Brighton’s multi-venue music showcase festival and conference The Great Escape has announced four keynote in-conversations that will take place in 2023, featuring representatives from the BPI, PRS, Afro Nation and Ticketmaster.

The keynote in-conversations include musician, broadcaster, chair of BPI and chair of Youth Music YolanDa Brown, who will discuss her career as a music-maker, and her work encouraging, educating and supporting the next generation of music talent.

Songwriter, producer and recently re-elected president of the PRS Members’ Council Michelle Escoffery, will also discuss her career in music and her creator advocacy role at PRS For Music.

Promoter and Afro Nation co-founder Smade, will tell the story of the creation, evolution and global expansion of the Afro Nation festival, and his work promoting and supporting afrobeats music and culture via his SMADE Entertainment business.

Ticketmaster EVP of Global Music David Marcus will discuss the latest trends, innovations and opportunities in the live music and ticketing sector, including how new data technologies and services can help promoters, venues and artists plan and market their shows.

The programme of keynote in conversations sits alongside the CMU + The Great Escape Sessions, three full-day strands curated and hosted by the music business experts at CMU.

Next year will also see the return of The Road To The Great Escape – the live music showcase in Glasgow and Dublin in the days leading up to the event in Brighton. Kicking off in Glasgow on 6 May, then travelling to Dublin on 8-9 May, the series will feature some of TGE’s talent at multiple venues including Glasgow’s The Garage, King Tuts, G2, and The Garage’s Attic Bar, and Dublin’s Whelan’s, Workman’s Club, Grand Social, and the Academy 2.

In addition, the festival has announced that Brighton-based learning disability-led arts organisation Carousel, has come on board as 2023’s charity partner, while local music school BIMM returns as the education partner.