industry continue to build on this momentum?

From addressing the 24/7 working culture; to safety nets, services and spaces for those in need, the support network that’s needed is still in its infancy. An invited panel of guests consider the next best steps to safeguard our workforce.

Futures Forum returns!

After a successful debut in 2019, Futures Forum will return on Friday 6 March 2020 – welcoming live music’s brightest young executives to share their 2020 vision for the future of the industry.

Created and shaped by young professionals, Futures Forum is a one-day discussion and networking event for the next generation of live music industry leaders. It takes place as part of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) in London, bringing together the people that currently define the business with the emerging stars who are driving its evolution.

Futures Forum 2020 will continue to experiment with non-traditional conference formats, mixing connected discussions with immersive workshops, peer-to-peer networking and TED-style ‘Soapbox’ presentations by thought leaders.

Also returning are the career-boosting mentoring sessions that proved a highlight of Futures Forum 2019. These one-on-one meetings provide a rare opportunity for Futures delegates to meet face to face with some of the most successful figures in live music.

Registration for Futures 2020 will open soon, with the first sessions set to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, click here to find out how you can get involved with Futures Forum.

Introducing the Futures Council 2020

To ensure topics and content at Futures Forum are as relevant as possible, the agenda is once again being steered by our Futures Council – made up of some of the most exciting young executives in the industry – alongside affiliated associations, the ILMC agenda team and the IQ editorial team.

For 2020 the Council has grown to 16 members, representing a wider spread of ages, backgrounds, specialisations and industry sectors – imbuing Futures Forum with an even broader wealth of expertise and experience ahead of its second edition.

Get involved in Futures Forum

Futures Forum experiments with non-traditional conference formats, mixing connected discussions with immersive workshops, TED-style ‘Soapbox’ presentations by thought leaders, peer-to-peer networking and career-boosting mentoring. Where ILMC has driven conversation in live music for the past 30+ years, Futures Forum has fast become an incubator for the best new talent in the business.

In 2020, the agenda is once again being steered by our Futures Council, alongside affiliated associations, the ILMC agenda team and the IQ editorial team. But we also want to hear from you – the influencers, innovators and future bosses helping to drive the concert business forward.

If you can add to the conversation – if you have something to say or present, or an idea for a speaker, or simply a request for something you’d like to see discussed at Futures Forum – we’d love to hear from you. Email jon@iq-mag.net.

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