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All the talk at MIDEM 2011 was about cloud-based digital services. Sony led the way with announcements about the international roll-out of its Qriocity service, and many other companies were in Cannes to explore, promote and develop the digitalisation of the global music industry. As well as the deals done on the exhibition floor and the live music played on stage around town during the MIDEM week, there was much talk of how the record industry would continue to evolve in the digital age.

At the end of the week, MIDEM News editor Julian Newby spoke to 10 industry leaders about how the international music industry might look in the future and how that was reflected at MIDEM. This is what they had to say …

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The ten leaders interviewed are:

– Mark Mulligan, Forrester Research
– Gerd Leonhard, The Futures Agency
– Glen Barros, Concord Music Group
– Dr Jeremy Silver, Semetric/MusicGlue
– Alexander Ljung, Soundcloud
– Eric Garland, BigChampagne
– Neil Cartwright, Media Junction
– Daniel Miller, Mute
– Denis Ladegaillerie, Believe

& the questions are:

– What trends emerged at MIDEM this year?
– There are numerous startups at MIDEM this year. What’s your advice to someone entering the music business today?
– Describe the music business of the future, based on what you observed at MIDEM this year
– What did you observe at MIDEM that affected your business personally?


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About Author

James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.