Powered by CMU:DIY and Polydor Records/Universal Music UK
This discussion will not only equip you with a deeper understanding of the music industry, its structures, and how it relates to an artist, you will also get to hear from an exclusive lineup of Polydor Records’ best and brightest insiders. Kicking off with a speedy beginner’s guide from CMU:DIY Founder/Director, Chris Cooke, Nadia Jae then takes over the reins for an insightful discussion with our illustrious panel, finding out what role each of them play in an artist’s career, their career path and tips for anyone looking for a similar industry job.
Chris Cooke (CMU:DIY)
Nadia Jae, BBC Radio 1Xtra, SBTV, Boxpark DJ
Amika Ezer, Urban & Community Radio, Polydor Records
Jade Bradshaw, Product Manager, Polydor Records
Marco Grey, Content Commissioner and Creator, Polydor Records
Rich Castillo, Senior A&R Manager, Polydor Records
Powered by MTV
MTV presenter Snoochie Shy makes an introduction to the talented team at MTV and takes us behind the scenes of YO! MTV Raps. The panellists will discuss the influence the show has had on popular culture up to the current day, in addition to how MTV champions key artists in the UK scene through its YO! brand as well as MTV Push. The panel will give the audience a glimpse into the inner workings of MTV, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. You will also learn more about MTV Breaks and MTV’s internship and apprentice scheme, plus a brand new competition to spend a day at MTV as a runner, working on the Yo! Rates show, in conjunction with Urban Development.
Snoochie Shy, Presenter
Anna Karatziva, Head of Talent & Music MTV UK
Darcy Thomas – Series Producer, YO! Rates
Chantelle McCallam – Senior Manager, Marketing and PR, BET Networks
Powered by Warner Bros Records
Are you interested in how to survive and thrive in the music industry and sustain a healthy career? This session hosted by Warner Bros Records Will discuss the factors that can create pressures on artists and their teams, with the panel sharing some of their own experiences. It is peak times for urban music, with social media meaning artists are ‘’always on’, the panel discuss how their best interests can be safeguarded when under the constant industry spotlight.
Rhian Jones – Journalist
Alec Boateng, Head of A&R, Atlantic Records
Nathan James Tettley – Director
Oksi Odedina – Urban Marketing Lead & Co-founder, Leo Sounds
Stephanie Achigbu – Marketing Manager, Warner Bros Records