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Artistic Leadership in a Changing World
By Atholl Swainston-Harrison, Chief Executive, International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA)

Sir Clive Gillinson

The 21st IAMA International Conference: Emerging Stronger – Inspiring Artistic Leadership in a Changing World took place at London’s newest concert hall, Kings Place from 13-16 Apr 2011.

Sir Clive Gillinson, Artistic and Executive Director of Carnegie Hall gave the opening keynote address which was in itself a practical demonstration of inspiring leadership in difficult times. The academy and its expensive redevelopment of a famous New York hall was exactly about bringing partnerships that would inspire enthusiasm and imagination.

Said Sir Clive Gillinson “…it is never about asking for money but sharing a vision …whatever it is” This he pointed out in the session that followed was applicable to any part of the music business including conversations that happen between artist manager and promoter. He maintained that listening needs to be part of the process and understanding mutual concerns and ideas were key to moving things forward in difficult times.

Maestro Riccardo Chailly and James Jolly in

The highlight of the conference was the interview between Riccardo Chailly, Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and interviewer, James Jolly, Editor-in -Chief of Gramophone Magazine. His life and musical career was a point of fascination for many and the well-attended session gave rise to a real buzz about the afternoon.

The closing conference dinner was held at Altitude 360 degrees – probably better remembered for its views than food but it did give delegates the chance to see view of London from a new perspective – something that the IAMA hope the conference achieved in the career perspective of all those who attended.

To find out more about the 21st IAMA International Conference click here.
Visit IAMA’s website here.