The International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA) is preparing to host its 28th annual conference. It runs from 23-25 April at Kings Place in London.
There is no overall theme for this year’s event. Instead, conference chair Ben Rayfield – managing director of artist agency Rayfield Allied – has decided to take on a broad range of serious issues facing the sector such globalisation, the movement of artists, sexual harassment, diversity, identity, data protection and relevance.
“The main theme running through the conference is the relationship between globalism and regionalism, and how that is dictating artistic change,” says IAMA chief executive Atholl Swainston-Harrison. “For example, it’s often been said that the brass section of the Chicago Symphony has a distinctive edge and that Hungarian orchestras have a particular string sound. If globalisation leads to everything sounding the same is this something to be worried about?”