Scotland’s International Music Convention has just announced some additions to its programme. This year Wide Days will take place across four venues in Edinburgh, from 13th till 15th April, with the main conference hosted in the Assembly Rooms.
The programme includes presentations on a (very sci-fi) renewable energy system that generates electricity from the body heat of audiences, music in advertising, Glasgow’s musical instrument library and a new guide to funding in Europe. Plus, Reimagining Live will feature various music industry professionals discussing what the perfect music industry would be like.
In typical Wide Days fashion, a panel of music supervisors, sync agents and those with specialisms in film, tv, advertising and games will be on hand to provide feedback to artists and the like. This year’s line-up includes Pam Lewis-Rudden (Plutonic Group, UK), Josh Rabinowitz (Brooklyn Music Experience, USA) and Leyla Flores (Loud MB, Mexico).To ensure that delegates are prepared to capitalise fully on interest, an advance seminar will be hosted online by Patricia Carrera (Control Freaks, Mexico).
And what’s a conference without speakers? This year’s speakers include Ana Rodrguez (Head of the International Music Managers Forum, Mexico), Jen O’Brian (Music Broth), Jess Partridge (Sounds & Strategy), Umong Shah (Fortitude Music/Future Echoes), David Walls (TownRock Energy) and Alesha Duncan (V&A Dundee).
In line with their devotion to inclusivity, organisers will offer a number of bursary passes and childcare grants for parents facing financial challenges. UK Charity Attitude is Everything, dedicated to enabling better access to the industry for disabled musicians, will be introducing presentations on neurodiversity and accessible design that will form part of the Wide Days 2023 programme.
The final day of the event will offer a range of networking activities including music and record shop tours, a brunch and both exotic soft drink and whisky tastings. This will be followed by the Festival Takeover, with M For Montreal and FOCUS Wales each guest programming a venue.