launchpad and prs foundation announce a joint 2023 talent development conference will take place at leeds beckett university on friday 24th february

PRS Foundation and Music:Leeds/ Music Local’s Launchpad announce the merging of their individual Talent Development Conferences, which have attracted hundreds of music industry attendees from across the UK and internationally, for a joint Talent Development Conference in 2023. Leeds Beckett University, a Principal Education Partner of LEEDS 2023, will host the event on Friday, 24th February.

This coming together into one event in 2023 follows the hugely successful inaugural Launchpad Conference last year in Leeds and PRS Foundation’s annual Talent Development Conference which has taken place since 2017 in different cities each year including Hull, Cardiff, Sheffield and online during the pandemic.

Open to everyone involved in music at any level and hoping to gain a better understanding of the music industry – as an artist, producer, manager, promoter, student, enthusiast or otherwise – this day-long event will kick off from 10:00am and will feature a mix of panel discussions and In Conversations from leading experts and professionals across a range of subjects impacting talent development today for music creators, the music industry and scenes across the country and beyond.

Additionally, there will be 1-2-1 sessions and opportunities for networking with music industry professionals.

The event will be an opportunity for organisations and individuals specialising in meaningful music creator development, as well as music creators wanting to make regional and national connections.

Tickets for the conference are free/ pay as you feel, but attendees must register in advance.

Registration is open now on EventBrite.

Samuel Nicholls, Director, Music:Leeds/ Music Local and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University’s Leeds School of Arts, said, “Having worked closely with PRS Foundation over the last few years, it’s brilliant to be able to join our Launchpad Conference with their Talent Development Conference in the context of LEEDS 2023, the city’s year of culture celebration.

“The conference will be a fantastic opportunity for those working or aspiring to work at all levels of the music sector to come together, learn and share experience on building an equitable and successful national and regional music sector. Widening this partnership by bringing the conference to Leeds Beckett University will offer great opportunities to our students, who are already working to make an impact in the music industry with the expert support they benefit from at Leeds School of Arts.”

Joe Frankland, CEO, PRS Foundation, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Music:Leeds/ Music Local’s Launchpad to combine each of our conferences into one event in Leeds in 2023.  Each year the Talent Development Conference is a fantastic opportunity for music creators and those on the front line of talent development to come together, network and discuss the big topics and challenges facing the industry.  We’re very much looking forward to seeing everyone there and excited to be holding this event in Leeds during its highly anticipated Year of Culture.

Launchpad and PRS Foundation Talent Development Conference is delivered by Music Local, partnering with PRS Foundation with support from Leeds Beckett University, Youth Music, arts@leeds, Leeds City Council, PPL, PRS For Music, UK Music, Music:Leeds, Leeds 2023 and PRS Foundation’s network of Talent Development Partner organisations supported by PPL.

Launched in 2016, PRS Foundation’s pioneering network of Talent Development Partners brings together organisations such as Music:Leeds working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, supporting a broad range of music creators across different music genres, career levels from the grassroots up and across the regions of the UK.