SensoriaPro 2017

SensoriaPro 2017 featured the following:

The Animal Symphony


Can animals rock to rhythm or recognise a melody? Naturalist and presenter Chris Packham and internationally acclaimed musician and composer Nitin Sawhney believe some can. We’re delighted to welcome them both to SensoriaPro where they will discuss their use of new research, examining how and why certain animals respond to music, that resulted in Nitin’s compositions performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Geoff Barrow in conversation


Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>, Invada Records) will talk about his work on soundtracks such as Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and the forthcoming Annihilation plus scoring, among others, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and Black Mirror (5th episode, series 3).
Geoff will also discuss his inspirational and extensive career with Portishead, a hugely successful and vast catalogue of production work, co-founding Invada Records (the label created to promote alternative music and scores to movies and games) and Beak> – the three piece band that formed in 2009, a pure celebration of music creation.

Artist-Friendly A & R with Mike Smith (Warner/Chappell Music)


Mike Smith is UK MD of the global publishing company and will talk about his experiences spanning 30 years of scouting and signing a huge array of bands from Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys to Blur. He’ll give practical advice on working with labels and publishers.

Scoring Contest

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The ever-popular Scoring Contest is back with a focus on music for advertising and a Honda campaign clip. Registered delegates can compose or pitch a piece of music – a shortlist of submissions will then be critiqued on the day by our expert panel of Ian Neil (Director of Music for Film and TV, Sony Music), Rachel Menzies (Native Music Supervision) & Laurence Malpass (Music Gateway).

Only registered delegates will receive a brief and media access – submission deadline extended to Friday 22nd September. REGISTER NOW
Signed, Sealed – Delivered

A series of roundtable discussions to cover everything you need to know about getting a recording contract, publishing deal, Event PR, a start on the live touring circuit and synchronisation.

UPDATE – We’re really pleased to announce that Heather Kreamer (Create Advertising) will be our special guest at SensoriaPro and taking part in the roundtable discussions to give her expert advice about music synch.


Delighted also to welcome Richard Brown, Relationship Manager, Music at Arts Council England, who will lead a roundtable discussion on funding for musicians and music projects. Plus Barry Dallman (North of England Regional Officer, Musicians’ Union) discussing everything contractual.

Followed by Networking Drinks sponsored by ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians).
10% discount for members of AIM, PRS for Music, MU, MPA, AIF, BPI, PPL, BASCA, FAC, Creative Scotland, MMF, MPG, Guild of Northern Media Composers, PCAM, SMIA, SYFN, ISM, Screened Music Network, BIMM. Select AFFILIATE when booking.
Group bookings available – email
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* Nitin Sawhney and Chris Packham photo credit: Mark Fielder – Quickfire Media.

Arts Council England
British Council
Heritage Fund
Key Fund
Department for Culture, Media and Sport