The AMA-UK Conference 2018

31 Jan – 01 Feb 2018. 25-27 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3LT

Billy Bragg Keynote Speaker. The Artist and the Truth. Conference 2018 Hackney House.
 A spectacular two-day conference dedicated to Americana music! SOLD OUT
The first day of The AMA-UK Conference is packed full of panels, conversation, presentations and the chance to meet up with industry friends old and new who travel from all over the world to contribute to what really is fast becoming an amazing community of like minded Americana artists, managers, bookers, promoters, broadcasters, musicians, independent labels and fans.

JUST ADDED! Very special pre-conference kick-off event featuring a special screening of The Orphan Brigade’s award-winning movie ‘Soundtrack To A Ghost Story’

Throughout the conference a whole host of industry professionals will be on hand to meet with on a one-to-one basis. Discover new music, great hospitality and a genuinely warm welcome at the AMA-UK Conference 2018 which we hope will offer every single delegate the opportunity to build on their success in the industry.
Held on the second day of the AMA-UK Conference 2017, the Songwriting Workshop provides a fantastic opportunity to delve in to what really makes Americana tick: the song! Previous panelists have included Chris Difford, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kimmie Rhodes, Graham Gouldman, Angaleena Presley and Glen Phillips. This year the workshop led by the incredible line-up of Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Chris Difford! The conference offers the unique opportunity for delegates to workshop one of your songs with four of the top songwriters and experts in Americana. Day two draws to a close with legendary broadcaster Bob Harris In Conversation with Americana legend Joe Henry, whose recent collaborations with Billy Bragg have brought us the album ‘Shine A Light’. All this ahead of the glittering UK Americana Awards Show which starts later in the evening just a short distance away in the iconic Hackney Empire.
The 2018 AMA-UK Delegate Pass includes:
  • 2 full days entry to the AMA-UK Conference at Hackney House
  • AmericanaFestUk 2018 Wristband for entry to all showcasing venues on 31st Jan 2018
  • Priority Entry to special event with The Orphan Brigade & Friends, film & live music on 30th Jan 2018 in Hackney
  • 1 x ticket to The UK Americana Awards Show 2018 at Hackney Empire on 1st Feb 2018
  • Lunch provided during conference
  • Exclusive Delegate goody bag
  • Networking Drinks hosted by Southern Comfort
  • Networking Market Place on day 2


Our new Conference venue: Hackney House
Hackney House, Curtain Road is a unique, mixed purpose urban-space. Set over three floors the venue offers a fantastic space for this years AMA-UK Conference and includes  a 1st floor bar with roof terrace; a gallery space and plenty of break out areas and meeting rooms and wi-fi for the exclusive use of our delegates.
Hackney House was first conceived in 2012 as a way to present to the world the Real Heart of London; where the historic East End met the Olympic legacy, right on the edge of the City. Following on from the success of the original Hackney House, the city of Austin, Texas – sister city to Hackney – invited Hackney House to take over an empty retail unit in the heart of the city during the world famous South by South West festival in March 2013.
Curtain Road, Hackney, London. EC2A 3LT



The 3rd annual AMA-UK Conference took part over 2 days combined with the AMA-UK Showcase and Inaugural UK Americana Awards. The Conference took place at The Brewhouse, Hackney, with panels on the first day which included Bob Harris in conversation with Billy Bragg.

The second day consisted of a Songwriting Workshop featuring panelists Chris Difford, Boo Hewerdine, Kimmie Rhodes and Shelly Poole followed by the inaugural UK Americana Awards.

Huge thanks to Georgie d’Albiac Brewin for filming these two wonderful days and to Danny & The Champions of the World and Loose Music for letting us use The UK Song of the Year, ‘Clear Water’.


2018 AMA-UK Conference Delegates & Attendees List

List Updated 28/01/18