Meet the speaker: Mike Smith from Virgin EMI Records

THIS IS IT! Ipswich is just a  few days away on Monday 9 Feb. We’re thrilled to announce our final panel member for our afternoon session Our Careers So Far Mike Smith from Virgin EMI Records.

Mike is President of Music at this world-renowned company. He started as an A&R man and has signed Blur, PJ Harvey, Elastica, Supergrass, Teenage Fan Club, Doves, Starsailor, The Beta Band, The Avalanches, Gorillaz, The White Stripes, The Libertines, The Scissor Sisters, The Arcade Fire, and Arctic Monkeys. He was previously Managing Director of Columbia Records and President of Mercury Music. He’s also an accomplshed artist – check him out on Twitter @65MikeSmith.

Virgin EMI records was founded in 2013 from Richard Branson’s Virgin and EMI Music, starting a new chapter in the history of both iconic labels. Virgin EMI is home to artists from across the music spectrum, extending from Emeli Sande, the biggest-selling artist of last year, to Jake Bugg, the biggest breakthrough artist of 2013, alongside international superstars Sir Elton John, Rihanna, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

If you love music and dream of working in the industry, this is a golden chance to get some hints and tips. There will be a Q&A afterwards so be sure to make the most of Mike’s wealth of experience by asking some delving questions!

More info & register for THIS IS IT! Ipswich on Eventbrite.

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