HEMI Music Awards: Live Music Sessions | Sunday, May 23 | 19.00 (CET)

HMA Finalists participate in an international online event broadcasted live!

The HMAs (HEMI MUSIC AWARDS) are wrapping the second phase of the competition with “live” performances by the 9 finalists, at the HMA Live Sessions, on Sunday, May 23, which will determine the 3 winners!

During this online TV show, the contestants will be presenting a song of their choice, as well as answering questions allowing the judges and the audience to get to know them live!

For the past two months, the 9 finalists –Thom Artway (CZ), I Wear* Experiment (EE), Deaf Radio (GR), Woodstock Barbie (HU), Funk Shui (MK), Dogs in Kavala (RS), Izzy and the Black Trees (PL), Lucia (RO), Koala Voice! (SI) had access to workshops and mentoring sessions from 11 music industry experts, who have worked with companies and festivals such as Spotify, Songtrust, Google, !Κ7, Sziget, MENT Ljubljana, A38, Ship, Sony/ATV, etc.

The mentors imparted their valuable know-how and experiences through a total of 50 personalized sessions in topics such as publishing, content monetization, Merchandising, booking, PR & touring, as well as sync, and playlist issues. Meet all the mentors by clicking here

Now, it’s time to see the 9 finalists “live” on stage!

Don’t miss the HMA Live Sessions on Sunday, May 23 at 19:00 (CET) streaming live via HEMI’s Facebook page and youtube channel! Get the chance to watch artists from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

The 9 ΗΜΑ finalists were selected among the 27 participants of the first phase of the talent program by an international Jury of 27 members, all distinguished professionals of the music sector, including festival organizers, promoters, export-office managers, venue managers, and music journalists. Meet them all here!

HEMI Music Awards (HMA) is a talent program for artists who want their sound to reach new audiences and markets, and feel ready to build an international career. HMA is organized by HEMI (Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation), a European initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, aiming to offer support to artists and music industry professionals from the 9 participating countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

CEENTRAL SOUND – BACH CONFERENCE 15-17 September 2021

How can the music can make a comeback after pandemic? Main question for a music conference in Brno

 How can the music scene can make a comeback after pandemic? That’s the main question for RECONNECT: CEENTRAL PARTY – BACH CONFERENCE – IMMF CEE MEETING, a unique collaboration that brings clubs, managers, bands and other music professionals together. The event is going to happen on 15th – 17th September 2021 in Brno powered by SoundCzech and BACH (Brno Club Association) with a help of Music Managers Forum Czech Republic.

“It was an absolutely lucky match as both organizers wanted to debut an event to help be better connected. After few months of discussion, we got to our current mindset, in which it all seems more like a joint platform that connects us than two separate events” says SoundCzech Márton Náray. “We have been and expecting to face hard-shifts and many changes after COVID in which we believe the only way out is together. That is the motto of this collaboration.”

On the first day SoundCzech invites local and international professionals to share their view about the recovery of the music sector, boosting regional music scenes as well as talk about digital possibilities, new cultural entrepreneurships and label relations among others.

The second day of the conference will be powered by BACH and will focus on topics around the club scene, local and international networks and tourism relations.

The whole event starts with a highlighted zero day: The regional meeting of Music Managers Forum, co-organized by IMMF (International Music Managers Forum, Music Managers Forum Czech Republic).

The ReConnect conference is made possible with the support of the European networks Hub for The Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI), a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Venues as members of BACH: ArtBar, Alterna, Fléda, Vegalité, Kafara, Melodka, Eleven, Ponava, Kabinet múz, Music Lab, Sono, Stará Pekárna

 

CEENTRAL SOUND – BACH CONFERENCE

  1. – 17. 9. 2021

SONO, Fléda, Kabinet Múz, Metro – BRNO, CZ

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www.soundczech.cz

Athens Music Week | Hybrid Edition | 22-26 June 2021

Athens Music Week 2021 returns in a hybrid format, with lots of music, innovative web events and a very special live stage!

 

From the 22nd to the 26th of June 2021, Athens Music Week (AMW) will be back at Technopolis Athens, to offer insights around all facets of the music industry, through selected talks, workshops, seminars, showcases, and a grand live event.

How can Greek musicians make a name for themselves in Greece and abroad? How large is the loyal following of the Greek Hip-hop scene, and what are the latest trends in Greek music? Does gender balance exist in the music industry? What do Spotify, Bandcamp and Clubhouse have in common? How can you build a music career via Tik Tok? What are Copyrights, what are Royalties, how do they work, and what does blockchain technology have to do with them? Is virtual reality the future for concerts? And how does this relate to Fortnite? What is cultural management, and which opportunities can propel Greek artists into the international charts from the comfort of their own couch? Do music and reality tv competitions actually help the artists who participate in them? And how does a professional chef feature into all of this?

This year’s Athens Music Week conference will be focusing on all these topics and more, spanning all facets of the music industry, from recording and live gigs, to copyrights and the future of the music industry, to the current music trends.

Like every year, the AMW Conference will be hosting experienced and acclaimed representatives of the local as well as the international music sector, while market experts and insiders will be sharing essential tips & tricks in workshops, seminars and webinars, specifically designed for artists, students, amateurs and professionals.

At the same time, AMW will be presenting a rich showcase program featuring unique and exciting music from the best up-and-coming artists representing various genres and countries, while offering Greek participants the chance to create their own original audio-visual material, which will be broadcast during the festival.

Finally, subject to health conditions at the time, AMW Main Stage, a grand multifaceted music event, will be coming live on the main stage of Technopolis Athens, always in compliance to public health regulations and protocols.

All ΑΜW events will be free for the public, as a symbolic gesture of support to the music sector which has been hit especially hard by the pandemic worldwide.

The full program of the AMW conference and showcase festival will be announced in May.

 

 For More Information: www.athensmusicweek.gr

 

 AMW is made possible with the support of the European networks Hub for The Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) and JUMP – European Music Market Acceleration, two projects co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

 

Organized by Technopolis Athens and M.E.S.O Events

MMB event postponed. New dates announced

Our Romanian partner  announced new dates for Mastering the Music Business 2021 edition.

This is the official Press Release:

”Dear music business professionals, taking into account the current epidemiological situation in Romania, we’ve made the difficult decision to slightly postpone our conference and festival for the end of this summer, in the continued hope that we’ll be able to host in-person events as much as possible. The new dates are August 31 – September 2 2021.

May seemed like a decent window of opportunity for hosting in-person live events to some degree, with extensive health & safety measures. However, Romania seems to be slowly moving into the „third wave” of infections with SARS-COV-2, with the number of cases increasing daily. A few days ago Bucharest has re-entered the „red zone”.

This means increased restrictions: general curfew at 22:00h, clubs, bars and restaurants are closed indoors, only outdoor activity is permitted – but unfortunately this excludes events. While it is possible these restrictions be released until May, there’s really nothing certain – and we couldn’t keep organising and promoting our event with this level of uncertainty in the air. Plus, we are committed to providing a safe experience for everybody, and right now postponing MMB2021 again, as frustrating as it is, seems like the responsible thing to do.

But the silver lining is this: Vaccinations are on the rise. Country-wide we managed to vaccinate 2 million people already, and we’re proceeding at an accelerated pace with more than 50,000 vaccinations daily. Current forecasts suggest that around the end of summer we will have managed to vaccinate enough people that we should see a change in the policy for public gatherings.

We can’t be certain what shape this will take by then and what new regulations will be in place, but our strong feeling is that we stand a much better chance of really getting MMB2021 organised properly, as close as we can to our vision, in this new time frame.

The speakers announced so far confirmed their presence at MMB2021 for the new dates.

Thank you all for your support and understanding!

And stay tuned for new speakers` announcements!

The MMB Team”

 

Music Tech Europe Academy – Open Call!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Music Tech Europe Academy, a new, hybrid and scalable training scheme co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and promoted by Music Innovation Hub (IT) in partnership with Media Deals (DE).

Music Tech Europe Academy is a 7 months program  addressed to 10 music-tech innovators/ entrepreneurs/startups/SMEs across Europe, who are ready to develop their innovative project/product/service within the music field. The 10 selected participants will have access to:

– 8 weeks of one2one online mentoring with top level expert of music, technology and innovation (see the list of mentors below)

– Exclusive Industry Meetups with experienced founders of music-tech companies and managers of successful enterprises in vertical sectors from a wide range of European countries, who will share their experience and exchange with the entrepreneurs involved in the program to evaluate potential synergies.

– 3 days of Hybrid Academy in Milan to complete the mentoring program, network and exchange with the other participants and mentors, meet industry experts and get feedback from investors. After the Academy in Milan, an online pitch session in front of investors will be granted to those participants who reached the readiness level over the course of the program.

– A vibrant community of digital innovators and music professionals, involving participants, mentors and experts, to foster constant and long-lasting exchange and support.

So, are you a music tech professional looking for top level mentoring, networking and investment opportunities?

Then don’t miss the chance to apply for Music Tech Europe Academy, a program addressed to 10 high potential and talented music-tech innovators/entrepreneurs/startups across Europe who offer scalable and sustainable technologic, business and artistic solutions for the music sector.
Apply to MTE Academy before March 15th:  https://www.musictecheuropeacademy.eu/ 

 

Open Call for Tallinn Music Week 2021

The next edition of Tallinn Music Week is scheduled to take place in the Estonian capital from 6 – 9 May 2021.  This HEMI partner festival is currently accepting applications for artists of any genre! Deadline is January 10, 2021.

Interested in performing there? You can apply at tmw.ee/apply

As the leading showcase of “tomorrow’s music, arts and ideas” in the Baltic-Nordic region since 2009, TMW aims to spot and nurture musical talent in both its home region and across European markets. Mindful of the Covid-19 restrictions, the festival this year focuses more on the Estonian and the Baltic-Nordic talent, while artists from other countries will be included depending on the situation in the given period.

The main dates of TMW2021:

Music festival: Thu, 6 May – Sat, 8 May
Conference: Fri, 7 May – Sat, 8 May

The 3-day live music festival presents around 150 artists of various genres and origins to an audience of 15,000 people and to 1,000 music industry experts. This year’s line-up will be announced gradually from February 2021. The conference offers a 2-day program of inspirational lectures and strategic discussions, while also connecting artists with the industry experts via dedicated mentoring sessions and one-on-one meetings, all aimed at taking their careers to the next level.

TMW has been praised as one of the best winter festivals of the world by The Guardian and The Observer, as one of the most exciting cultural events in the world by The New York Times, and as a tireless promoter of adventurous arts in publications ranging from The Quietus to Forbes. The last edition of the festival which took place in August 2020 has been recognized as one of the first festivals in the world that was able to postpone the event in a timely manner and to carry out the festival, with enhanced attention to health & safety measures and crisis management.

TMW 2020 in figures:
140 performers from 10 countries
60 festival locations, including 11 music venues
11 399 music festival visitors
778 conference visitors on-site and digitally
7776 visits across different city festival events
20 233 festival visits in total

Find all the details here: https://tmw.ee/

 

PIN TV premieres on December 13!

PIN TV – the first TV format dedicated to the music industry – is this year’s answer to holding a conference amid Covid-19 restrictions!

A 13-hour TV program, streaming online, PIN TV is a hybrid music conference format developed from the need to preserve the conference’s most important goal: to inform, educate, and deliver the forecast of the live industry!

The Official Premiere is Sunday, December 13, 11:00 AM (Central European Time)

ON THE OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF TAKSIRAT FESTIVAL
Links: www.pinconference.mk

https://www.facebook.com/pinmusicconference

You can find all the details about the full program in the press release below.

TAKSIRAT PRESENTS:
PIN TV is a hybrid music conference format developed from the need to keep the conference most noble mission – to inform, educate, define the present time, and deliver the forecast of the live industry.
The program consists of over 50 different topics framed into 10-15 min of content each, witnessed by 200 music professionals sharing their expertise during the 13 hour TV program. Easy to watch, PIN TV is the first ever program of 13 hours non-stop content covering all the angles from the creative & event industry – meeting in one common point – music. The remarkable selection of delegates promises a relevant document of the current times, bringing seriously unharmed and sharp professionalism, cleverly obsessing your focus, despite all the showcases and intelligently spotted humor.

Starting from the basics, the discussions are moving among the hottest topics in the live industry, on the same table with all the domains that are naturally connected to the industry itself. BEN CHALLIS (Glastonbury|UK) is guiding us through the complex relation between the YOUROPE association and the artist agencies, implementation of force majeure clause, ALEX HARDEE (Paradigm|UK), BECKIE SUDGEN (X-Ray|UK), ANDERS WAHREN (Roskilde|DK), EDMOND LENARTH (Electric Castle|RO), STEVE ZAPP (ITB|UK), with their side of the story regarding the new framework defining artist fees and the future line ups, MICHELA MAGAS (Music Tech Fest|SE), driving us into the great unknown world of innovation and music technology, together with CJ CARR (Dadabots|US) as a prodigy of artificial intelligence playing with the music industry tools.

Many countries brought the promoters closer together so CODRUTA VULCU (Artmania|RO), MITJA PREZELJ (GizKos|SI), MARTIN STOYANOV (Loud Concerts|BG), will share their local position as industry towards their governments.

How Europe is acting towards the creative industries directly from WALTER ZAMPIERI (European Comission|BE) and FIONA DEUSS FRANDI (European Commission|BE), and how the local scenes have strengthened their belts with helps of their export offices (Music Export Norway, Sounds Austrialia, Iceland Music Export, Music Estonia, Music Export Poland, Austrian Music Export, Music Export Greece, Italian Export Buiro, La Bureau Export (FR)).
On the other side of their well-known careers, we are sneak peeking with CHRIS ECKMAN (SI/US), BILL GOULD (Faith no more|US), DARKO PERIC (La Casa de Papel), TANA DOUGLAS (first female roadie|UK), MARTIN DRUST (Saint Pauli|DE) and framing a serious selection of masterminds into the Health & Safety piece featuring CHRIS KEMP (MOM Consultancy|UK), MORTEN THERKILDSEN (Roskilde|DK), DARKO FLEGO (SKY Music|RS), MICHAL SLADEK (Pohoda|SK).
Subtitling solutions, why Youtube needs a translation and the importance of it for opening new markets for the artists, directly from the NYC flat of ROBERT SINGERMANN (LYRICFIND|USA), what is the work of a music supervisor, licensing process and what you need to know about the structure, by CONNIE FARR (THINKSYNC|UK).

The big love affair and connection between the event industry and tourism, with some of the most noble projects connecting these two dots: RUUD BERENDS (Eurosonic Noorderslag|NL), ALESSANDRA DI CARRO (Butik|IT), PETER SMIDT (Former ESNS|NL), VEDRAN MENIGA (Pozitivan Ritam|CRO), REMI BRUGGMANN (Montreux Jazz Festival|CH), ZLATANA PAVLOVIC (Lovefest|RS).
What is 2020WHEN and what is sustainable in these unsustainable circumstances? An honest and yet hopeful turnover of the events with NICK HOBBS (Charmenko|TR), FRUZSINA SZEP (GOODLIVE|DE), ALEX STEVENS (DOUR Festival|BE), MAJA STARCEVIC (EXIT Festival|RS), CLAIRE O`NEILL (A Greener Festival|UK), AKOS DOMINUS (Sziget Festival|HU) and how we all laid down into the digital world by DARIO DRASTATA (Impala/Runda|CRO), BRANKO KOMLJENOVIC (Menart|CRO), NIKOLA JOVANOVIC (Runda|RS), JENNIFER MASSET (Spotify|US).

Directly into the source, HARRY TIDSWELL (FANBYTES|UK), how TikTok is now part of any artist career, winning or losing during the dance?

Challenging times behind all of the sequences defining the music industry, catching unprepared lots and lots of sectors including the PR, so we are going through the good times and bad times with NIKKI MCNEILL (Global Publicity|UK), ANDRAS BERTA (EXIT Festival, RS), GIDEON GOTTFRIED (POLLSTAR|DE), ALEX HARTEL (SUMMER BREEZE OPEN AIR|DE).
Among the rest, the hidden hell of – TICKETING, MENTAL HEALTH, GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, with even wider selection of experts in the fields will be premiered as part of PIN TV.

EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASES:
MOLCHAT DOMA (BY); DJAIKOVSKI (MK); ATNA (DE); FULU MIZIKI (CG); ALEXIA C (GR); BERNAYS PROPAGANDA (MK); BOHEMIAN CRISTAL INSTRUMENT (CZ); CHE SUDAKA (ES); VYDRAPENA BUZIRKA PUNK SYSTEM (SK); SUPERHIKS (MK); SHELTER BOY (DE); GUACAYO (DE); DZAMBO AGUSEVI ORCHESTRA (MK); YON IDY(MK); TOKA SHITET(MK); FUNKY FRESH (MK); ANTONIE VESKOVSKI (MK); LJUBOJNA (MK), PERIJA (MK); CROOK THE KID (CA).

Links: www.pinconference.mk

https://www.facebook.com/pinmusicconference

Feasibility of a European Music Observatory: new studies from Music Moves Europe

The European Commission has just published two studies of “Music Moves Europe”.

Under the 2018 Preparatory action on music, the European Commission launched several studies to address the main challenges in the music sector, all aiming to improve the poor data availability, develop a better understanding of the market trends as well as sustainable mechanisms on how to monitor them, and to identify data and funding needs.

Two corresponding studies are now published:

However, we need to note that the data for both studies and their analysis reflects the “pro-Covid-19” situation.

The current crisis has had a profound effect on the music sector, so the issues that these studies bring to light (the lack of data and the funding gaps) make their findings even more important, so that EU and national institutions and policy makers can contribute to the sustainable development of the music sector.

Background

The 2018-2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European diversity and talent” aims primarily to prepare future support for music under the Creative Europe programme (new sectorial action on music).

Over the past three years, the European Commission has launched 7 calls for proposals and 4 calls for tenders to implement the Preparatory action, with a total budget of €7 million. This process and the results achieved will help design the future EU support in the context of the Music Moves Europe initiative, including funding under the Creative Europe programme.

For more information, you can also read about how the EU responds to the coronavirus outbreak in support of the cultural and creative sectors.

SoundCzech reveals the 2020 digital edition of CEEntral Party

CEENtral party, a conference focusing on the Central and Southeastern European  countries and their music markets is happening online on Nov 28.

A full day of panels, workshops, networking, plus one special streaming from London, it’s all going to be free for everyone! Here is the full fascinating program:

Workshops:

11:00 BandCamp workshop with Aly Giliani. Tricks and ideas about how to use all features that BandCamp has to offer the best way possible.
Aly Gillani is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans.

12:00 Brexit real impacts- Ian Smith (Frusion agency)
“So you want to play in the UK after Brexit, and you still want to play in the EU… well, good news you still can, and its easier than you might think !”
Led by Ian Smith, CEO of two key international agencies based in the UK and Austria for 20 years and founder of UKEARSWORK, a free fact-checked information initiative to keep creatives working in both directions with minimal disruption after Brexit.

13:00 Be social cleverly – Zsuzsi Berta (social media strategist, head of digital marketing – A38)
CEEntral Party have asked the social media strategist of the legendary Budapest venue A38 to offer a unique take on how to communicate effectively on social media. What are the messages to avoid? How to build communities, and how to make the most of your creativity.

14:00 Effective use of Music tech, and a short overview on the music value chain with Yvan Boudillet.
Value Gap? Blockchain? Let’s talk for once about the moving Music Value Chain and look back to the Future of the Music Industry, as the digital revolution has become the new normal.
Yvan Boudillet is a Digital Entertainment Expert with over ten years experience in leading digital development and consumer strategy for EMI and Warner Music in France. As the Founder of the advisory agency TheLynk and the Entertainment Lead at Startup Sesame, Yvan connects the dots between startups and creative industries.

15:00 Sane-tizer / staying sane in times of crisis
The tragic level of mental health in the music sector was already a topic, when the year of lockdown started, pushing so many over the edge by a non-concert-season ..

With the help of a Zoltan Kővary (musician/ psychologist), we aim to initiate an interactive workshop session, to talk about often recurring issues, and how to help ourselves.

14:00-16:00 CsEE Music Market introduction – in a panel set-up, we introduce the music sector of CsEE countries. All you need to know about demographics, popular music genres, live-recording-sector, music services, and best access points to start at the following countries.

14:00- 15:00 pt. 1. – get to know the countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland
15:00- 16:00 pt. 2. Greece, Romania, Serbia, Estonia, Macedonia

 

Open streamed panels

16:00-16:15 HEMIsphere- Introduction of the new music boost program that bridges 10 partners from Estonia to Greece.

17:00- David and Goliath-
The Teutonic plates of the music sector reality are shaken, and while some made a huge fortune on the lockdown, many got pushed to leave music for good in order to survive…

BUT- What does that mean? What is the future of major multi-genre festivals? Sold out headliners at stadiums? How big is too big? Will major investors buy up all that left after the warriors budget dried out? We invited stakeholders of the different fields of music, agency, festival, labels… to dream a better future with us.

Partners:
HEMI Music Hub, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Czech Centres
IQ Magazine
More info: https://www.soundczech.cz/en

 

Tak Brzmi Miasto showcase Conference 2020 announced

From Krakow, Poland to the virtual public, Tak Brzmi Miasto conference: The Future, coming online on November 14-15, aims to offer artists and music professionals insights and practical tools to help them navigate the new post-Covid 19 landscape.

It won’t be a look through rose-colored glasses, yet the organizers will focus on possibilities and the bright side of the future. The music industry needs a meeting and a conversation, specific tools and discussion over the direction in which it wants to be headed. The future is not that distant, Tak Brzmi Miasto conference: The Future starts soon. On the 14th and 15th of November, specialists will lead the virtual events and workshop. Ticket sales are already on, and the number of participants is limited.

Changes in the music industry have been so fast in the last couple of years, it’s hard to keep track. The Year 2020 accelerated them incredibly or stopped completely. Most of us rack our brains trying to figure out what’s next. What could the future look like? How to survive? Or, maybe more ambitious – how to develop oneself? Independent musicians, concert promoters and managers with many years of experience are all hitting the same wall. That’s why this year’s conference Tak Brzmi Miasto: The Future focuses on new tools for the artists, best managerial practice and positive examples from our industry.

New reality – does it also mean the new music industry? Can new mean better? How will the great players deal with it – labels, producers and associations? How will an independent artist find their way in this world? Does the audience need a next free online concert? What are they willing to pay for? In the end… the artist is human too.

The program will tackle topics such as challenges and prospects of digitalisation, opportunities for earning online or tools that can be useful for that; talking about changes which should be followed, and artists who, while as unaware as everyone else, were prepared for the crisis.

The conference is about the future of an artist and a manager. Tak Brzmi Miasto is about the future of music.

The conference is accompanied by Winter Camp – a direct form of support and learning, enriched with individual consultations and workshop. Winter Camp will take place between November 11 and 13. The participants will also take part in the more widely available Tak Brzmi Miasto: The Future conference.

For more information go to: http://takbrzmimiasto.pl/konferencja-2020/