UK: As part of the International Festival for Business, Sound City has partnered with UK Trade & Investment – the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy – to deliver a comprehensive insight into the opportunities that exist for UK music companies in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and India.
Taking place at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on June 28 on the waterfront of the iconic city, the inaugural IFB Music Day will feature high profile companies from each territory and UK companies who have done business in the vibrant and ever-expanding region.
The event is primarily aimed at music managers, publishers, labels, tech companies, festivals, promoters and agents. It will highlight the opportunities that exist for business and collaboration between UK and Asia via a series of workshops and round table networking sessions, offering illuminating insight and discussion around this fast-paced and constantly-evolving environment. The aim will be to nurture existing relationships and stimulate new partnerships and international trade.
Sound City will host Lihui Shen of China’s largest music entertainment group, Modern Sky; Stan Yu, Director of TMT Entertainment at China’s largest investment company, Fosun Group; Kong Yoon Young, Director of Korea’s biggest emerging talent festival, Zandari; and Kyu Young Lee, Head Promoter of Pentaport Festival. Also in attendance will be Mumbai and NYC based entertainment lawyer, Ali Sachedina; and Geddy Lin, head of the largest venue in Taipei, Riverside Livehouse.
They will be accompanied by UK based experts in exporting to Asia including John Saunderson (Notting Hill Music), Greig Watts (DWB Publishing) and Ivor Novello nominated songwriter and producer Diamond Duggal.
Sound City has considerable experience and pedigree in the Asian music market, recently announcing a long term and strategic equity partner deal with Modern Sky Entertainment in China that involves expanding Sound City in global markets as well as increasing the size and scope of its UK event.
In 2015 Sound City also launched its first full-scale event in South Korea. Sound City Korea is a three-year initiative taking market ready UK artists and industry to Seoul for Zandari and MU:CON. Sound City is widely acknowledged as a trusted delivery partner by UKTI and since 2008, they have delivered world class business initiatives and opportunities to over 12,500 delegates from 29 different countries via Sound City initiatives, generating a growth in turnover that exceeds $20 million for the businesses that have taken part.
The IFB Music Day in Liverpool will feature Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese and Indian music industry experts, UK music managers, publishers, labels, tech companies, festivals, promoters and agents and offers the chance to be immersed in essential debates, key notes and business and cultural exchanges all aimed at doing business.