East European Music Conference
ARTmania Events SRL | Sibiu, Romania
Emerging from a difficult but necessary sabbatical, East European Music Conference & Showcase Festival (EEMC) is coming back in 2023 with a bang. Currently on its fifth edition, EEMC is working towards growing an international alliance of music industry professionals, authorities and artists, to the benefit of everyone in the music business, regardless of their role. Established 6 years ago as a way to improve industry know-how and set up support systems for professionals and artists in Romania, EEMC brought about an active dialogue platform between music industry entities in our country and in Europe, establishing a successful connection between the private enterprises and public authorities relevant to our sector. The conference’s aim is to identify, together with its guests, healthy long term solutions, in order to develop the creative and cultural industries, with a focus on the music and festival industry, respectively. A European event by excellence, EEMC has brought together industry experts, state authorities involved in the creative sector regulation, Romanian promoters, as well as the main international festival operators.
EEMC was created by ARTmania, the name behind many music industry advances in Romania, from events, to policy changes. Over the years ARTmania has developed or co-organized important projects like ARTmania Festival Sibiu, the oldest post-communist rock music festival in Romania, considered a landmark of the genre, Blaj aLive, a world music festival, His Holiness’ Pope Francis Holy Mass in Romania (Liberty Field, 2019), and music industry conferences.
Stichting Eurosonic Noorderslag | Groningen, The Netherlands
ESNS is a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. Selling out each year, ESNS attracts over 4.000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists to over 40.000 visitors in total.
Linecheck Music Meeting & Festival
Music Innovation Hub SpA | Milan, Italy
Since 2015, Linecheck has been a platform for the international visibility of the Italian music industry, a meeting place for professionals and music lovers and a moment to reflect on content and innovation in the music industry.
The Milan based event is a celebration of talent, creativity and new ideas, the ultimate meeting place between professionals and enthusiasts of not just the music sector, but an incubator for dialogues between music, creative, technology and cultural industries, bridging the gaps between Italy, other European countries and the rest of the world.
Linecheck is a Meeting by day, an essential fixture on the Italian music business calendar, and a Festival by night, a unique opportunity to learn about innovative sounds and discover new talents. Linecheck is also a showcase for the best innovative businesses and start-ups in the industry and is dedicated to all those who want to find out which way change is heading.
Linecheck is produced by Music Innovation Hub, the first social enterprise in Italy dedicated to music.
MaMa Music & Convention
MaMa Event | Paris, France
With more than 6,500 attending professionals in 2021, MaMA is the greatest French gathering of the music industry: french and internationals, independent and major record companies, concert venues, festivals, producers, agents, managers, music publishers, digital services Companies, regional/local authorities, trade unions, broadcasters, the private sector, subsidized institutions… and of course artists.
By day, MaMA suggests a conference program featuring over 40 international speakers and 170 panels, keynotes, workshops, match-making sessions and cocktails for music industry actors. Music industry highlights will be covered such as: finance and values, marketing and communication, innovation and data, entrepreneurship, brands and media, international markets, publishing, cultural policies, synchro, creation and autoproduction.
Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG | Hamburg, Germany
Since its debut in 2006, Reeperbahn Festival has grown to become one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide and boasts a broad spectrum of emerging and more established artists. It is today one of the world’s largest music business conferences and a great networking initiative for the internationalization of the German and European music business with partners in the USA, the African continent and China.
The Reeperbahn Festival conference, designed for professionals active in the music and creative digital industries has become one of the leading European music business conferences. The programme addresses all relevant submarkets of the sector recorded music, live entertainment, publishing, and digital distribution. It comprises a programme of 350 individual events (2019) which are realized in various existing venues around the Reeperbahn in Hamburg. In the last full-fledged edition (2019) the conference hosted 5900 participants from 55 countries representing around 1,800 companies and organizations. Information exchange and knowledge transfer, network building and expansion as well as the presentation of the artistic product are the three essential functions that the conference fulfils for the industry. In addition to around 200 classic conference formats such as lectures, discussion panels and workshops, around one hundred networking events were held, mostly in cooperation with individual industry partners. In another 50 or so showcase events, labels, publishers, music export organizations and others presented new up-and-coming artists. The music industry is a small-scale industry, 90% of which consists of solo self-employed artists and small and medium-sized companies. The Reeperbahn Festival conference supports them in establishing and maintaining contacts and networks, which are prerequisites for new business and ultimately for innovation in this economic sector. Within the framework of sessions, showcases, networking events and award shows, industry visitors to Reeperbahn Festival can listen to, rethink and experience music.
Due to the long-standing close ties of the internal staff of the Reeperbahn Festival with the music industry and the related creative industries, an always up-to-date, high-quality and diverse program is guaranteed. Ever since it started, the Reeperbahn Festival has focused clearly on these fundamental aspects with its diverse public programme put together by its own management team:
- SUSTAINABILITY: Development of sustainable processes and formats of music creation and production
- EQUALITY: Closing the gender gap and achieving gender equality at all levels of music culture and the music business (Reeperbahn Festival is initial partner of the Keychange initiative)
- DIVERSITY: Constantly enabling diversity (in terms of gender and programme line-up) with the aim of creating cultural and living spaces free from prejudice and discrimination
- TALENT FOCUS: Selective and sustainable promotion of talented people for the development and establishment of artistic and cultural identity value chains
Tallinn Music Week
Telliskivi Loomelinnak | Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is one of the most acclaimed new music and city culture festivals and key networking events for music and creative industry professionals across Europe, held annually in Tallinn since 2009. The festival consists of three main programme parts: music festival, conference and city festival. The event draws music industry audiences across the Baltic-Nordic area as well as Central Eastern Europe and hosts a multi-genre showcase line-up from pop, rock and dance as well as classical music, world music and jazz.
The music festival presents multi-genre acts from all over Europe and beyond in Tallinn’s best concert venues. TMW’s music programme is renowned for its bold mix of unique talent across Europe and beyond with diverse genres from experimental electronica to classical represented. The line-up, selected from applications by a broad-based team of Estonian and international curators, is presented to an audience of around 20,000 festival goers and 1,000 industry professionals from around the globe.
The city festival events introduce diverse neighbourhoods and atmospheres across Tallinn, covering free city stage concerts in unexpected locations and presenting art, public talks, youth and kids programmes and various urban space activities that introduce the city through the lense of creativity.
The conference looks into the impact of arts as an engine for the economy, while offering both inspiration, practical activities and networking opportunities to music professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers from different areas.
TMW is engaged in introducing sustainable and environmentally conscious thinking in Estonia and beyond. TMW’s strategic partner is the music industry development centre and export office Music Estonia (ME). TMW is a partner festival of the global gender equality initiative Keychange and monitors gender-balanced representation throughout the festival’s line-up. The festival is founded and run by Shiftworks – a company that uses artistic content and creative concepts to initiate positive change through synergy and collaboration.
TMW – Tomorrow’s Music, Arts and Ideas