Thursday 12th May 2011
The Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome
10.45 Making Money from Music
An expert panel brought together to discuss making money in this changing business. Looking at traditional and new sources of income available for artists and songwriters, innovations that are taking place and where investment in talent will come from in the future.
Chris Carey, Senior Economist, PRS for Music
Chris Carey is an economist at PRS for Music, where he is responsible for analysing and interpreting music trends and providing economic insight to stakeholders and industry professionals. He has spoken at various conferences, universities, and has co-authored the influential ‘Adding up the Music Industry’ publication. His other research interests include the live music industry, the issues facing investment in emerging artists and the role of government intervention in promoting the arts. An entrepreneur at heart, Chris also manages two bands and runs a small record label.
Raoul Chatterjee, SVP Commercial, Warner Music UK
In April 2009, Raoul joined Warner Music UK as Director, Commercial Innovation. He has since risen to SVP, Commercial, with responsibility for all aspects of WMUK’s commercial strategy and operations. He oversees all relationships with commercial partners, both physical retailers and digital services, with a focus on ensuring that Warner Music UK’s approach continues to reflect the changing market environment and the wide variety of ways in which fans consume music. Raoul began his career at Warner Music UK, where he served eight-years, rising to the head of Commercial & New Media team. He was subsequently Director of Sales & Digital at Ministry of Sound, before becoming MD of Trinity Street Direct, a leading direct-to-consumer proposition for artists such as Oasis, Muse, Elbow and Arctic Monkeys.
Jessica Koravos, MD, AEG Live
Jessica Koravos is Managing Director for AEG Live Europe, based in the UK. She joined the London office of AEG as General Counsel in September 2003 and since then has also been Chief Operating Officer. Much of her focus has been on the construction, development, sponsorship and booking of The O2, Europe’s ultimate entertainment destination, that opened in June 2007. As Managing Director of AEG Live, Jessica now oversees AEG’s music touring and exhibition business in Europe as the company expands and grows. Jessica is dual qualified as a lawyer in California and England and before joining AEG, was a partner of Holme Roberts & Owen in London, where her main focus was on international acquisitions, corporate re-structuring, and finance transactions within the media and entertainment sector. She is a graduate of Oxford University and remains a qualified lawyer.
David Bianchi, MD, Various Artists Management
David Bianchi started his music career promoting clubs in London whilst touring the world in various bands. After a stint working on ‘TFI Friday’ and in festival production he moved into artist management, working for the management company behind Mark Morrison, Gabrielle and Ronnie Jordan, amongst others. Whilst there he set up the agency’s rock division and took on Raging Speedhorn, Amen, Killing Joke and Young Heart Attack.
He subsequently branched out on his own setting up his own management venture, through which he managed Boy Kill Boy, The Enemy and Seasick Steve, seeing them through to gold, platinum and platinum sales respectively. He currently manages The Enemy, Reverend & The Makers, Killing Joke, EMIL, Charli XCX, Swimming, Foreign Office and Carl Barat, and co manages The Libertines. David also co-owns the bands and brands company Vision Artists with Matt Luxon.
Steve Levine, MD/Chairman, Hubris Records/MPG
Steve Levine began his career as a trainee tape-op at the CBS Studios in 1975, soon progressing to the role of in-house engineer, working with the likes of The Clash, The Jags, XTC and many of CBS Records’ pop acts. He subsequently produced records with numerous artists, including The Beach Boys, all of Culture Club’s classic hits, and the likes of China Crisis, Ziggy Marley, Louise, Lemmy & Motorhead, Favid Grant and Mis-teeq. His production and composition work has won him numerous awards, including the BRIT Award for Producer Of The Year and Music Week’s Top Singles Producer prize. He also picked up a Grammy for his work with Deneice Williams.
Steve has also enjoyed a career in broadcasting, presenting radio show ‘Live @ Levines’, and establishing radio production company Magnum Opus Broadcasting with Richard Allison, which produces documentary series for the BBC, including ‘The Record Producers’ for BBC Radio 2 and 6music. His radio work has won Steve a Sony Award. Steve continues to produce exciting new bands via his own label, Hubris Records, and is currently working in the studio with Patch William, Goldtrip and Natalie McCool. He is also a director of PRS For Music, MCPS, BASCA and UK Music, and is Chairman of the Music Producers Guild.