Co-op Congress is back, and taking place in Birmingham on 17-18 June. Brought to you by Co-operatives UK, it features two days of discussions, bringing together those working to build a fairer economy to share ideas, get inspiration and take action.
As someone with experience of the music industry and a co-op (I’m a former Chair of Resonate, the ethical music streaming co-op) I’ve been invited to be part of the panel on the music business. I’m looking forward to discussing ‘Fair Play’ with leading figures, plus there’s a special announcement about a new project in the music world.
13.40-14.40: Main Room (Affinity Suite) – Fair Play: Can the music industry change? (in-person and online)
Paul Stokes, (moderator); Tom Gray, Chair of the Ivors Academy, Founder #BrokenRecord, Gomez; Terry Tyldesley, Music Tech Consultant and Artist; Sarah Pearson, Wasted Youth Music and Juste Entertainment, Founder; Colin Young, Chartered Accountant & Registered Auditor and Music Industry & Streaming Royalties Specialist; David Martin, CEO, Featured Artists Coalition.
One of the most high profile industries currently being challenged over its inequities lies at the heart of the UK’s cultural heartbeat – the music industry. This panel will focus on fairness, from digital distribution to social mobility – there’s a lot to discuss!
We’ll also look at what the solutions could be, some that are already in place via co-operatives. And we’ll discuss the potential for one of the most exciting new co-ops to be launched this century.
Further speakers at the event include:
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, Co-op Group Interim CEO Shirine Khoury-Haq; Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham; Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire; Andy Street – former boss of employee-owned John Lewis, now Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority; Denise Scott-McDonald, Co-op Group.