Panelists announced for The Future of Our Industry


The MIA organised ‘The Future of Our Industry’ event is happening next Thursday. We are pleased to announce the cross-section of relevant experts who will be tackling our four topics, each addressing the challenges that our industry will face both now and in the future…

“The Future of our Industry” will be held on Thursday 16th May 2019 at the Victory Services Club, Seymour St, London, W2 2HF – a 2 minute walk from Marble Arch Tube Station.

There are still a few spaces available at this vital event designed to support your business, and inspire you with new ideas to help you to tackle this tough climate.

Tickets including lunch buffet and evening meal are just £49 + VAT for members, and £99 + VAT for non-members. Email to reserve your place today.

Here are our panels, along with the experienced individuals who will be offering their thoughts:

Panel 1: ‘If 80% of the population claim they aspire to play a musical instrument, why isn’t our industry more diverse?’

Moderator: Anthony Short, Shure UK


James Giddings, BBC Introducing Live

Steven Greenall, Warwick Music

Stuart Williams, Future Plc

Hannah Trigwell, Influencer

Panel 2: ‘How will a bricks and mortar store be relevant to the customer purchase journey of the future?’

Moderator: Darren Power, Source Distribution


Richard Harfield, HW Audio

Andrew Oliver, Alan Gregory Music

Alex Marten, Industry Consultant

Mary Spender, Influencer

Panel 3: ‘Should the Government have an obligation to support the High Street and if so how?’

Moderator: Nick Burnett, Birketts LLP


Nick Wright, Altus Group

Rafael Ruiz, Birketts LLP

David Barnard, Musicians’ Union

Alex Schlagman,

Panel 4: ‘How can you run a profitable music business in the future?’

Moderator: Darren Power, Source Distribution


Simon Pollard, Millers Music

Alan Barclay, Absolute Music

Iain Butterwick, Reverb

Paul McManus, MIA

This cross-section of relevant voices from across the industry will discuss each topic in turn before opening up to the floor for further question and comment.

We are looking forward to widening the debate and learning more about the issues we collectively face.