Midem 2018’s lineup of industry talks delves into the music business’s challenges of today and opportunities of tomorrow. Experts in the industry are slated to discuss everything from streaming, sync, and brand marketing, to talent development, touring, and music legalities. The talks, taking place at the elaborate Palais des Festivals, will be split up into five primary conferencing rooms, with each room intended to focus on specific themes within the music industry. Here are a few things to look out for:
Year after year, Midem has built on its reputation of presenting visionary keynote speakers that offer a view from the top of their respective industries. Though past years have set the bar high, 2018’s cast of keynotes look more than set to impress on Midem’s main stage. (More info)
What not to miss: Keynotes with Scooter Braun and Black Coffee
While it’s hard to be disappointed with any of this year’s esteemed speakers, some highlights are SB Projects’ Founder Scooter Braun (who has managed names such as Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande), as well as prominent South African DJ Black Coffee (also known as the founder of the streaming service Gong Box).
Dates: Tuesday June 5th – Thursday June 7th, 2018
Location: Main Room
MIDEM AFRICAN FORUM
Midem’s Worldwide Village puts an emphasis on budding music markets around the globe, and the opportunities that they present. This year puts a heavy focus on the promising prospects out of Africa, as the breakthroughs in tech, high youth rates, and wealth that exist in African markets have paved way for the country to build a thriving music industry. Panels will delve into Africa’s mobile-first consumption model, the opportunities for African artists to collaborate across international borders, entrepreneurship in Africa, and Africa as a new music frontier. (More info)
What Not to Miss: Talk with Yemi Alade
Award winning Afropop star Yemi Alade will offer an artist’s perspective of the African music industry, detailing her experiences as a success story out of Nigeria. With over 89 million views, Alade’s hit single “Johnny” is now the most viewed video by an African artist on YouTube.
Dates: Tuesday June 5th– Wednesday June 6th, 2018
Location: Worldwide Village
Alright, so we might be a little biased on this one, but after SynchAudio’s successful Sync and Brands Day at Midem 2017, Midem is set to return with two days worth of Sync and Film/TV Music programming that is difficult to ignore. A stacked cast of music supervisors and sync pros will discuss topics including: challenges that new media presents to the sync industry, music supervision in Europe, a focused look at sync in advertising, and general advice for getting an artist synced. (More info)
What Not to Miss: Global Sync and Brands Summit
The invite only event offers artists, labels, and publishers the rare chance to pitch their music to nine elite music supervisors in two hours, in a rapid-fire one-on-one roundtable session.
Dates: Tuesday June 5th – Wednesday June 6th, 2018
Location: Ca$H Factory
Midem’s first Live Summit is a much-welcomed addition to the event’s programming. The Live Summit looks to be an incredible resource for navigating the latest trends in live music. Guests will hear from bookers, promoters, festival directors, and other high-end influencers in the business of live music internationally. Discussions are slated to cover: forecasting live global talent, emerging tech in ticketing, concert recommendations and gig interactions, the international festival scene, and global touring opportunities. (More info)
What Not to Miss: Keynote with Timothy Leiweke
Tim Leiweke is a hugely successful and influential figure in the global live entertainment business, widely respected in the industries of both live music and live sports. Toronto sports fans might recognize the name, as Leiweke previously served as Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s President and CEO, before partnering with Irving Azoff to form Oak View Group in 2015. Leiweke has been named in the top 10 of Billboard’s Most Powerful in Music list, and seems like a safe bet to offer a keynote well worth your time.
Date: Thursday June 7, 2018
Location: Main Room
It’s no secret that tech dominates the music industry, as every new challenge the music business faces becomes an opportunity for startups to sell a solution. That’s where Midemlab comes in. Midemlab is an innovative competition that allows startups to pitch their ideas to a jury of 22 industry professionals. The contest’s 20 finalists will square off at Midem, facing the opportunity to put their respective businesses on the music industry’s map in a major way. The ideas being pitched are spilt into the categories of experiential technologies, marketing & data/analytics, music discovery & distribution, and music creation & education. Midemlab always provides an intriguing look into what kind of technology might disrupt the music industry in the near future, and this year looks to be no different. (More info)
Date: Wednesday June 6, 2018
Location: Music Lab
While it looks easy enough to get absorbed in the steady stream of business and tech programming throughout Midem’s days, the evenings remind us what the event is really all about: the music. Midem’s live music showcases along the French Riviera are a music lover’s dream. Kicking back on the beaches of Cannes with a drink in hand, taking in the latest sounds live, it’s the perfect way to cap off a full workday at Midem. If you’re looking to discover something new, Midem’s Artist Accelerator concert series offers a little something for everyone and from everywhere. The event features 11 emerging acts from all around the globe, handpicked out of over 600 submissions. Artists seem to have a way of breaking out after performing on Midem’s main stage, while audiences get a little glimpse of music’s future. There’s something special about witnessing an artist right on the cusp of breaking out, and Midem has a way of presenting the experience so it’s unforgettable for everybody involved.
Get a start on Midem 2018’s nights by checking out this year’s Artist Accelerator finalists for yourself:
- AKA (South Africa) | Hip-Hop/Rap
- AGAR AGAR (France) | Pop
- BEZ (Nigeria) | Alternative/World
- BIGSTAR (South Africa) | Rap
- CLIENT LIAISON (Australia) | Pop
- DAMIAN LYNN (Switzerland) | Singer-Songwriter
- DYLAN WILLIAMS (United Kingdom) | Rap
- HAUTE (France) | R&B/Neo-Soul
- HYPHEN HYPHEN (France) | Pop
- LA DAME BLANCHE (Cuba) | Hip-Hop
- T$HEGO (South Africa) | Hip-Hop
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