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Tech Track Sponsor

Consolidated Independent (CI) connects labels and artists with the opportunities and services of the global digital market.

CI’s position as part of the innovative state51 Music Group provides access to one of the most advanced and connected supply side technology platforms in the music industry.

CI was formed in 2003 by a team who already had over a decade of experience and many awards for innovation behind them. Our unique depth and breadth of experience is deployed daily to advise and support record labels and digital music and business services.

Consolidated Independent is proud to be part of the independent music community. We take a leading role in major industry initiatives, such as DDEX which helps standardise the digital music infrastructure. Our independent ownership and spirit ensure that CI is a long term guarantee of independence, and access to innovation, for the music industry.

People Track Sponsor

Handle Recruitment - 40 years of powering careers within creative brands - consultative, creative and responsive; the way we work is underpinned by the genuine knowledge we build of our clients’ businesses. We believe a diverse culture is vitally important, and we work closely with our clients to ensure we reach the widest talent pool possible. We make sure that each person we place embraces and exemplifies them too, so that from junior to senior level our candidates are happy, successful and driven: they know that we will provide unrivalled access to career paths with real development potential in iconic companies.

Business Track Sponsor

Merlin is the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector.

The organisation’s members command in excess of 12% of the digital recorded music market and embody more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from 62 countries and all continents, representing some of the world’s most important and successful artists.

Merlin acts to ensure these companies have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected.

Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has licensed key digital services and has reached a number of high value copyright infringement settlements on behalf of its members.



The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.

"Audio Revolution – a masterclass in studio quality sound"

Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA.


Over the past two decades, CD Baby has grown to become the largest distributor - as well as publishing rights administrator - of independent music in the world; one of the most trusted names in the music business, and the go-to DIY educational resource on topics such as music marketing, rights management, and more. CD Baby gets artists paid - weekly - for their music in all of the ways that musicians earn money today: streaming, downloads, publishing royalties, CD & vinyl sales, video monetisation, sync licensing and more.

"Digital Cultures Impact On The Album As A Concept"

Believe is the world’s largest fully independent distributor and services provider for independent music with 1,000 staff and offices in 44 countries and scalable deals via our 20 brands including DIY distribution at TuneCore, full service distribution with Believe, and artist services and record deals via our in-house label group incorporating AllPoints, Naïve, and Nuclear Blast.  
Believe UK provides distribution services to leading independent record labels including Marathon Artists, Future Classic, Brownswood, Tru Thoughts, High Focus, One Little Indian, R&S, Greco Roman, and GRM Daily as well as artist services to  established artists such as Queen, Orbital, Feeder, Razorlight and breaking artists from Novo Amor, and Gavin James to Roses Gabor and Blue Lab Beats. In 2018 Believe collected $500M royalties on behalf of their artists and labels.

Partner - "Staying Healthy Under Pressure"

For almost 100 years, Help Musicians has been providing help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives.

We’re an independent charity which aims to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians, offering a wide spectrum of support which includes; an integrated programme combining Health & Welfare services with Creative development funding, ground breaking research, a mental health helpline for the entire music industry and an incredibly popular hearing health scheme which aims to prevent hearing problems that would otherwise bring musicians’ careers to an untimely end.

Working in partnership with others to grow our impact, we‘re passionate about creating a world where musicians thrive.


shesaid.so is a global network of women in the music industry.

Established in September 2014, we've built a diverse community consisting of a combined network of 10,000 women from all sectors of the industry. With headquarters in London and LA, shesaid.so has 15 active chapters around the world including NYC, Paris, Berlin, Mumbai and South Africa to name a few. Our focus is on empowering women and our projects foster collaboration, diversity and inclusion beyond gender.