The first three keynote speakers have been announced for NY:LON Connect, the conference co-organised by The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Music Ally.
Spotify’s global head of markets Cecilia Qvist; YouTube Music’s head of music content partnerships and subscriptions for Korea and Greater China Sun Lee; and Warner Music Group’s chief innovation officer – recorded music Scott Cohen will be speaking at the event in New York on January 16-17 2020.
The conference will include five programming tracks: Emerging International and Influential Markets; Technology, Innovations and Startups; Publishing and Rights; Global Streaming; and Label Evolution. MQA, AdRev and Gracenote are already on board as sponsors.
Each of the three previous NY:LON Connect conferences sold out well ahead of time, so if you’re keen to join us in New York, we’d advise buying tickets sooner rather than later.
“After three highly successful events in both New York and London, the NY:LON brand has come to represent the kind of impactful conversations necessary to set the tone for our industry in the new year,” said Music Biz president Portia Sabin in a statement.
“We’re thrilled to once again partner with Music Ally to host this ever-essential forum, as we continue our dedication to promoting growth in the worldwide music business while addressing the needs of each industry subset.”
“Music Ally is delighted to be back in New York with Music Biz for the fourth edition of NY:LON Connect,” said Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley. “This year’s program promises to be our best ever. But I know from past delegates that it’s the quality of the attendees as much as the speakers that makes this event so special, so I’ll be looking forward to some more great conversations and networking to start the year on the right note.”
For a taster of the kind of industry debate you can expect at NY:LON Connect, read some of our coverage of sessions in the event’s first three years:
- African music: ‘We’re here to stay, and you’re going to know about it!’ (2019)
- ‘Music is the new yacht’ – trends in music/tech investment (2019)
- Run The Jewels manager Amaechi Uzoigwe: ‘Build the right spaceship!’ (2019)
- UMG and WMG execs talk ‘growth hacking’ global music-streaming (2018)
- Beggars Group, AEI Media and Atlantic Records talk modern-day music companies (2018)
- CMO Seth Farbman on Spotify: ‘It’s maybe more like a republic than a democracy’ (2018)
- Universal Music and Spotify talk music-streaming in 2017 (2017)
- How ‘sleeping giant’ China is waking up to legal music (2017)
- The future for labels? ‘The enemy that we have is kittens!’ (2017)
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