Xponorth On The Road - Dunoon

09 November 2017


Venue: Dunoon Burgh Halls - 195 Argyll St, Dunoon PA23 7DD

10.00 -11.30  Meet the Creative Organisations:

Hear from representatives from a broad cross-reach of regional and national organisations on how you can access the support to bring your creative ideas to life, secure funding to develop your business and gain a valuable insight into current programmes which offer support to develop your project and innovate your business model.

11.30 -12.30 Spotlight on: Remote Participation in the Creative Industries
Learn how live streaming and increasingly immersive technologies can help you connect with audiences and collaborators wherever they are. With reference to relevant case studies from the creative and cultural worlds and a practical discussion around the hardware, software and processes of running these activations- Dougal Perman from Inner Ear will lead an interactive seminar for individuals and organisations who want to learn about the impact these technologies can have on their businesses and projects.

13.00 -14.00 Creative Conversations: Artists and Business Development in Today’s Music Industry
This interactive session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the music industry to discuss the current industry landscape and offer practical advice on how to develop your music business. This session will be of particular interest to both artists and music businesses at all stages of their development.

Claire Mackay: The Touring Network/ SMIA
Claire Mackay currently works for The Touring Network as Marketing and Events Officer as well as for the SMIA freelance where she also serves as a director of the board. Her background is in Artist development via management and micro label Hits The Fan Records based from Dennistoun in Glasgow. She Released Frightened Rabbit's debut album in 2006, had a 7 year hiatus project managing for business tourism until her return to release and develop now award winning artist Kathryn Joseph for album "bones you have thrown me and blood I've spilled" (SAY Award winner 2015).

Joe McAlinden: Producer/ Artist/ Talent Manager
Joe is a classically trained singer-songwriter who writes and records music from a studio in Argyll.  His band, Superstar, were signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and released seven albums in eight years.  He has played/written/collaborated with Rod Stewart, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star/Alex Chilton, novelist Alan Warner and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed music for Channel Five, Disney ABC, Sky One, Sky Sports, Sky HD and Vodafone.

Dougal Perman: Chair, SMIA/ Director/ Director Inner Ear
Dougal is a producer, director, writer and content creator. He co-founded digital media production company Inner Ear in 2000 before launching the UK's longest running internet radio station, Radio Magnetic in March 2001. Inner Ear specialises in content creation, remote participation and  immersive communication. He is also the current Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA).

14.00 -15.00 XpoNorth.  Why Me? 
Find out more about XpoNorth, Scotland’s leading Creative Industries Festival.  Why it is relevant to your business and professional development.   6-7th June 2018, this free event is an excellent opportunity to meet and hear from leading creative businesses from around the world, and an opportunity to grow your professional networks and do business.
Iain Hamilton is the Head of Creative Industries at Highlands and Islands Enterprise. This involves everything from developing strategy and managing the Creative Industries Team, to directly working with businesses and promoting the region. He established the current support model of business networks providing year around activity and support, with the annual international b2b conference and showcase, XpoNorth at the core.  He is also a piper and whilst not earning a living from music anymore, still plays when he can.

Alex Smith is the current Industry Network Manager for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH), Scotland’s largest conference and showcase festival for the creative industries. He also project manages XpoNorth Music, a dynamic support structure for music businesses based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Along with the project’s business development remit, XpoNorth Music also produce stages at major Scottish festivals and have developed export opportunities with a broad range of leading global trade events. Smith is also a partner on EXCITE- an innovative cross-border collaboration between countries including the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark and Finland. He is also a board member of The Scottish Music Industry Association and part of the team behind the 1000 capacity music and events venue, Ironworks.

Jeni Oliver is a Senior Executive for Scottish Development International.  With a focus on Creative Industries, Jeni works with companies in Scotland to help them access practical information, advice and funding to start or increase their exports. Previously a Development Manager with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Jeni has worked with creative organisations in the region for more than 10 years. 

15.00 -16.00 Publishing session
In association with Publishing Scotland.  Laura Waddell (Harper Collins)

16.00 -17.00 Innovating with the Crowd
Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular source of funding for many individuals and organisations and it is a process which can deliver much more than money. But, as this approach is neither simple or easy to master, and more people recognise “crowd assets” as rich sources of innovation and value, we need to look at new ways of working and learn new skills in order to thrive in the crowd economy. Drawing on practical examples and the theories of the crowd economy, Tim Wright offers an accessible and easy to understand unpacking of the value available and the skills needed to succeed.
Tim Wright is Director and co-founder of twintangibles a Scottish based management consultancy that helps organisations create value through accessing the crowd economy. A leading thinker and practitioner on crowdfunding Tim provides expert insight to the OECD, European Commission and the Scottish Government and is author of The Scottish Crowdfunding Report.

17.00 – 18.00 Creative Conversations: TV Talent Development
Are you interested in a career in TV?  Are you looking to grow your knowledge, networks and find out more about opportunities for you or your business?  Find out more about some of the different talent schemes and support that could fast forward your career in TV and the largest international TV Festival hosted in Scotland. 
Campbell Glennie is Director, Talent Schemes, the charitable arm of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. He is responsible for The Network and Ones to Watch, schemes designed to develop new and emerging talent in television and is a member of the Royal Television Society Education Committee and the Nations and Regions Media Steering Committee.
Previously, he was Marketing & Business Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for four festivals, and on the board of Four Corners, a centre for film and photography. He was also Head of Exhibition at Future Shorts/Secret Cinema, owned and edited Fest Magazine and has produced projects for Broadcast, Screen International, BBC Worldwide and Radio 4.


Free event. Book your place here

A selection of speakers will be available for 1-2-1 conversations.  If you would prefer to pre-book a time slot with an individual email:

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