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From the Baltic to the Balkans – United Toward a Balanced and Competitive European Music Sector
From the Baltic to the Balkans – United Toward a Balanced and Competitive European Music Sector
Fri 21 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 13:30 - 14:30
Fri 21 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 13:30 - 14:30
Presented by: HEMI

From the Baltic to the Balkans – United Toward a Balanced and Competitive European Music Sector

Peter Baros Slovenian Music Information Centre, Ave Tölpt Music Estonia, Márton Náray Arts Theatre Institute – SoundCzech, Anca Lupeș RAW Music

English spoken

HEMI.jpg From the Baltic to the Balkans – United Toward a Balanced and Competitive European Music Sector Various differences must be taken into account when adopting development strategies from matured music markets to the music region of Eastern Europe. To start from a demographic point of view, the audience is significantly smaller and younger, has a lower income and is less adapted to new technologies. On the other hand, local labels and publishers do not see many business opportunities to invest in local music. Music scenes consist of freelancers and micro-enterprises that remain self-managed and try to survive with various economic activities, which are oftentimes not related to music services, and the lack of structures makes it difficult to measure the statistics of the music sector’s impact with the help of which it could play a more significant role in the eyes of policy-makers. As an answer to the challenge to establish a sustainable, diverse and competitive European music sector as a whole and also to answer the challenges and opportunities for the development of the regional music markets, HEMI - The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation has emerged with a clear purpose: to benchmark Central, Eastern and Southeastern European music professionals through innovative transversal and holistic approaches. As a cluster consisting of public and private organizations, associations, festival and conference organizers, export offices and a music business school from nine European countries, HEMI is well equipped to understand and challenge the differences and obstacles mentioned above. With HEMI Music Awards, a talent program for artists who are ready to develop an international career and aim to reach new markets and audiences, HEMI has already drawn attention. What follows is HEMI Incubator, a series of coaching and mentoring sessions, acceleration and incubation programs addressed to music entrepreneurs and companies from the region. The panel discussion will be interesting to all who are curious about the opportunities in the "wild East". Although fragmented into many countries, with its 140 million inhabitants Eastern Europe is a region full of music, venues, boutique and renown festivals, and as such it could provide many touring opportunities to the overcrowded Western, Southwestern and Nordic European music markets. The topic will be moderated by Chris Eckman, member of the legendary US band The Walkabouts and co-founder of the German label Glitterbeat Records. HEMI network Members: Technopolis City of Athens (GR), Almost Famous Music Business School – MHRS (HU), Romanian Artists Worldwide Association (RO), Foundation Exit (RS), Krakow Music Scene Foundation (PL), Arts Theatre Institute – SoundCzech (CZ), Krakow Festival Office (PL), Music Estonia (EE), Password Production (MK), Slovenian Music Information Centre – SIGIC (SI)


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    Peter Baros Slovenian Music Information Centre

    Peter is a leader of SIGIC – Slovenian Music Information Center and consortium for the music export Music Slovenia. From 2010 to 2014, he was a counsellor for music at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. From 2018 to 2019, he was president of IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centre, including more than 30 music information centres from all around the globe. He is representing Slovenian music and musicians across various European showcase festivals and conferences and music fairs as well. With SIGIC he is also a co-producer of conference programme of Slovenian showcase festival and conference MENT Ljubljana.
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    Ave Tölpt Music Estonia

    Ave Tölpt, Music Estonia’s Director has previously worked as the CEO of Jazz Estonia, being responsible for the daily management of the organisation, team building and both local and international representation. Her last workplace featured also working in the cultural sector as the Head of the Exhibition Department in the National Library of Estonia, successfully leading various national and international cooperation projects for many years. Amongst other roles, she contributed to the field of music as a guest author and radio host at Estonian Public Broadcasting, Klassikaraadio as well in other media during her times as a journalism volunteer at Jazzkaar festival. She is the first Estonian Ambassador for Keychange, a global network and movement working towards gender equality in the music industry, and the Member of the Council of Advisers at Georg Ots Tallinn Music College. Ave has been building her expertise around cultural leadership and international cooperation. Ave Tölpt comes from an academic background in German Languages and Cultures, minoring in Estonian philology (BA) and Advertising and Imagology (MA), both from Tallinn University. In 2021, she was selected to take part in a national development programme for Estonian cultural leaders initiated by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
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    Márton Náray Arts Theatre Institute – SoundCzech

    Márton Náray has been working in the creative and cultural sector for over 20 years. During this time he had the opportunity to explore the music industry through a 360° viewpoint, as a record store manager, a festival programmer (Sziget Festival, Babel Sound, European Music Day, OZORA Festival, West-Balkan, Akvarium Klub - Budapest…) a booking agent, a project manager for a governmental music export agency (Music Export in Hungary and Czech Republic), a city program manager, a conference organiser (regiON, SoundQuest, Overhead, Nouvelle Prague, ReConnect -Brno), club promoter, tour manager, musician, radio presenter, and of course as a music addict. Since 2017 Marton works as the head of the Czech music export office/ SoundCzech.
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    Anca Lupeș RAW Music

    Anca Lupes is one of the most experienced professionals in the Romanian music business. One of her most important advantages is that during her career she works in almost all the areas of this industry: mass media (press, radio, TV), concert organising, record companies, music publishing, management and booking agencies. Due to her extensive experience, in 2006 she starts teaching music business in Romania. In 2009 she becomes the first Romanian music business professional to graduate the Master in Music Business Programe from Berkelee College of Music (Boston, USA). In 2016 she founds the first international music business conference in Romania – Mastering The Music Business conference & showcase festival - which quickly becomes a relevant professional event in the CSEE area. She is the pioneer of music business education in Romania. Currently she is President of RAW Music (the main organiser of Romania's leading music business conference and showcase festival – Mastering the Music Business) and Executive Director of INDIERO (the Romanian indie labels & music publishers association, affiliated to IMPALA and WIN).


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    Chris Eckman Glitterbeat Records

    Chris Eckman (b. 1960), an American musician, composer, producer, educator and label owner, started navigating the music business as a member of the mid-80's Seattle music scene. His band The Walkabouts was one of the first acts signed to the legendary "grunge" label Sub Pop and later went on to international success due in part to two highly acclaimed mid 90’s albums released by Virgin Records. As a musician he has worked with a diverse group of collaborators including Brian Eno, The Tindersticks, members of R.E.M and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and currently, the borderless rock band Dirtmusic (featuring members from Turkey, Australia, USA & Czech Republic). He has also been in the producer's chair for over 30 albums working with esteemed global music artists like Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim and Bassekou Kouyaté. In 2013, he co-founded Glitterbeat, a record label dedicated to "vibrant global sounds." Glitterbeat was the winner of the prestigious WOMEX Label Award for five straight years (2014-2018). In an era when the “world music” industry is under serious threat, Glitterbeat has provided a major platform for both traditional musics and global beats with leading artists from around the world. As an educator Eckman has been a keynote speaker or panelist at music conferences, festivals and universities throughout the world. Chris Eckman currently lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia where the main office for Glitterbeat Records resides, as well as Studio Zuma, his personal recording space.