The COVID-19 crisis has no doubt been a huge topic for concern amongst our community. It’s been vital for us to continue communicating and stay connected at this challenging time. On Tuesday 31st March at 6pm, 66 music managers gathered online (thanks to Zoom!) for the MMF’s first ever Virtual Manager Meetup to connect and share knowledge!
Tina Sunderland, Director at MMF Associate accounting firm SRLV went through some key points on finance options and business planning in light of the COVID-19 crisis – a summary of which can be found here.
Jim Sanders, Director of Business Development at Associate Ochre discussed optimising D2C (Direct to Consumer) opportunities in the current climate.
Some key takeaways from Jim:
Some words of wisdom from Jim on the point of navigating release schedules in the current climate – “There’s been been a trend since this crisis started to push major releases back into later on in the year, which perhaps makes a lot of sense for some releases, but there’s also a counter argument here that there’s perhaps now an opportunity, a big opportunity because there’s going to be less competition with those big releases. In terms of going after a share of a customer’s wallet or pitching playlist, so maybe it’s worthwhile considering bucking a trend…” . Lets keep the music coming!
Jim walked us through a few recent Ochre client case studies before then taking specific questions from “the floor”.
Amanda Playle, CEO of Decade Management (Pendulum, Knife Party, Hybrid Minds, Cameron Hayes), discussed some of the online live streaming activities her artists have been involved with in recent weeks including Rampage Radio LIVE from the Pendulum Studios in London, adapting to meet the demand from fans in absence of the huge 15,000 capacity Rampage arena show which Pendulum Trinity were due to headline, postponed due to the situation around COVID-19.
Key takeaways, tips and tricks
Thanks to all our speakers and guests! If you have any questions please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.