What will the music industry in Scotland look like next year? Will it return to the normal we once knew? What legacy will the mass social experiment of home working, virtual events and remote participation have on gigs, festivals and artist development? The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) invites you to participate in a discussion which will explore answers to these questions and debate the future of the industry.

Speakers: Susan Montgomery, Pete Fletcher & Fiona Ellis

Chair: Dougal Perman


    Dougal Perman
    Owner, Inner Ear / XpoNorth Digital Sector Specialist

    Dougal is a producer, director and consultant. His content company Inner Ear specialises in live programme making (including live streaming of cultural events and activities), feature and documentary production (podcasts, web video and some TV commissions) and creative industry consultancy. He is also chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association in which he helps shape vision and drive strategy. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Leadership Group and co-chairs a working group exploring how to increase creative industries resilience. Dougal is an XpoNorth sector specialist for digital media content with a particular interest in remote participation. In and out of work he loves listening to and making music, storytelling and media production.


    Susan Montgomery
    Music Publisher, 23rd Precinct Music

    As part of her role, Susan registers new songs with collection societies, sets up co-writing sessions, pitches tracks to management companies and labels, registers live shows for writers and pitches tracks to music supervisors for sync placements. In addition to the role of music publisher, Susan also heads up the team for the annual music industry conference - Resonate. The event focuses on creativity, development, accessibility and collaboration. Over the past two years, they have brought in leading industry experts and pioneers to Glasgow for the event. Susan has also worked as tour manager for pop artist Be Charlotte.

    Pete Fletcher
    Owner, In-house Engineer / Producer, Black Bay Studio

    Pete Fletcher is the owner and in-house engineer/producer at Black Bay Studio, which is a large residential recording studio on the shoreline of the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Opening in 2018 it has seen artists from all over the world coming to make records including Grammy-winning producer, Adrian Bushby, and rising stars, Ninth Wave. The studio also works with a host of artists online, providing mixing and mastering services, mastering hundreds of records with the likes of Snapped Ankles, Tamzene and Black Honey. Before coming to the islands to set up the studio, Pete worked in Nottingham producing from First Love Studios and founded Denizen, a label and management company. This mixture of roles has given him a broad understanding of the different aspects of the industry, but it is recording with bands and artists that has always been his passion.

    Fiona Ellis
    Business Support Manager, DF Concerts & Events

    Since 1995, Fiona has played a key role in DF Concerts. In addition to managing King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, she has developed a valuable insight into all levels of concert production and promotion experience and held various operational roles in the delivery of live music festivals including, T in the Park. In her current role as Business Support Manager, she has worked collaboratively to encourage Scottish Government to introduce the Agent of Change principle to protect music venues and has been instrumental in driving DF Concerts sustainability policies to reduce the impact of live music events on climate change.


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