Specialist Music

12th June 08

Cargo, 83 Rivington Street


The Radio Academy and AIM will join together to host Specialist Music 2008 – an event which aims to foster a new understanding and improved relationship between the radio and music industries, with particular focus on the field of specialist music. If you’re a label and want to increase your understanding of and contacts in specialist music radio (i.e. the shows after 7pm and on specialist stations), this event is not to be missed!

The event will be hosted by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, and will feature three main sessions, as well as a keynote speaker.



Ben Watt of independent label Buzzin’ Fly and Kiss FM’s Buzzin’ Fly Radio Show talks about his experiences in the specialist music sector.

Session 1 – Inside Radio

The first session will look at the workings of specialist music radio, from what goes on in production meetings, to how tracks are chosen for play, how the digital age has affected this process and how you break your track on a show. Panelists include Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Paul Thomas (BBC Radio 1), Hermeet Chadha (BBC & Channel 4), Nicky Birch (Head of Music, Somethin’ Else) and Daniel Nathan (Juice fm and producer of The Independent and AIM’s ‘Independent Music’ podcast).

Session 2: Inside Labels: Radio and the Promotional Mix

This session will look at how labels approach radio, from how and when labels put together a promotional plan and how radio fits into this, to the impact of radio support (or lack of) on a release and the role of the plugger. Panelists include: Julie Weir (Visible Noise), Janine Irons (Dune Music), Peter Quicke (Ninja Tune), Richard Wootton (Richard Wootton Publicity) and Ben Beardsworth (XL Recordings) and moderator Chris Parles (ACM).

Session 3: Tomorrow’s World

The final session will look at the future of specialist music radio and independent music,. With the advent of technology that allows your customer to purchase tracks as they are being broadcast, and with labels offering free ad-funded downloads, what are the business models for specialist music going to be in the coming years? Where does radio fit in? Panelists include Pascal Grierson (Cliq), Justin Spooner (Double Shot Consulting / Eva Hipsey Music) and Robin Pembrooke (Gcap Media).