FastForward 2016 | Keynotes, Venue and Panels


FastForward – the music business platform created to connect, engage, and inspire ambitious under 35 year-olds – is proud to announce some of the forward-thinking executives who will lead the conversation at the debut conference. The conference, curated by Media Insight Consulting, will take place in Amsterdam on 4 & 5 February 2016.

Keynote Speakers:

Will Page – Director of Economic Development, Spotify (UK)

Will Page is the Director of Economics at Spotify. Since joining Spotify, he has presented new insights on ​the Anatomy of a Hit ​in a digital age covering artists like Lorde, Mr Probz and Meghan Trainor. He was previously the Chief Economist at PRS for Music where he pioneered work on the Long Tail and Radiohead’s In Rainbows. His work has been covered in the Financial Times, The Economist and major broadsheets and blogs.

Convergence and the Future of the Music Industry

Sammy Andrews Head of Digital, Cooking Vinyl / Director, Sabotage New Media (UK)

Sammy is at the forefront of the digital landscape, which includes leading the charge for a coordinated indie playlist strategy. In her role at Cooking Vinyl, Sammy heads up campaigns including Billy Bragg, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, and Carl Barat. She also runs Sabotage New Media and has worked with artists including Annie Lennox, Robyn, and Skunk Anansie. Sammy was named in Music Week’s 2015 30 Under 30 list.

Panel Sessions & Speakers:

FastForward Pathways will encourage vigorous and enlivened debate encouraging audience participation, rather than one-directional panel sessions. The goal is to appeal to the open and connected way that the next generation of Music Business executives approach their business.

being announced today come from many different countries and backgrounds and bring diverse perspectives, depth of industry knowledge, and vision for the future of the industry.


Will Page Director of Economic Development: Spotify (UK), Fred van Kruining MD: Caroline International – Benelux (NL), Johannes Taal Radio Promoter: JOT Agency / Artist: Trip to Dover (NL), Andy Zondervan Head of Business Development: BUMA (NL), Catherine Lückhoff CEO: NicheStream (SA), and Vanessa Picken Director: Comes With Fries (AU). Further from the UK, Chris Carey CEO, Media Insight Consulting; Lucy Ball Senior Insight Manager: Sony Music UK, Tim Ferrone CEO: Wrapped Up Music, Alex Kennedy Head of Licensing: Sky, and Claire Mas Head of Digital: Communion.

Previously announced: Rowan Brand: Artist Manager (Bear’s Den, Dotan), Suzi Beese Commercial Director: Music Glue, and Tim Chambers Founder: TJChambers Consulting / Former SVP: Live Nation Europe.


Breakout Sessions

FastFifteen Sessions will allow speakers to give in-depth accounts of their specialised area of knowledge, and a first-hand glimpse into the unique experience of an ascendant music executive in short, sharp 15 minute solo presentations.

FastFifteen Sessions include: Opportunities for Innovation, Andy Zondervan (NL); Technology Trends, Claire Mas (UK); Using Big Data in A&R, Vanessa Pickens (AU); Life as a Music Startup, Catherine Lückhoff (SA); Introduction to Label Services, Fred van Kruining (NL); Getting Your Music Sync’d, Alex Kennedy (UK); Using Big Data in Marketing, Lucy Ball (UK); Getting International Radio Play, Johannes Taal (NL/BE)

Chris Carey, Founder of FastForward, commented; “We’re excited to have secured the leading next-gen of music business executives to share their knowledge and experience with their peers. We’ve focused on forward-thinking presenters who are the architects of the new, joined-up music business.”

The Conference Schedule for FastForward 2016 is available online at

Networking Opportunities

FastForward is focussed on connecting the next generation of leaders and breaking down silos that exist in the industry today. In addition to the content above, there are up to seven opportunities to meet peers in a variety of social settings.

Meet the Speaker sessions to be held on both days of the conference are dedicated networking sessions, which will ensure that the delegates have the opportunity to make contact with the speakers who will make FastForward 2016 a compelling, must-attend event.

FastForward 2016 has limited capacity to 120 delegates, to ensure the development of a close-knit community and to allow networking at a much higher efficiency than at larger music business conferences. It is hoped that this will encourage all who attend to ‘continue the conversation’ via the contacts they make in Amsterdam long after the event finishes.

FastForward 2016 Venue:

FastForward 2016 will be staged at the Netherlands’ most important venue for contemporary music, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. Now celebrating their tenth year, the Muziekgebouw is an innovative space and place that strives to inspire, surprise and provide new and incredible cultural experiences; a vision and history that FastForward is proud and excited to be a part of.


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