International Music Summit is an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, electronic music, the artistry related to DJing and all related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to art and culture worldwide. IMS hosts major events annually in Ibiza, Los Angeles, Singapore, and China.
The International Music Summit presented by Pete Tong was created in 2007 to inspire debate, discuss and help implement change in electronic music.
It is now “The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music”. IMS began when electronic music was at rock bottom; Ibiza was the place where the industry always congregated every summer, so naturally it was the platform to begin our vision.
IMS continues to pave the way in the electronic music industry. Described by media as “the TED of music conferences”, in 2013 three IMS panels were voted in the Top 10 electronic music debates of all-time by the Beatport platform.
The IMS calendar year starts in April with IMS Engage in Hollywood and then onto IMS Ibiza in May – the main event followed by IMS China and IMS Asia-Pacific. The ambition of IMS is to continue to grow, continue the debate and help the genre to innovate.
IMS Ibiza consists of three-days of the most comprehensive and compelling live seminars and debates amongst the leaders of the international music community featuring Keynote Speeches, Interviews, technology master classes, the IMS Business Report which has become the industry’s leading data study and is picked up by worldwide media. The event has been the source of major industry deals and press launches. Major brands also use IMS as a platform to launch initiatives in the electronic music space – from Corona to Sol to Pioneer to Blackberry to Nokia to Burn/Coca Cola.
- The IMS Legends Dinner – artists awarded to date include Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong and Carl Cox.
- The IMS Grand Finale Festival on Thursday and Friday night held in the unique Dalt Vila location: A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
IMS Engage, launched in 2012, is a one-day summit hosted mid-April in Los Angeles – bringing together key industry figures and professionals who descend on the region at that time.
IMS Engage has a unique format – six un-moderated conversations pairing artists and players from electronic music with the world of film, technology, media and the wider music world in a one-on-one conversation. The event is designed to show how far electronic music can reach, how deep it penetrates, and how it innovates at every step.
The inaugural IMS Asia-Pacific on December 11, 2014, was held at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove and coincides with Zouk Out Festival. With many artists and industry present for the event, it is a perfect opportunity to unite the industry there and educate the wider world about the opportunity, challenges and current successes of the region. The discussions focus on topics relevant to the region with contributions from headline talent, industry icons from the region, plus international visionaries and heavyweights.
IMS Asia-Pacific is a series of panels, keynote interviews, keynote speeches, workshops and tutorials. Connecting Asian leaders from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media with European/ American leaders in the same fields.
Following the success of IMS Asia-Pacific in Singapore, IMS is proud to announce a one-day summit to explore the opportunities and the challenges for our genre in China. The one-day event will be held in partnership with A2Live / Budweiser Storm Festival – taking place the same weekend. Chinese industry leaders, artists and professionals will converge with their western counterparts at this one-day summit and engage in conversations that drive the scene forward.
To reiterate Robb’s sentiments – thanks to you Ben, Dom, Mark – and your entire team for a incredibly informative and productive inaugural IMS Shanghai. Hospitality was top notch as were the take aways from the conference. Look forward to participating in many more – well done all!
– Matt Rodriguez, AM Only
The conference is the one of the most cutting edge electronic music and tech conferences out there. It brings the heavyweights to the table to share with the current, young generation of music lovers. I guarantee you’ll learn something from it and have a wonderful experience and I would urge you to come and join us.
– Paul Oakenfold, Artist
It was great to see so many familiar faces from fellow DJ’s, to promoters, to agents, to headphone companies, the list goes on. It feels like everybody genuinely cares for the development of this scene and they are excited for the future. It was an honour to be a part of IMS Asia Pacific 2014! Thanks for having us
– NERVO, Artist
“IMS a timely reminder of the depth of the community we have at the core of our industry.”
– David Levy, senior agent at William Morris Endeavour
“The IMS has truly become of the leading lights in the EDM world. Based in Ibiza, the spiritual home of dance music. It is easy to enjoy but also a place to do business.”
– James Barton, President of Electronic Music for Live Nation
“It’s the only conference I know where people actually go to the conference!”
– Jho Oakley, Jho Management
“IMS was really inspiring. It’s amazing that electronic music now has a real business focused conference that allows people from around the world to connect and share ideas on how to move the industry forwards. Well done Pete and the team!”
– Luciano, Cadenza Records
“IMS was a great conference. For us being in Australia, it was a fantastic opportunity to meet and discuss business with a great amount of European agents and managers, but more so the keynotes and panels gave a greater understanding of the business on a global level. For sure we will be back next year!”
– Richie McNeil, Stereosonic Director
“IMS was the best conference I have been to in many a year. The seminars, networking, attendees & the Dalt Villa were all top drawer. Congrats on all fronts.”
– Simon Dunmore, Defected
“IMS Grand Finale Festival is an event that could join Alfredo’s ’87 Amnesia sets and Grace Jones dancing naked in the rain at Privilege in Ibiza’s cultural history books.”
– DJ Magazine
“Had a great time at IMS. Very inspiring. Looking forward to next year already.”
– Jason Ellis, Positiva, EMI
“A rare opportunity to meet and talk with people I spend the rest of the year trying to meet and talk to!”
– Garry Blackburn, Anglo Management