Music Explosion Spring Sessions 2019

Industry Talks + Q&As

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 4.15pm – 8pm

MMC is thrilled to return this Spring with it long-standing, free evening of industry talks with Q&A discussions and networking opportunities.

Join us this March for a special line up of the UK’s top movers and shakers, shining insights into all corners of the music business. Each panelist will focus on a different aspect of the music business, to inspire developing artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.

Panelist Schedule

4.30pm – 5.50pm

Lorna Greenwood

Manager, Music Publishers Association (MPA)

Music publishers play a vital role in the development of new music and in taking care of the business side, allowing music makers to concentrate on their creative work.

Lorna’s route into music, from her Natural Sciences degree through international travel in various live music festivals, has led to her current role managing the MPA’s extensive membership. Lorna will give an overview of the MPA, what they do and the role of publishing in industry.


5.45pm – 6.45pm


Artist, Fashion Icon

CICAS® alumni and MMC patron Shingai Shoniwa is a singer-songwriter best known as the legendary front woman and bassist of genre-bending duo The Noisettes. With a persona that’s larger than life, her iconic looks have seen her regularly grace the fashion pages. Shingai’s been no stranger to collaboration having worked with artists including Paul McCartney,, Annie Lennox and RZA.

Shingai will share her journey into the industry from Noisettes to now, as she prepares to launch her solo career, as an independent artist and everything else in between. She will talk about touring, the importance of staying true to your brand and tips for emerging artists.  Shingai has been described as “…a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit, with a voice that is equal parts Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday.” Rolling Stone Magazine|


7pm – 8pm

Paul Pacifico

CEO, Association of Independent Music (AIM)

In the UK, AIM represents independent labels, digital distributers, label services companies and self-releasing artists amongst its 800 members. Previously, Paul Pacifico was CEO of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition (‘FAC’), the organisation in the music industry that represents the interests and rights of the Artists. Paul was also the founding President of the International Artist Organisation (‘IAO’), which unites artist organisations from different countries to speak with one voice.

Paul continues to perform and record with his band, Pacifico Blues and is a Visiting Professor teaching the ‘Artist as a Startup’ course at the Berklee College of Music’s Masters campus in Valencia, Spain.

So, you have the talent and the determination, but you haven’t figured out a way to make it work financially. Come along and meet Paul Pacifico, who will outline AIM’s work while offering insights and practical advice on turning your creativity into a career and your band into a business.

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