UnConventional Thinking…

February is really a month to celebrate – Penny Distribution’s trans-atlanticism goes hay-wire and two of the most cutting edge, forward thinking and connected conferences are taking place in the two places we call home – San Francisco, CA and Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Followers of this blog will be well aware of the impact UnConvention Manchester had on me back in October 2008. Check out this video for a taster of that event.

Well, when we came back – (that’d be Rich, Tracy , Jen, Andy and I) – we immediately set about setting up our own event with a similar ethos – sharing best practice, working toward collaboration and inspiring each other. With a slight twist, we added an element of “Barcamp” to proceedings, adding a nod toward the convergence of music and technology, as well as making sure that the event will focus on the audience, and all participants as it did in Manchester – not just those who’ve already established successful music industry careers.

So today, we just announced our lineup of panels for UnConvention Belfast, which will take place on February 6th & 7th in Belfast, UK – hopefully the first of many of UK UnConventions to spin off from that weird and wonderful week in Salford.

With participants from Europe and the USA as well as indie labels & music businesses from all over the UK and Ireland, it’s set to be one hell of an event that couldn’t have been pulled off without the immense support and enthusiasm of a huge array of people…

As one of the participants at UnConvention told me “It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t know what you can’t do”.

Follow @unconvention on Twitter or www.unconventionbelfast.com for more…

Industry Noise, San Francisco (part of the Noisepop Festival)

Noisepop has too many memories for me – Ted Leo, Spoon, John Vanderslice – as well as the array of artists and venues that make San Francisco such an amazing place to live and work.

Well, this year Noisepop is spinning it’s web off into a one day conference called Industry Noise. It will feature keynote conversations with influential artists and technologists, and panel discussions that encourage conversation between the digital music industries and the artists that are forging new terrain through its opportunities.

For those of you unfamiliar, Noise Pop is currently in its 17th year. This city-wide festival has hosted the most influential artists of our time including The White Stripes, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Wolfmother, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to name a few. Confirmed headliners for 2009 include Antony and the Johnsons, AC Newman and No Age with more to be announced soon.

Have a look at http://www.noisepop.com/2009/industry.php for more…


One Response to UnConventional Thinking…

  1. Lee Jarvis says:

    I think that UnConvention Belfast will be a great success, and it’s a real shame that I’m not in the UK or I would have loved to head over for this one. Hope all goes well, as it seems that you guys have organised something pretty cool, and with the right frame of mind behind the panel and participants.

    (ps – I recently saw Ted Leo in Chicago, great stuff!)

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