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Former chairman/CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland and current BPI chairman, Tony Wadsworth, will be among those addressing the future of the music industry at The Great Escape convention in Brighton next month.

Former chairman/CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland and current chairman of the BPI, Tony Wadsworth (pictured), will be among those addressing the future of the music industry at The Great Escape convention in Brighton next month.

In his keynote address, presented by MusicTank, Wadsworth will consider what the future holds for the British record business. He will also share some of the insights unearthed during a series of conversations he recently put together with many of the senior players across the UK music industry, both within and outside of record companies.

After his keynote, Wadsworth will join Cooking Vinyl Group chairman Martin Goldschmidt, BMG Chrysalis A&R director Alan Pell and artist manager Catherine Haridy to discuss what the music company of the future might look like.

Other keynote speakers at this year’s event will include Simon Fox (HMV), Will Page (PRS for Music), Ian Rogers (Topspin) and Andrew Dubber (Bandcamp).

“The debate about what the future might hold for the record industry has been raging for over a decade now, ever since the opportunities and threats of the internet first became apparent,” said Wadsworth. “But now, as new business patterns start to emerge, I believe we are able to make more considered and constructive observations about where our industry is heading, and about what record companies are doing to secure their long term survival.”

TGE convention programmer Chris Cooke added: “Our convention programme this year is full of industry leaders and innovators explaining the new approaches they are employing to develop and monetise new artists. But how can we use what they have learned to build sustainable music companies able to invest in new talent? To have someone like Tony, with so much experience at the very top of the business, and now in a position to look across the wider industry, to help us tackle that challenge is simply brilliant.”

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