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~This year we have lost two of music’s biggest stars, David Bowie and Prince. Their contribution to the music industry was staggering. Bowie took care of five decades of changeable and progressive music whilst Prince provided four decades of musical brilliance bringing his clever lyrical wit to artists like Sinnead ‘O Connor and Chaka Khan.

Now they have passed away it makes you consider what is the future of music? Will new and aspiring musicians come to the fore since the death of these legendary performers? How will they be trained, made successful and be original from anything previously seen or heard before?

It’s questions like this that will come to the fore in a special two day event taking place at UCLAN ( University of Central Lancashire) on Tuesday 16th May to Wednesday 17th May 2016.

The Future Sound Music Conference has invited musicians, academics and journalists on board to discuss, in length, the future of the music industry. It will introduce a diverse range of speakers.

Those speaking at the event include:

Dr Rupert Till, esteemed academic and author
Owen Hatherley, journalist and author
Nicola Spokes, Marketing Director for Ministry of Sound Recordings
Professor Ewa Mazierska, Professor of Contemporary Cinema at UCLan
Dr Niall Scott, Senior Lecturer in Ethics at UCLan.

Professor Michael Huber from the Institute of Sociology of Music gives the keynote talk on the second day.

Conference co-organiser Tony Rigg reveals the choice of panel from the most distinguished forerunners of the music world,

“The panels have been designed to feature expertise that cover the main areas of the contemporary music industry, and include entrepreneurial thinkers, representatives from key institutions, artists, managers, and people working at the cutting edge of the digital music environment”.

The conference though isn’t exclusive for music aficionados. You might feel inspired by the debate and consider a career in the music industry or you may wish to study music practice at UCLAN in the autumn.


Members of the public are more than welcome to come along to the event, the plus side being it is free to attend.

Senior Lecturer in music at UCLAN Dr Les Gillon expresses the importance of industry and academic studies at UCLAN,

“Bringing industry and academia together is intrinsic to our work at the University of Central Lancashire. It is an excellent way to deepen our understanding of a constantly changing landscape and it helps to facilitate innovative practice. This is massively advantageous when working in competitive market environments such as the music industry.”

Once again the festival takes place at UCLAN from Tuesday 16th May - Wednesday 17th May. Anyone wanting to attend is asked to email trigg@uclan.ac.uk.