PIN Music Conference & Showcase: 25-27 November, Skopje, N. Macedonia

As a part of the renowned Taksirat Festival, PIN Music Conference announces its 8th edition from the 25th to the 27th of November at Scopje, North Macedonia.

This year’s conference and showcase will take place at several locations around the capital of North Macedonia, from 25th to 27th November 2021. During these days PIN will once again transform the city of Skopje into the creative center for hundreds of music promoters, producers, managers, enthusiasts, creatives, and everyone else who is involved in the realm of the music industry. Being one of the very few music conferences in the region of former Yugoslavia, PIN aims to deliver a fertile soil for exchange and connection between the regional and European experiences in the music world, fostering collaborations and cultural projects.

Three days with more than 30 showcase performances, 100 music artists, 200 speakers and delegates coming from the biggest events and stakeholders in the music industry in Europe and especially the Southeast region, are completing the full programme for PIN 2021.
PIN’s delegates will discuss the current situation and hottest trends in the music industry with a focus on joining the forces and discovering fresh ideas for the latest challenges on the scene.

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HEMI at Tallinn Music Week 2021

Our Estonian partners have created yet again a flabbergasting program to introduce us to tomorrow’s music, arts, and ideas all through Tallinn Music Week 2021!
Tune in! HEMI presents: From Baltics to Balkans

SATURDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2021, 10:15 – 11:15 (CET +1)

HEMI presents: From Baltics to Balkans

Strangely enough, the world occasionally feels more connected now than before as we’re mostly meeting online no matter how near or far. Still, some regions seem to have a harder time in making themselves heard than others and the road to/from some places just seems so damn long and complicated. In this session, we’ll discuss what has worked for artists from the more ‘exotic’ and ‘rural’ areas in Western Europe’s sense in breaking out of their region, how we can support our local scenes in doing so and how to become more connected. 

➤ Speakers:

• Login Kochishki, Goalkeeper at Password Production, Founder of Taksirat Festival
Anca Lupes, Founder of Mastering the Music Business (DigiPRO)
• Juliana Volož, Agent at JV-Promotion
• Mark Dieler, Project Manager of Cindy & Kate
➤Moderator: Balazs Weijer, Programme Director of MOST Music and Head of Programming at Hangveto
Check out TMW’s full programme here 👉

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