MPG Q-Time: second event soon

The ‘second coming’ of the MPG’s Q-Time event takes place on 14 January in London. Among topics of discussion are whether the record business has a future, and piracy’s effect on pro-audio careers.
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The second of the Music Producers Guild’s Q-Time events takes place on 14 January at The Hospital Club in London, and promises to be just as lively and thought–provoking as the first. This time around, some of the topics the panel discussion will tackle include whether the record business has a future, and how pro-audio careers are affected by file-sharing and illegal downloading. The MPG is currently accepting questions for its panel of industry insiders, which includes Jake Gosling, producer (Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, One Direction), Jim Chancellor (MD of Fiction Records/UMG), Mark Kelly (keyboard player of Marillion and director of The Featured Artists Coalition) and Andrew Dubber (New Music Strategies) joined by Ros Earls (producer manager and owner of 140 dB Management). Once again, BBC 6Music presenter, chart-topping recording artist and song-writer, Tom Robinson will chair the event. Questions can be submitted to the panel via MPG’s website. Upwards of 80 producers, engineers and musicians filled the room at The Hospital Club for the first event in the Q-Time series in October, so MPG advises that tickets be reserved as soon as possible to guarantee entry. Ticket prices for Q-Time are as follows: MPG Basic Members and non-members: £25 MPG Associate Members: £12.50 MPG Full Members: FREE MPG Associate Members with Season Ticket upgrade: FREE (25% discount for members of affiliated organisations, e.g. AIM, BASCA, MU, FAC, APRS, etc.) For a taste of what to expect, members can log in to the MPG website and listen to an audio recording of October’s event. Non-members can read editor Dave Robinson’s inaugural Q-Time report.



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