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Monday, May 6 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
On the Record: Physical Formats, National Markets and Possible Futures

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Over the past decade we were supposed to see the demise of physical formats. While the U.S. saw the market fall by nearly 50% in 2017, CDs and records remain key components of music consumption in other territories. Is the US experience the beginning of an end to physical product globally or is the landscape more complex?  

Why is U.S. music consumption choice so different to that of the UK, Germany, Japan and other markets? Why does market share for physical formats vary so much across territories? What are the factors that drive these differences? What lessons can be learned from successful markets to improve share of revenue for physical product? Is choice of format led by the market or driven by the consumer? What changes would benefit the physical music business at a local and national level? Can streaming improve record and CD sales?

The panel will look at the physical market across borders and formats. Panelists will debate the issues facing the business, focusing on production facilities, distribution networks, the pressure on retail space and support, or lack of it, from the media, music industry and business communities.

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Drew Hill

Managing Director, Proper Music Group
Drew Hill is the managing director of Proper Music Group, a full-service company providing everything from global physical and digital distribution to artist and label services. Proper Music Group also provides publishing and online retail, as well as having its own record label... Read More →

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Terry Currier

The guy at the record store/Owner, Music Millennium
Terry Currier got his start in the music business at the age of 17, when he was hired as a Clerk at DJ’s Sound City in Portland, OR. Over the next 12 years, he worked his way up the ladder to Company New Release Buyer before joining Music Millennium as General Manager in 1984. After... Read More →
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Glenn Dicker

Co-Owner, Redeye
Glenn Dicker started in music business with Rounder Distribution/Records in 1988. In 1994, he started Upstart Records. In 1997, Dicker partnered with Tor Hansen in Redeye, now the exclusive physical/digital distributor in North America for many leading indie labels including Barsuk... Read More →
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Jon Strickland

Director of Sales, Sub Pop Records
Jon Strickland is Director of Sales for Sub Pop Records. With over 25 years of experience in the indie sector, Strickland has worked with many artists such as Father John Misty, Beach House, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Weyes Blood. Prior to his current position, Strickland served... Read More →

Monday May 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
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