Wide Days 2015 - Scotland's Music Convention

Wide Days 2015 - Scotland's Music Convention

Music industry panels, workshops, discussions & showcases held at the Pleasance, Edinburgh on Friday 10 & Saturday 11 April 2015.

We did it!

On 31st Mar 2015 we successfully raised £2,388 of £2,000 target with 19 supporters in 28 days

Help Wide Days 2015!

Why We're Raising Money Through Crowdfunder

Since 2010 Wide Days has provided a link between the Scottish music industry and the business throughout the rest of the UK and abroad. The event does not receive grants or public funding, and is run by the not-for-profit Community Interest Company, Born To Be Wide.

Wide Days is only possible thanks to the support of sponsors, a dedicated team putting in days of unpaid work and speakers who give up their time to participate in the programme.

Unfortunately, one of our largest backers from 2013 and 2014, was unable to support this year’s event. So although we continue to give artists the best deal possible, ensure volunteers are not out of pocket and maintain the high standard of the conference programme, we have to raise the shortfall to deliver what we have done at previous events.

If we surpass the target, the money will be used to enhance Wide Days and provide additional support for the music community by hosting a special evening of emerging talent in early August.

How We'll Use the Money Raised

- Invite more guest speakers from outside Scotland - the average cost is £350 per person for travel and accommodation – which in turn provides more opportunities for musicians and delegates.

- Film, record and photograph each panel and showcase act, to create a lasting resource to view free on our youtube channel.

- Provide additional opportunities for showcasing acts by inviting international media and providing live footage of the gig.

- To raise the level of the event production, at both the conference at during the showcases [e.g renting additional lights, projectors etc]

A Guide To The Ticket Types

Regular PassThe basic pass for the panels and presentations taking place on Friday 10 April and also provides access to the evening showcases. Students, Musicians Union members and Under 18s get an additional discount, making this the cheapest pass since the launch of Wide Days. 

Professional PassTailored to professionals working in music, industry associations, public bodies, academic institutions, creative organisations or anyone who would like to support the event.In addition to the panels and presentations on Friday, the ticket also includes an invitation to the unique networking activity on day two. 

Along with speakers and event sponsors, Pro pass holders will be taken a coach tour of Edinburgh, guided by Wide Days founder Olaf Furniss. This will be followed by a talk, BBQ lunch [please let us know of any dietary requirements] and a low-excertion sports contest [darts, swing ball, croquet].

The Professional pass also includes free lunch during the convention and food during the evening showcases on 10 April.


About Wide Days

Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has established itself as a music industry event with a difference. The brainchild of Olaf Furniss, who has worked for and reported on many of the world’s key music business gatherings, it draws on its founder’s extensive experience of what makes a great event.

At the core of Wide Days’ ethos is a belief that it should be accessible to all and that the next generation of industry players and veterans should have a forum to learn from each other. Moreover, despite its limited budget, the event strives to offer artists more than many, larges showcase events. 

Hosted by the Born To Be Wide organisation, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, admission prices are kept low through sponsorship and by selling Pro tickets targeted at music industry professionals.

A maximum of seven acts are invited to showcase at Wide Days, which allows organisers to provide more support to the artists both before and during the event. The line-up is chosen in consultation with Scotland’s leading tastemakers, with a bias towards musicians in a position to make the most of the platform. All showcases are open to members of the public, who can apply for free tickets online.

As a qualified tourist guide, Furniss recognises that the best events leave visitors with a taste for where they are held. That is why speakers and those who support the convention by buying a Pro ticket, are treated  a welcome reception and are fed during the gigs. It means they don’t have to choose between dinner or music, and serves to underline that at Wide Days, business can be pleasure.





Panels, Workshops & Presentations at Wide Days 2015


How much is the music?

What is the real cost of making an album? Three case studies look at the total amount, factoring in the time musicians spend writing, rehearsing and recording, playing gigs, promotion and every other expense.

Presented by: Alex Knight, Fat Cat Records




The Music Venue Trust

A look at the work of the organisation set up to safeguard venues.




What hope for the future?

Is the music business set to reflect society, with a super rich 1% of artists and companies taking the lion’s share of the money? Can a ‘middle class’ survive and what impact will streaming really have?

Speakers: David Balfour, Record Of The Day. Additional panelists TBA



A&R You Brave Enough?

A panel from music and media provides feedback on tracks submitted by acts attending the convention.

Speakers: Nicola Meighan [The List/The Herald/Radio Scotland], Alex Knight [Fat Cat Records], Additional panelists TBA




Festival Development

A look at how the festivals are diversifying and what role they can play in developing new talent. 




Keynote Interview with FiniTribe

John Vick and David Miller from pioneering electronic act FiniTribe in conversation with Olaf Furniss. The duo look back on their ground-breaking career and forward to a new release and tour in the summer. 




"Wide Days event covers so much commercial ground relating to the music industry. Each panel is informative and very well attended. The panelists are made to feel very welcome – the audiences are a real cross section of music industry, be it music students, up and coming songwriters or established professionals. Edinburgh is a great location too. Fantastic facilities and made to feel very welcome."Sarah Liversedge, Director of A&R, Bucks Music Group


"Wide Days is an amazing event. The platform it has given and the way it has directly affected the careers of acts like PAWS, Honeyblood and Rachel Sermanni is testament to the breadth and depth of the event. Its importance to the music scene in Scotland and the respect it is shown by the entire UK industry has grown year on year." Ally McCrae, BBC Radio 1 / Manager, Prides


"Wide Days has interesting speakers and a clear vision. I found valuable contacts both in the Scottish music scene as well as international operators." Anna Hildur, Programme Director, Nordic Music Export


"Wide Days cuts through the jargon and mystique of the music industry, giving the audience straight-talking, no-nonsense and genuinely helpful insights into all areas of the business. Add some cutting-edge live music in the evenings and convivial host Olaf Furniss into the mix, and you have a truly excellent event!" Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland


"There is a thriving scene in Scotland that is often overlooked in London. Coming to Wide Days allows me to connect with great Scottish artists and record labels. I still remember seeing Rachel Sermanni there and praying I could sign her. My prayers were answered and now so many more people are getting to discover her amazing talent." Scott Cohen, Founder, The Orchard


"Wide Days was an all-round excellent experience both for me and for Spotify. The audience was a fantastic mix of licensors, managers and artists and this seemed to bring out a really balanced and interesting set of perspectives. The showcases and social events around the conference were a great opportunity to continue conversations and start new relationships. It was very worthwhile and a lot of fun." Mark Williamson, Director of Artist Services [Europe], Spotify



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