About Futures Forum


After successful editions in 2019 and 2020, Futures Forum returned on 3 March 2023 – welcoming 200 of live music’s brightest young executives to share their 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 2023 continued to experiment with non-traditional conference formats including:

  • Connected discussions with immersive workshops
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • TED-style ‘Soapbox’ presentations by thought leaders
  • Career-boosting one-on-one mentoring sessions with some of the most successful figures in live music.

To ensure topics and content at Futures Forum are as relevant as possible, the agenda is steered by our Futures Council.

This group, which is 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.

If you’re a young working professional looking to build connections, expand your knowledge or contribute to the future of the business, Futures Forum is the most important event on your calendar.

Meet the futures council

For 2023, the Futures Council grew to 12 members, representing a wider spread of ages, backgrounds, specialisations and industry sectors – imbuing Futures Forum with an even broader wealth of expertise and experience for its third edition.

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