The Welsh Music Industry

November 13-14, 2008
ATRiuM, Cardiff

Held as part of Swn Festival and in conjunction with Welsh Music Foundation and the University Glamorgan Music Academy, this two-day symposium, organised by Dr Paul Carr, explored key themes surrounding the Welsh Music Industry.

Why don’t more bands play in Wales?: Promoting Live Music in Wales. Dave Driscoll (P4 Music), Guto Brychan (Maes B) and John Rostron (Swn Festival / The Point) discussed the state of the live music scene in Wales and the challenges faced by bands and promotors.

Case Study: How to Have A Number One Album with Scouting For Girls. Swn co-founder and BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens interviewed Scouting For Girls about what it takes to go from unsigned to number one in under a year.

Doing It Yourself. Everybody can and everybody is. Panellists Andrew Dubber (New Musical Strategies); Colin Rice (We7); Tejas Mistry (Indiestore / 7 digital); Ewan Grant (Xtaster / Death Or Glory Music); and Sean Adams (Drowned In Sound) examined the techniques and technologies available to DIY music makers wanting to be heard.

Why I stayed in Cardiff / Why I moved to London. Panellists Jude Rogers, Martin Bowen (Probation Management), Mark Gale (Universal Publishing A&R), and Crispin Parry and Danny Ford (aka The Gloom Brothers) discussed the pros and cons of working in smaller cities against working in the big smoke.

A full programme is available on the Welsh Music Foundation website.