The two-day online conference will take place on 2 and 3 December


The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is to present The Empowered Musician 2020, a two-day conference exploring how musicians can continue to be creative through the pandemic, the value of music to society, the impending threat of Brexit, the opportunities and drawbacks of technology and the impact of COVID-19 on existing inequalities in the music sector, as well as providing key advice for staying resilient in challenging times. Consisting of future-focused keynote speeches and interactive panel discussions, the event will will take place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December 2020, from 10am to 5pm.

Speakers include Dr Anita Collins, David Lammy MP, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, SK Shlomo and Roderick Williams, among others.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, said: ‘The ISM is proud to be organising The Empowered Musician 2020. At the end of a turbulent and disruptive year for the sector, it will offer music professionals much-needed support and inspiration and will demonstrate the viability and value of a career in music.’

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The beatboxer and producer SK Shlomo said: ‘COVID-19 has hit musicians hard, both financially and in terms of mental health. We are rising to the challenges as best as we can, with innovation and creativity, and the ISM has been with us every step of the way.  I am proud to speak at this event and support ISM’s efforts to empower musicians and help keep the UK’s music scene alive.’ 

To see the full event programme and list of speakers, and to book your free ticket, vist the website.