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A packed one day version of XpoNorth featuring a programme of inspirational panels, presentations, 1-2-1's and networking opportunities looking at how you can drive your creative business or career forward. This completely free event is relevant for whatever stage you're at in your creative journey, and offers the chance to meet a range of industry specialists, discuss challenges and opportunities and put your own questions and opinions forward.

9.30: Registration

Meet the Creative Organisations:
Hear from representatives from a broad cross-reach of regional and national organisations on how you can access the support to bring your creative ideas to life, secure funding to develop your business and gain a valuable insight into current programmes which offer support to develop your project and innovate your business model.

Lorraine Thomson: Interface
Jeni Oliver: Scottish Development International
Fiona Chisholm: Business Gateway
John MacDonald: Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Open Session: Discussing the Framework of the Modern Music Industry
This interactive session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the music industry to discuss the current industry landscape and offer practical advice on how to develop your music business. This session will be of particular interest to both artists and music businesses at all stages of their development. As an open session, we would encourage as much engagement from attendees as possible and the session will be designed to allow interaction throughout the discussion.

Alex Smith: XpoNorth
Michael Lambert: A Modern Way/ Wide Days
Jo McLean: The Touring Network
Toni Malyn: Head of Marketing & Artist Relations, EmuBands

12.30-13.00: BREAK

13.00- 14.15:
In Conversation with Designer Netty Sopata
With every small business there is story of how, when and why this happened.Kilt and garment maker, Netty Sopata of Diggory Brown will discuss her inspiring journey, the benefits and challenges of being based on the Isle of Lewis, the support she has had along the way as well as some of the fascinating projects she has been involved in.

Content, Commissioning and Caring about your Audience: BBC ALBA’s Margaret Murray
2018 marks BBC ALBA’s 10th year on screen. Xpo North's Kate Hooper speaks with Margaret Mary Murray, who has been the Head of the BBC's Gaelic Digital Service for the last decade. They will discuss themes including the latest strategies in reaching modern-day audiences, commissioning, content production and broadcast opportunities. They'll also look back at some of Margaret Mary's learnings from her time at the helm of BBC ALBA. Whether you work in broadcasting or not, this session will be of real benefit to anyone looking to reach and engage with modern day audiences.

Margaret Murray: Head of BBC’s Gaelic Digital Service

Spotlight on Getting Published
Literary Agent Lindsey Fraser will talk you through the publishing process, discuss expectations and opportunities writers might explore, and suggest ways to maximise the chances of getting published. A session for writers at all stages, and for readers interested in how the world of publishing works. Lindsey Fraser has a background in bookselling, education and readership development. After 10 years running Scottish Book Trust, she and Kathryn Ross established Fraser Ross Associates, a Literary Agency representing writers and illustrators from all over the UK. Lindsey was a regular book reviewer, edited a number of anthologies and has travelled widely to promote readership development. She and Kathryn support young writers through their work with The Pushkin Prizes and the Young Walter Scott Prize.

Lindsay Fraser: Literary Agent, Fraser Ross Associates

XpoNorth. Why Me?
Find out more about XpoNorth, Scotland’s leading Creative Industries Festival and why it’s relevant to your business and professional development. XpoNorth has established a reputation as an excellent platform to meet and hear from leading creative professionals from across the international marketplace and a great opportunity for you to grow your professional networks.

Alex Smith: Project manager, XpoNorth
Iain Hamilton: Head of Creative Industries, HIE
Kate Hooper: Screen and Broadcast Lead, XpoNorth
Jeni Oliver: Senior Executive, Creative Industries, SDI

An Lanntair Presents: The Gaelic Angle

A lively and interactive Q&A session on working successfully in the Gaelic Arts and Creative Industries.

Derek Murray: Presenter, BBC Alba
Fiona Mackenzie: Presenter, BBC Alba

Networking and Close.

1-2-1 Sessions with a selection of participating speakers are available to book by emailing Iranzu Galdeano:

About the Speakers:

Margaret Mary Murray: Head of BBC’s Gaelic Digital Service
Margaret Mary Murray is a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Lewis and a Celtic Studies (Hons) graduate of Glasgow University. She has worked in the BBC for 30 years across many production and management roles. She has an extensive track record of delivering creative excellence to audiences having honed her skills in all areas of broadcasting and production – radio, television, online and digital and across many genres including drama, documentary, learning, news and current affairs. An editorial and strategic leader who has delivered award winning content and a commissioner who has launched and run a television channel, BBC ALBA coupled with developing and relaunching a national radio service, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal. She has collaborated with producers across the BBC, with independent production companies in the UK and internationally as well with academic and arts partners to create and deliver ground-breaking alliances and content. She sits on BBC Scotland’s Executive Board is a founding member and former director of the World Indigenous Broadcasters’ Network. She is a member of BBC Scotland Diversity Board and the European Broadcasting Union’s Regional Radio Committee.

Michael Lambert: A Modern Way, Wide Days
Michael Lambert is the co-owner of artist management company and record label A Modern Way, looking after acts including Idlewild, Fatherson, Tom Joshua, Stanley Odd and Future Get Down. He is also a director of music industry event organisation Born To Be Wide which stages regular seminar events, as well as Scotland's Music Convention, Wide Days which takes place annually in Edinburgh and has helped to propel acts including Honeyblood, C Duncan, PAWS, Fatherson, Be Charlotte and Kathryn Joseph. Additionally, Michael is a board member of the Scottish Music Industry Association.

Toni Malyn: Head of Marketing & Artist Relations, EmuBands
Toni joined the team in 2012 and is Head of Marketing and Artist Relations for this leading digital distribution company. Out with EmuBands, Toni is an Artist Manager, and also has experience in concert promotion, self-releasing music and Tour Management.

Jo McLean: Chief Executive Officer, The Touring Network
A former classical musician who has played and toured with world class orchestras including the Halle Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and BBC Orchestras, Jo has been working as a consultant and producer across Scotland and internationally since 2006. She has commissioned small and large scale works across a wide range of artforms, latterly specialising in site responsive work. Jo joined the Touring Network as CEO in 2015. As well as a love of performing arts, she brings strong leadership and a solid grasp of organisational governance to the role.

Alex Smith: XpoNorth
Alex is the former Music Producer for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH); the conference has attracted some of the most influential industry representatives, produced cooperations with a cross-reach of national and international industry associations and organisations and showcased some of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish scene in recent years. He also project managed XpoNorth Music, a dynamic support structure for music businesses based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Along with the project’s business development remit, XpoNorth Music also produced stages at a host of Scottish festivals and developed export opportunities at a broad range of leading global trade events. He is also a board member of The Scottish Music Industry Association and part of the team at Inverness’s music and events venue, Ironworks.

Kate Hooper: Screen and Broadcast
Former Senior Producer, Kate worked for the BBC for over a decade producing a wealth of high quality programmes and content. She has worked extensively across broadcast, online and print. Kate has been involved in the production of XpoNorth for a number of years and lives and works in in the Highlands where she grew-up.

Netty Sopata: Diggory Brown
Over the past ten years Diggory Brown has continued to grow in a direction that seeks to balance unique, highly skilled kilt and accessory design, with a type of production that not only reduces our own impact on the environment , but also one that inspires others to become involved in reducing their own. In 2015 Diggory Brown, in partnership with Uist Wool, was one of five Scottish based design businesses successful in securing support from Zero Waste Scotland to research and develop a new textile and product(s) that would demonstrate the principles of The Circular Economy and closed loop cycle of production in the garment industry.

Lindsey Fraser: Fraser Ross Associates
Lindsey Fraser has a background in bookselling, education and readership development. After 10 years running Scottish Book Trust, she and Kathryn Ross established Fraser Ross Associates, a Literary Agency representing writers and illustrators from all over the UK. Lindsey was a regular book reviewer, edited a number of anthologies and has travelled widely to promote readership development. She and Kathryn support young writers through their work with The Pushkin Prizes and the Young Walter Scott Prize.

About XpoNorth

XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading Creative Industries festival, with this year's edition taking place across the 27th and 28th of June in Inverness. If you work or want to work in the Creative Industries, XpoNorth is the place to be, with almost 2,500 delegates attending from around the world, it's an opportunity to meet leading international industry figures and buyers- as well as a wide range of businesses from across Scotland and further afield.

A hot-bed of creative activity, the conference and showcase takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music, XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.

By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading players from across the creative industries. By night, the festival sets the city alight with creativity, from the event’s firmly established new music showcase soundtracking a host of city centre venues with over 60 of the hottest new acts around, to a specially curated short film programme and a range of relaxed networking events and parties.

The magic of the festival is its unique atmosphere; the XpoNorth experience offers delegates across the creative spectrum an inspiring daytime schedule followed by the evening music and film mix, all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland in midsummer.

XpoNorth is also a creative industries network that provides business support and help on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise year round. This network approach supports creatives based across the Highlands and Islands to achieve their goals in the fields of screen, broadcast, gaming, writing, publishing, design, craft, fashion, textiles and music.

Find out more about how the network can help you and what XpoNorth has to offer here.

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