A LEGENDARY manager will give the keynote address at conference intended to encourage more collaboration in the Scottish music industry.

Simon Napier-Bell will talk at Resonate, an all-day event for industry professionals, musicians, students and aspiring artists taking place in Glasgow next week.

As manager of the likes of Wham!, George Michael, Ultravox, Jimmy Page and Sinead O’Connor, Napier-Bell has worked for five eventful decades in music.

Now a documentary director, the 80-year-old is also author of four best-sellers including the landmark history of pop Black Vinyl White Powder and I’m Coming To Take You To Lunch, the story of how Wham! Became the first western band to visit China in the 1980s.

The rock grandee joins other speakers including Hilary Brooks, founder of Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM), Suzanne Miller of musicians’ charity Help Musicians Scotland and artists such as Dame Evelyn Glennie, Carla J.Easton, Stina Tweeddale and Kobi Onyame.

Hosted by broadcaster Janice Forsyth, the conference features discussions, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions on topics such as syncing, distribution and thriving in the music industry.

Closing the day will be Resonate Live, a live showcase open to all featuring sets from local punks Rascalton, singer-songwriters Scarlett Randle and Zak Younger Banks and Awkward Family Portraits, a roguish band making fresh roots rock.

Chris Blackmore, manager of the quirky five-piece, says: “Awkward Family Portraits are buzzing to have the invaluable opportunity to be performing at Resonate in front of a congregation of the who’s who of the what’s what of the music industry.”

Resonate 2019: November 14, Barras Art and Design Centre, Glasgow, from 9am, £75, £40 students. Resonate Live: 7pm, £7. Tel: 0141 552 6279. Tickets: www.resonatescot.co.uk