XpoNorth on the Road: Orkney

6pm - 8.30pm, Tuesday 12th March 2019

The Old Library, 7-13 Laing St, Kirkwall KW15 1NW

Free to attend, simply register here.

18.00pm - 18.30pm: XpoNorth Unpacked

XpoNorth and the HIE Creative Industries Team will offer an overview of the new sector support services available to creative businesses across the Highlands and Islands as well as the recently launched XpoNorth Digital Programme. There will also be a spotlight on the conference element of XpoNorth, a discussion on the benefits of attending and showcasing at this important platform, and a preview of some of the key themes and speakers confirmed to participate in this year’s festival.

Alex Smith: XpoNorth
Iain Hamilton: Head of Creative Industries, HIE
Jeni Oliver: Senior Development Manager, Creative Industries, HIE

18.30pm - 19.15pm: The Legal Aspect: Protecting your Creativity

As every business regardless of size or scale owns or uses some form of IP, protection of some of your most valuable assets is essential in the creative industries. Although this area can often seem daunting, this session will cut through the myriad of key issues relevant to creatives and offer an understandable overview on protecting everything that makes your business unique. This is a must attend session for all creative businesses in the current landscape. This session will be delivered by Jonathan Tait, Solicitor, BTO Solicitors LLP. Jonathan has years of experience working alongside companies such as MTV, BBC, Scot FM, WF Management, Total-Rock, lecturing at Jewel & Esk Valley College and latterly running specialist creative industries courses means he has a broad and expansive understanding of the sector. After retraining as a Solicitor with a specialist knowledge of intellectual property protection and exploitation, data protection and media & entertainment law, Jonathan offers clients the rare advantage of combining legal knowledge with hands-on experience across the creative landscape.

19.15pm - 20.00pm: SMIA: Open Music Business Development Workshop

Dougal Perman (Executive Chair), Robert Kilpatrick (General Manager), Blue Kirkhope (Projects and Programmes Coordinator) and Alex Smith (Non Executive Director) will host an interactive discussion on how the SMIA can best add value to Orkney’s already vibrant and rich music scene. The team will also be available for one-to-one information and advice sessions throughout the evening.

The Scottish Music Industry Association exists to represent and develop music businesses in Scotland. With a growing membership of industry professionals and an active programme of workshops, learning resources, market research and bespoke consultancy, the SMIA wants to help the music industry in Scotland become sustainable. The SMIA also celebrates excellence in Scottish music through the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, Scotland’s national music prize.

20.00pm - 20.30pm: Q&A and Close


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