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Interview: Chris Rogers – Founder of Pivotal Music Conference

A while back, we recommended some of the many great music industry events that aspiring artists and music business people should know about. Now it turns out there’s a new kid on the block. The Pivotal conference is a brand new music industry conference in Birmingham, UK making its debut this September.

As we mentioned then, these types of events are some of the best places to connect with like-minded industry individuals and further you’re music business career, so when a new one pops up we’re interested! We caught up with Chris Rogers, the founder of Pivotal, to ask him why the world needs another music biz conference, what Birmingham has to offer and what to expect when Pivotal launches in a few months.

What’s your background in the music industry?

I have been working in the music industry for about 3 and a half years now, predominantly providing artist management and consultancy services to a range of people including Joe Dolman, Natalie Holmes, John Nicholas and Speak, Brother. I also lecture at BIMM Birmingham and run the Birmingham MMF Tribes Networking nights.

How did the idea for Pivotal come about and who is behind?

Pivotal came all out of a desire of mine to see the creative music industry grow in Birmingham and to create community in the city. I started by running the Birmingham Tribes nights to create a community and over the 2 years of running those, I began to get the ideas for Pivotal and a conference bringing it all together in Birmingham.

Over the past 6 months, I have been working hard on bringing the industry into the fold and getting the ideas for some panels together. Finally, it’s so good to have it announced and see it take off! I’m also lucky enough to have the support of the newly created Birmingham Music Coalition giving me support with things as they launch at Pivotal!

What’s the main vision behind Pivotal?

The main vision for Pivotal is all about creating opportunity for the industry in Birmingham and for the outside industry to see the creativity and incredible talent that Birmingham and the Midlands has to offer. For me, it all comes down to creating community and opportunities for all across the region.

Why is Birmingham a good city for a music industry conference?

Birmingham is so well located and it’s the second biggest city! With some incredible music heritage including UB40, Black Sabbath and other there is a rich history of music and creativity. And there is a thriving music scene across the city with some incredible independent venues such as the Hare and Hounds and the Actress and Bishop, recording studios, artists, and professionals.

What’s the Birmingham music scene/industry like?

As I said thriving! We have some incredible artists that have come from Birmingham and the Midlands region such as JAWS, Jorja Smith and artists like Lady Sanity who are doing great stuff at the moment. We are also so lucky to have the likes of BIMM, ACM and Birmingham City University here creating some incredible talent in our students and helping to make industry links as we grow the business in the region.

What is your ambition for Pivotal in the short and long-term?

Well first and foremost to have an incredible first year with success for all involved and for all the artists showcasing! But long-term I want Pivotal to become a moment in the calendar for Birmingham each year giving opportunities and to see it grow so that next year it is a city wide event!

How do you plan to stand out from the many other music industry conferences out there?

I think there will always be some similarities, but I think all that I want to see is Birmingham and the region grow and see the creative industries and the artists flourish. But we all want to see that I’m sure for every region!