First speakers for fully digital ESNS announced


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ESNS 2021 — The Road to Recovery

Getting through this Covid-19 crisis. That is what’s on everybody’s mind these days. And how do we prepare for a Corona free future? The central conference theme for ESNS 2021 is therefore The Road To Recovery.


January 2021 is a good time to look ahead, maybe discuss a slow re-opening of the live music scene as we know it. See where we are on medication, vaccine, quick testing. But also analyse and act on the fact that we have failed to sit at the political table in most markets and with members of the European Parliament. How should we organise a better lobby?

Next to that; never waste a good crisis. So, which parts of our industry do we not want back? Or need to change. Subjects like equality, diversity, mental health and a more fair value chain are on the agenda. ESNS offers a mental health desk open for all delegates during the conference. Sustainability is absolutely an important part of creating a better world.

Furthermore a number of best cases of successful events and music professionals who changed their business model or event in 2020. Streaming – as in streaming of live events as well as the impact of streaming platforms – is also an important topic. With renowned music industry experts we’ll dare to give a sneak preview of the future; the Brave New World. Oh, yeah, let’s not forget about Brexit… and new tax rulings.

Speaking at ESNS 2021

One of the speakers already confirmed for the upcoming edition is Keith Harris. Harris, a music industry veteran, longtime manager of Stevie Wonder and chairman of the Equality and Diversity Taskforce for the Music Industry, will be talking with Sammy Andrews (Deviate Digital) about equality and racism in the music industry.

We’re proud to announce our first keynote interview with Steve Strange of X-Ray Touring, agent for Queens of the Stone Age, Eminem, and Coldplay. He will be interviewed by Michael Chugg (tour promoter at Chugg Entertainment), a pioneer in bringing the newest and best musical acts to Australia.

The bigger picture: Looking beyond traditional roles –Tom Windish & Mike Malak (agents with Paradigm for Billie Eilish, Diplo, Alt.J, Pusha T, Black Eyed Peas, among others) in conversation with Cherie Hu (Founder, Water & Music).

COVID-19 has upended everyone’s lives and the music industry is no exception. Scott Cohen, co-founder of the Orchard and now Chief Innovation Officer at Warner Music will be interviewed by Muki Kulhan. Scott will talk about how record companies have dealt with the challenges that have arisen and what their future might look like. He’ll examine how artists and labels have innovated and adapted to a radically changed environment, and even identify a few silver linings that may help them in the future once we’re past the worst of the pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Katja Ehrenburg will have a conversation with Holger Jan Schmidt (Go Group); an in-depth panel on stress and mental health in the live music and festival industry before, during and after the pandemic.

Raphaella Lima, Music Supervisor at EA Games, will talk about licensed music and the creation of custom songs for several EA games franchises. Claire O’Neill, co-founder and director at A Greener Festival and producer of the annual Green Events & Innovations Conference, will talk about the importance of sustainability.

In regard to re-start the live activities, ESNS presents the ‘Successful Covid-19 Festival Formats’ with Michal Kascak (Pohoda Festival), Helen Sildna (Talinn Music Week), Kate Wenster (Base Camp Festival) and Raphael Meyersieck (Electrisize Festval), moderated by Gordon Masson (IQ Magazine).

CEO and analyst at MIDiA Research, Mark Mulligan, leading thinker on the music industry’s digital transition, will discuss media business strategy, with a focus on digital music and monetising digital content.

Meetings and sessions

Also confirmed are the Yourope Members meetings, a Health & Safety Seminar, the European Broadcast Union-meeting on data per European market off EBU radio stations supporting national talent in the Covid period, and the IMMF-session on government support for the music industry per European country.

The Dutch composers and artist organisation BAM! Popauteurs will discuss how Covid-19 affected the daily routine and work of their members with San Holo and Áslaug as participating artists and Rita Zipora moderating this panel. The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) calls for an open debate with various parties to have a critical look at the business- and revenue-models and discuss the way we can create a ‘fair music value chain’ for all parties, with Aafke Romeijn (from BAM! Popauteurs) as moderator and Arriën Molema (ECSA board member and songwriter), Helen Smith (IMPALA) and Annabella Coldrick (MMF) as panel members.

Register now for the digital edition of ESNS with panel discussions, keynotes, sessions, speed meetings, network opportunities and lots of new European music.


ESNS DEBATES: Online panels preceding ESNS 2021

Prior to ESNS 2021, at least two more online panels will take place, following the panel that took place on Wednesday 11 November with Salima Belhaj (Member of Dutch Parliament on behalf of D66), Touria Meliani (Alderman for Culture Amsterdam – GroenLinks) and Lara Wolters (Member of the European Parliament on behalf of the PvdA) about policy regarding the culture and music sector. Watch the panel here.

The next episode of ESNS DEBATES is scheduled for Thursday 19 November, 7 pm, about the state of affairs with regard to clubs and venues in Europe. Recent published research executed by the European association for music venues Live DMA shows the harsh reality of the impact of the pandemic. Only for the 2,600 venues and clubs part of the Live DMA network it means a staggering number of 664,000 artist performances cancelled this year alone. More than 53 million people not visiting a live show (a decline of 76%), leading to an estimated €1.2 billion loss of income during 2020. Representatives of music venues in different European regions, discuss the impact of the pandemic to the live music scene in their specific region, also sharing thoughts and insights on how to go forward to maintain a healthy live music scene, with Elise Phamgia (Liveurope), Arne Dee (Live DMA), Beverley Whitrick (Music Venue Trust), Lluís Torrents Cruz (Sala Razzmatazz, Miles Away Promotions, ASACC) and Anya Della Croce (PETZI, Switzerland).

A third panel ‘Do It For The Culture’ is planned for early December and will focus on the importance of investing in culture especially in these troubled times. A definite date will follow soon.