UK: _Is Technology Damaging Live Music?_ will be one of the debate-provoking topics on the agenda at this year_s Gigbeth Music Conference, to be held at Birmingham_s Radisson SAS Hotel on November 1st. The conference _ which will feature a keynote speech from celebrated R&B singer Ruby Turner _ kicks off the three-day Gigbeth Music Festival, writes David Davies.
Created in 2004 as part of efforts to accommodate Birmingham_s growing need for communication between musical organisations and agencies, and to celebrate the wealth of talent within the Midlands, the Gigbeth Music Conference will this year examine a variety of issues affecting the contemporary music industry. New technologies, how music is taught and the ways in which young people consume it will all be addressed prior to a debate – headlined by Peter Jamieson and Feargal Sharkey – on technology_s impact on live music at the end of the day.
Buying tickets will give visitors access to the conference and Gigbeth_s Opening Ceremony and VIP reception, with Priority Access to the rest of the festival. Delegates will also receive lunch at the Radisson_s Filini Restaurant, access to the delegate area of the Gigbeth website, a free day ticket to Music Live at the NEC, and a free Apple iPod Shuffle pre-loaded with music from West Midlands acts.
Gigbeth organiser Clare Edwards tells PSN-e: _I_m excited that we have speakers of the calibre of Ruby Turner and Feargal Sharkey for this year_s conference. We have had a great response from music teachers, record labels, venue owners and all parts of the music industry, and tickets are going fast. Developments in technology are changing the face of the music industry and music education, and our event is designed to bring both of these worlds together to look at how greater co-operation can harness the benefits of new technologies in the future._
This year_s Conference follows a very successful 2006 instalment that attracted 150 delegates from around the UK and featured speakers including Joan Armatrading and the late Tony Wilson.