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Urban Development announces ‘2019-2020 Industry Takeover Seminar Series’

A chance to connect with some of the world’s leading music industry experts

Urban Development, in conjunction with Universal Music, AWAL, Sentric, Vivendi, We Plug Good Music, My Runway Group, WX, She.Said.So have just unveiled their latest project – the 2019-2020 Industry Takeover Seminar Series. 

Hosted by Capital FM’s Remel London, and held at the hub for London’s digital and creative community, Samsung KX, these seminars will provide an invaluable opportunity for anyone aspiring towards a career in the music industry.

Over the next six months beginning September 17 through February 11 2020, the six planned seminars will see established talent and executives alike meet with the next-generation of artists and industry professionals for a panel discussion to debate the hottest topics in urban music. In addition, a dedicated Q&A segment and a chance for attendees to network and create contacts with some of the industry’s biggest and most influential leaders will be offered.

The seminar series is just the latest in a long list of accomplishments for Urban Development.

Last month, the organisation announced they would be teaming-up with Island Records to provide young artists access to development funding and mentoring during the early stages of their careers.

In line with this recent move, Island Records’ Urban division President, Alex Boateng and Marketing and Urban director, Johnny Brocklehurst will be guest speakers at the opening seminar on September 17.  Their appearance will offer attendees a rare opportunity to learn from, and network directly with the label heads.

Sentric’s Global Director of Music Services, Simon Pursehouse and grime pioneer Coco have been confirmed as speakers for future seminars, with more to be announced in due course.

For the seminar series’ full schedule see below.

17 September, 2019: The Art of A&R – Is It Dead?
Alex Boateng – President Urban Division, Island Records
Johnny Brocklehurst – Marketing & Urban Director, Island Records

15 October, 2019: WTF Is Music Publishing?
Simon Pursehouse – Global Director of Music Services, Sentric
Patrick Lawrence – Solicitor-Advocate, Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin Haynes
Coco – Grime Artist

19 November, 2019: Chasing Trends: Have Viral Stars Destroyed The Scene?
Lineup TBA

10 December, 2019: Street Politics: How Influential Is Music?
Lineup TBA

14 January, 2020: The Independent Artist: Are Deals Still Needed?
Lineup TBA

11 February, 2020: Equal Opportunities or Nah?
Lineup TBA

Spaces are filling up fast, so act fast. For anyone that dreams of a future in the music business, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

To find out more about Urban Development, check them out at their official website and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nicole Yamamoto

After graduating in Marketing and Media from Waseda University in Tokyo, Nicole made a temporary move to Toronto where she worked as a freelancer reporting in Japanese for Drake’s fashion label, OVO. After a brief stint back home in Australia, she moved to the UK in late 2018 where she has worked as a freelance translator and interpreter, before joining the Music Crowns team as a staff writer.

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