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WOMEX 2014 Accepting Proposals for Potential Conference Speakers and Mentors

womex-250World Music Expo WOMEX is seeking proposals that examine Spain’s varied musical tracks, from the internationally heralded flamenco to the Celtic-influenced folk from WOMEX’s host region Galicia, and from música mestiza to música electrónica and how these diverse scenes and their respective business infrastructure evolve in the 21st century are particularly encouraged. WOMEX 2014 will take place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from Wednesday, October 22 until Sunday, October 26.

The two other focal points of the WOMEX Conference will be the ins and outs of global club music, and synergies between jazz and world music. WOMEX is looking forward to hearing from the experts of each field.

Specialists and industry leaders are also called upon to share their knowledge on all manner of key areas such as live production and touring, label and publishing, PR, new tools & technologies with WOMEX delegates via the One-to-One or Roundtable Mentoring Sessions.

The 2013 Conference saw more than 80 speakers and mentors from 25 countries convene over 20 Conferences plus Mentoring Sessions. The Conference program is compiled in consultation with the WOMEX Jury.

More details on Conference proposals:


Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru to present A Conversation with Composers

Jazz_Across_AmericasThe Afro Latin Jazz Alliance will host a conversation that explores traditional rhythms and music of Colombia and Peru and their adaption to the big band jazz format on January 22, 2014 at 7 PM at Symphony Space in New York. The session will feature some of today’s most vital composers and musicians on the New York jazz scene.

Artists include Gabriel Alegria, Laura Andrea Leguía, Gregorio Urbie, Pablo Mayor, Ivonne Parades, and Arturo O’Farrill photo by John Abbott. These musicians have both a clear connection and education in jazz arranging and composing styles and dedication to their indigenous roots. These are artists who perform jazz, but do not abandon their identities or culture. They embrace the American ideals and aesthetic in jazz and recognize those qualities in their own forms. The idea is to synthesize a hybrid that is neither American nor Peruvian or Colombian but really Pan American, not jazz, not Latin but a music of the future.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will present two concerts on February 14 & 15th at Symphony Space titled, Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru.

Admission to the conference is free
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru – A Conversation with Composers is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts


Cordoba to Host 2nd International Flamenco Congress in November 2013

Congreso_Internacional_FlamEducation and flamenco will be the basic topics for discussion November 11-13 at Conservatorio Superior de Música ‘Rafael Orozco’ in Córdoba (Spain). The sessions will feature renowned artists and educators. Along with the discussions, the Filmoteca de Andalucía will present an exhibition of flamenco film posters together with various events at peñas flamencas (flamenco clubs), patios and Street performance on November 13th carried out by conservatory students.

Starting November 14th, the Palacio de Congresos will hold the International Flamenco Congress and Cultural Industries Fair that will include Morocco’s most important festivals. The opening day will have a commercial and business focus with panels about the international market for flamenco and the creative industry.

That same day, a new information center will open at Posada del Potro that will provide Access to all documents available at the Centro Andaluz del Flamenco de Jerez.

On November 15, topics will include flamenco coverage in international media and patronage or sponsorship of flamenco.

Flamenco artists Eva Yerbabuena, Gerardo Núñez, Fosforito, Arcángel, Yoko Komatsubara and Jorge Pardo will reveal their international experiences with flamenco on November 16.

Every night, the federation of Peñas Flamencas will host a performance. The closing gala will take place at Teatro Góngora to celebrate Flamenco Day in Andalucía.

Conservatorio Superior de Música “Rafael Orozco” de Córdoba is located at Calle Angel Saavedra nº 1, 14003 Córdoba. Phones: 957 379 647 / 600140777 / 600140780




Inaugural Borneo World Music Expo to Attract Industry Professionals to Southeast Asia

Borneo_World_MusicThe Sarawak Tourism Board, organizer of the Borneo World Music Expo (BWME) is encouraging participants from the world music industry to participate in this ‘first of its kind’ exposition in the region. The exposition will be held from 24 to 26 June 2013 at Pullman Hotel Kuching in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo).

Musicians, managers, record labels, festival presenters, music venues, music professionals, cultural ministries, entrepreneurs, and technology companies can participate by registering t through the BWME website online at

Borneo World Music Expo offers conferences, workshops, meetings, encounters, trade fair and musical showcases. The event is targeted for musician and artists to develop new contacts and global reach.

The event is also open for all professionals within the music field who want to increase their contacts, pick up new skills and exchange ideas in dynamic conference sessions. The expo also welcomes those who would like to present their wares, products or music.

For the exhibitors at the trade fair, BWME will be assisting to reach a select group of local, regional and international professionals who work in the cultural realm with special emphasis on music. Nightly concerts (showcases) will be open to the public from 8:00 pm onwards at the same venue.

Organizers expect delegates from all over the Asian region. Among them are 20 international world music programmers who will share their skills in conference sessions. Registered participants will be able to meet the delegates informally and in specially-designed one-on-one encounters.

These are the professionals chosen for their interest-in and history of booking artists from all over the world to appear at their festivals and venues throughout Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere.

BWME Conferences and Trade Fair will be open for registered participant from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm while the musical Showcase will open from 8:00 pm onwards (open to the public).

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International Bluegrass Music Association Conference to Move to Raleigh for 2013-2015

The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its plans today to move its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next three years, 2013-2015.

World of Bluegrass Week includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. The annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion draws over 16,000 fans, artists, and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event, with an estimated 8,000-10,000 coming from outside the region.

World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.

The following World of Bluegrass dates have been announced, with the option for a five- or seven-day event each year:

September 23 – 29, 2013
September 29 – October 5, 2014
September 28 – October 4, 2015.

World of Bluegrass 2013-2015 will be hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Raleigh Amphitheater and Memorial Auditorium, with hotel blocks at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, the Sheraton Raleigh and six additional nearby hotels. “If we had designed a perfect venue for our events, it would look a lot like the facilities in Raleigh,” said IBMA Board of Directors chair Stan Zdonik. “Raleigh offers us a compact ‘campus’ that includes both indoor and outdoor stages, as well as a state-of-the-art convention center that incorporates a bright and open atmosphere. We’re getting substantial savings and value from Raleigh, both for individual World of Bluegrass attendees and for our organization as a whole. We’re overwhelmed already by the strong support from the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center and Venues, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, and PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), along with an enthusiastic welcome from the local bluegrass music community. IBMA anticipates a successful event and partnership with Raleigh.”

I speak for the entire Greater Raleigh hospitality community in saying that we are ecstatic to host IBMA’s annual conference beginning in 2013,” said Denny Edwards, president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to showcasing our area’s musical and cultural heritage to the thousands of fans, musicians and industry leaders coming to North Carolina’s Capital City.”

The leadership of IBMA is looking forward to working with a local organizing committee in Raleigh to plan World of Bluegrass and a city-wide celebration, with showcase and performance opportunities for dozens of bands in the Raleigh Convention Center, the headquarter hotels, local schools, and up and down the streets in local music clubs and cafes.

North Carolina has a rich bluegrass music history,” IBMA Interim Executive Director Nancy Cardwell noted. “A number of our Bluegrass Hall of Fame members hail from the Tar Heel State, including Earl Scruggs himself; legendary guitar stylist Doc Watson; Red Smiley of Reno & Smiley; Carlton Haney, who produced the first multi-day bluegrass festival; Curly Seckler; Carl Story and George Shuffler. Pre-bluegrass pioneers Wade Mainer and Charlie Poole are from North Carolina, and the Monroe Brothers (Charlie and Bill) made their first recordings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tradition continues today with a number of talented artists based in the Carolinas—including our reigning Entertainers of the Year with Steve Martin, The Steep Canyon Rangers.”

While the World of Bluegrass will move to Raleigh, IBMA’s office will remain in Nashville. “IBMA hosted our World of Bluegrass events in Owensboro and Louisville, Kentucky before moving to Nashville in 2005,” said Cardwell. “We have a good home in Nashville, and we intend to stay actively involved throughout the year in local efforts to keep a high profile for bluegrass music in Music City, including quarterly ‘Bluebird in the Bluegrass’ songwriter rounds at The Bluebird Café, a ‘September is Worldwide Bluegrass Music Month’ downtown concert organized by the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, teacher workshops in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and other events produced by local members.”

IBMA’s 2012 dates for World of Bluegrass are Sept. 24-30, in Nashville, Tennessee.

IBMA is the international trade association for bluegrass music, with members in 50 states and 30 countries, whose goal is to work together for the future of bluegrass music.

Call 615-256-3222 or visit for event updates throughout the summer. For reservations at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel and surrounding properties during World of Bluegrass 2012, call 877-259-4716 or (615) 259-4700.


Successful Debut for Canada’s First Annual World Music Conference

Mundial Montreal, Canada’s first annual world music conference, had a triumphant debut according to organizers. Mundial Montreal was held last week and brought together some of Canada’s most influential and established professionals in world music. “The spirit of Mundial Montreal number one was very positive,” said Mundial Montreal Artistic Director Derek Andrews. “Over and over we heard from delegates that they welcomed our initiative.”

This is exactly the focused conference on world music that was much needed in the conference landscape in Canada. For a first-time conference, it was amazingly well-thought out and executed,” said Fiona Black, Director of Programming, Centre for the Performing Arts, Capilano University, British Columbia.

The event saw a huge turn-out for networking activities, meetings, and the 1st ever World Music Forum as Mundial Montreal laid the foundation for bridges to be built and a network to forge between not just artists and programmers, but between presenters locally and across the country.

The well-attended World Music Forum gave the opportunity to participants to voice their opinions on a range of issues and create a dialogue both stimulating and necessary to establishing better cooperation between organizations.

Another first for many veterans in the field, the Speed Shmoozing was a huge hit both fun and effective. Andrews noted the experience to be like a “frantically productive series of effective first dates.”

Mundial Montreal, produced by GALAXIE, succeeded in forging unprecedented links between presenters in Quebec and beyond with representatives from Western Roots Artistic Directors (WRAD), Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), Jazz Festivals Canada, CAPACOA, CINARS, Bourse RIDEAU, Montréal Jazz Festival, Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique, Musique Multi-Montréal, FolQuébec, Rythmes du monde de Chicoutimi, Festival des Traditions du Monde, Festival Musique du Bout du Monde and more.

Sebastien Nasra producer of Mundial Montreal notes: “I never expected such a number of participants in year one this response clearly illustrates the need for these isolated organizations to come together as a community” adding “Derek’s (Andrews) programming was fantastic. I made musical discoveries that inspire me to explore the influences of World music on rock alternative and emerging music, such as what we feature at M for Montreal...”

I’m very confident that we’ll see positive results in the very near future in both, the networking opportunities among festivals and presenters, as well as, many of these artists traveling across the country,” said Alfredo Caxaj, Sunfest, Ontario.

Mundial Montreal is scheduled to return November 12-16, 2012.


The Australasian World Music Expo 2011

The world comes to Australia this month, rather than vice versa. Thanks to an enterprising local entrepreneur and radio presenter, the country now has its own well-established version of WOMEX, the planet’s premier international music exposition.

While Melbourne’s Australasian World Music Expo (AWME), instigated in 2008, is on a much smaller scale than WOMEX, it has succeeded in attracting an impressive list of delegates and acts, with the emphasis on the indigenous sector.

Expo’s mastermind, Simon Raynor, is the boss of Terrasphere Productions, a promotions company, booking agency and events coordinator that specializes in the promotion of indigenous Australian music. He also hosts a long-running weekly indigenous radio show, ‘Big Mob’, on Melbourne’s PBS FM.

Raynor created AWME specifically to support indigenous and world music acts based in the region. “The idea is to lift the profile of these groups to Australian audiences and also industry representatives and buyers from Australia and abroad. The event aims to create opportunities for under represented artists and to assist in changing the perception of indigenous and world music to a broader market.”

The event took several years planning. “It came about through me attending international trade fairs in Europe and North America. At these events it was clear that the industry in the northern hemisphere had little understanding or contact with the Australasian region. Having worked in the industry here in Australia, I found it frustrating that many indigenous and world music groups from the region who are of an international standard, were not recognized perhaps as much as they should be. AWME has assisted in changing that situation.

Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia)

The Expo aims to assist in connecting indigenous/world/roots music industry delegates from Australia and around the world at one event, giving the opportunity to develop ongoing relationships in the sector with the potential of business opportunities to develop from these meetings.”

AWME has two distinct components — an industry development element, which aims to expose performers from the region and beyond to international talent buyers, and a general public festival program, where Melbourne audiences will be treated to a range of live performances by prominent and lesser-known talents from Australia and the South Pacific region. In conjunction with the music performances, AWME stages a series of panel sessions, covering a wide variety of topics.

Artist showcases center on the Melbourne Arts Centre and the recently built Melbourne Recital Centre, which is situated nearby, but also take place at The HiFi and The Toff in Town, venues located close by in the central business district.

There is a diversity of showcases and some offer the chance to see groups that have not previously been to Australia,” says Simon Raynor, adding: “The speaker sessions that are of great interest to people working in the industry.”

This year’s AWME is scheduled for November 17-20, and promises to be the biggest and best so far.

A selection of some of the world’s finest artists will be playing back to back over the four days, alongside the crème de crème from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.

Iration Steppas (UK)

There are some fascinating collaborations scheduled. Legendary Jamaican group The Congos will be performing with Melbourne’s Mista Savona; Ethiojazz legend Mulatu Astatke will be fronting the Black Jesus Experience, another home city band; the mighty 30-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra featuring MC Nicky Bomba will have the services of Jamaican rocksteady reggae icon Stranger Cole. Other headline acts include veteran American performer Charles Walker with The Dynamites; the electro-gypsy mash up sounds of DJ Click (France); incendiary Kiwi reggae outfit Katchafire; and the UK’s global electronic dub masters Iration Steppas.

Further highlights include Melbourne’s awe inspiring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra; British/Jamaican hip-hop infused ska revivalist Lotek; the superb Mornington Island Dancers; and Jamaica’s oldest, foundation-shaking sound system Stone Love.

The performance of Papua New Guinea’s We Don’t Dance For No Reason featuring jazz pianist Aaron Choulai with his ensemble VADA and the 16-voice Tatana Village Choir will create much interest. They share a concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre with iconic Australian singer-songwriters Archie Roach, Shane Howard and Neil Murray.

Also on the bill are Australia’s mighty Blue King Brown, Lindigo (Réunion Island/France), Mikelangelo & the Tin Star featuring St Clare, Collard Greens & Gravy, Six60 (NZ), Mercan Dede (Turkey), LJ Hill, Barons of Tang, Naedrum (South Korea), Mark Atkins, Pacific Curls (NZ), Yung Warriors, Noriko Tadano (Japan/Aus), Khalil Gudaz (Afghanistan/Aus) and Simangavole (Réunion Island/France).

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Aside from its generous musical offerings, AWME will host one of the country’s most extensive industry conferences, granting members of the local music scene unparalleled access to some of the world’s preeminent festival directors, booking agents, label managers and music media for four days of speaker sessions and networking.

This year AWME is joined by Melbourne Music Week and The Push’s annual music conference, Face The Music who will be co-presenting a series of conference sessions over the weekend. The conference program will cover a range of topics including Festivals of the World, Distribution, Great Music Cities, The Roots of Reggae, Your Global Profile at International Trade Fairs, Touring Europe & North America plus more.

International speakers and delegates include: James Burke – Executive Producer – SummerStage (New York City, USA); Peter Hvalkof – Roskilde Festival, Denmark; Malcolm Haynes – Glastonbury & Big Chill Festivals, UK; Daniel Barkowski – Popkomm, Germany; Fruzsina Szép – Sziget Festival, Hungary; Jason Mayall – Fuji Rock Festival, Smash Productions Japan/UK; Shen Lihui – Modern Sky, China; Bryn Ormrod – The Barbican, UK; Fred Lachaize – Music Action Production, France; Guy Dreifuss – Afficoman Productions, Israel; Daniela Teuber – WOMEX, Germany; Warren Smith – Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, USA; Chris Frayer – Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada; Nick Concklin – Cumbancha, USA; Patrick de Groote – Sfinks Mixed, Belgium; Erwin Schellekens – Mundial Productions, The Netherlands; Samir Baijal – Hillside Fest, Canada; Gary Fortune – NZ Music Commission, New Zealand; Jane Cornwell – London based freelance journalist for The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, London Evening Standard, BBC World Service, fRoots, Jazzwise and Songlines; François Guéritot – Bacana Booking Agency, France; Zlata Holušová – Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic, plus many more (all listed on the Expo’s website).


Indian Ocean Music Market, New Major Networking Event for the Indian Ocean Region

Blue King Brown (Australia)
A major new music market was announced this week. Scènes Australes will presents, in partnership with the Conseil Régional of Reunion Island, the first Indian Ocean Music Market. “Our ambition is to create a professional networking event to encourage exchange, encounters and opportunities for artists and professionals of the Indian Ocean region – and to expand their outreach to programmers and music industry professionals from Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia,” said the press release. “A parallel interest will be in furthering the professionalization of local artists and industry as they benefit from meeting and networking with one another and from mentoring by international colleagues.”

The Indian Ocean Music Market will be held from the 7th to the 9th of June, 2011, in the days leading up the Sakifo Festival, Edition No 8 which runs from the 10th through 12th of June in La Reunion.

The Indian Ocean region offers a large market potential. In recent years new music markets have appeared in South Africa and Australia, complimenting those that already exist in Europe and North America. Reunion Island is privileged by its geographical location and plays a leading role as nautical meeting point in the vast ocean region.

The Music Market will represent all manner of regional local musical culture, both traditional and popular.

The launch of the event requires the spirited participation of professional guests from each music network, including Scènes Australes, given its experience and knowledge in the field, and the support of the world music network Zone Franche.

Co-Managing Directors are Mr. Gerald Seligman (ex-General Manager of WOMEX; President, Caravan Arts Consultancy) and Ms. Dominique Thiange (European consultant, Cultural Industries, ACP; Conseil Francophone de la Chanson). Additional coordination will be provided by Zone Franche (Christine Semba, Director and Camille Damoiseau, Coordinator) on the organization of the conferences, workshops and ”one to one” sessions

A series of workshops will be offered where professionals will meet on a broad variety of topics related to the music industry in the Indian Ocean. They will share ideas, contacts and concepts in order to improve the career development conditions for Indian Ocean artists and entrepreneurs.

The workshops will be divided into two general categories: Practical and Organizational. The Practical will feature sessions on touring, venues and festivals, management, labels, self help and press and promotion. The Organizational sessions will include networking and master classes, including the sharing of best practices, for local, regional and international interaction.

While the final program is still subject to change, here are some of the many artists scheduled to perform: Lo Gyro (Réunion), Hanitra (Madagascar), Blue King Brown (Australia), Kaf Malabar (Réunion), Mix N Blend (South Africa), Simangavole (Réunion), Ykson (New Caledonia), Davy Sicard (Réunion), Grace Barbe (Seychelles), Nathalie Natiembe (Réunion), BlackMenBluz (Mauritius), Firmin Viry (Réunion), Kartic and Gotam (India), Blackroots (Zanzibar), The Bombay Royale (Australia), Tsenga 2 (Comores), Ziskakan (Réunion) and more…

The final day of the Indian Ocean Music Market leads into the opening of the 8th Edition of the renowned Sakifo Festival where more artists from the Indian Ocean and all over the world will gather to perform at the festival site and select stages throughout Saint-Pierre, La Reunion.

For more information on The Indian Ocean Music Market, contact Vanessa
Pyndiah or

For more information on the Sakifo festival, visit


Babel Med Music Seeks World Music Artists for 2012 Showcases

Babel Med Music 2012 will be held 29 – 31 March 2012. The registration to apply for a showcase is now open to all the groups of the area, the Mediterranean and the world. The 30 selected groups will perform a showcase on one of the stages of the Dock des Suds, in Marseille, in front of hundreds of professionals from the music scene around the world, and in front of a large audience.

Any artists wishing to be considered by the selection committee can complete the application form now. The closing date for all applications is August 23rd, 2011.

All candidates should send:

1. The completed application form

2. 2 copies of artist’s/group’s CD (demo accepted)

3. 1 press book (information about artist/group, biography, photos…)

4. 1 copy of technical requirements

Download the registration form for artists: artists_registration_babelmedmusic2012.pdf

Babel Med Music
c/o Dock des Suds
BP 30025
13568 Marseille Cedex 02
Tel : +33 (0)4 91 99 00 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 91 91 73 8


WOMEX 2011 Calling World Music Filmmakers

WOMEX’s long-time partner for the Film Screenings IMZ, the International Music + Media Centre in Vienna, asks all world music-related filmmakers to propose their recent work for presentation at WOMEX. WOMEX 2011 will be held Wednesday October 26 through Sunday October 30, 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Last year IMZ received 50 submissions for 14 screening slots. Film proposals are independently juried by the IMZ.

Submitted films will also be considered for the World Music Films On Tour program, a non-profit distribution project aimed at bringing musical diversity in film and video to a wider public.

The deadline is Friday, April 15, 2011