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FastForward kicks off 2019 plans with speakers for FastForward: Amsterdam, and dates for FastForward: Sydney

FastForward announces it will kick off 2019 in style - once again - with the return of its flagship music industry conference at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam for its fourth consecutive year.

The first wave of speakers for the two day boutique event has just been released, wth an already stellar lineup featuring the likes of International Songwriters Mac and Phil (Hurts, Emeli Sande, Bloodstream, Chainsmokers), Jazz Sherman (Manager, Anne-Marie and recently named Artist Manager of The Year at the Artist & Manager Awards) and Catherine Luckhoff (CEO Nichestreem, South Africa).

Following the success of the artist-led panels at FastForward London in September, featuring the likes of MNEK and Sarah Close, FastForward Amsterdam are pleased to announce that London-based artist Jake Isaac will be leading a keynote conversation with songwriting duo Mac & Phil (Emeli Sande, Chainsmokers, .

Whilst the official topics for the conference will be announced soon, Chris Carey, Founder & CEO of FastForward, promises topics that evoke the same insightful, boundary-pushing and thought provoking discussions that regular attendees have now come to expect.

In a recent interview with The Industry Observer (Australia), Carey hinted towards the content:

FastForward Amsterdam aims to bring together all corners of the music industry. In Amsterdam there will be panels on the future of vinyl (is it growing or declining?), the future of boutique festivals, staying healthy on the road, the role of playlists, and many more.”

AWAL will be continuing their global partnership with FastForward, alongside a host of familiar, returning event sponsors.  Soundcharts join as global partners, covering all 2019 events across Amsterdam, Sydney and London. Long term supporter AIM (Association of Independent Music) and Media Insight Consulting each all extend their support to the future generation of music industry thinkers and leaders.

For a full list of all those included in the first wave of speakers, see below:

  • Aditi Arora, Senior Product Manager, Gracenote, USA

  • Andy Hajitheodoulo, Product Design Lead, Kobalt

  • Catherine Luckhoff, Founder and CEO Nichestreem, South Africa

  • Chris Carey, Founder and CEO, Media Insight Consulting

  • Ellie Rumbold, International Product Manager, Partisan Records

  • Emily Scoggins, Marketing Consulting (formerly Head of Marketing, The O2)

  • Giancarlo Sciama, Catalogue Marketing Consultant (formerly VP EMI and Universal)

  • Jake Isaac, Artist and Songwriter

  • James Fleury, Founder and CEO, Nouvague

  • Jazz Sherman, Artist Manager, Anne-Marie

  • Jenna Fentiman, Music and Composition Producer, Manners McDade

  • Karen Emanuel, Owner, Key Productions

  • Mac & Phil, International Songwriters (Chainsmokers, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy)

  • Poppy Reid, Editor, The Industry Observer, Australia

  • Vangel Vlaski, Senior Label Manager, Proper Music Distribution

Book your place today and save €100 - Early Bird Delegate Passes are on sale now.   Prices go up on 10th January 2019.

To register, or for more information, visit:

FastForward Sydney: Save the dates

In addition to the flagship Amsterdam event, FastForward will be going back to Sydney Australia for a second year.  Taking place on 11-12 April, returning to University of Technology Sydney (UTS), for another 2 days packed with content.  Schedule is still to be announced, but Super Early Bird tickets are on sale now for $155!

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