Building for the future

Saturday 24 April, 10am-5pm

Join the ISM for our next online conference, Building for the future – an inspiring day of music, professional development and practical advice on Saturday 24 April.

As the UK navigates its way beyond COVID-19 and Brexit, we will examine the future challenges and opportunities for our sector, and explore how music professionals can succeed and thrive in their careers. You will have the chance to watch fascinating interviews and discussions with fellow artists and industry experts, as well as enjoying musical performances. The day is free to all, and open to both ISM members and non-members.

ISM members can attend the lunchtime open forum, while non-members are invited to a session with our membership team to discover more about the work of the ISM.

Discover the event programme

10am – 10.15am: Introduction and opening words
Deborah Annetts, ISM Chief Executive and Professor Chris Collins, ISM President 2020-21

10.15am – 11.15am: In conversation with Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE
Double bass player, Founder of the Chineke! Foundation, academic and broadcaster Ch-chi Nwanoku OBE will explore her career development from performer to entrepreneur, plus her thoughts on the future of the music sector in terms of diversity, programming, international touring and live performance. Chi-chi will be interviewed by Classical Music Programmer, Curator & Producer Toks Dada.

11.30am – 12.30pm: Working internationally post-Brexit

Panellists: Deborah Annetts (ISM Chief Executive), Andy Corrigan (Founder and Director of Viva la Visa), Ben Papworth (Musical Director, Coach and Piano Vocalist)

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, artists are facing new complexities when travelling to and from the UK. In this session, we will provide an update on the latest Brexit developments and what they mean for music professionals, as well as exploring new opportunities for those working internationally

Parallel session 1: 12.45pm – 1.30pm: Members' open forum

An opportunity for ISM members to speak with members of the ISM's senior leadership team and hear about the future plans for the organisation.

Parallel session 2: 12.45pm – 1.30pm: Find out more about the ISM

Not yet a member of the ISM? Join the ISM’s Membership & Marketing Officer Sam Flower to find out how the ISM can support you in your music career. You will learn about our campaigning and lobbying work and how we support our members with insurances, legal and business advice, promotion, professional development and much more, as well as having the chance to ask questions and meet fellow music professionals.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Teaching music in a post-COVID world

Chair: Pauline Black (Music Education Lecturer, University of Aberdeen)
Panellists: John Robinson (ISM Head of Compliance & Legal), Sharon Mark-Teggart (Co-Founder and Director of The Curious Piano Teachers), Steph Power (Examiner, Composer, Writer, Critic and Chair of Tŷ Cerdd)

How has COVID-19 impacted music teachers, and what do they need to consider in order to protect themselves and their pupils? This session will explore approaches to online teaching and preparing pupils for online exams. We will also discuss important issues for music teachers including contracts, employment status, safeguarding, risk assessments and unpaid fees. The results of the ISM’s 2021 fees survey will also be examined to see how teachers’ pay was impacted by the pandemic.

3.45pm – 4.45pm: Getting the best out of working online

Chair: Sarah Osborn (ISM Head of Business Development)
Panellists: Hannah Fiddy (Creative Entrepreneur, Consultant and Co-Founder of Alternative Classical), Mike Burgess (Creative, Industry Exec, Educator and Legal Advisor), Laura Bettinson (Producer, DJ and Vocalist), Magnus Mehta (Producer, Composer and Multi-instrumentalist)

COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions have forced us all to spend more time online. Our expert panel will offer practical advice and tips for performers and composers and songwriters on successful remote working. Find out how to maximise the tech you have available, how to make money in the digital space, and discover new and improved ways of working online.

4.45pm – 5pm: Closing words and handing over of the Presidential Medal

Final words from the ISM's Presidential Trio: Dr Jeremy Huw Williams (President 2019/20), Professor Chris Collins (President 2020/21) and Deborah Keyser (President 2021/22)