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Digital Disruption with Alison Wenham OBE

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The first in a series of inspirational talks uncovering the stories behind how people in the music industry have overcome their biggest challenges, and what can be done to recover, respond and rebuild after a crisis.

During this online in-conversation, Alison Wenham OBE will reflect on 20 years of digital disruption and managing independent music through the transition from physical to digital formats.

Who it’s for

As part of our work to address both the gender gap and the regional divide within the music industry, this session is aimed at:

  • Early and mid-career music industry professionals – this can range from independent self-leaders to employees of small, medium and large companies
  • Women and gender minorities
  • People based in or from the North of England

Session overview

The Association of Independent Music, of which Alison was a founding CEO, launched in 1999, just a few months before the launch of Napster, the peer-to-peer file sharing service that disrupted the music industry forever. Over the next two decades she steered the UK’s independent labels on their path from an established and profitable sector through unprecedented changes, including the launch of hundreds of new digital services, creating the first digital licenses, collapses in distribution and retail, political challenges and battling through the dot-com bubble and the credit crunch.

In conversation with Remi Harris MBE, Alison will discuss:

  • The advantages and challenges of being an independent business during disruption
  • The crises in skills and leadership during the change to digital
  • The time it takes for major changes in the environment to play out, and the unexpected opportunity it creates for new businesses and new models

The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Practical info

We’ll be using online video software Zoom, so please ensure you have downloaded the app on a desktop or mobile ahead of the session. We will email you a link to the meeting room closer to the date.

We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. Please let us know if there is any additional assistance we can provide to help you access this session.

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing info@brightersound.com 

About the speakers

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Brighter Sound’s Leadership Programme is one of 18 projects nationally to receive investment through the Arts Council’s Transforming Leadership fund, a £7.1million investment into leadership development to ensure that cultural leaders are appropriately skilled and diverse.