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Urban Development’s Industry Take Over Seminar Series Returns


Urban Development’s Industry Take Over Seminar Series Returns

Industry Take Over Seminar Series Head To Samsung KX From September 17, 2019 to February 11, 2020

On the back of its biggest Industry Take Over All Dayer, back in February, as well as its newly announced ground-breaking partnership with Island Records, award-winning music development organisation Urban Development have announced their 2019-2020 Industry Take Over Seminar Series, which is taking place at Samsung KX in Kings Cross, from September 2019 to February 2020, in conjunction with Universal Music, AWAL, Sentric, Vivendi, We Plug Good Music, My Runway Group, WX, and She.Said.So.

Through the unique space that Samsung KX provides, which perfectly captures the imagination and spirit of London’s creative community, Urban Development is excited and looking forward to delivering its biggest Industry Take Over Seminar Series yet, in a visionary setting, featuring expert music industry panellists sharing their specialist knowledge, experiences and skills to a new generation of artists and future industry executives.


Hosted by Capital Xtra’s Remel London, this year’s Industry Take Over Seminar Series is the only space where tastemakers, talent, and seasoned executives alike, guide future artists and industry professionals through the music industry, while debating the hottest topics in urban music. With the opportunity to hear from specialists and practitioners as they offer insights, opinions and practical tips, each session will be led by future-proof advice to help anyone aspiring to make it in the music business, to get a foot in the door.


This year’s Industry Take Over Seminar Series comes perfectly timed, on the back of Urban Development’s new partnership with Island Records, which has been set up to give exceptional young artists access to development funding, mentoring, and expertise in their early stage careers. The partnership is led by Urban Development founder and director Pamela McCormick, and Island Records’ Urban Division president Alex Boateng, who will also be speaking at the opening seminar at this year’s series, offering attendees a first-hand chance to learn from and network with the label boss, among others.


All six sessions will offer panel discussions, a chance to ask questions in a dedicated Q&A segment, and very much desired networking opportunities. With confirmed speakers including Island Records (Urban Division) president, Alex Boateng, Simon Pursehouse from Sentric, and Sheffield Grime pioneer Coco, this year’s Industry Take Over Seminar Series is the foremost place to learn from, and exchange contact with industry movers and shakers, build peer-to-peer collaboration and mentoring, and start a music revolution.




September 17, 2019: The Art of A&R: Is It Dead?

Alex Boateng – President Urban Division, Island Records

Johnny Brocklehurst – Marketing & Urban Director, Island Records



October 15, 2019: WTF Is Music Publishing?

Simon Pursehouse – Global Director of Music Services, Sentric

Patrick Lawrence – Solicitor-Advocate, Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin Haynes

Coco – Grime Artist



November 19, 2019: Chasing Trends: Have Viral Stars Destroyed The Scene? 



December 10, 2019: Street Politics: How Influential Is Music?



January 14, 2020: The Independent Artist: Are Deals Still Needed? 



February 11, 2020: Equal Opportunities or Nah?



Urban Development’s Industry Take Over All Seminar Series takes place from September 17, 2019 to February 11, 2020 at Samsung KX. Advanced tickets are available right now via UD Tickets.


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