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Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal is a director, entrepreneur and composer, with 35 years of experience in the creative industries, as a board director, executive, founder and creative. He is Chair of C8 Associates (the consultancy specialising in creative and digital businesses), JiveBird (digital greetings and gifts), CICI (high level political roundtables), DashboardFX (Forex training platform) and a non-executive trustee director of Governors for Schools (recruiting and training expert school governors from business).


As a non-exec, Dominic has a reputation for driving business growth, developing robust commercial strategies, turning around under-performing businesses and not-for-profits and establishing startup companies in the creative sector. His non-exec work builds on his deep experience as a successful executive in the creative industries.


Dominic established C8 to help clients achieve revenue growth, change in the regulatory environment and optimisation for the online world. With his team, he has been successful in securing improved revenue rights for artists, high level political engagement with the creative sector and better management of copyright assets for clients. He chairs regular roundtable events in Brussels and London with Cabinet Ministers, Directors-General, Committee Chairs and other senior politicians and officials. These explore the major issues affecting creative businesses and help shape public policy in the sector. A recent success was the introduction of new streaming rights for artists and securing EU funding for an innovative business transforming the classical music sector.


JiveBird is a new way to send greetings and gifts – 100% digital and personal. Dominic is a co-founder with Paul Lynton and together they have taken the business through five successful investment rounds, created a robust and easy-to-use product and concluded a successful Beta campaign.


Dominic was previously a director at PPL, covering a number of roles in business strategy, change management, government relations, customer service and operations. He was instrumental in tripling revenue, from £50m to £150m. He negotiated the first international agreements to bring in tens of millions of pounds in royalties, negotiated the performer merger, succeeded in getting music licensing exceptions removed and secured an additional 20 years of copyright royalties for musicians and record companies. He was also Vice Chair of the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Chair of the Creative Coalition Steering Board, a founding member of CBI IP Committee and a member of UK Music Board.


Before joining PPL, Dominic was a director at the MCPS-PRS Alliance and while there, he was seconded on behalf of the music industry to the UK Government as Music Industry Adviser to Culture Secretary Chris Smith. He authored the first new technology report on a sector, Consumers Call The Tune. He has also managed events, set up an opera company, held marketing roles and founded a jazz festival which is still running thirty years later. He is also a ski race coach and chair of governors of two schools. For nine years, he was a trustee director of Nacro, helping them to double revenue and secure national service contracts for accommodation and education.


As a composer, Dominic has been commissioned by some of the top performing ensembles in the UK. His creative work complements his work as an entrepreneur, growing creative businesses and improving the economic environment for creative success.

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Richard Mollet
Head of European Government Affairs

Richard joined RELX in January 2016 leading the government relations teams in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and EU institutions.  He also has responsibility for leading RELX’s global Copyright Steering Committee and the company’s global policy on data protection.

Prior to this role Richard was Chief Executive of The Publishers Association (2010-16), the UK’s leading representative voice for consumer, education, academic and professional publishers; and in this role was concurrently Chair of the Alliance for Intellectual Property.

Previously he was Director of Public Affairs at the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry Ltd) (2006-10), following on from some 12 years working in various political consultancy roles with Fleishman-Hillard and Edelman.

Richard has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics & Economics, from Worcester College, Oxford University.  He was the Parliamentary Candidate for the Labour Party in South West Surrey in the 2010 General Election.

RELX Group companies include Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information, Lexis Nexis Legal & Professional, Reed Business Information and Reed Exhibitions.

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How digitisation has transformed the music industry and what STM publishing could learn from the experience.

Dominic McGonigal (an entrepreneur, director and composer with 35 years in the music industry) being interviewed by Richard Mollet [previously with the BPI now Head of European government affairs of RELX, the data analytics group and owner of Elsevier].  Dominic will discuss the emergence of streaming models and the role of data and its impact on artist revenues; the comparisons and contrasts with STM publishing sector; the importance of curation and quality; dealing with the threat of piracy; and the prospects for the creative industries

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