Welcome to NY:LON Connect

On behalf of Music Ally and the Music Business Association we’d like to tell you a little more about NY:LON Connect – the aim and nature of the event.

This was something that was born out of a conversation between Paul Brindley from Music Ally and Bill Wilson from the Music Business Association (Music Biz) earlier this year when we were both bemoaning at the time the lack of a really good event at the beginning of the year to bring some of the more senior executives from the international music industry together to look forward, plan for the year ahead and anticipate some of the bigger strategic challenges the industry faces. Immediately we hit on the idea of some kind of joint event. With Music Ally based in London and with Bill and Music Biz’s contacts in New York, why not collaborate on an event that could alternate between these two great cities where so much of the business is based?

So, we’re delighted to get the ball rolling with our first event on 24th and 25th January in the beautiful surroundings of leading law firm and event host sponsor Reed Smith.

The programme is focused on four key tracks: the maturing streaming economy; the future for rights-owners and how they need to adapt to changing business demands and revenue streams; the innovation landscape including a pitch session featuring up to six of the best music start ups we can unearth and the publication of an exclusive music start up report from Music Ally; and on the morning of day two a focus on internationalisation with sessions on emerging markets and markets in transition.

The full agenda will be published shortly but on this site you can already some of the great names who have agreed to participate in the event including senior international label executives like Jonathan Dworkin from Universal Music Group and senior representatives from music services such as Elizabeth Moody from Pandora. You can check out the full list of speakers here.

There will be a mixture of panel sessions, interviews and presentations throughout the day and a half and to ensure that executives get the opportunity to have some private conversations too we will be making available private rooms which can be booked at no extra charge.

There’s no need to worry about food and drink as this will be taken care of throughout the day and a half by our host event sponsor Reed Smith.

So keep your eye out for more speakers and publication of the full agenda which will be announced shortly. And in the meantime please note that with limited places available we would strongly advise you to book early.

We look forward to seeing you at this and at future NY:LON Connect events! Sign up to our mailing list below to keep up to date with developments as they happen.

Paul Brindley, Music Ally and Bill Wilson, Music Biz