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First WOMEX 2016 Conference Sessions Revealed

The World Music Expo, WOMEX, has publicized the first jury-selected conferences for its 2016 edition. The largest professional gathering of its kind, WOMEX will take place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, October 19 – 23, 2016 at the Cidade da Cultura (City of Culture). The showcase program will be announced over the next month.

The WOMEX conference program includes an overview of popular music styles from around the world. For instance, the indie scene from the Arab world is explored in a session devised by Basem Abuarab, booking manager for Almoharek and Eka3 label (who presented Tamer Abu Gazadeh at WOMEX 15) with Maan Abu Taleb, editor of the influential Arabic music magazine Ma3azef.com and Sarah El Miniawy, music PR and management at Simsara.

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Sarah el Miniawy

There will also be a session chaired by music and live event producer Danny Kapilian to discuss “integrating world music in pop music festivals and concerts”.

Spotify, represented by engineering lead Jonathan Marmor, will host an interactive “Un-Conference” – an open workshop format, in which attending delegates and other players from the digital sector will create concrete solutions to pressing challenges.

Scott Cohen, founder of The Orchard, will take part on a panel put together by Patrick Lee-Thorp of Templit Entertainment / Songwrights on the future for global music albums. Lee-Thorp provides additional details: “This WOMEX panel will look at the possible scenarios of how producers will deal with the challenge creating revenue in the streaming age. This is now an urgent question for the world music business“.

Another focus of this year’s conference will be music education, with sessions on education for deaf children through music with the Muse Seek Project, and “Between Identity and Diversity” that explores music education and migration (led by Rotterdam’s Codarts University and Mannheim’s Popakademie Baden-Württemberg represented by Connie de Jongh and Udo Dahmen respectively. Dahmen says: “It is a perfect situation that WOMEX offers a place for our panel, which has in mind the network between educational institutions within the global music scene.”

Jung-Hun Lee
Jung-Hun Lee

Jung-Hun Lee (Jazz in Seoul) will chair a session on how to connect to the music market in Asia together with Kaushik Dutta (Kolkata International Music Festival) and Patrick de Groote (Sfinks Mixed festival).

Sonya Mazumdar, founder and director of EarthSync from India, will chair a session with Daniel Brown (Freemuse) on “unspoken censorship” and how artists and media may counter it.

More information at www.womex.com

Headline photo: Sonya Mazumdar, EarthSync

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Mundial Montréal Seeking World Music Artist Submissions for 2016 Showcases

Mundial Montréal, North America’s leading world music expo, is inviting artists to submit an application to showcase at the 6th annual conference. The event will take place November 15-18, 2016.

Mundial Montréal operates as a catalyst for some of the best world music talent emerging from Canada and internationally.

The conference includes a curated program of artists, networking activities and discussions.

The deadline is March 27, 2016.

Submission link: mundialmontreal.com/en/submissions/

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IndiEarth Xchange Returns to Chennai in November 2015

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The fourth edition of the IndiEarth XChange – India’s annual expo and showcase festival for the independent Music, Film and Media sectors will take place from November 27th – 29th at the Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, Chennai.

The increasingly influential event expands this year to feature 300+ industry professionals from over 20 countries coming together for a series of conferences, workshops, showcase music performances, film screenings and think tank sessions. that

IndiEarth Xchange provides a professional platform where world industry representatives, venue owners, media, labels, musicians and independent filmmakers can network, discuss, attend workshops, and experience performances and screenings by independent artists. The goal is to create networks between Indian and international industry members and build business relationships that develop the culture industry and arts, opening new markets for industry in India, and creating international markets for Indian artists.

XChange has already facilitated several Indian artists – including The Ganesh Talkies, Filter Coffee, Shai’ir + Func, Nucleya, Ravi Iyer and classical Carnatic artist Jayanthi Kumaresh – to perform at various international festivals, and continues to push this agenda through the annual event.

For more on IndiEarth XChange 2015 and to register for the conferences and workshops, visit xchange15.indiearth.com

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World Music Expo WOMEX to Return to Santiago de Compostela in 2016

Womex_2016WOMEX, the leading international gathering for world music professionals announced today that the 22nd edition will take place October 19-23 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 2016. WOMEX 2015 is scheduled for October 21-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

Santiago de Compostela hosted the successful 2014 edition of WOMEX. “We have made many friends there – and so did our delegates,” says Alexander Walter, WOMEX Director. “It feels great that the WOMEX path is crossing el Camino de Santiago again. An important feature of WOMEX is connecting with the host region in a lasting way and bringing its culture and its professionals to other regions all over the world.”

Víctor Bello of local hosts Nordesía added: “After the great experience in 2014, we are so happy to welcome all WOMEXicans to Santiago again in 2016 with the aim of making Santiago the capital of music diversity. We will enjoy the lively city as well as learn together and share knowledge. We will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nordesía. Don’t miss it!

The bid to host WOMEX 2016 in Santiago de Compostela was headed by event organization Nordesía; with the support of the city of Santiago de Compostela through INCOLSA; and the Xunta de Galicia (the government of the region) through AGADIC, along with the Foundation of the City of Culture.

The Cidade da Cultura will once more play host to a busy Trade Fair, in-depth Conference Sessions on hot topics, compelling Films, Daycases and more, with the Nighttime Showcases spread throughout the scenic Old Town including a stage next to the famous Cathedral.

 

 

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the Galician region located in Spain on the Iberian Peninsula. Lying at nearly the most Westernmost point of Europe, Santiago has been the journey’s end for millions of devout pilgrims and adventurers through the Camino de Santiago (“Way of St. James”) since the 9th century and is declared a UNESCO World Heritage city. Santiago de Compostela has been a place of cultural exchange since the Middle Ages and is renowned for its green hills and wild coastline splashed by the Atlantic Ocean; its ancient traditions, extraordinary cuisine and music.

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WOMEX 2015 Announces Second Round of Conference Sessions and Speakers

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WOMEX conference participants

 

World music expo WOMEX has announced the 10 additional sessions included in the 2015 conference program. The topics will cover trends, issues and developments that affect or drive the larger musical community. WOMEX 2015 takes place October 21 – 25 October in Budapest, Hungary.

Hagar Graiser (Israel/South Africa) of Cape Town Nu World Festival/BiomatrixWeb will discuss how she is using systems thinking to improve the South African music business model.

Christian Ulf-Hansen (UK) of Plan C Management will talk about the world of sync; Cathy de Haan (Germany) of Wilde Sterne will show ways that audio and visual artists can collaborate to make a splash in the digital world.

Mario Escalona Serrano (Cuba) of EGREM will take participants on a journey through the contemporary Cuban musical landscape; with other sessions emphasizing cross-cultural collaboration, presenting arts events and more.

More at http://www.womex.com

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CD Baby to Host Do It Yourself Musician Conference

CD_BabyIndependent music distribution company CD Baby has announced its first Do It Yourself (DIY) Musician Conference, to be held October 23-25 at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago.

The conference will offer presentations to help independent musicians on a wide range of music business topics. Musicians will learn about online monetization, touring, online video, publishing, building a team, list-building, and more.

Participants can engage in one-on-one consultations with music industry professionals and CD Baby mentors. The conference will feature CD Baby artist showcases, as well as a Live Band Makeover hosted by producer Tom Jackson.

Tickets are available now through July 31 for the early bird price of $49. After July 31, the price will go up to $79. Tickets can be purchased at: www.diymusiciancon.com

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Oslo World Music Festival to Present Soundtrack of a Nation Seminar

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Oslo World Music Festival 2014 will present a seminar titled Soundtrack of a Nation on October 29 at the Nobel Peace Center. Admission is free.

The theme for this year’s Oslo World Music Festival is ‘Soundtrack of a nation’. “We believe that music says something about who we are and where we come from. In a world of diverse genres, languages and expressions, there is a tendency for musicians to become tradition bearers, far beyond the musical scene. They become innovators and identity creators. They can make the soundtrack of a nation, music that for centuries survive wars and riots and can contribute to nation building, or its opposite.”

Part 1 will feature Hugh Masekela in conversation with Ole Reitov (Freemuse), discussing the importance of music in the democratization process in South Africa. Hugh Masekela has for years explored the role of music as an instrument for social change.

Part 2 will focus on how music can act as a catalyst and mobilize masses, today.

In collaboration with: Nobels Fredssenter, Amnesty International Norge, Freemuse and Institut français de Norvège. Supported by Fritt Ord.

Location: Brynjulf Bulls plass 1
Time: 17:00-19:00

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WOMEX 2014 Celebrated 20th Anniversary in Santiago de Compostela

Budiño at WOMEX 2014 opening concert - Photo by Eric van Nieuwland
Budiño at WOMEX 2014 opening concert – Photo by Eric van Nieuwland

 

The largest annual world music expo, WOMEX, ended yesterday in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  The event featured five days of showcases, trade fair and conference sessions.

WOMEX 2014 organizers report an increase from last year in attendees, with 2,400 delegates from over 90 countries. The Trade Fair included 280 booths. Professionals discussed the global music scene in 22 Conference sessions; and delegates and the public listened to over 60 musical acts on 7 stages as part of the WOMEX Showcase Festival.

 

Portuguese fado star Mariza, recipient of the WOMEX 2014 Artist Award, performing at WOMEX 2014 Award Ceremony - Photo by Eric van Nieuwland
Portuguese fado star Mariza, recipient of the WOMEX 2014 Artist Award, performing at WOMEX 2014 Award Ceremony – Photo by Eric van Nieuwland

 

After 20 years, it is heartwarming to see that the community continues to grow and work together in even more innovative ways,” said WOMEX Director Alex Walter. “Santiago de Compostela has been a very worthy host of our anniversary edition, helping us showcase the impact WOMEX has had on the global music scene – not only in numbers but in terms of recognition, confidence and a common culture.”

 

Ed Motta WOMEX 2014 showcase Thursday night - Photo by Jacob Crawfurd
Ed Motta WOMEX 2014 showcase Thursday night – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd

 

Tribu Baharu WOMEX 2014 showcase - Photo by Jacob Crawfurd
Tribu Baharu WOMEX 2014 showcase – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd

 

Vitor Bello from WOMEX 2014’s local partners Nordesía summarized the event from the local perspective: “After 18 years promoting Galician music to WOMEX delegates, we are so proud that this edition has been a satisfactory experience for all of us. We thank all the WOMEXicans who decided to share with us their final stretch of the Camino.”

 

WOMEX 2014 trade show - Photo by Yannis Psathas
WOMEX 2014 trade show – Photo by Yannis Psathas

 

The next edition of WOMEX will take place in Budapest, Hungary from Wednesday, 21 to Sunday, 25 October 2015.

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Packaging the Music Panel at Oslo World Music Festival 2014

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A panel titled Packaging the Music will take place October 29th at Youngstorget 3 in Oslo (Norway) 10:00-12:00. Admission is free.

The political context of an artist always becomes more relevant to the artistry, when he or she, is from anywhere but Europe, or the US. Is this always at the choice of the artists themselves? We want to look at how political context can both be positive and negative, how it can highlight and sometimes, take away from the music.
Space limited.

Panelists include Monica Ifjejilika – artist (Norway/Nigeria); Khyam Allami – artist (Iraq); Amani Semaam – festival director, Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival (Lebanon); Åse Kleveland – Former Minister of Culture, artist and cultural leader (Norway); Lars Petter Hagen – festival director, Ultima Festival; Moderator: Asta Busingye Lydersen.

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Influential World Music Showcase Mundial Montreal Returns in November 2014

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The fourth edition of world music showcase Mundial Montreal will take place November 18-21 in Montreal (Canada). The conference will feature 34 artists performing in various stages, and eight workshops and panels.

Mundial Montreal is one of the leading gatherings of world music professionals in North America. For the very first time, two of Quebec’s biggest industry events are collaborating to present the very best of world music’s international talent. Mundial Montreal and CINARS (International Exchange for Performers) will be co-presenting, in a joint showcase, Ukraine’s Dakhabrakha; Mozambique’s most popular export, Chico Antonio; virtuoso violinist Jaron Freeman-Fox; and Toronto Afro-Cuban, post-rock band The Battle of Santiago, who will take to the stage at Salle Pierre-Mercure, for an afternoon showcase.

Industry delegates will get to experience Canada’s most promising new world music acts, including Le Vent du Nord and Malika Tirolien, while benefiting from Mundial Montreal’s celebrated networking events, such as the ‘speed-schmoozing’ activity that allows professionals to connect with artist representatives, and meet one-on-one in a business-centric setting. It has been Mundial Montreal’s goal, since its creation, to create a network of dedicated and active world music presenters at a pan-Canadian and international level.

In collaboration with Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie), Mundial Montreal will present the Stingray Rising Star, where one showcasing artist performing at the festival will be named Canada’s most promising new talent, and receive a $3000 cash prize. Also returning this year, Mundial Montreal popular panels, where some of the most-respected names in the industry will discuss and educate their peers about the some of the hottest topics in the business. This year, licensing, pitching, engaging with your audience, and online presence, are some of the subjects that will be addressed in panels.

For the closing night, Mundial Montreal will present Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra and Lemon Bucket Orkestra. They will headline Return of the Big Bands, at Club Soda, on November 21st. The two ensembles are Canada’s major addition to the Balkan big band wave.

The “Aboriginal Sounds” series returns this year, integrated throughout the four-day programming, with talented women at its forefront. Soulful singer-songwriter Martha Redbone, experimental cellist Cris Derksen, vocalist Beatrice Deer and avant-garde rapper Kinnie Starr will be headlining this year’s edition of the series.

More information at www.mundialmontreal.com

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