Plugged In Yorkshire – Digital Music and Retail

Info below from a press release about an interesting event in September, that’s all from me for this blog, now over to them..

The Carriageworks
3 Millenium Square

Time: 6.00PM – 8.00PM
Date: Wednesday 22 September 2010

Digital distribution has changed the structure of the music business and had a significant impact on record labels, retailers and distributors. These challenges for the music industry also present opportunities for new music businesses and DIY artists. This panel will discuss the range of services available from digital retail to streaming services and how too generate revenue from your music.

Our panellist’s experience spans from online retail, label management to digital distribution and marketing.

Panellists include:

  • Steve Purdham, We7
  • Paul Bower, AWAL
  • Lee Parsons, Ditto Music

The event is free to Plugged In Yorkshire members, but spaces are limited. To book your place contact:
Tel: 0191 231 4016

Steve Purdham, CEO & Founder Investor, We7

Steve is CEO and founder investor in We7, the new, ad funded music phenomenon. He has a passion for music, but apart from his early days as a DJ, his real success to date has been in the computer industry, an industry he has been in since age 14 (a time when PCs only existed in science fiction). Prior to We7 Steve was co-founder and CEO of SurfControl where he developed the company’s vision and architecture. He took the company public on AIM, EASDAQ and the London Main market from which he generated hyper-growth creating a successful global operation with profitable revenues exceeding $100m. SurfControl was sold for almost $450m in 2007. Steve has been recognised with many prestigious industry awards including IOD Director of the Year.


Paul Bower, AWAL (Artists Without A Label)

Originally trained in graphic design, Paul Bower began working in label management at WAU! Mr Modo Records in the late 80s and later managed studio facilities for Bacon & Quarmby for nearly a decade. Paul has been running the AWAL Sheffield office since 2004 and in that period has signed cheques to the value of £1.8m.

In 1998 Paul produced a continental chart hit for Vonal KSZ, unfortunately the continent in question was Antarctica . Paul’s own label Un! Recordings still bothers the world’s media at evenings and weekends.


Lee Parsons , MD & Co-founder, Ditto Music

Lee Parsons is the co-founder and MD of Ditto Music. Lee and Matt Parsons started Ditto Music in 2006 and have had seven UK Top 40 singles and have seen artists like Doug Walker go on to sign seven figure record deals.

Whether you want to set up your own record label, become chart eligible, sell your music on pre-release, SMS, or sell music on a network of over 700 stored, Ditto Music means more choice and more exposure.

Ditto are working closely with Sentric Music to gain new sources for artist revenue. Sentric have recently placed music into TV shows such as ‘The Hills’ and ‘ Paris Hilton’s Best Friend’. All artists who sign with Ditto have their music put forward for sync opportunities.

Ditto Music


The event is free to Plugged In Yorkshire members, but spaces are limited. To book your place contact:
Tel: 0191 231 4016


Plugged In Yorkshire is the Music Business Network for Yorkshire and is co-ordinated by the Music Development Agency, Generator in association with Higher Rhythm.