IMS China opened the doors to the market for both local and international leaders.
Where do we go from here?

International Music Summit expanded its reach into the mysterious and massive market of China for the first time this year. Landing in Shanghai on October 2nd, 250 delegates from all around the world and locally from China congregated for a one-day summit of panels and keynote interviews to learn and exchange ideas about this rapidly growing market.

17 different countries were represented at IMS China and the discussions covered important topics to properly grow the market like brand presence, the nightlife culture and the exclusive marketing and Internet strategies that must be taken in order to penetrate China’s market.

Through quotes and guiding notions from our esteemed speakers, we’ve compiled a list of 10 major takeaways from IMS China.

1. UNDERSTAND THE MARKET AND ITS POTENTIAL

With 1.6 billion people in China alone, the inaugural Business Report tailored specifically for China illuminated that even with a 3% penetration increase, the potential target market could be 6.6 million people. Event capacity and ticket sales continue to grow as well, reflecting the positive and explosive reaction people in China are beginning to show towards electronic music.

“There is huge potential to grow the market. Penetration is currently 1/90th of that in the USA. […] If the Chinese market were even a quarter of where the US is, there would be 40 new music festivals a year as big as STORM.” – Kevin Watson

2. FAMILIARIZE WITH THE DIVERSE POPULATION

“When China’s middle class grows, so does everything else. 18.2% of the population are middle class, and by 2020, this will be nearly 40%.” – Eric Zho, founder of A2Live and STORM Festival

China’s population is extremely diverse, making it all the more important to truly understand the differentiation between each demographic when considering these enormous statistics.

3. DIANYINTAI AIMS TO SOLVE THE INTERNET DIVIDE

Eric Zho of STORM Festival announced his plans to launch DIANYINTAI, China’s new hub for electronic music that will channel music from local China to the rest of the world. China lacks access to basic social media and music tools often used in the Western world like Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and Spotify.

“DIANYINTAI’s goals will be discovery of music and chart-topping tracks, new genres, and buying tickets. It will be the one stop solution for EDM fans in China.”

4. ARTISTS MUST TAKE AN EXTRA STEP TO LOCALIZE IN CHINA

“Artists just aren’t making the effort to break through in China. You need a localized approach if you want to break through. Localize. Collaborate. Adapt.” – James Grant, Manager of Above & Beyond.

In order for artists to truly build a fan base in China, extra steps and localized efforts will have to be made both online and internally to understand the region in order to succeed.

5.  ENCOURAGE A LOVE FOR THE MUSIC

“You want to make sure that the music element is not neglected. At the end of the day, that’s what drives everything else.” Kurosh Nasseri, Attorney and Artist Manager of Paul Van Dyk

The next goal for China and its local leaders are to encourage and support a uniquely local market. Local leaders should look inwards rather than outwards.

6.  GROW FROM THE INSIDE OUT

An entire panel was dedicated to The Great Firewall of China, the government-mandated ban on the Internet networks of the country that disable access to popular and widely used social media and music tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and Spotify.

Quickly, the conversation shifted less from understanding the blockage to looking at the issue in a different perspective. Focus less on infiltration from outside in, and examine how to work from the inside first.

“The fact that you can’t access YouTube doesn’t mean that you can’t bring it to a local partner here in China. We can mimic what we’ve done on the outside.” – Greg Consiglio, CEO of Beatport

7.  CHINA’S INDUSTRY STILL NEEDS RULES

“In China, it’s still brand new. There’s no copyright protection, no legal streaming rules. That’s another Firewall. […] The Firewall is figuring out how we get something back. We must invest to figure out how to get paid.” – Eelko van Kooten, CEO of Spinnin Records

China’s industry has yet to set the same rules and standards that exist in Western counterparts. Specifically, copyright protection and properly compensating artists for their work will be an issue in the future.

8.  THE GOVERNMENT IS BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

“It’s rather practical for the government to have a festival rather than build an amusement park. The government is welcome to it. It will bring tourism for them. […] We need to influence the government and show them the other options.” – Irene Yang of MIDI Festival

Local leader Irene Yang of MIDI Festival based in Beijing stated that the government sees the benefit of providing festivals as a form of entertainment. Additionally, she shared that China is currently desperate to encourage their own culture to grow.

9.  DO NOT RELY ON BRAND MARKETING

“Problems in China come when people rely entirely on brand marketing. You must understand the motivations of the local audience.” – Andrew Bull, Director of Shine Communications in China

Because China’s electronic industry grew out of a heavily money and brand-infused nightlife culture, worldwide brands like Budweiser have invested heavily into the market. However, Andrew explains that this cannot be used as a crutch for internationals interested in entering into the region.

10.  ELECTRONIC MUSIC HAS ARRIVED IN CHINA (AND EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD TOO)

A final note and takeaway from IMS China came from Noel Lee, the Founder of Monster Products, which created Monster which would eventually become Monster Beats, then Beats by Dre, which was sold to Apple for $3 billion.

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.”

One of the major reasons for electronic music’s explosive growth in China is due to its ability to defy language and cultural barriers. Supporting this idea, Noel applied this notion to the topic of Brands in China and also to the entire genre and industry of electronic music.

PAUL OAKENFOLD, ERIC ZHO OF A2LIVE/STORM, GREG CONSIGLIO OF BEATPORT AND MORE
SHARE INVALUABLE INSIGHT TO THE FUTURE OF CHINA’S ELECTRONIC MUSIC SCENE

Shanghai, China | October 2, 2015

 

“The opportunity has always been there. It’s just about the appetite for risk.” – Jason Swamy (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)

International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded the inaugural edition of IMS China in Shanghai. On October 2nd, international and local artists, business leaders and visionaries congregated at the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai.

IMS China is a collaboration between IMS and A2Live / STORM Festival, along with event partners Budweiser, Delta and Dreamworker Communications. IMS China attracted 250 delegates from 17 different countries with over 40 international and local media outlets in attendance.

“All I hear is that it’s not going to work. But we’re all here for a reason. People believe that it will work.” – Eddie Dean (Director, Pacha Macau & Pacha NYC, USA)

“Awakening the Dragon” was a one-day summit designed to explore and discuss the immense potential of China as a new market for electronic music. Panels like “Getting It Right the First Time,” “Brands in China,” “The Great Firewall,” and “Events in China” explored vital topics for the flourishing market such as the lack of access to Internet platforms and the rapidly growing nightlife industry in relation to sponsorships in China.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “This was a fascinating first insight into this region. The potential in IMS and in China is clear to us all… Today was an amazing first start. Seeing some of the world’s most established industry leaders taking notes from the leading Chinese players was a joy to watch. It’s hard to believe IMS has landed here in China. A big thank you to Eric Zho, his A2Live / STORM team and team IMS for making it a reality.”

Founder of A2Live / STORM Festival Eric Zho states: “IMS China has brought a wealth of knowledge and relationship to foster the domestic electronic music industry, I am looking forward to see the next edition in action! This is the first time a major international music conference has set foot in China, and I am hopeful that this will open the flood gate for a lot of businesses in the region.”

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Highlights of the event included a call to action for all international artists to open up social media accounts with local Chinese platforms and look to establish a connection through the local language and tools. As the founder of Noel Lee from Monster Products put it: “If you want to be in China, be in China.” Monster was the foundation of what would eventually become Monster Beats, and later Beats by Dre.

“It’s almost important to ignore how it works well in America or Europe. Our focus should be on business in 2015, not how we’ve gotten here over the past 20 years.” – Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Founder AFEM / Attorney / Manager for Paul Van Dyk, USA)

Our speakers were a highlight of IMS China. A diverse range of speakers from Maggie Huang, President of Entertainment and TMT Division of Fosun Group, Andrew Bull of Shine Communications, Irene Yang of MIDI Festival, Eelko van Kooten of Spinnin Records shared incredibly valuable insight. A combination of international experience and local knowledge made IMS China a successful opening to the massive and promising market of China.

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The final panel was a keynote interview with renowned international artist Paul Oakenfold, who shared his extensive experience as a pioneer of the Asia region. Oakenfold was the first artist to play on The Great Wall of China as well as one of the first to tour through Asia and shared his valuable insight for the promising future of this market.

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IMS China concluded with a celebratory delegates dinner and after parties headlined by Gaby Endo and Paul Oakenfold. On October 3rd and 4th, our delegates and speakers will head to IMS China’s partner event, Budweiser STORM Festival with headliners Tiësto, Skrillex, Above & Beyond and many more.

International Music Summit has grown to become one of the leading presences in electronic music, expanding across the globe with editions in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Singapore and for the first time, Shanghai, China this year.

“Electronic music is one of the most worldwide, influential music products. The energy of EDM is without language.” – Noel Lee (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)

IMS is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the community with innovative conversation and lasting connections that help drive the future of our industry forward.

IMS CHINA 2015 BUSINESS REPORT. VIEW OR DOWNLOAD IT HERE.


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KEVIN WATSON PRESENTS … AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHINESE ELECTRONIC MUSIC INDUSTRY

International Music Summit’s renowned Business Report has become a vital tool for the industry year after year. With the inaugural edition of IMS China, the first China-centric Business Report was created in effort to help truly understand the vast and growing market in China.

The Business Report revealed interesting information that will be an important for the industry to reference moving forward:

If the Chinese market were even a quarter of where the US is today, there would be 40 new festivals a year as big as STORM.

Additionally, event capacity is reflecting the growth, jumping 30% every year.

And finally, if a 3% penetration is applied to China, that could mean as much as 6.6 million potential festival attendees.

Citing international collaboration and esteemed recognition of nightlife venues in Shanghai and exploring statistics of the massive growth in event capacity and ticket sales in the country, Kevin Watson presented telling numbers for the international and local audience in attendance at IMS China. Though notably still a young market, the numbers show serious promise for an industry that continues to climb.

View and download the report here.

WE ARE ELECTRONIC MUSIC

THIS IS THE FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY.

IMS is the premier thought leadership platform for electronic music, a global movement created to unite and connect the industry. Our summits invite everyone – from seasoned masters to young visionaries – to come together and inspire the future of our industry. Build lasting connections, learn from the best, and together, we will propel our scene forward.

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Discover new ideas and inspirations from the best.

From world-renowned DJs to the leaders behind all things music business, IMS brings together the past, present and future of our industry. Witness live discussions, invaluable lessons and join the conversation with the top-tier professionals.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

It’s dynamic, it’s global and inspired by the music.

Collaborate with friends old and new and come together with like-minded people for creative connections. IMS is a unique, productive environment and a place to explore new opportunities. Together, we’ll share the dance floor, exchange ideas, be inspired and make impactful connections for the future.

ENJOY THE PARTY! 

When the sun goes down and the work is done, we head to the dance floor. Our industry revolves around celebrating the dance music phenomenon. Join us for pre-summit dinners, poolside cocktail mixers, parties in true Ibiza style and dozens of other opportunities to connect and create lasting, inspiring memories.

JOIN ONE OF OUR GLOBAL SUMMITS!

In just a matter of days, IMS heads to China for the first time for the inaugural opening of IMS CHINA. Set to take place at the Hyatt on the Bund on October 2nd, IMS China has now released its speaker and event schedule along with the full roster of both elite international and local speakers. IMS China will host riveting discussions and keynote conversations between highlighted artists, label leaders, promoters and business and branding elites from all corners of the electronic music industry.

The full list of guest speakers includes a keynote interview with Paul Oakenfold, a pioneer of the electronic sound in the Western world and one of the first DJs to ever perform in China,. Tiesto’s manager Andrew Goldstone, the artist who recently collaborated with Chinese singer Jane Zhang, will give a rare talk about this artist’s work in the region. In a coup for IMS China, the President of Entertainment at Fosun Group, Maggie Huang, will talk about how and why they are investing heavily into the entertainment and nightlife culture of China. The group recently acquired Cirque du Soleil. Also in attendance, artist manager for STORM Festival headliners Above & Beyond James Grant and many more from Beatport, Spinnin Records, AM Only and others. IMS China provides the unique platform of discussion between these international professionals and their local Chinese counterparts. Founder and CEO of A2Live and STORM Festival Eric Zho leads the charge, alongside other notable promoters in the country such as Irene Yang, Co-founder of Midi Shanghai, Jason Swamy, promoter of DWYL in Hong Kong, CEO of Monster Cable in China Noel Lee, and Brazilian Japanese Hong Kong transplant and artist, Gaby Endo.

IMS China has also released a finalized schedule of topics to be discussed. China’s enigmatic landscape provides a wealth of subjects worth discussing including the Great Firewall of China, a Promoter Panel, as well as a panel discussing the potential and possibilities of Brands in China. IMS will also present a Business Report tailored especially for the promising electronic music industry in China.

“Awakening the Dragon” is IMS China’s inaugural theme; an appropriate celebration of our host country’s colorful culture and vast realm of opportunity. The global electronic industry comes together with IMS in effort to connect and explore China’s growing music industry.

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “IMS is hugely excited to bring our electronic music platform to China for a special event in-conjunction with the Storm Festival. IMS has been designed to share knowledge and inspire delegates with debates and keynotes about the future of electronic music. China emerged as a huge point of interest during IMS Asia-Pacific and it became clear to us that it warranted its own discussion. And here we are with a scheduled day of fascinating insight into the region for those inside and outside of the region.”

IMS China Schedule

10.00-10.05 IMS China: Introduction

Presented by IMS Partners (Ben Turner, Eric Zho and Paul Oakenfold).

10.05-10.20 IMS Business Report: China

Presented by Kevin Watson (Video Skype).

10.20-10.35 Keynote Introduction

Eric Zho (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)

10.40-11.35 AFEM: Association for Electronic Music presents…
GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

Andrew Goldstone (Artist Manager for Tiesto, Red Light Management, USA)
Eric Zho (Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival, China)
James Grant (Artist Manager for Above & Beyond, Involved Management, UK)
Matt Rodriguez (VP West Coast, AM Only, Agent for Above & Beyond, USA)
Robb Harker (CEO, Supermodified Agency, Canada)
Moderator: Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: As China opens up to be the new big market for Electronic Music,  the Association for Electronic Music talks with key players from the UK, Europe and beyond,  discussing what can mistakes can be avoided and what opportunities can be taken.

11.40-12.40 The Great Firewall of China

AJ (Vice Director of Channel Operations, Kiss FM, China)
Alan Deng (Director of Tencent video Live Music and Chief-editor of Tencent Music Channels, China)
Emily Hou (Senior Manager / Bookings, Storm, China)
Eelko van Kooten (CEO, Spinnin Records, Netherlands)
Greg Consiglio (CEO, Beatport, USA)
Moderator: Ned Kelly (Chief Editor of That’s Shanghai Magazine, China)
Briefing: How does the Chinese electronic culture communicate internally and externally. What are the challenges and opportunities? IMS looks into the great mystery surrounding the Great Firewall of China.

12.45-13.00 Keynote Speech

Maggie Huang (President of Entertainment & TMT Divison, Fosun Group, China)
Briefing: Fosun are investing heavily into the entertainment and nightlife culture of China. Fosun’s President of Entertainment will share their vision which is attracting attention worldwide.

13.00-14.00 Networking Lunch Buffet lunch option available

14.00-15.00 Events in China

Alan Hsia (Co-founder, theLOOP, Inc, Taiwan)
Eddie Dean (Director, Pacha Macau & Pacha NYC, USA)
Gaby Endo (Artist, HK/Brazil)
Irene Yang (Co-founder, Midi Shanghai and E midi, China)
Ivar Moens (Art of Dance)
Jason Swamy (HK promoter, DWYL, Wonderfruit, HK)
Moderator: Jonathan Serbin (Head of Billboard Asia, U
Briefing: IMS looks at the leading promoters in the region – what is the market, risks and obstacles, what is the potential for growth.

15.05-16.05 Brands In China

Andrew Bull (Director / Promoter, Shine Communications, China)
Clarissa Pantoja (Global Music Director, AB-Inbev, Global)
Marc Vincent (President Global Sales of K- Array / Former President Sennheiser, China)
Noel Lee (Founder, Chairman & CEO Monster Products)
Moderator: Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Briefing: IMS looks at the leading promoters in the region – what is the market, risks and obstacles, what is the potential for growth, and how important is this market to some of the world’s leading consumer brands.

16.00-17.00 Keynote Interview – Discovering China

Paul Oakenfold (Artist, UK)
Interviewed by Valerie Lee (Content Manager, IMS, USA)

IMS CHINA

10 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

We are 18 days away from the inaugural edition of IMS China in Shanghai on October 2nd. IMS is excited to announce the first 10 international speakers who will be placed in discussion with their top local counterparts. The complete list of local Chinese speakers as well as the schedule will be released later this week.

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CHINESE VISA

For those making the journey east with us, we remind you to take the proper steps to acquire a Chinese Visa when making travel plans.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE VISAS:

For US attendees, please find more info here:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

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TOPICS

– COMPLETE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT –

IMS BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA SPECIAL

Before diving into conversations and keynote speeches, IMS presents the leading industry study released each year that provides vital and telling statistics of how the industry has grown and expanded in 365 days. For the first time, IMS is launching a new Chinese edition that focuses specifically on the country’s market to cater to both visitors and locals interested in truly understanding China’s electronic industry.

AFEM – ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRESENTS: GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

One of the primary goals of IMS China is to provide a platform for connection between China and the greater global industry. In the “AFEM: Getting It Right” panel, we invite top industry professionals from the UK, Europe and China to discuss with China’s own to learn and exchange ideas. Recognized speakers from outstanding artist management teams and achieving labels join together from both all junctions of the world to discuss the unique opportunities that are possible.

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

A hot topic that cannot be ignored at IMS China is the Great Firewall of China. With over 642 million people actively connected to the web in China, there is much to be learned about harnessing the enormous potential of the massive Chinese population and overcoming this enigmatic and often problematic issue. In this important panel, several knowledgable business industry professionals from Spinning Records, Beatport, Pulse Radio, and more join for a vital discussion about the ins, outs, and possible opportunities of the Great Firewall of China.

EVENTS IN CHINA: PROMOTER PANEL

Exploring a young market requires research and tips from those who know it best. Local promoters of the Asia region explain the market, risks, obstacles, and most importantly, the possible potential for those interested in soon jumping into the Chinese electronic market.

BRANDS IN CHINA

Though electronic music in China is still in its beginning stages, there is growing sponsor and partnership opportunity for leading brands in the region to reach the massive youth population. Continuing with the theme, IMS China unites both the Western and Chinese perspectives to explore and discover where the most effective collaborations can be made.

IMS CHINA: ARTIST PANEL

Last, but definitely not least is the anticipated Artist Panel of IMS China. In partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, IMS has invited premier international electronic music talent and places them alongside major Chinese artists. The West will learn from their Chinese counterparts about their market and the West will finally open the door to the once-mysterious landscape of China. This is a panel you can’t miss.

THE INAUGURAL SUMMIT

ONE MONTH AND COUNTING…

Less than a month away, IMS China has announced the theme that celebrates the spirit of its host country. “Awakening the Dragon” is a poignant metaphor for what IMS China hopes to achieve by opening the doors to the wide landscape of China’s electronic music theme. Countless opportunities to experience and contribute to the growing electronic industry of China await – it’s not too late to become a delegate for IMS China 2015!

TOPICS ANNOUNCED

– SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMNET IMMINENT –

IMS BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA SPECIAL

Before diving into conversations and keynote speeches, IMS presents the leading industry study released each year that provides vital and telling statistics of how the industry has grown and expanded in 365 days. For the first time, IMS is launching a new Chinese edition that focuses specifically on the country’s market to cater to both visitors and locals interested in truly understanding China’s electronic industry.

AFEM – ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRESENTS: GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

One of the primary goals of IMS China is to provide a platform for connection between China and the greater global industry. In the “AFEM: Getting It Right” panel, we invite top industry professionals from the UK, Europe and China to discuss with China’s own to learn and exchange ideas. Recognized speakers from outstanding artist management teams and achieving labels join together from both all junctions of the world to discuss the unique opportunities that are possible.

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

A hot topic that cannot be ignored at IMS China is the Great Firewall of China. With over 642 million people actively connected to the web in China, there is much to be learned about harnessing the enormous potential of the massive Chinese population and overcoming this enigmatic and often problematic issue. In this important panel, several knowledgable business industry professionals from Spinning Records, Beatport, Pulse Radio, and more join for a vital discussion about the ins, outs, and possible opportunities of the Great Firewall of China.

EVENTS IN CHINA: PROMOTER PANEL

Exploring a young market requires research and tips from those who know it best. Local promoters of the Asia region explain the market, risks, obstacles, and most importantly, the possible potential for those interested in soon jumping into the Chinese electronic market.

BRANDS IN CHINA

Though electronic music in China is still in its beginning stages, there is growing sponsor and partnership opportunity for leading brands in the region to reach the massive youth population. Continuing with the theme, IMS China unites both the Western and Chinese perspectives to explore and discover where the most effective collaborations can be made.

IMS CHINA: ARTIST PANEL

Last, but definitely not least is the anticipated Artist Panel of IMS China. In partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, IMS has invited premier international electronic music talent and places them alongside major Chinese artists. The West will learn from their Chinese counterparts about their market and the West will finally open the door to the once-mysterious landscape of China. This is a panel you can’t miss.

BEN BOWLER AND VALERIE LEE NAMED WINNERS OF OUR YOUNG INDUSTRY LEADER CONTEST

IMS Engage and IMS Ibiza 2015 saw the pioneering Visionaries competition come to life in effort to discover young industry leaders and help cultivate the next generation of the electronic dance music industry. IMS Visionaries is proud to announce our first ever winners from Ibiza and Engage, Ben Bowler and Valerie Lee.

Sharing IMS’ position as a leading industry gathering all around the world, our conference gave these two talents a platform and a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their voice.

Meet our IMS Visionaries, and help us welcome them as future leaders of our industry.


VALERIE LEE

CONTENT MANAGER, IMS / EDITOR, DANCING ASTRONAUT

@VALERIECHRIS_

Valerie delivered a submission entitled “Save The Rave: Understanding the Intersection of the EDM Phenomenon and US Policy” where she examines US drug policy in relation to electronic music culture and calls to make a change for a better tomorrow.

An editor of Dancing Astronaut and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Valerie is a writer with a new media mindset. After winning the competition, Valerie has joined IMS as our Content Manager.

“Months later, I still am experiencing the incredible after effects of winning IMS Visionaries and getting involved with IMS. Dance music can so often be such a closed off industry since we all have deep roots as an intimate community, so to have IMS offer such an open and inviting platform for young industry hopefuls to vocalize and share their ideas for improving and moving forward is such a unique and valuable opportunity. Thank you IMS!” – Valerie Lee


BEN BOWLER

FOUNDER, CHEW.TV

@BENBOWLER

Bowler delivered a submission on “The Return to Music as a Shared Experience”. He explores the history of music with the aim of reframing the discussion on the future of the music industry to how we should expand into new areas of live experiences and brand partnerships.

He is a the young founder of Chew.TV, a live streaming community for DJ’s that allows artists to share mixes whilst building and engaging a global fanbase – offering users the chance to learn from professionals who are using Chew to broadcast from studios, educational facilities and events across the world.

“I’m so excited to have won IMS Visionaries! Both the competition and the conference itself have given me and my company Chew a real step up. I’d love to connect with anyone in the industry looking to use live video in their strategy, of course – but on top of that I love talking the future of music with anyone in music. We can only improve our industry by discussing past, present and future with others in the field.” – Ben Bowler

 

IMS Ibiza is releasing a limited quantity of super early bird badges for those ready to start planning their trip to the premier destination for dance music connection, community, and industry talk. In effort to cultivate a diverse community and be widely accessible, badges prices will not increase this year and Super Early Bird Badges are only 280€ – the lowest price ever offered!

Only 250 badges available for 280€. 

 

IMS CHINA

BADGES AND REQUIRED TRAVEL VISA

Badges are on sale for IMS China and for those making the journey east with us, we remind you to take the proper steps to acquire a Chinese Visa when making travel plans for IMS China.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE VISAS:
For US attendees, please find more info here:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

For European attendees, please find more info here: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/china/travel_to_eu/visa/index_en.htm

IMS looks forward to welcoming all delegates to the very first IMS China in effort to connect and explore the opportunities of this massive emerging market. Chinese industry leaders, artists and professionals will converge with their Western counterparts at this one-day summit to engage in conversations to help propel the scene forward and up.

IMS China Now on Sale

October 2, 2015 | Shanghai

IMS in partnership with A2LIVE / Budweiser STORM Festival is now inviting the global electronic music community to attend the inaugural IMS China on October 2nd and connect in exploring the opportunities of this massive emerging market. Chinese industry leaders, artists and professionals will converge with their western counterparts at this one-day summit to engage in conversations that will drive the scene forward.

IMS China Preview

BADGES

IMS CHINA DELEGATE BADGE

  • Full Access IMS China Badge
  • Price: 1080 ¥ / 156 €

IMS CHINA DELEGATE BADGE + STORM SHANGHAI

  • Full Access IMS China Badge
  • 2-Day General Admission Pass for Budweiser STORM Festival Shanghai (Oct.3 + Oct.4)
  • Price: 1580 ¥ / 228 €

IMS CHINA DELEGATE BADGE + VIP STORM SHANGHAI

  • IMS China Badge
  • 2-Day VIP Pass for Budweiser STORM Festival Shanghai (Oct.3 + Oct.4)
  • Price: 1980 ¥ / 286 €

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HYATT ON THE BUND

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IMS TALKS

IBIZA

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – GREG CONSIGLIO (PRESIDENT, SFX ENTERTAINMENT)

“Electronic music culture is expressed through live events, festivals, clubs, and parties, but it lives everyday online.” – voiced SFX Entertainment President, Greg Consiglio in the opening Keynote Address at IMS Ibiza. He delivered insight into SFX as a whole and the vision for Beatport to become the home of electronic music.

AFEM PRESENTS: CAN YOU BUY SUCCESS IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC?

The potential for quick gain can be attractive for some labels and artists with and raising pressure to buy likes / fans / followers / plays. Mark Lawrence (Association for Electronic Music), set the scene for this important topic and was joined by Clark Warner (Beatport), Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin Records), Martin Carvell (DJ Magazine), Nick Matthews (CODA Agency), and Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee Records).

“What is the reason to betray yourself? .. and how embarrassing if you get caught.” – Ralf Kollmann (Co-Founder / Managing Director, Mobilee Records, Germany)

“A fake career is a quick career.” – Mark Lawrence (CEO, Association for Electronic Music, UK)

WATCH MORE TALKS HERE.