Music Explosion Industry Talk & Networking Autumn Special 2022

Wednesday 23rd November 2022, 6pm-8.30pm at 77 Watson’s St, London SE8 4AU

FREE entry – ages 16+

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Music Explosion Industry Talk & Networking provides exciting opportunities for anyone 16 years and over to enhance their understanding of the music industry.

Music Explosion Autumn 2022 will focus on distribution, DSPs and the future of music in the streaming landscape. Our wonderful speakers are Rob Fitzpatrick from Utopia Music and Emily Jackson from Horus Music who will also be answering questions, followed by an opportunity for networking with other industry professionals with refreshments provided. For the first time since the pandemic, we are now back in person for a delightful evening of learning, networking, and connecting.


6pm-6.45pm – Rob Fitzpatrick – Director of Content Strategy – Utopia Music

Rob Fitzpatrick’s 30+ year career in music has taken him from running an indie record shop in the early 90s, to making electronic and acoustic music, touring and remixing as half of Ronnie & Clyde, then spending a decade travelling the world as a music journalist, writing for NME, The Guardian, The Word, The Sunday Times and many others. Rob joined Spotify in early 2012 with the clear intention of creating vivid storytelling and context around music – starting with the hugely popular 101 Strangest Records on Spotify column which ran in The Guardian for two years – before being asked to lead the UK’s playlisting team in late 2013. Here Rob created playlist brands like New Pop RevolutionMusic For ConcentrationAll New All Now and Hot Hits UK which currently have in excess of 5m followers between them. In 2014 Rob was recruited to the very first iteration of Spotify’s Original Content team and worked with Artist Marketing, Publishing, Licensing and Video teams in Los Angeles, New York, London and Stockholm to create original audio and video products such as Spotify’s biggest ever audio documentary series, Stay Free: The Story of The Clash, the music and mental health podcast, Killing It and the multi-award winning Decode. In 2022 Rob joined the Swiss Tech & Music Service Provider Utopia as Director of Content Strategy with the aim of supporting their mission to close the data gap and ensure Fair Pay For Every Play. Utopia Music is a Swiss Music fintech company levelling up the Music Industry through clear, transparent, and reliable data-based solutions. We support the whole Industry to make more money, faster, with fewer costs and errors.

7pm-7.45pm – Emily Jackson – Assistant Head of Distribution & Quality Control – Horus Music

How do you get your music onto Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal and more? How do you ensure it’s a successful release? Learn about the process of distribution through Horus Music and what we can do to support your release, and you as an artist.

With a background in the entire music business, Emily now works as Assistant Head of Distribution & Quality Control for Horus Music. Based in Leicester, UK, Horus Music provides digital distribution globally and physical distribution in the UK. With offices based also in India, Nigeria and Brazil, Horus Music is an innovative company which targets emerging markets and builds relationships with local DSPs and clients. To compliment the digital distribution, Horus Music also offers video distribution and marketing services, ensuring artists have everything they need all under one roof to get the best out of their release.

7.45pm – 8.30pm: Networking and Refreshments – Hosted by MMC Founder and Executive Director, Wozzy Brewster, OBE FRSA

Guests will be able to network after the talks, raise specific issues and questions, and clarify information shared in the previous sessions.

Wozzy is the founding Executive Director of The Midi Music Company (MMC) and Artist Manager for Future Afro Jazz four-piece United Vibrations and Ostroda World Reggae Champions, eight-piece Ska Reggae band Chainska Brassika who release their 3rd studio album, Tales of a Londoner, this March. She manages the band’s logistics, including royalty claims, song registrations, publisher, distributor and booking agent relationships, plus release coordination and press/media liaison.

Wozzy is a member of the UK Music Diversity Taskforce, the BPIs Music Export Growth Scheme Board, BRIT Voting Academy, Music Week Women in Music Diversity panel and other relevant forums.

She delivers MMC’s CICAS® talent development programme for 16s – 30s and is an international youth arts consultant.


If you can’t make it to the seminar, but want to support our work with young creatives, please donate here or text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.

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