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The Federation of Music Conferences is a network open to new members, welcoming organizations who share the mission of the Federation and the Federation’s statutes.

We consider as “music conference” events and formats – digital, physical or merged – which present, debate and introduce relevant topics of music ecosystems players in a structured program of panels, workshops and talks, primarily addressing a b2b audience. Such events also support musical talent by showcasing artists in an organized music programme, addressing usually both b2b and b2c audiences.

The Federation of Music Conferences is interested in gathering music conferences regardless of music genres and different music sectors, though they cover environmental, social and governance topics for a good development of the music ecosystem.

Each request by Music Conferences, indicating a selected representative, must be submitted via the following mail address: and must be accepted by the Management Board by unanimity to be effective.

Each Participant will contribute to the expenses and projects as established by the Statues of the Federation of Music Conferences.

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Management Board

Codruta Vulcu

East European Music Conference, Sibiu (Romania)

Codruța Vulcu is the Director and Founder of the ARTmania Festival, East European Music Conference & Showcase Festival, Blaj aLive Festival and Romanian Music Export and AROC Vice president (the Romanian Association of Promoters of Concerts and Cultural Events), with an eighteen-year long career in the artistic sector and a rich event portfolio which includes organizing the 2019 state visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, to Romania.

With a bachelor degree in Art Photography and a master degree in Art History, from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Codruța was raised in the spirit of art. During her studies (2000 – 2005) she exhibited her artistic works in personal exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest as well as in the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. During this time, she was also a press correspondent for various Romanian publications covering some of the biggest European festivals.

 In 2019, Codruta received the trophy for the „Best Small Festival” category for ARTmania Festival, and in 2020, she received the „The Award for Excellence and Passion”, both at the European Festival Awards (EFA). Codruța is currently the Opening Program Coordinator for Timisoara 2023, as the city begins its journey as a European Capital of Culture. 

Detlef Felix Schwarte

Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg (Germany)

Graduated Sociologist, he is co-founder of the Reeperbahn Festival, Europe ́s largest club fesval and one of the world ́s most important conferences for the music and digital industries. As managing director Schwarte was from 2009 responsible for the international conference of the Reeperbahn Festival which includes a programme of more than 350 sessions, networking events, showcases and award shows and hosts more than 6,000 delegates from 55 countries (numbers: 2019). Furthermore, as a partner and managing director of Inferno Events, a Hamburg public events agency, he designs and implements corporate and public events.

Fernando LADEIRO Marques

MaMa Music & Convention, Paris (France)

Fernando Ladeiro-Marques is the director and the co-founder of the French event “MAMA Music & Convention”. Created in Paris in 2010, MaMA is a cross-sector platform for international music industry players.

With live acts, international meetings, conferences, workshops, talks, speed-meetings, thematic lunches …, MaMA is the gateway to the French music market.

Fernando Ladeiro-Marques is also the co-director and the co-founder of the “MIL” (Lisbon International Music Network), a festival & convention created in 2017 that has emerged in few editions as the most important platform for exchanges between Portuguese-speaking countries and the rest of the world.

Located in a central area of Lisbon where all the places used are very close, the MIL offers many activities dedicated to professionals (conferences, debates, workshops, speed meetings …) and multiple concerts open to the public.

With his own company, Gato Loco Productions, he was the co-founder and the coproducer of many international festivals and music events such as :

Bam / Barcelona
Green Energy / Dublin
Cosmopolis / Lisbon
Euroconnections / Prague – Budapest – Warsaw – Bratislava – Berlin
Move / Prague
Europavox / Clermont-Ferrand
Rock Pop Festival / Bratislava
SIM / Sào Paulo
DongDong / Beijing

Helen Sildna

Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn (Estonia)

Helen Sildna, based in Estonia, is a music entrepreneur who promotes and produces concerts, festivals, and social campaigns. Helen is an outspoken member of the Baltic-Nordic creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalization.
Helen has been a music promoter and events producer for over 20 years. Having worked at Baltics’ biggest concert agency BDG (currently LiveNation) as an international talent booker, she established her own music promotion company Shiftworks in 2008, which has promoted Morrissey, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith and Feist to mention a few. Helen is the founder and owner of Tallinn Music Week. Having started out as a music industry conference and showcase festival in 2009, TMW has broadened its concept further into an all-encompassing city festival, covering arts, design, technology, city space and food culture, and discussing various societal issues within its talks sessions, presentations and conference panels. In 2018, Shiftworks kicked off Station Narva festival in European Union’s border town to Russia while also being one of the initiators for Narva’s candidacy to become the European Capital of Culture in 2024.
Helen is a co-founder of Music Estonia, previously also a member of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Think Tank. In 2014 Helen was awarded with the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, in 2015 she was nominated the Citizen of the Year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and in 2016 Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded her the Order of White Star of IV Class for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society. In 2022 Helen was awarded the Budapest Ritmo Award for her contribution to enhance collaboration within the Central-Eastern European music community.  

Leonardo Lupelli

Linecheck Music Meeting & Festival, Milan (Italy)

Active in the music industry since 1990, Dino Lupelli is now general director of Music Innovation Hub, the first social spa company active in the music sector born with the aim of developing programs and projects of innovation of the Italian factory music industry.

Within the headquarters of MIH in Milan, in the post-industrial spaces of Base, he coordinates internationalization and training projects for professionals and start-up.   Director of Linecheck, the main music conference in Italy, is a board member of Jump – European Music Market Accelerator, Keychange – the EU funded program on Gender Equality, Creative Shift – the EU funded network of cultural innovation pioneers.

Since 2015 he is a founding member of Italian Music Festivals, the national association for the international promotion of the system of Italian festivals and is partner of Artlab, national platform for the development of  Italian culture industry.

Robert Christiaan Gerard Meijerink

ESNL, Groningen (Netherlands)

Robert Meijerink, is head of program and booker of ESNS -Eurosonic Noorderslag-, the European conference & showcase platform in Groningen, the Netherlands.

ESNS is the key exchange and network platform for European Music and the one and only 100% showcase event in Europe, focused on emerging acts from Europe. Selling out each year, ESNS attracts over 4000 delegates, including more than 400 international festivals and venues. 

During four nights, around 350 acts get the chance to present themselves to an international audience of professionals, media and music lovers. By the day, the Conference takes place featuring around 150 panels, keynote speakers, interviews, workshops, dinners, pitches and meetings on the latest developments in the international music, media, production industry.

Management Board


Artmania, Sibiu (Romania)

Detlef Felix Schwarte

Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg (Germany)

Fernando José Marques Ladeiro

MaMa, Paris (France)


Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn (Estonia)


Linecheck, Milan (Italy)

Robert Christiaan Gerard Meijerink

ESNL, Groningen (Netherlands)

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