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World Music Expo WOMEX Reveals 2020 Host City: Budapest, Hungary

Piranha Arts, the producers of WOMEX, have announced today that the Hungarian capital, Budapest, will once again host the World Music Expo in 2020. This will be the second edition to be held in Central Eastern Europe. The dates for the 26th WOMEX are Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020.

The 2019 edition of WOMEX will be taking place in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

Piranha Arts have teamed up with Hangvető, WOMEX’s local partner in Budapest. On partnering for the second time, András Lelkes, CEO of Hangvető, declared: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome WOMEX back to Budapest, made even sweeter by receiving the role of the host from our Finnish sisters and brothers. You will find again the ingredients of the 2015 edition: good weather, great wines, a city rich with musical heritage, the blue Danube and great music. We also plan to open up new horizons, with a special focus on our neighbors; and bring closer the fascinating music of the Balkans.”

Panoramic view of Budapest – Photo by Fanni Szegezdi

WOMEX Director Alex Walter stated: “The WOMEX team is happy to go back to Central Eastern Europe after our successful edition there in 2015, and once again to team up with Hangveto, now a regular partner for other cultural projects in recent years. The city will provide the convenient setting of venues, accessibility, and plenty of accommodation and delicious food options already known to WOMEX delegates!”

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headine photo; Budapest chain bridge – Photo by Federico Chiesa, courtesy of


World Music Conference Mundial Montreal Reveals Ninth Edition

Mundial Montreal, a leading North American world music summit, has announced the full program for its 9th edition. The event will take place November 19-22, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Throughout the conference, over 30 artists from Canada and beyond will showcase their work to the public and professionals as well.

Mundial will open this year with a large show featuring bands from all over the globe. The evening will start with the Korean group Kim Yul-Hee & The Soul Sauce followed by the Swedish duo Sousou & Maher Cissoko, and continue with the Montreal experimental jazz ensemble Bellflower. The New York act Grupo Rebolu, with their Afro-Colombian music, will close the show.  

Kim Yul-Hee & The Soul Sauce

The Indigenous Sounds Series will return for the 8th year,  beginning with a focused meeting of Indigenous music community presenters, artists, agents and stakeholders.

Through the professional panels and activities (Mentor Café, Speed Schmooze, dinners and receptions) there is a round table created to encourage important discussions, create new connections and new opportunities for professional development.

The Idle No More IV panel will include a conversation between artists and organizers that will invite reflection on the relationship between Indigenous arts professionals and the world music community. Panelists include Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red), Denise Bolduc (CAPACOA, Luminato), and Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine). 

Out of all the artists showcasing, a substantial focus is the Indigenous Sounds series, featuring 8 groups: singer-songwriters Murray Porter (Mohawk – Six Nations), Mimi O’Bonsawin (Abenaki – Sudbury), Celeigh Cardinal (Métis – Peace Country, AB), Kym Gouchie (Lheidli T’enneh Nation – Prince George), quartet Flying Mocassins (Wendat – Wendake), plus rock bands Midnight Shine (Cree – Attawapiskat/Moose Factory) and Digawolf (Tlicho – Yellowknife). The series also features an international guest: Vildá (Sami – Finland).

Canada’s diversity is represented this year with over 20 artists from a wide range of backgrounds, including Montrealers La Léa, Caracol, Nazih Borish, and Carine au Micro; Torontonians Kiran Ahluwalia, Zaki Ibrahim, and Moskitto Bar; westerners Tri-Continental and Kelly Bado; plus Vishtèn and The East Pointers from Prince Edward Island.

The international element of the program includes Novalima (Peru), Blick Bassy (Cameroon/France), Sver (Sweden), Rafiki Jazz (UK) and Ember Swift 国子玉。 (China).

The week will end on Friday with a closing night starting off with the premiere of a new show from Montreal singer Mamselle Ruiz, and finishing with the 15th anniversary celebration of legendary Montreal crew Nomadic Massive, with opening act Djely Tapa (2019-20 Révélations ICI Musique)!

Mundial Montreal will also welcome international delegations from Spain, Colombia, the MENA region (Middle-East North Africa), Guadeloupe and Chile. The conference also collaborates with Music BC, Music PEI and KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service).

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New Orleans to Host 2020 Folk Alliance International Conference

Folk Alliance International announced that its 32nd music conference will head to the effervescent port city of New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, home to Cajun and zydeco, and Mardi Gras. The conference will take place January 22-26, 2020 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street.

The 2020 conference theme is “The Story of People and Place” and will explore ideas of diversity, inclusion, immigration, intersection, and influence.

As a historical center of trade, New Orleans has long been a setting for people to overcome language and cultural barriers by connecting through music and cuisine. With the theme as a guide, the conference will highlight collaboration and how location affects shared identities, art, and forms of expression. Ultimately each person has a story (especially as folk musicians) of who they are, where they are from, and how the places they live in shape them.

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First World Music Networking Conference Held in Russia, a Success

The Kamwa International Ethno-Music Conference was the first three-day conference of its kind held in Russia. The gathering was aimed at the development of the Russian ethno-music (world music) industry and organized by the Kamwa festival, Natalia Shostina and Daryana Antipova.

The conference included a series of round tables on current topics of the ethno-music industry such as “Features of ethnic festival organization in Russia. The best form of legal registration for festivals”, “Folk Music Industry in Russia” and others. The main goal of the event was to foster professional industry partnerships, business contacts, opportunities for exporting Russian ethnic music, and international cooperation.

Kamwa International Ethno-Music Conference 2018


The conference took place during July 27 – 29, 2018 at the grounds of the Architectural and Ethnographic Khokhlovka Museum, located 40 km from Perm on the picturesque banks of the Kama River. It brought together directors of ethnic festivals in Russia, managers working with world music groups, tour agents, representatives of ethnic labels and journalists ranging from Siberia and Moscow to France and Hungary.


Tatiana Fokina (Nebo i Zemlya festival), Tatiana Lambolez (Altan Art agency, France), Marina Gulyaeva (Kupalskaya skazka festival, Moscow), Denis Davydov (Myrkr label, Ekaterinburg), Emil Bilyarski, Daryana Antipova, Glafira Utyomova and Angelina Abdulova at Kamwa International Ethno-Music Conference 2018


Denis Davydov of the Myrkr record label in Ekaterinburg said: “I am very glad that I was able to take part in the Kamwa ethno-music conference. It was a new and useful professional experience for me. Finally in Russia there is a platform where you can meet and talk with the organizers of ethno – and folklore festivals, representatives of groups, publishers and journalists. I hope that the conference will be an annual one. Thanks to its organizers, and, in particular, Daryana Antipova and Natalia Shostina for the invitation“.

Tatiana Lambolez of booking agency Altan-Art (France) expressed: “The atmosphere was wonderful at the conference. We had interesting topics for discussion and all members actively participated, which is important. The Kamwa festival itself is wonderful, with a very rich and varied program in a wonderful place and nature. I enjoyed the full program and the choice of artists as well as communicating with conference participants and organizers. Thank you!

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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 and Sarah El Miniawy, music PR and management at Simsara.

Sarah el Miniawy
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.

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Headline photo: Sonya Mazumdar, EarthSync


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.

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IndiEarth Xchange Returns to Chennai in November 2015



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


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.


WOMEX 2015 Announces Second Round of Conference Sessions and Speakers

WOMEX conference participants
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.

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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: