Athens Music Week Phygital Edition is here! Covid won’t stop Music!

With just 3 months to reshape all program since the COVID 19 pandemic shadowed the planet, we are happy to announce that Technopolis City of Athens, our Greek HEMI partner, have revealed the Conference and Showcase program of the Athens Music Week 2020 

Athens Music Week 2020 Phygital Edition
#AMW2020
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speakers – 28 artists – 17 countries and a Pan-European surprise event!

Technopolis City of Athens and MESO Events are proud to present, for the second year in a row, Athens Music Week, from the 16th till the 21st of June. This time, in a brand-new… phygital version!

The second edition of AMW combines the physical with the digital world, to present a one-of-a-kind international meeting of 17 countries, featuring 50 distinguished delegates and speakers of the local and global music industry, and 28 solo artists/bands from across Europe!

The program includes an International Music Conference with panel-discussions, presentations, webinars, artist showcases, and live Q&A sessions as well a special surprise event celebrating the European Music Day!

Conference program of Athens Music Week thus far:

Panels

Live gigs and touring in the era of covid-19: how do managers, booking agents and festivals respond to the travel ban and audience restrictions? Online concerts or phygital festivals: is it the new trend? But what about the live music experience? How can artists and music professionals be supported today? How can you promote your music business in the current situation, access new markets, make new connections?

50 experts talk about it all! Distinguished professionals of the music sector, delegates from European networks, conferences and festivals, along with representatives of the Greek music industry, discuss and share their thoughts and experiences.

The Panels will be livestreamed, and followed by online Q&A sessions with the speakers.

 Panel Discussions:

  • Audience restrictions, travel ban: What options do artists, musicians and bands have to present their music?
  • Innovation in Music: Is it a question of mind-set, of tools? Both?
  • Networking from home: how can we promote our music business over the next months?
  • Free Streaming is cool, but is there a life vest for artists and music professionals?
  • NextStageChallenge or how a European Music Industry Hackathon was launched during lockdown!
  • Covid-19 makes us rethink business strategy. Are you “updated”? Or should you go back to school?
  • Streaming events and festivals is a forced trend, but what about the “physical” music experience? What can we expect from here on?
  • Divided we fall? Not always! Focus on the initiatives of European networks supporting artists and music professionals.

Events Powered by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation

Meet & Greets                                                                                

Meet the music industry innovators, projects and start-ups chosen by the European Network   Jump – European Music Market Accelerator:

SENSI (PT) / eCauda (ES) / Groover (FR) / Terrible Merch (UK) / Deep Listening (ΙΤ) / Wetum4kids (PT) / FITCHY (NL) / Self Releasing Artists Network (UK)

Events Powered by JUMP – European Music Market Accelerator

Showcases

New and rising talents will present the sound of music scenes of Greece, Turkey, Central and Southeast Europe have to show.

Artists (in alphabetical order)

Bratri (CZ) / Byron (RO) / Drums & Voice Jazztronica Duet (GR) / Electro Hafiz (TR) / Fraktale (PL) / Funk Shui (MK) / Gio Melody (GR) / Go-Dratta (IT) / Goodbye Darjeeling (HU) / June Cocó (DE) / Kety Fusco (IT) / Komfortrauschen (DE)  / Kostas Sidirokastritis (GR) / Lena Laki (GR) / Lucia (RO) / Marinho (PT) /Market (CZ) / Mavi Gunes 69 (TR) / Moose (GR) / Nalyssa Green (GR) / Neal Cassady (PL) / Strawberry Pills (GR) / Sirom (SI) / Thomas Konstantinou Ensemble (GR) / Vasko Atanasovski Tri (SI) / Whereswilder (GR) / Evritiki Zygia (GR)

Showcases will be livestreamed, and followed by online Q&A sessions with the artists.

Events Powered by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation

Webinars

Could you use help to create a business plan or a marketing strategy, fill an application for funding, or prepare a presentation? Specialists with long experience in the field offer their know-how, tips and advice to new professionals of the music sector.

Topics will be announced soon. The spots are limited, and registration will be required!

Powered by JUMP – European Music Market Accelerator

Storytelling

We visit Thourio village in Orestiada, Thrace, to check out the traditional Thracian Lyra workshop of Alexis Partinoudis. We discover the age-old process of constructing the instrument from natural locally sourced materials, and hear a lot of stories about traditions and customs in Thrace, and the cultural and emotional importance of the historic musical instruments of the region, the lyra, the gaida, the cavali… curious about the sounds yet? Well, Alexis and his friend Stratos Spyros, both members of the traditional Thracian music group Evritiki Zygia, will give you a pretty good idea!

Powered by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation

For more information and the latest updates, please visit athensmusicweek.gr

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Covid times call for urgent measures

United we stand! Nearly 40 pan-European music organizations join forces in an urgent call on EU institutions and Member States to prioritize music and culture in their investment response to the covid-19 crisis.

Music and culture have been especially hit by the global lockdown. Artists and music professionals are struggling, the livelihoods of thousands of people are at stake. With no end in sight, there is a need for targeted policies to support our sector. This open letter, signed by nearly 40 pan-European music organizations from across the spectrum, was sent yesterday to EU institutions and member states.

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last.

As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close, and new releases are put on hold, the entire creative value chain is stalling.

Artists and their management, performers, composers, songwriters, music educators, conductors, booking agents, record shops, labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, manufacturers, technicians, events managers and event staff count among the many actors of the ecosystem whose livelihoods are on the line.

These risks will persist, even after the public health emergency is solved. The stark reality is that profound harm will be felt long into 2021 due to how the music ecosystem operates.

In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity.

The undersigned music organizations urge Member States and the European Commission to take a stance and significantly increase the national and EU budgets dedicated to culture, and within that to music.

Secondly, under the EU Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, it is imperative that each Member State provides Europe’s creative sector with swift and comprehensive access to Structural Funds in order to offset the harm in the shorter term.

The full magnitude of the current turmoil will build for months and the number of casualties will be high. Even when the complete standstill ends, the crisis will continue due to hyper saturation of events and new releases and audiences will be unpredictable.

All this points to a slow recovery, with less job opportunities, less participation in music and less room for artistic risk-taking. Jobs and diversity are at stake.
At the same time, we see how important the cultural sectors are in promoting solidarity and in providing rallying points.

Within the confines of their homes, artists and DJs have been streaming their own live performances to fight isolation by engaging online communities. Drawing upon the example of Italy, citizens from across Europe gather on their balconies to play music and regain a shared sense of common purpose.

This reminds us that music is a vehicle to recreate a sense of community. In times of containment and pressure, music builds bridges between individuals and cultures irrespective of social, ethnic, cultural backgrounds.

Music and culture are essential to offer citizens the renewed social and cultural bond that Europe will sorely need.

As decision makers reflect on how to address the crisis, culture must be recognised as a priority sector.

The undersigned organisations:

  • AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
  • CIME/ICEM, International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music
  • DME, Digital Music Europe
  • ECA-EC, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  • ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • EFNYO, European Federation of National Youth Orchesta
  • EMC, European Music Council
  • EMCY, European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  • EMEE, European Music Exporters Exchange
  • EMMA, European Music Managers Alliance
  • EOFed, European Orchestra Federation
  • ETEP, European Talent Exchange Programme
  • Europavox
  • EJN, Europe Jazz Network
  • EVTA, European Voice Teachers Association
  • FIM, International Federation of Musicians
  • GESAC, the European Authors Societies
  • IAMIC, International Association of Music Information Centres
  • IAO, International Artist Organisation of Music
  • ICAS, International Cities of Advanced Sound
  • ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • ICSM, International Society for Contemporary Music
  • IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMMF, International Music Managers Forum
  • IMPF, Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • IMPALA, Independent music compagnies associations
  • INES, Innovation Network of European Showcases
  • JMI, Jeunesses Musicales International
  • JUMP, European Music Market Accelerator
  • Keychange
  • Live DMA, European network for music venues and festivals
  • Liveurope, the platform for new European Talent
  • Pearle*, Live Performance Europe
  • SHAPE, Sound Heterogenous Art and Performance in Europe
  • REMA, European Early Music Network
  • We are Europe
  • Yourope, the European festival Association

Source: Impala  https://impalamusic.org/

Stay Home, Stay HEMI!

With the pandemic raging, and a worldwide travel ban, all HEMI meetings had to adapt to the situation!

Working from home and communicating only via online platforms has become our new normal. Here is a snapshot from the latest trend: zoom meetings!

We always start with partners giving us information on the covid-19 crisis in their home country, and then we try to estimate the duration of this new reality, to see how we can get back to work!
There’s much to do, especially since the situation is dire for musicians and all the performance arts sector.
What will happen to European festivals, concerts, and conferences this summer?
Everything is uncertain at this point, but we have to be prepared.
The music industry needs all the support it can get!
Stay home, stay safe!

Presenting HEMI at MENT LJUBLJANA

On the 5th of February, HEMI partners representatives presented our four-year project in Kino Siska’s Komuna Hall.

With EU’s new cultural policy, which provides a vast amount of resources for the development and professionalization of the music industry, they addressed the question of how the Central and Southeastern (CSEE) Music Markets will react to this new influx of financial means.

A lively discussion about all that HEMI (which is dedicated to the professionalization and internationalization of the regional music industry, and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union) can bring to the table and what the future holds for the music industry in the region, was hosted by Peter Baros from Sigic -Slovenian Music Office  and HEMI partner.

Other HEMI representatives present included Georges Perot, Head of Athens Music Week and HEMI project coordinator (GR), Gorjana Jordanovska (MK) from Password Production, Náray Márton, Director of Sound Czech  (CZ) and Maja Lapuszynska from the Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (PL).

It was a productive few days in a wonderful city and we look forward meeting with our Slovenian partners again!

MENT 2020: Full festival program revealed! 

MENT Ljubljana 2020 is taking over the venues of the Slovenian capital between 5 and 7 February. Here are some finalized details about the festival’s program that we look forward to!

It’s all about the Music, with this, the 6th edition hosting a total of 81 acts that will perform on 14 locations across Ljubljana. Besides the 60 already announced names, including the headliners of the opening night, the golden boy of London jazz Kamaal Williams and Ukrainian group of seven actresses Dakh DaughtersDutch  electronic music ambassadors Dekmantel Soundsystem and plenty of great Slovenian artists, there are now more 21 acts performing during the festival.

Find the Full Lineup & Schedule:          
https://www.ment.si/lineup/

Along with the music, it’s time to talk business and get networking at the MENT conference 2020, which will take place at Kino Šiškaand M hotel between 6 and 7 February! It is divided into four interconnected sections:

EX-YUDIGITALLIVE and AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

Among the guests this year, are distinguished booking agent Rob Challice, university professor and music professional Sally-Anne Gross, head of Ljubljana-based record label Glitterbeat Records Chris Eckman and the European representative of the global music platform Bandcamp Aly Gillani.

MENT conference 2020 includes presentations on ex-YU markets, a debate on streaming income, a conversation about Eastern European festivals and a panel with representatives of some successful Eastern European music media. It also covers topics like the sustainability of festivals and musicians’ careers, innovative music PR and booking, and the Serbian initiative Hali gali.      

HEMI partners will be there for an introduction of new born initiative hosted by Slovenian partner Sigic.

You can find the full Conference Schedule here:     
https://www.ment.si/conference/

HEMI partners kick-off meeting in Athens !

HEMI kick-off meeting, took place in Athens, Greece, December 12-13, 2019!

It was a wonderful time in Technopolis City of Athens for the 20+ participants representing the 9 countries of our project, as we embarked in synthesizing the structure, the goals and the vision behind HEMI!

Meeting started with a warm welcome from Konstantinos Bitzanis, Managing Director of Technopolis City of Athens and Antonis Ikonomou, Director of Innovathens, who presented Technopolis City of Athens.

Then, representatives from Asociatia Romanian Artists Worldwide (RO), Foundation Exit (SRB), Fundacja Krakowska Scena Muzyczna (PL), Institut UmeniDivadelni Ustav (CZ), Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (PL), Majdnem Hires Rocksuli (HU) , Music Estonia Mtü (EE), Password Production (NMK), Sigic Slovenski Glasbenoinformacijski Center (SI) presented their organization

 

Then, HEMI’s project coordinator, Georges Perot presented the project goals and vision while Ivan Toromanovski, HEMI’s  Operational manager analyzed the administrative model. It was an enthusiastic launch between partners, which has already produced results.

Looking forward to meeting all of our partners soon again and move on with our annual innovation meeting!

 

HEMI Kick off meeting agenda
12 – 13 December, 2019 / Venue: Innovathens – Technopolis City of Athens

 

12th of DECEMBER 2019:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­09:00 – 09:30:     Arrival of participants

Coffee reception

09:30 – 09:45      Welcome note & Technopolis Presentation

by Konstantinos Bitzanis – Managing Director Technopolis
Antonis Oikonomou – Innovathens Director

09:45 – 10:45      Partners’ Organization presentation

All partners, 5 min. each

10:45 – 11:00      coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30      HEMI General Overview, presentation by Georges Perot, HEMI Project Coordinator

11.30 – 12.00      HEMI Operational model, presentation by Ivan Toromanoski, HEMI Operations Manager 

12:00 – 12:30      HEMI operational model, discussion

12:30 – 13:00      HEMI Financial model, presentation by Ioanna Skiada, HEMI Financial Manager

13:00 – 13:15      HEMI Financial model, discussion

13:15 – 14:15      Lunch Break

14:15 – 15:15      HEMI Activities Overview

15:15 – 15:45      HEMI Activities, Discussion

15:45 – 16:00      HEMI Innovation meeting Overview (Athens – January)

16:00 – 16:15      coffee Break

16:15 – 16:45      HEMI Innovation meeting Overview, discussion

16:45 – 17:00      Conclusions / end of first day

 

13th of DECEMBER 2019:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­09:30 – 09:45:     Arrival of participants

Coffee reception

09:45 – 10:45      HEMI Multiplier EventsFirst semester 2020 overview

  • MENT Showcase Ljubljana / SIGIC (February)
  • MMB showcase, Bucharest / RAW (March)
  • TMW, Tallinn / Music Estonia (March)

10:45 – 11:15      HEMI Multiplier events discussion

11:15 – 11:30      HEMI Brand ID draft proposals Overviewby Dimitris Kanellopoulos

11:30 – 12:45      HEMI discussion

12:45 – 13:00      HEMI KOM conclusions

13:15 – 14:15      Lunch Break