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Call for prizes

Each year, ILMC raises a significant sum of money for our chosen charity, which this year is Music Support who provide help and support for individuals in any area of the music industry who are suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues.
To help with fundraising, ILMC is looking for prizes that can be won during Friday afternoon’s Nikos Fund Prize Draw.
Do you have anything you’d like to contribute in exchange for a good name-check and positive karma? It could be anything from tickets and experiences, to memorabilia or more. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details.
And don’t forget to be in The SMG Space Bar on the mezzanine of the hotel on Friday 9 March at 15:30 for a chance to win one of them…

ILMC's 30th birthday party

You only celebrate your 30th birthday once, so to mark this momentous occasion, we’re inviting friends, family and intergalactic invaders to join us for a birthday party like no other. From 18-21:00 on Tuesday 6 March, we’re opening up the entire mezzanine floor of the Royal Garden Hotel for a stellar early evening line-up of killer tunes from world-class DJs; top-secret competitions with fantastic prizes; and a guest list that stretches across the entire musical multiverse.

The party is being hosted by the wonderful folk at PRS for MusicAEG Ogden, andViberate, and with everything from bubbles and nibbles to virtual space flights laid on, it’s going to be a very popular few hours.

It’s an early event to allow delegates to invade, meet, and reconnect before heading out for the evening. Early arrival is recommended.

For more info, click here.


Bursary Scheme final call

The Alia Dann Swift Bursary Scheme is available for a small number of young professionals and start-up companies and is intended to provide a route for those who would otherwise not be able to attend, to participate in ILMC for the first time. 

The closing date for applications is 29 January 2018, so if you know anyone who would benefit, and who should be at ILMC, please encourage them to submit an application before Monday. A bursary scheme place is a full ILMC delegate pass. Details of all successful applicants will remain strictly confidential.

To find out more, click here.

The Final Countdown Dinner

The headline event of ILMC (well, the final one at least...) is The Final Countdown Dinner on Friday 9 March. As a launch pad to the weekend, the dinner will see delegates head to Dirty Bones in Kensington, the upmarket US-style diner rated four-stars by Time Out for its “fun-loving atmosphere” and “pimped dude food.”

With a three-course menu ranging from flat-iron steak and slow ‘n’ low ribs, to mac and cheese, and other unidentified frying objects, it promises to be a last supper cooked to perfection.

Tickets for the dinner cost £60 in advance, and include a welcome drink, coffee, and some other top-secret elements.

Sign-up when you register or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

To find out more, click here.

ILMC 30 agenda announced

Hold onto your ray-guns, because the ILMC 30 agenda is now live! It’s a monster of a line-up this year, with topics including artist fees, security, ticketing, ethics, blockchain, gender, virtual reality, plus a galaxy of agency, venue and festival topics, and more...


While details of ILMC’s main opening session, The Open Forum, will be released shortly,Ticketing: Paying the price sees pricing, pre-sales and secondary go under the microscope, and The Music Business: United we stand? – co-presented with CMU Insights – invites five industry figureheads to discuss what shape the joined-up wider music business will take.
This year’s Booking Workshop looks at riders and asks whether they’re worth the paper they’re written on, while Gender: Calm down, what’s the fuss? questions whether the live industry has a problem with gender and equality.
Wednesday sees the Festival Summit 2018, which includes Festival Forum: Overjoyed or overblown? where we consider whether these powerhouse events hold too much influence, whilst Festival Summit: Artist fees asks whether it’s time to adopt a more long-term approach.
Chairs include: Kim Bloem, Mojo Concerts (NL); Clementine Bunel, Coda Agency (UK); Tim Chambers, TJ Chambers Consultancy (UK); Chris Cooke, CMU Insights (UK); Christof Huber, Yourope (CH); & Sophie Lobl, C3Presents (US).

View Wednesday’s full agenda and schedule.


Thursday’s topics include Security: Rock and a hard place in which we look at what’s next for a business still reeling from multiple serious incidents over the last two years, whileBusiness Ethics: Why do we alien-ate each other? lifts the lid on murky business practices in order to ask whether there’s a better way of working for all.
Tales From the Front Line pt. II invites another panel of special guests to reveal their best, worst and funniest moments working in the industry, while Country Music: New worlds profiles this growing international scene. This year’s Think Tank session invites industry favourites Barry Dickins, Pino Sagliocco & Jackie Lombard to discuss their routes to the top of the business in an intimate format, while the Blockchain & cryptocurrencies Workshop deciphers these disruptive new technologies.
Thursday also sees the Venue Summit 2018 take place. Sessions include The Venue's Venue: Spaces for stars, with first-look venue data, innovation and consumer expectations under discussion; Venue Summit: Esports, which profiles this new $1.5billion market and its ability to fill arenas with thousands of new ticket buyers; and a dedicated workshop onSponsorship & Branding packed with the best-in-class brand engagements of 2017.
Chairs include: Alex Bruford, ATC Live (UK); Stuart Galbraith, Kilimanjaro Live (UK); Katerina Kirillova, Cryptotickets (UK); Ben Martin, Marshall Arts (UK); Steve Schwenkglenks, Barclaycard Arena Hamburg (DE); & Dan Steinberg, Emporium Presents (US).


View Thursday’s full agenda and schedule here.

The final day of ILMC is one not to miss as The Breakfast Meeting with Peter Menschsees the renowned music manager and industry veteran reveal all to host Ed Bicknell, after which The Agency Business 2018 considers the evolution of agency roles, corporatisation and emerging US dominance.
Live Entertainment: The disruptors looks at new formats, new audiences and new opportunities to ask what the key trends are and who’s making waves, before The ILMC 30 Autopsy feedback session wraps it all up.
Chairs include: Ed Bicknell, Damage Mgmt (US); Rob Challice, Coda Agency (UK); Christoph Scholz, Semmel Concerts (DE); Gordon Masson, IQ Magazine (UK); & Greg Parmley, ILMC (UK).

View Friday’s full agenda and schedule here.

The final batch of conference sessions and the full line-up of guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, but with hundreds of alien life forms already registered to invade the Royal Garden Hotel, if you haven’t already signed-up… click here to register.