In the wake of being crowned the cultural and creative hub of the UK, Glasgow’s music industry event Resonate brought together hundreds of delegates across 5 venues. The event was the biggest and most successful yet and featured an electrifying atmosphere as ideas and minds came together in the name of collaboration – a core principle of the event.
With the 2019 event centering around an ethos of bringing industry training, business development and innovation to the city, RESONATE covered a whole variety of topics including route to festival stages, funding, mental health, creativity, tech workshops, music in Europe, touring, agents and media.
Billy Kiltie, Director of 23rd Precinct Music said: “Our key pillars are collaboration, creativity, accessibility and development – four crucial steps to help you in your current or future music careers. This year’s Resonate was the best one yet, we were thrilled to bring together so many amazing music industry delegates and companies in the brilliant city of Glasgow.”
Panel discussions with industry professionals were the hot topic. Around 10 flights arrived in from London, including one from Thailand as Keynote Speaker Simon Napier-Bell made his Resonate debut. Discussing his career highlights including his time managing Wham! And T. Rex, it was noticeable that the whole room was captivated by his experience. Compere, Janice Forsyth even noted that “he has the best stories… and can remember them all!”
This year also saw Resonate pledged to PRS Foundation’s Keychange Programme which aims to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across festivals and conference programmes by 2020. Yesterday the event was joined by some incredible women in the room including female artists, managers andcreatives all of whom inspired the audience with their industry quirks and tips. This was apparent within the first 30 mins of the Resonate conference as it was opened by Glasgow Life’s Katie Duffy, Senior Projects and Programme Manager for Arts and Music alongside returning Compere Janice Forsyth.
By creating a safe space to collaborate and learn with panel discussions, workshops,Q+As, drop-in sessions and demonstrations, Resonate 2019 once again successfully cemented itself as a vital music industry event in Scotland.
Closing the day with Resonate Live, 6 Scottish bands took stage to round the night off, including Glasgow band Rascalton and female singer-songwriter Scarlett Randle ensuring Resonate 2019 ended all an all-time high. The event’s band rider was provided by Scotland’s Tennent’s Lager who ensured the bands were looked after backstage.