BTM 2023

11-14 October 2023. Manchester, UK

Beyond The Music launched in 2023 with thousands of music artists and industry figures gathering to put the spotlight on the future of music and live music discovery.

It’s the perfect home for Beyond The Music, not just a fresh new music festival but a conference focussing on the future of the music industry.

DORK

52 Places To Go in 2024

New York Times

There is hope and we felt it in Manchester... at what felt like the beginning of something incredibly special.

Clash

...it could be the spark that sets the scene alight. Manchester is already a centre of creativity, but the extra push could see it become the centre of the musical universe again.

Hunger Magazine

We hear about these things in the newspapers, online and social media, but it’s always good to know that there are people actually doing something and having these conversations at that industry level.

BBC Radio 2

A Triumphant Festival Debut - Wandering through the vibrant streets of the Northern Quarter, we spent our time in Manchester like moths to a flame - flitting from one musical glow to the next.

Vocal Girls

It seems that at Beyond The Music, everyone wins, and Manchester is once again a city where we are beginning to see some important social changes in the music industry.

The Mancunion

Not only was it a celebration of grassroots talent; the festival’s aim to confront and discuss the ever-evolving challenges faced by and within the music industry is one that is necessary and hugely important.

Vocal Girls

A Sonic Revolution was the overall feeling among the sonic revellers who enjoyed three days of music and activism at Beyond The Music… this is the start, truly, of a new era of Greater Manchester music.

Yuck

With a razor-sharp eye on artists making those initial steps and rumblings, Beyond The Music uses its inaugural year to highlight the artists set to seize 2024 and beyond.

DORK

Key figures

  • 4 nights
  • 3 days
  • 15 venues
  • Over 150 artists
  • 3,000 festival goers
  • 700 delegates
  • 100 speakers
  • 25 panels
  • Over 40 partners / collaborators

Impact

  • Over 100k invested in to grass roots venues and new artists
  • Over 150k invested in Manchester businesses
  • Bringing together over 40 music partners and collaborators from across the globe
  • World first commitment from arenas to support grass roots venues
  • Live BTM co-op members group forming to tackle urgent grass roots venue issue
  • Music climate pact moved back up industry agendas
  • Touring visa action from mayoral alliance
  • Mental health co-op members group to form with partners Lush and Music Support
  • Inspire education day sold out

Beyond The Music 2023 conference gathered together key global music industry, creative and political change-makers and influencers in the first of it’s kind annual co-operative global music forum, committed to making positive change happen.

The conference has introduced itself as a unique annual forum representing a spirit of co-operation and alliance in order to solve the biggest and most urgent issues the industry faces.

Panels were carefully curated and partnered, tackling difficult questions that were themed around daily themes of past, present and future, populated by those who could change and solve to move the conversation forward and employ action.

“For an industry that is one of Britain’s exports, its voice is not fully heard. This industry needs to get better at punching it’s weight. It has to get better at working out its relationships between its big players and the little players… funds should be redistributed for the health of the industry” – Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester)

Day

Conference Programme

18:00—23:00

Trafford Suite, The Midland Hotel

PANEL The Last Supper

Miranda Sawyer

10:00—10:50

Charter 1, Manchester Central

OPENING KEYNOTE Michael Adex & Keith Harris OBE

Michael Adex (NQ)Keith Harris OBE

11:00—11:15

Charter 1, Manchester Central

ADDRESS The Value of Music

Tom Gray (The Ivors Academy / Broken Record campaign)

11:20—12:05

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL S.O.S: Re-Thinking the Economics of Music

Corey Johnson (Manager)Hannah Overton (Bella Figura)Vishal RamakrishnanMark SutherlandNadia Khan (CTRL Music )

12:10—12:55

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Artists & Revolution: What Should A Modern Music Company Look Like In 2023?

Andy Musgrave (Supernature)Dan Chalmers (YouTube)Maria Torres (Mother)Ben Wynter (AIM / Power Up)Laura Harper

13:00—14:00

Charter 1, Manchester Central

KEYNOTE Rita Ora & Sarah Stennett

Rita OraSarah StennettCraig McLean

14:00—15:00

Rebellion

Independent Venue Week Launch

15:00—15:50

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL #EndTheBurnout: The Music Industry’s Duty Of Care When It Comes To Artists’ Mental Health

Joe Hastings (Music Minds Matter)Elton Jackson (Sony)Steven Braines (HeSheThey)Claire Cordeaux (BAPAM)Billy LockettJoanne Croxford (Tour Manager)Denise Devenish (Singer & Counsellor)

In partnership with

15:55—16:05

Charter 1, Manchester Central

ADDRESS Climate Rally Call with Louis VI

Louis VI

16:05—16:50

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Green Summit: Net Zero by 2050? Moving Forward Music’s Sustainability Revolution

Silvia Montello (AIM)Greg CochraneIan Stanton (Beggars)Anna Johnson (Anjuna Beats)Claire O'Neil (A Greener Future)Joel Gardner (EarthPercent)

In partnership with

16:05—16:50

Exchange 11, Manchester Central

PANEL Capital Punishment: Does the Future of the Music Business Lie Outside London?

Rupert Morrison (Drift)Caroline Elleray (Second Songs)DJ PauletteMark Orr (Lab Records)Mike WalshTaylor Haywood (PPL PRS)

17:00—18:00

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Breaking Bad: Is Britain’s Talent Pipeline Blocked?

Jamie Oborne (Dirty Hit)Sheema Siddiqi (TikTok)Roesh (BBC Music)Dev Sherlock (SXSW)Nxdia

In partnership with

18:00—20:00

Low Four Studio

BPI Reception

09:30—10:30

The Gallery, Manchester Central

MMF Brunch

10:30—11:20

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Creating A UK Parliament For the Music Industry

Tom GrayNaomi Pohl (MU)Alice Fuller (Generator)Nathan Clark (West Yorkshire Culture Committee)Cath Hurley (Liverpool City Music Board)Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester)

In partnership with

11:25—12:15

Exchange 11, Manchester Central

PANEL The Evolution Of Independent Venues: Reinvigorating the UK’s Cultural Health?

Sybil Bell (IVW/IVC)Christopher Torpey (Future Yard)Abbie McCarthy (BBC Introducing)Natalie Wardle (Loose Articles)Gavin Sharp (Band On The Wall)

In partnership with

11:25—12:15

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Black women in the music industry: In their own words

Sheryl Nwosu (BMC)Char Grant (BMC)Rainar GoeringAfryea Henry-Fontaine (Motown)Komali Scott-Jones (AWAL)LayFullstop

In partnership with

12:15—13:00

Exchange 11, Manchester Central

PANEL House of Pain: Does UK Politics Place Enough Value On Music?

Lucy Powell MPTom Kiehl (UK Music)Jane Bonham-CarterGaikaJude RogersJames Frith

12:15—13:00

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Hip-Hop 50: Secrets Of Success – Celebrating The Women Behind Hip Hop

Karen Gabay (BBC)CookieBubblesOneDa

14:00—14:50

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL The Mayors’ (Live) Show: Metro Leaders Come Together To Change Visa Issues For Musicians

Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester)Tracy Brabin (Mayor of West Yorkshire)Steve Rotheram (Mayor of the Liverpool City Region)Andy Corrigan (Visa La Visa)Jon Collins (LIVE)Rob Challice (Wasserman)

In partnership with

15:00—17:00

Exchange 11, Manchester Central

PANEL The AV Future is Here: SilverScape, SODA and Universal Pixels present the latest innovations in AV and explore new opportunities for the music industry

Simon Binns (SilverScape)Alasdair Swenson (BA Future Media Production SODA, MMU)Connie Gabriel (BA Future Media Production SODA, MMU)Phil Mercer (Universal Pixels)Ed Jenkins (RIVAR)James Routley (Rocketmakers)Kel Murray (Mixr)

In partnership with

15:00—15:50

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Rage With the Machines: Taking Charge Of The AI Evolution

Sophie Jones (BPI)Rachel Lyske (DAACI)Denise Harris (Sum Vivas)Agnieszka Pustula (Redburn)Hazel Savage (Soundcloud)Liam Budd (Equity)

16:00—16:50

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Who’s Feeding the Grass Roots?

Gemma Vaughan (AO Arena)Gary Roden (Co-op Live)Danni Brownshill (SJM)Jane Beese (MIF / Factory International)Laura Kelly (Big Issue)Mark Davyd (MVT)

In partnership with

17:00—18:00

Charter 1, Manchester Central

PANEL Beyond Streaming: Future Planning For The Next Technology Revolution

Sammy Andrews (Deviate Digital)Agnieszka Pustula (Redburn)Max Shand (Serenade)Aly Gillani (Bandcamp)Jon Vlassopulos (Napster)Vince Lynch (IV.AI)

18:00—19:00

Manchester Central

Speakers Corner: Private drinks reception for speakers and delegates

11:00—18:00

Cutting Room Square, Hallé St Peter’s

Beyond The Music: Inspire

Supported by

Partners

12:05—13:00

PANEL The Talk: how to develop your career in the music and creative industries

13:05—14:00

PANEL The Social: developing your social media profiles as an artist, manger or label. With Katherine Cantwell, Heavenly Recordings

14:00—15:15

PANEL The Tech: Ableton present ‘From bedroom to studio to stage’ Presented by Simon Lyon, Martyn Walsh & more TBC

15:15—16:00

PANEL The Artists: a unique live session focusing on SODA students’ work

16:00—17:15

The Money: How To Get Paid with PRS

17:15—18:00

The performance: The Tulip Zither Band

Night

Festival Line Up

Band On The Wall

Curated by

SPECIAL EVENT BBC Introducing Live Manchester

Band On The Wall Bar

Curated by

Castle Hotel

Gullivers

Curated by

Aatma

Peer Hat

Curated by

33 Oldham St

  • 18:30 MAY
  • 19:30 Better Joy
  • 20:30 Lizzie Esau
  • 21:30 Low Girl
  • 22:30 Conor Micheal & The GreensKeepers

Night & Day

  • 18:45 Pao Pestana
  • 19:45 Blossom Caldarone
  • 20:45 Phoebe Hall
  • 21:30 Alien Chicks
  • 22:30 Sabiyha

Ramona

SPECIAL EVENT LUSH HOUSE

SPECIAL EVENT BBC Introducing Live Listening Session

Hotels across Manchester

SPECIAL EVENT Dawn Chorus

Band On The Wall

Curated by

SPECIAL EVENT Red Laser Disco

Band On The Wall Bar

Curated by

Castle Hotel

Gullivers

Curated by

Disorder

  • 16:30 Lois
  • 17:30 Dakota Avenue
  • 18:30 Ed Staal
  • 19:30 Cooper T
  • 20:30 Blazer Boccle
  • 21:30 July 7
  • 22:30 Cameron Hayes

Aatma

Curated by

Peer Hat

Curated by

33 Oldham St

Night & Day

Hallé St Michael’s

SPECIAL EVENT Mike Garry

Exchange Square

SPECIAL EVENT The Untold Orchestra

Band On The Wall

Curated by

SPECIAL EVENT Hit & Run

Band On The Wall Bar

  • 18:30 Uninvited
  • 19:30 Eva Bee
  • 20:30 Obeka
  • 21:30 Inka
  • 22:30 Werkha

Curated by

Castle Hotel

Gullivers

Disorder

Aatma

Peer Hat

Curated by

Night & Day

NQ car park, access via Red Lion Street

SPECIAL EVENT The Face Car Park Rave

Founding members

Headline sponsor

Industry

Live

Charity

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