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IMS Business Report 2020 to be presented via Live Webinar


International Music Summit (IMS) will present and publish the findings of their annual IMS Business Report. The event will take place online on Thursday, July 16 at 17.00 BST in an interactive Zoom webinar.

The Business Report is an annual study that provides statistics on the growth of the industry across the previous year. Used by professionals across the industry and referenced in widespread news reports and studies. The report is an essential tool for the electronic music business. This edition will reveal the impact of the pandemic and illustrate how the electronic music industry has reacted to this turbulent and unprecedented year, helping to steer decisions that will lead to future recovery.

For the first time in its ten year history, the report will be debated, examined and fully dissected in a live debate. This will come directly after the sixty-minute presentation by author Kevin Watson. Moderated by Billboard Dance Editor Katie Bain, the analysis will feature commentary and insight from leading industry experts.

Comprised of three sections, ‘In Review’ will highlight the electronic music business year pre-COVID-19. This will include recorded music, DJs & live acts, clubs & festivals and companies & brands. ‘2020 So far’ will examine the direct impact of the pandemic. Finally, ‘Industry Value’ will reveal the all-important estimated value of the global electronic music industry, which in 2019 stood at $7.2bn.

Participants of the interactive webinar will be able to engage with the assembled panel of experts, ask questions, provide opinions and vote in polls. Webinar places are limited on a first come first served basis, to join the conversation click here.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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