HEMI presents #NoSleepConference : The Art of Building an Artist’s Career!

HEMI panel on #NoSleepConference is bringing for you HEMI Music Awards semi-finalist Vizelj band together with Indira Paganotto , Dj Jock and others!
About No Sleep Festival & Conference 

The music programme of the upcoming No Sleep Festival, led by Amelie Lens, Reinier Zonneveld, Indira Paganotto, Partiboi69, and dozens of others, has just been complemented by the traditional No Sleep conference, which will bring the most current topics from the world of music to the Marsh Open Space (Cetinjska 15) on 11th and 12th of November, through specialised music workshops and educational conference content. The panellists will include Indira Paganotto, DJ Jock, Dejan Milićević, Dragan Ambrozić, and a number of music agents and managers. The conference starts at 3 p.m. on both days, admission is free and open to all interested parties, and the complete programme and schedule will be published on the No Sleep Festival website.

The conference starts on 11th of November with No Sleep Talks: Step into the Record Label Business, focusing on the ins and outs of starting one’s own label. Dejan Milićević, the founder of the label Tit0 (Tit Zero) Recordings, and Miloš Ivanović, representing Midget Unit Records, will share their experiences with defining, developing, and positioning a publishing house on the market, as well as copyright and music distribution.

The topic of the panel Festivals in 2023: Turning Challenges into Opportunities will be the impact of the global crisis on organising festivals and music events. Festival and concert organisers are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, and this crisis is deepened by the inflation, which reflects in the multi-fold increase in event production costs in Europe and the world. Music critic and programme editor at Dom Omladine Dragan Ambrozić, CEO of Lovefest Zlatana Pavlović, regional PR manager of the Croatian festival Sonus and We Love Sound event Lana Borić, and Rastko Andrić in front of EXIT, Sea Star and Sea Dance Festival will discuss these hot topics. 

The second day of the conference, 12th of November, is reserved for Jock’s Classroom: Music Production Masterclass, where famous Split producer and DJ Jock will share his tips and tricks on music production. For over a decade, Jock has stood out as an internationally acclaimed, multiple-award-winning producer and DJ from the region, with releases for leading labels, such as Carl Cox’s Intec.

This year’s No Sleep conference will close with the HEMI Panel The Art of Building an Artist’s Career. HEMI Project is supported by the Creative Europe programme, and the panel will feature producer/DJ Indira Paganotto, her manager and agent Alessandro Avanzato from the Beatside Bookings AgencyDJ Jock, frontman of the band Vizelj Aleksa Nedić, as well as the founder and director of the marketing agency specialising in the music business Voltage Circus Gernot Müller, who works closely with club Amnesia in Ibiza, MagdalenaRodriguez Jr, Gery Beck and many other artists. Prominent names from the music industry will answer questions about how to position yourself and develop as an artist, build a music portfolio, and find a suitable label. They will also provide helpful marketing tips and advices for musicians.

The music programme of the No Sleep Festival in the Main Hangar of the Port of Belgrade is led by today’s most sought-after techno stars and ticket-sales record holders Amelie Lens and Reinier Zonneveld, Indira Paganotto and Partiboi69, who will have their debut performances in Belgrade, as well as the Madrid artist Regal, a representative of the Parisian underground scene Koboyo, Dutch rising star Kiki Solvej, DJ Jock and Katalina. A strong trap line-up led by Grše, Banfica and Kali arrives at the club Drugstore on Friday. Saturday is reserved for the WB Community party, while Ida Engberg, Matisa, Human Rias, Dejan Milićević, Andrej Jelić and Antrax will be in charge of the official afterparties until the early morning hours. The Ukrainian minimal heroine Olga Korol, the Art Director of the Milan club Tunnel DJ Bugsy, the Strasbourg DJ Paskal Walter, the Swedish Maria Nordgren and the Ukrainian Masha are coming to the Belgrade Silos

Tickets for No Sleep Festival

Standard festival tickets are on sale for RSD2,590, with a 30% discount, while VIP GOLD festival tickets are currently RSD4,290. Standard one-day tickets can be purchased at a gift price of RSD1,790, with a 30% discount, while the cost of one-day VIP GOLD tickets is RSD2.990. Tickets for the programme at the Drugstore club and the afterparties are available for RSD690.

Tickets are available here and through the Gigs Tix sales network, both online and at physical sales locations.

TBM 2022: Autumn Talks & Music Sessions in Cracow

This autumn HEMI allies are about to join the 2022 TBM festival & Conference in Cracow.

Musicians, managers, producers, professionals and music lovers explore the present and the future of the music & concert industry through panel discussions, networking, music sessions and experience exchange.

Among the participants, two rising HEMI partners, Anca Lupers, founder of Mastering the Music Business (MMB) & HEMI Music Awards 2022 art-rock band Zimbru

Tak Brzmi Miasto 2022 is a must-attend event for anyone thinking about playing live or wanting to develop their band’s touring career. In autumn in Cracow we will revive festival contacts and make a reboot of the “live” music industry after a pandemic slowdown. We will bring together musicians, managers, bookers, road managers, performers, organizers, journalists, producers and everyone connected with the music industry in one place. We will combine a debate on the present and future of the concert sector with a cross-genre festival exchange, where you will be able to meet representatives of the best and most interesting events from Poland and Europe.

Among those who have already confirmed their participation in this year’s edition of Tak Brzmi Miasto are those responsible for such events as Glastonbury, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Colours of Ostrava, Męskie Granie, OFF Festival, BUSH, Wrosound, Edison Festival, Olsztyn Green Festival, Stay Wild Festival, Atlas Festival, D Festival, Inne Brzmienia, PIN, What’s Next In Music, Focus Wales, WrOFFlaw and Soundedit. There will certainly be more to come!

The Tak Brzmi Miasto conference program includes panel discussions, such as: “Festivals – entertainment or responsibility?”, “Showcase – a way to success or a ruthless music trade?”, “Festival in crisis” or “How to get booked?”; workshops, such as “Showcase – how to get the maximum?”, “Festivals – a window to the world” or “How to do a proper soundcheck in 15 minutes” but the most important part is a unique opportunity for meetings, both official – on one of four speedmeeting sessions, and informal – on conference venue or in of the showcase venues in Kazimierz. Representatives of the aforementioned festivals formed a jury, which will soon select the artists and bands that will present during our showcase this year.

The next edition of the Tak Brzmi Miasto conference and festival will take place on November 12 and 13 at the space of the New Proxima Theater in Krakow. 

Don’t miss this hottest music event this fall! 

Tickets on sale at takbrzmimiasto.pl/en/conference-2022

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The ReConnect conference returns to Brno!

Next week, the ReConnect conference returns to Brno’s Fléda, bringing together music managers, booking agents and club representatives for three days. The event, financially supported by the city of Brno and HEMI, will offer discussion panels, workshops, as well as the opportunity to share know-how with music professionals from abroad. 

In-between the diverse actions, HEMI Incubator Sessions will take place, initiating discussions and providing tips on music promotion and sustainable practices to participants of the HEMI network.

The main part of the conference will take place on Friday 30 September at Fléda. This time SoundCzech has invited many music professionals from abroad to the conference. For example, they will present the European club scene on a panel. A large number of foreign guests will also take part in speedmeetings. On the other hand, one of the topics will be the status of the artist and the National Recovery Plan program. The detailed themes in focus follow:

  • 1000Cams – When your fans could be your video makers
  • Trick the ear – New approaches to augmenting music both in virtual and physical spaces
  • Futurobi – How to make healthy music environment

Workshops on TikTok or for emerging artists

Friday’s program will  offer workshops, such as how to use TikTok to promote your own music project, led by Miloš Blaháček from Digiton Agency. 

“But there will be more on the programme, we will also have an interactive workshop for aspiring managers and bands. We will discuss when it makes sense to start going abroad, but also how to actually define the amount of your fee,” explains Radek Pavlovič on behalf of SoundCzech. “The full programme can be found at www.reconnectbrno.com,” adds Pavlovič.

Club night part of the conference

The first ever club night in Brno called Batch will be part of the ReConnect conference. The unique project will connect thirteen Brno clubs for two days, with more than 60 concerts by Czech and international artists. Details can be found at https://bach.events/. 

The ReConnect conference is jointly organised by the SoundCzech music agency, the Music Managers Forum Czech Republic and BACH (Brno Association of Club Music). The event is financially supported by the City of Brno and the HEMI Project.



  1. 9 – 1. 10. 2022

Fléda – BRNO, CZ


Mastering the Music Business 2022

Dozens of Romanian and international music business professionals will be speakers of this year’s edition of Mastering the Music Business (MMB) – the biggest event of the music industry in Romania. The seventh edition of MMB takes place in Bucharest from the 6th until the 8th of September 2022. 

Dedicated to all music enthusiasts, MMB is the place where both artists and music business professionals are offered the opportunity to meet with leading experts in the industry, learn from them and interact with them directly. About 100 speakers from Romania and 14 other countries will debate the most interesting and up to date topics in today’s music industry.

Among the speakers of this year will be: 

  • Georges Perot (GR) – the Co-Founder and Curator of the Athens Music Week, a founding member of the EURICCA initiative and the European Live Music Association and the Project Coordinator of HEMI.
  • Login Kochishki (MK), manager of Dubioza Kolektiv, the famous band from Bosnia and Herzegovina and also the founder of Taksirat, the biggest festival in Macedonia. 
  • Dénes Pécsi-Szabó (HU)- the co founder of Budapest Showcase Hub (BUSH) and board member of  International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) Hungary.
  • Robert Meijerink (NL) –head of program and booker, Eurosonic Noorderslag the European conference & showcase platform in Groningen, the Netherlands

Among  the most awaited workshops and panels of the conference are those dedicated to showcase festivals in Europe and to financing programs for music, presented by the Creative Europe Desk in Romania.

During the 3 days of MMB Showcase Festival, music lovers will enjoy the live music of 18 bands coming from 14 European countries. In this year’s line up, 3 finalists of HEMI Music Awards will perform on the stage of Expirat in Bucharest: AIKO from the Czech Republic, KOIKOI from Serbia and ZIMBRU from Romania. 

MMB has the support of HEMI (Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation), project co-financed by Creative Europe.

More details on: https://www.masteringthemusicbusiness.ro

HEMI Incubator kick off event at Athens Music Week!

HEMI Incubator, the first music business incubation and acceleration programme in the region, joins AMW 2022 Conference for it’s kickoff event.

A delegation of music entrepreneurs from 9 European countries representing 30 exceptional startups and music related projects, will have the opportunity to meet their mentors and music experts.

Including a great variety of topics faced within the music sector, the 30 companies and projects are providing innovative solutions to foster social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving industry where art, science, and business converge.

Meet the music entrepreneurs in the AMW Pro Area and contact them to explore new possibilities for your music business!

Attendance by invitation only.

HEMI goes to MENT Ljubljana 2022!

MENT returns to its traditional three-day format with an international conference, which regularly attracts hundreds of professionals from all over Europe and HEMI partners are joining panel-discussions and networking meetings.

We will talk about the music industry recovery after the pandemic, we will map the Showcase Festivals in the Western Balkans and we will meet the International Festivals. 

More specific:

What Have We Learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic?  

Wednesday 8 June at 17.30

The music sector was the first to close its doors during the Covid-19 pandemic and will be among the last to recover from the consequences. During this uncertain period, several civic initiatives in Slovenia came together and addressed requests to the decision-makers to rescue and recover the sector. How did the music sector react and what was the response of decision-makers to the joint demands of the sector? Will civic initiatives continue their effort and work together to address a number of issues and problems that have plagued the music sector since before? How will they react when faced with similar situations in the future?

Moderator: Peter Baroš (SIGIC, SI)


Andrej Sevšek (#MiDelamoDogodke, Punk Rock Holiday, SI),

Mitja Prezelj (GIZ KOS, NOMAD, SI)

Tinkara Kovač (glasbenica, Sindikat glasbenikov Slovenije, SI)

Pavla Jarc (Mreža Kulturnih domov KUDUS, Kulturni dom Nova Gorica, SI)

The debate will be held in Slovene. 


Mapping Showcase Festivals in the Western Balkans 

Thursday 9 June at 14:00 EET

In the last few years, many new showcase festivals and music conferences have appeared in the former Yugoslav countries – from Sarajevo and Belgrade to Pristina and Skopje. Consequently, we want to check first hand what their missions are, what they have in focus, who is their target audience, what are their specifics and differences, and also which one best suits your band or project. 


Lucija Ivšić (Cereal Booking, AU/HR)


Login Kochishki (Password Productions, PIN conference, MK) 

Vaštag Vendel (INDIREKT showcase Belgrade, RS)

Mersel Bujak (Bam C, BA)

Kushtrim Dushi (Prishtina Music Conference, KO)

Jovana Coka Stanković (Kontakt Konferencija, RS)


Speed networking – Meet the International Festivals

Friday 10 June at 12:00 EET

MENT offers you a great opportunity to meet and present your work to some of the most renowned European music festivals – from Spain to the Netherlands, from Poland to the Balkans. Do not miss your chance and make some new useful contacts.


Andrea “Kudd” Cussotto & Diego Indovino (Jazz:Re:found Festival, IT) 

Ante Piacun & Sara Ercegović (Tam Tam Festival, HR)

Dino Grgurić (Velvet Festival, HR)

Jesus Guisado (Monkey Week (ES) 

Marian Tesak (Flaam Festival, SK) 

Michał Wójcik (Tak Brzmi Miasto, PL) 

Nikola Nikolov (Wrong Festival, BG) 

Ognen Stojanoski (PIN Conference / Taksirat / D Fest, MK)

Oskar Štrajn (ESNS, NL)

Tatiana Lehocka (Sharpe Festival, SK) 

Vladimir Vodalov (Exit Festival, RS) 

Closed session. Pre-registration is needed to participate.  

Athens Music Week 2022 – First Artists and Speakers revealed

For the 4th consecutive year and at a defining moment for the local and global music scene in the post-pandemic era, Athens Music Week is back on June 22-24, with an eye to the future, taking place in 3 venues:  Technopolis, Bios and Temple. Three days full of discussions, presentations, workshops, speed meetings, networking events, not to mention showcase concerts and a big closing live event on the main stage of Technopolis!

Experience things “from the inside”, be acquainted with people and networks that will help you promote your music to the rest of the world, learn what role domestic media plays and how there can be more opportunities for new artists while discovering ways to increase your music revenue and find out what is happening with NFTs in Greek music and arts. What criteria are Greek radio producers using to promote the next hits? How is trap positioned in contemporary Greek pop culture? How can you properly create your wiki page, what does Tik Tok have to do with music, and how important are social fans in the end?

More than 80 representatives of companies, international networks and organizations, cultural institutions and governmental bodies, including, among others, from Greece: Globe One Digital, VIVA, Academy of Entrepreneurship, Athens Jazz Festival, Athens Voice, Bryq & Persado, ComeTogether, Digital Minds, DPG, Kosmos 93.6, Liquid Media, Pepper Radio 96, will answer all these questions and more.6, PostScriptum, Sky Vector Music, Stay Independent, Teranga Beat, UNDO Records, United We Fly, Music Works Rightholders’ cooperative (EDEM), National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos”, SKAI, Technopolis City of Athens, 24 Media, internationally: Centre National de la Musique (France), Dotted Music Agency (USA), Delta Booking Agency (Poland), EXIT Festival (Serbia), Future Echoes Festival (Sweden), Ink Music (Austria), Krakow Festival Office (Poland), Linecheck Festival (Italy), Mamazone (Hungary), Music Estonia (Estonia), Steve Farris Music (UK), Taksirat Festival (North Macedonia), The State51 Conspiracy (UK), Startup Wise Guys (Estonia).

Read more about the speakers here. More names to be announced soon.

The showcases are the ones that set the rhythm in and out of the Technopolis as, this year, the live shows are back and present in two neighbouring venues, Bios and Temple. The Showcases programme combines new and timeless trends, focusing on promoting Greek musicians and introducing foreign artists to the domestic scene, among which Christos Kalkanis Solo, Coslee, Hume Assine, Iota Phi, Kolida Babo, Lia Hide, Monnodic, Supersonic Elephant Club, The Bonnie Nettles, Transparent ManVASSIŁINA, Wera & NickZimbruZulu 3.4.

Read more about the artists here. More showcases will be announced soon.

Moreover, for the first time in Greece, we will welcome representatives of two of the most active international networks for the independent music sector, Impala – Independent Music Companies Association and International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), aiming to grow the independent music sector sustainably, return more value to artists and increase access to funding and the newly established Music Tech Europe, which aims to create synergies and opportunities between the technology and music industries. Thus a unique opportunity is designed for international networking, exchange of good practices and broader consolidation of the local industry.

In addition, the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) organizes pitch sessions. It presents the 30 European start-ups selected this year by the HEMI Incubator that provide innovative solutions to critical issues in the music industry, with the ultimate goal of promoting social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving sector where art, science and entrepreneurship converge.

As every year, Athens Music Week ends its activities with a big closing live concert on the Main Stage of Technopolis City of Athens, with a surprise line-up to be announced a few days before the festival!

More information and new additions to the programme will be announced soon.

Athens Music Week is organised by MESO Events and Technopolis City of Athens, with the support of the European networks Hub for The Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) and JUMP – European Music Market Accelerator, two projects co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. 


Daily ticket: 7 euros (advance sale), 10 euros (at the entrance)

Three-day ticket: 15 euros (advance sale), 30 euros (at the entrance)

Advance Ticket Sales: Viva. gr

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, May 24th at 12.00.

HEMI Incubator 2022 beneficiaries revealed!

We are thrilled to announce the 30 in total selected projects and ideas of the first cycle of HEMI Incubator. After a careful screening of all applications received, the selection committee, composed of all HEMI board members and jury members , has selected the most promising ideas and projects to be developed together with renowned mentors and Industry experts.

The 30 beneficiaries of HEMI Incubator were officially announced during Tallinn Music Week, at the meet & greet event, where participants, mentors and HEMI partners came together for the first time in a hybrid event.

The 20 acceleratees and the 10 incubatees will have access to one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions from top European music industry professionals, as well as online and offline workshops to deepen their knowledge and develop further their entrepreneurial skills. Moreover, participants will have access to networking events and pitching sessions starting from Athens Music Week as well as the opportunity to get in contact with numerous networks, music conferences and showcase festivals of the HEMI network.

The 18 HEMI Incubator experts and mentors will accompany the 30 selected beneficiaries in the development of their innovative ideas, services and products. A network of vetted music professionals who have experienced the ups and downs of working in one of the most competitive industries, and are willing to share their experience! They will pin-point strengths and weaknesses, give feedback, suggest directions and introduce them to relevant key industry players to develop synergies.

At the end of the programme, 3 innovative ideas with the highest potential of development and 3 projects/companies with the greatest potential to impact the future of the music industry will gain a support grant to help them develop their projects and widen their networks.

The 30 selected ideas and projects of HEMI Incubator cover a great variety of topics faced within the music sector, providing innovative solutions to foster social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving industry where art, science, and business converge.

Meet our 20 acceleratees and 10 incubatees and find out more about their groundbreaking projects and ideas!

HEMI incubatees and acceleratees just announced at Tallinn Music Week!

The 30 beneficiaries of HEMI Incubator were officially announced during Tallinn Music Week, at the meet & greet event, where participants, mentors and HEMI partners came together for the first time in a hybrid event.

The 30 selected ideas and projects of HEMI Incubator cover a great variety of topics faced within the music sector, providing innovative solutions to foster social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving industry where art, science, and business converge.

Lοoking forward for the entrepreneurial journey τo begin!


HEMI panel at Tallinn Music Week!

After a very long time, we were so excited to be back to our belove music conference and festival in Tallin, Estonia!
Don’t miss our HEMI panel on Friday 6 May | 12:15 – 13:15
HEMI Guide to Central & Eastern European Music Markets

In the post-pandemic and politically insane world, it is more important than ever to learn about all the possibilities the different European music markets can offer and focus on regional cooperations to gain from the diversity of European music industry. The HEMI project has brought together organisatsions and festivals from 9 countries from the CSEE region and in this panel, we will have a closer look at the following music markets: Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Poland.

Is it still the Wild East of Europe or are these countries hidden pearls of the continent? What are the key entry points and what should an artist know when approaching these markets?

Come and find out more about these music markets, learn about the festivals leading the development of the regional music industry and meet the key people of the region. The panel will be followed by a networking session with the panelists over a coffee table in the conference centre lobby.

The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is a European initiative aiming to support Artists and Music Professionals from Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE). Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, our vision is to trademark Central and South Eastern European Music Creativity.


Georges Perot, Founder & Managing Director at Meso Events

Iulia Pop, Co-Founder of Overground Music

Peter Baroš, Secretary General of SIGIC & Music Slovenia

Andraž Kajzer, Artistic Director of MENT Ljubljana 

Márton Náray, Head of office of SoundCzech

Wioletta Brzęcka, Music Specialist at Krakow Festival Office

Moderator: Jaanika Lillemaa, Head of International Projects at Music Estonia