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International Music Summit (IMS) today announce IMS x Mixmag Visionaries 2018 and IMS Accelerator, two initiatives designed to support the next generation of industry innovators, influencers and disruptors.

Both Visionaries and Accelerator provide successful applicants a platform for their ideas to be heard, industry mentoring and support plus opportunities to network and develop their career or business with the most creative and forward thinking figures in the electronic music industry.

Visionaries returns for its 5th year and in collaboration with leading dance music publication Mixmag aims to inspire and uncover emerging industry professionals who will challenge current thinking and present new ways of overcoming the most important and pressing issues facing electronic music today.

A new initiative, Accelerator aims to spotlight and support the next wave of innovative music business start- ups, giving a platform to be heard plus vital support and advice to help them build and achieve their long term objectives.

If you are passionate about electronic music, have an innovative idea and you dare to disrupt, submit your application online by the March 31 2018.

Successful applicants will travel to Ibiza as an official IMS Ibiza delegate and present their ideas, for Visionaries via a keynote speech to electronic music’s most powerful and influential individuals, and for Accelerator direct to many of the industries leading organizations and investors. Successful applicants will receive one year free membership of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) as well as access to relevant AFEM board members for career development advice and introductions to strategic partners.

In addition to sharing their ideas in the print issue and online platforms of Mixmag, the winner of Visionaries will also receive a three month mentorship program led by Andreea Magdalina, founder of SheSaid.So, internship opportunities at leading industry companies, tailored career coaching sessions matched from participating industry partners including AEI Group, AFEM, Berklee College of Music, Fuse, Neighbourhood PR, PRS for Music and Young Guns Network, plus a pair of Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10.

Previous Visionaries winners have included Valerie Lee, now West Coast Editor of Mixmag USA , Ben Bowler, Founder of Chew.tv, Inder Phull, Managing Director and founder of KRPT Group and Mich Mellard, CEO of Sync Sync.

For further detail on how to enter and submit your application for this year’s contest please visit: www.internationalmusicsummit.com/next-gen/

Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder states “At the heart of IMS is the drive to be a catalyst in the industry, to bring about new ideas and develop new ways of working to push the genre forwards to guarantee a sustainable and successful future. A vital element of this is supporting emerging professionals and the fledgling start-ups that will fuel this change. IMS x Mixmag Visionaries has already found some exceptional thinkers that continue to make waves in our industry, launching IMS Accelerator to support the tech community and start- up culture feels like the natural progression in our ongoing efforts to nurture the next generation. We look forward to hearing your ideas and solutions to help push the music industry forward.”

Duncan Dick, Editor, Mixmag adds “Nurturing new and diverse talent is possibly the single most important thing the dance music industry can do to ensure its future success and sustainability. IMS’ Visionaries initiative is a great example of an authentic, holistic approach to encouraging and mentoring the kind of young person we need today in the industry, and Mixmag is extremely proud to support it once again.”

 


 

IMS x MIXMAG VISIONARIES

  • Open to applicants aged 18-25
  • One winner will receive:
    • Return travel to IMS Ibiza from a European Destinations
    • Two nights accommodation at Hard Rock Hotel
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badge
    • Three month mentorship program from SheSaid.So
    • Tailored career coaching sessions from participating industry partners
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For a full list of prizes and more details visit here.

IMS ACCELERATOR

  • Open to all music start-ups
  • Three companies will receive:
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badges
    • Introductions to potential clients, investors and mentors
    • Promotion on IMS digital platforms
    • Access to TopicDNA Reporting Platform
    • Access to list of 100+ investors
    • A strategy session with a leading digital marketing agency
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For more details visit here.

International Music Summit returns to Ibiza with a Wellness agenda

 MAY 23-25, 2018

HARD ROCK HOTEL IBIZA

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The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza examines the most crucial issues that face the industry, placing special attention on health and wellness for mind and body, and sexual harassment within the genre

International Music Summit (IMS), the premier global platform for business, culture and education within the electronic music industry, returns to the dance music capital of the world for its annual three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership forum. Aimed squarely at industry leaders and artists from the international electronic music sector, it throws a spotlight onto the complex challenges and emerging opportunities that really matter in today’s ever evolving industry.

Following the success of the 10th Anniversary event earlier in the year, today IMS announce the key themes for its 11th summit on May 23-25th 2018. The platform, previously described as “the TED of music conferences”, has been responsible for leading initiatives that have resulted in positive change within the electronic music industry and it continues to set the agenda for the genre across the world in Europe, North America and Asia.

New for 2018 is a three-day Wellness retreat, taking place before the main IMS summit at a soon-to-be-revealed location. The electronic music industry is a fast-paced environment, with busy days and late nights. As many industry players will recognise this demanding lifestyle can take its toll on the body and mind over time, and the Wellness event has been designed to address this prevalent issue. Tailored for the dance music community, the pre-summit event will help industry veterans and newcomers alike to disconnect from everyday stress and clear the mind, setting the foundation for meaningful work and providing tools to stay focused, relaxed and rejuvenated. The new intimate event will be announced in full in January.

Continuing its support of international music, IMS Ibiza flies the South African flag with MEET TEAM BLACK COFFEE. The multi-award winning DJ has had a meteoric rise to fame and has just finished a first successful summer residency at Hï Ibiza. From management to agent to Ibiza promoter, IMS will bring in Black Coffee and his full team to discuss his own unique and inspiring path to success, the role the team played on this journey, the many challenges he undoubtedly faced and their aspirations for the future.

With each year comes milestones and achievements celebrated by labels, artists and events alike, with 2018 being no exception. Firstly, 25 YEARS OF SONAR: SHAPING UNDERGROUND CULTURE, the world-renowned Barcelona festival will discuss its achievements and explain its extraordinary and innovative contribution to the genre. Joining the celebration with an equally impressive milestone is 25 YEARS OF POSITIVA RECORDS. The pioneering UK major label is known for breaking underground tracks into the popular mainstream and the talk will have a special focus on HOW THE ROLE OF THE A&R MAN HAS EVOLVED in the last 25 years. Leading this will be the label’s leading A&R directors throughout the time – Jason Ellis, Nick Halkes and Dave Lambert.

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IN DJ CULTURE is a real and unwelcome problem. SHE SAID.SO, an influential network of women in the industry, will chair a talk intended to assess the impact of the issue specifically to electronic music, detect root causes and endeavour to reduce its existence within the industry with a series of actionable recommendations.

IMS will also give geographical focus on the MIDDLE EAST a promising new growth region for electronic music with a growing appetite for the genre, highlighting breakthrough talent, the marketplace and key opportunities within it covering UAE, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

Health and wellness will continue to be a focus with insight into the mental wellbeing of DJs, a long ignored problem that is sadly troubling a high proportion of artists, from breaking through to established talent. IMS Ibiza will ask is it DJS COMPLAINING OR REAL PROBLEMS? This frank and open mental health discussion will be hosted by the Association for Electronic Music and will give vital advice on how to stay sane in the game and remain successful. Continuing the focus of wellness into the summit, IMS delegates will benefit from daily yoga and meditation sessions, reminding all of the importance of balance and self care.

IMS continues to support the future of our industry with the return of IMS VISIONARIES, in partnership with Mixmag, a global search for electronic music’s next generation of influencers, and an original programme aimed at and focused on supporting the next generation of start-ups called IMS ACCELERATOR.

IMS Ibiza 2018 will also feature discussions hosted by BURN RESIDENCY, KID TALKS, SHESAID.SO and YOUNG GUNS NETWORK. Plus more discussions on BLOCKCHAIN, BOTS, and not forgetting the return of the much-loved masterclass session IMS ANTHEM!

IMS co-founder Ben Turner states: “Health Vs Hedonism was our most popular talk in 2017, and it put us on the path of delivering more in the Wellness area for delegates. It’s a topic that is marrying professionals of all ages and gender, and we’re excited to offer something unique to an industry that is in need of greater advice and direction. It also affects many of the issues in our space, and people’s behavioural patterns around it. We’re also proud to focus on Black Coffee, Sonar and Positiva for their contributions to our world – past, present and future.”

Education partners POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC and TOOLROOM ACADEMY will also be present at IMS Ibiza, joining them will be founding partner PIONEER DJ and returning sponsor BURN.

The 11th edition of IMS Ibiza offers for the first time a more accessible pricing structure, allowing you to choose your summit experience from three tailored packages. Additionally, there is a special discount for students and younger delegates wanting to attend, with all badges allowing entrance into selected Ibiza clubs over the duration of IMS week. Full details can be found below, listed badge prices will increase at the beginning of each month. 

New Pricing Structure

DELEGATE: DECEMBER PRICING- 325€

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties

DELEGATE PLUS: DECEMBER PRICING – 425€

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties
  • Access to 1 influencer breakfast
  • IMS Legends Dinner

ALL ACCESS: DECEMBER PRICING – 535€

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • Premium IMS delegate badge
  • VIP access to IMS Dalt Vila finale event
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties
  • Access to 2 influencer breakfasts
  • VIP IMS Legends Dinner
  • Access to private/invite only official IMS events

UNDER 25: 150€ FIXED COST

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS delegate database and IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties

STUDENT: 99€ FIXED COST

  • Access to three-day summit including all panels, keynotes and workshops
  • All networking and official IMS events
  • Access to IMS App
  • IMS delegate badge
  • IMS Dalt Vila finale event access
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Entrance to IMS affiliated Ibiza opening parties

 

MAY 23-25, 2018 | HARD ROCK HOTEL IBIZA

IMS Ibiza returns in 2018 for it’s 11th year of inspiring the electronic music industry!

Now you can choose your summit experience with three tiers of tailored packages – delegate normal, delegate plus and all access.

Explore all the benefits to find the badge that is best for you!

Badge prices increase the first of each month.

We look forward to welcoming you at IMS Ibiza!

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TWO-DAYS OF THOUGHT PROVOKING PANELS, IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS AND INSIGHTFUL REPORTS

IMS Asia-Pacific in Shanghai united 700 dance music industry leaders and artists from East and West for discussions about Asia’s unique and burgeoning electronic music scene. Revisit key moments from the fourth edition of the summit, the biggest and most successful to date.

If you missed us in Shanghai, stay tuned to the IMS YouTube page for full panels from IMS Asia-Pacific 2017, coming soon.

IMS has partnered with Deeper Sounds to present IMS keynotes on all British Airways in-flight audio entertainment.

Launched in 2012 by Andy Eastough, Deeper Sounds delivers a monthly electronic music broadcast to British Airways and features leading electronic music artists including Hot Since 82, COYU, Kölsch and many more.

The series starts on November 1st with keynote interviews from IMS Ibiza 2017 featuring The Martinez Brothers and Yann Pissenem, CEO and Artistic Director of Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza.

Full November schedule below, with more keynotes to follow in December and throughout 2018.

November 2017
Show 1 – Keynote: Martinez Brothers
ANNA / Manu Gonzalez / Jay Medvedeva / Elena Pavla / Andy Eastough / Sunrise: Matador

Show 2 – Keynote: Yann Pissenem
Horse Meat Disco / Graham Sahara / L.O.R.D.I.E / Steve Toombs / Andy Eastough / Sunrise: Lee Burridge

PANELS & KEYNOTES WITH OVER 60 SPEAKERS INCLUDING ARTISTS SEBASTIAN INGROSSO & LAIDBACK LUKE PLUS REPRESENTATIVES FROM CMC HOLDINGS, WONDERFRUIT, WARNER MUSIC, ELROW & MORE

IMS’ CHINA ELECTRONIC MUSIC MARKET REPORT – 286 HUNDRED MILLION ELECTRONIC MUSIC LISTENERS IN CHINA, ELECTRONIC MUSIC IS CHINA’S SECOND MOST POPULAR GENRE


International Music Summit, the premier platform for thought leadership in electronic music, has concluded a successful fourth installment of its flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia-Pacific, in conjunction with A2LiVE and STORM festival. The event brought together 700 dance music industry leaders from 24 countries from East and West for two days of thought provoking panels, world-class production and DJing workshops, insightful reports and after parties in Shanghai that revealed the scale of Asia’s burgeoning electronic music market.  Professionals representing over 60 different senior electronic music industry roles including CEO’s, Agents, Artists, Bookers, Managers, Club & Festival owners were present at the summit, with 74% attending from China, 18% international and 9% from Asia.  IMS Asia-Pacific opened with the Nielsen Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’. This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in China in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in the country.

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In a rare keynote address, Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands) presented his thoughts on the summit theme ‘The Digital Storm’, reflecting on two decades in dance music and the impact of the digital era on DJing and production, noting “I started producing with an Atari computer with Cubase in my bedroom, now I mastered a track on the way here on the airplane.”  Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China) representing one of the largest investment companies in the region, was bullish on the digital opportunities in her keynote, China: The Opportunity Is Now, singling out streaming as a huge potential windfall for the region, statingDigital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”

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The state and health of the underground scene and how to nurture it in a region where EDM dominates was a key talking point in Shanghai on day one of the summit in the panel, ‘Nature vs Nurture. Speakers including Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong), Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China), and Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain) discussed the range of electronic music that exists in the region, how the underground is still expanding and how it is still understood in the region, with Tom Bray noting “How do you define underground in China? Anything that’s not in the charts or played on radio. Even mainstream sounding electronic music if it’s not in the charts is considered underground.“ Collectively the panel created a “Ten Point Plan’ on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent, with key actions including ‘think local, book local’, foster discovery, encourage entrepreneurialism and the promotion of electronic music as an art form.

Other highlights from Day one also saw Brazil’s most prolific electronic music act, Alok, reflect on the digital age and the role that Asia-Pacific region has played in his career, noting “to raise a fanbase and cultivate it in China takes patience and time”. Dance music veteran Howie B spoke with Chinese artists Mickey Zhang and WHAI on the challenges that arise culturally, linguistically, and creatively when collaborating with artists from another culture, concluding “the language barrier is not a barrier, it’s freedom”. In his second panel appearance of the day,  Laidback Luke, Unity, and Krosses got together to speak on how people can learn from these international collaborations, and what they say about the increasingly connected world in which we live. Krosses revealed technology allows them to produce together full time, eight hours per day despite being located on different continents.

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The day concluded with a rare keynote interview from artist Sebastien Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thomson (CEO, ATM Artists, USA) who discussed their approach to the Asia-Pacific region. They addressed how the West can often tend to homogenize Asia as one territory, when in reality it’s a hugely diverse and regionalized number of markets that require a tailored approach when releasing content. Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asian markets, we change our set up from country to country.”  For Axwell^Ingrosso collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki. Thomson used the keynote to voice her frustration at the lack of communication with local major labels and used the platform to invite hungry, upcoming Asian industry talent to work with her in developing her artists in the region.

Day two saw Pranitan Phornprapha, CEO/Founder of Thailand’s promotion company Wonderfruit, give a keynote presentation on how to create a festival with less of a carbon footprint, and addressed the challenges that arise when trying to do so, advising anyone who wants to run their own festival that it’s imperative to listen to your audience and “to run an event you have to be very data driven. I would encourage anyone to do their own independent surveys. Data doesn’t lie.”  

Bart Cools of Warner Music also gave his second Keynote at IMS, this time giving his view on the global electronic music marketplace and the challenges and opportunities in Asia-Pacific which is “literally fizzing with opportunity.”  He touched on the recent acquisition of Spinnin’ Records, stating it should be seen as “a vote of confidence in the whole dance sector” concluding his keynote with the powerful statement that “I have no doubt that Asia will play a huge role in spearheading this industry’s growth.”

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Day two also explored the role of labels in Asia Pacific, A2LiVE’s Managing Director Eric Reithler Barros led a panel of label executives including Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific) and Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong kong) to discuss how labels are thriving in the region and the emerging electronic music scene, with the major labels both agreeing that a key focus now is finding local talent to break on an international level.

The “Assessing Market Value” panel saw a lively debate between managers, bookers, agents and promoters  discussing artists fees and market value in the region. Speaking including Andrew Goldstone, former manager of Tiesto and Deckstar Management GM, joined Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA), Jason Swamy (Net Ease Cloud Music) debated the difficulty of building a sustainable and thriving scene in Asia with larger festivals setting artists budgets, with Wonderfruit promoter Jason Swamy noting on the negotiation process “whoever gives out the first prices loses.”

The day concluded with a panel of esteemed professionals from all walks of the dance music industry, from promoters (Eric Zho, A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China) to agents (Matt Rodriguez, Paradigm Talent Agency, USA) to investors (Scarlett Li, CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Co-President/Founder, China), discussing the “Big Picture” of the Asia-Pacific dance market, and where it will go from here, covering big topics including ‘predatory competition’ in the Asian festival market, the importance of encouraging homegrown Asian talent, the potential for more transparency in the artist/manager/agent relationship and the issues surrounding payments and the restrictive Chinese processes surrounding them.  Scarlett Li closed the conference with a warning to artists around the dangers of not paying withholding tax, advising “make sure your book is clean, pay your tax, if not you will pay a heavy price and you may not play here again.”

As well as insightful panels, delegates also experienced the latest cutting edge tech and learned from leading industry artists in production and DJing masterclasses led by Laidback Luke, Rave Radio, Unity, Pioneer DJ and Point Blank Music School.

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Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder, states “IMS Asia-Pacific was another educational and inspirational gathering of some of the most influential architects of the scene in Asia-Pacific. The two-day event probably went much deeper than any previous IMS event in this region, resulting in the creation of a Ten Point Plan of how to better nurture the underground movement to help achieve a better balance of the musical eco-system. There was also strong advice about finances in Asia, and how better to communicate with audiences. Overall, it was a great success and we’re proud to have provided such a powerful platform for the genre to network and further the advance of the genre around the region.

International Music Summit Asia Pacific celebrates its third year, and solidifies itself as the premier electronic music conference in the region. The summit concludes IMS’ events for the 2017 season, and looks forward to a strong return in 2018, furthering its expansion.

 

 

The fourth annual IMS Asia-Pacific concluded yesterday September 22, 2017. Over 500 delegates and speakers attended from around the world and debated the most pressing topics facing the region. Below are the five central calls to action that resulted from the two intensive and productive days.

1. FOCUS ON KOREA! THE TERRITORY IS LEADING THE WAY WITH ELECTRONIC MUSIC ENGAGEMENT IN ASIA-PACIFIC

Day one opened with the AC Nielsen Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, which revealed dance music continues to remain hugely popular in the region, hitting the top five of all music genres in all markets except Japan, with Koreans most likely of all markets to listen to dance music and to be ‘dedicated listeners’.

This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users of electronic music in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in China.

2. THE DIGITAL STORM: STREAMING POSES THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY IN THE REGION

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Net Ease Cloud Music alone has “over 300,000 electronic music downloads each day and more than 620,000 playlists live per day”.

Scarlett Li noted in her keynote China: The Opportunity Is Now, “Digital music today is a real business, there will be an estimated 2 billion USD market for paid streaming service by 2020.”

3. HOMEGROWN HEADLINERS IS THE GOAL

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Festival promoters within Asia-Pacific made a clear declaration that the main goal is to find headliners from within their territories. Doung Anh Minh from Lost in Music in Vietnam stated that the day is “near” in his market when the homegrown talent headlines, and the international acts support.

4. ARTISTS MUST TAILOR THEIR APPROACH TO INDIVIDUAL MARKETS IF THEY WANT TO SUCCEED

As Sebastian Ingrosso noted in his keynote “there is a big difference between Asia markets, we change our set up from country to country.” For Ingrosso and his manager Amy Thompson, collaboration with rising local talent is key to building a fanbase in new Asian markets and IMS Asia-Pacific was their platform to announce their newest collaboration “Sun is Shining” with upcoming Chinese talent Kiki.

5. IMS SPEAKERS CREATE A “TEN POINT PLAN” TO CULTIVATING THE UNDERGROUND AND COMPLETING THE ECO-SYSTEM

digitalstormIMS speakers created a “Ten Point Plan’ collectively on the stage to help unlock the eco-system and bring through new talent. Titled “Nature Versus Nature”, the key actions were… Think local, book local, Foster Discovery, Encourage Entreprenuralism and promote electronic music as an art form.

IMS Asia-Pacific attendees will ave no shortage of day and night-time events to explore during the two-day summit in Shanghai.  Get to know the local scene in Shanghai from underground clubs to the massive STORM festival.

Featured artists include Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity, Jason Swamy, an assortment of local talent and many more…

OFFICIAL PARTIES

  • Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm
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    Budweiser STORM Festival
    September 23-24 | 2pm – 10pm

    The most anticipated electronic music festival in China takes place in Shanghai after IMS Asia-Pacific. Started in 2013, it is now the top festival in the country, boasting 11 locations across China and Australia. Don’t miss this incredible experience.

    Tickets to STORM Festival are not included in the price of the delegate badge.

    IMS Asia-Pacific + STORM Festival Package Tickets HERE.

    STORM Festival Tickets HERE.

    Venue: Address: No. 188, Lane 399, East Shendi Road, Pudong District, Shanghai

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    15:00 Pick up from Hyatt on the Bund, drop off at the Storm venue (VIP Entrance)

    22:30 Pick up from the Storm venue (VIP Entrance), drop off at Hyatt on the Bund

    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late
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    IMS After Party by Dianyintai
    September 21 | 9pm – late

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Arkham Shanghai

    Time: 9pm – late

    Location: China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Wulumuqi S Rd, 1号-5

    Google map it here.

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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am
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    Pryo After Party
    September 21 |10pm – 4am

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Le Baron, Shanghai

    Time: 10:00pm – 4:00am

    Location: Seventh Floor, 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, Xuhui district

    Come and join us for the PYRO 百大 Official After Party! Featuring the top DJs from PYRO’s top 100 chart, which will be announced at IMS on the same day in the afternoon (21st Sept). This highly anticipated event marks the start of a new era for Chinese DJs. An official ranking to help create value and develop the industry, in one of the most exciting markets in the world. Artist lineup can not be announced before the IMS ceremony, but the talent will be more than present. Come see the newly minted DJs show why they ranked as high as they did! A complimentary drink will be served for all attending IMS delegates, please make sure you RSVP below and keep your IMS delegate badge on you when you arrive.

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  • Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am
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    Mixmash Record Label Night with Laidback Luke, Krosses and Unity
    September 22 | 10pm – 3am

    DJs: Laidback Luke, Krosses, Unity

    Venue: M2 (Hong Kong Plaza)

    Time: 10:00pm – 3:00am

    Address: M2, Hong Kong Plaza, 4/F, 283 Huai Hai Zhong Lu

    NOTE: This event is not free to enter for IMS badge holders and will charge an entry fee at the door.

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    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late
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    ASL Lounge Afterparty
    September 22 | 11pm – late

    IMS Asia-Pacific delegates only.

    Venue: ASL Shanghai

    Time: 11pm until late

    Location: 88 Tongren Road, Shanghai, China 200031

    Google map location here.

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    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late
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    IMS Asia-Pacific Closing Party Supported by NetEase Cloud Music
    September 22 | 2am – late

    DJs: Ebar, Jasmine Li, Emil Chang, Jason Swamy

    Free entrance for IMS Asia-Pacific delegates.

    Venue: Celia by Pulse, Shanghai

    Time: 2am until late

    Location: 298, Xingfu Lu near Pingwu Lu, Changning, Shanghai
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Final speakers include Axwell^Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Mija and ALOK plus leading representatives from elrow, Warner Music Group and AEG

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International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce additional speakers and the final schedule for the 2017 instalment of their flagship event in Asia. IMS Asia Pacific takes place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund.

In a rare moment at IMS or any electronic music summit, an established artist will issue a solo talk as Laidback Luke will deliver a keynote address on the theme of IMS AP 2017, The Digital Storm, touching upon how ever-expanding technology has affected the music market. Laidback Luke is also slated to present a masterclass titled ‘How To Make Music Fast And Keep Inspired’, alongside workshops from Point Blank Music School and artists Rave Radio and Unity. Billboard’s Asia Bureau Chief Rob Schwartz will interview Swedish icons Axwell^Ingrosso as they discuss their own experiences within the industry. Scarlett Li, Vice President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, holds her own keynote, drawing upon her years of experience as one of China’s leaders in Live Entertainment addressing key issues that affect everyone in the dance music community.

Panellists include prominent professionals from across the entire electronic music industry discussing a wide range of issues that affect the dance music community at large and notably in Asia. Robb Spitzer will join ISMAYA Group Co-Founder and Djakarta Warehouse mastermind Christian Rijanto amongst a panel of highly-regarded colleagues to discuss the rising underground scene in Asia while Iqbal Ameer, founder and CEO of The Livescape Group joins Wonderfruit founder Pranitan Phornprapha and Slick! India, India’s leading House & Techno brand, founder Prateek Pandey to explore emerging markets and new opportunities in Asia-Pacific countries including India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Tackling environmental challenges, Pranitan Phornprapha leads his own keynote presentation on the challenges and strategies of creating a greener music festival for the benefit of attendees and the environment, touching upon his own experience as one of Asia’s most respected promoters. We’ll also get down to brass tacks and hard figures as the official 2017 NetEase China Music Report and the Nielson Asia-Pacific Dance Music Study, commissioned by A2Live, are unveiled at the summit.

Delegates will have the opportunity to get unique career guidance and insight from up and coming artists within the Asia Pacific music markets, including newcomer Unity. A2LiVE Managing Director Eric Rethler-Barros will spearhead the discussion on effectively collaborating on creative projects across East and West, US to China, in a panel consisting of international artists Howie B, WHAI, and Mickey Zhang, director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival.

IMS Co-Founder Ben Turner states It is an educational process programming IMS Asia-Pacific never mind attending it! It really is incredible to see the interest and attention this region is getting and we hope the fourth edition of IMS Asia-Pacific is as fascinating as all previous ones. This year we are really pushing the agenda on the eco-system and how underground music gets heard and evolves in such a mainstream climate; how international brands are coming to the region and integrate respectfully, plus some leaders of investment talking about the big picture. As one of the panels state, ‘the Opportunity is NOW’!”

In 2015, IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique first hand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing markets in the world.

 

Complete list of Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Axwell^Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

Interviewed by Rob Schwartz (Billboard Magazine, Asia Bureau Chief, USA/Japan)

Bart Cools (Warner Music Group, Executive Vice President/Global A&R Marketing Dance Music, UK/NL)

Laidback Luke (Artist, Netherlands)

Pranitan Phornprapha (Scratch First Co. Ltd, (Wonderfruit Festival), Founder/CEO, Thailand)

Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Vice President/Founder, China)

 

Additional Speakers

Alan Hsia (theLOOP Inc., Co-Founder, Taiwan)

ALOK (Artist, Brazil)

Andre Jaeger Soares (Ecozoic Resources Inc, Founder Director, USA)

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager and GM, (NYC), USA)

Arsit Prachaseri (AG Productions/Retox Sessions, CEO/Founder, Thailand)

Ben Turner (Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK)

Christian Rijanto (ISMAYA Group, Co-Founder, Indonesia)

Christopher Coe (Treecreds, Director, Australia)

Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA)

Damien Saint (W Bali – Seminyak, W Sound Suite & Music Curator, Indonesia)

David Plattner (RainTrust, Chief Visionary Officer, Bangkok)

Duong Anh Minh (Lost in Music – LIM Entertainment JSC, Founder & Managing Partner, Vietnam)

Emily Hou (A2LiVE/Strobelight Talent, Agent/Buyer, China)

Eric Reithler-Barros (A2LiVE/DianYinTai, MD/CCO, China)

Eric Zho (A2LiVE, CEO & Founder, China)

Georges Kool (Mixmash Records, Managing Director, Netherlands)

Helena Kosinski (Nielsen Company, Vice President of Nielsen Music – Global, UK)

Howie B (Artist, UK)

Iqbal Ameer (The Livescape Group, CEO, Malaysia)

Jason Swamy (NetEase Cloud Music, Business Director/Partner, China)

Jeremie Habib (Gigwell, Co-Founder & CEO, USA)

Jessie Wang (NetEase Cloud Music, International Business Director, China)

Jody Taylor (Write Rhythm, CEO & Founder, Indonesia)

KAKU (Artist, Asia)

Krosses (Artist, India/UK)

Kurosh Nasseri (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, Co-Chairman/Co-Founder, USA)

Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK)

Mark Netto (IMS, Co-Founder, Ibiza)

Matthew Hoag (elrow, Global Brand Manager, Spain)

Matt Rodriguez (Paradigm Talent Agency, Agent, USA)

Michel Kuklinksi (David Lewis Productions, Agent, Netherlands)

Mickey Zhang (O2 Culture, Artist/Chief Director of E-MIDI Electronic Music Festival 2017, China)

Mija (Artist, USA)

Nobby Uno (Avex Entertainment, Producer/Manager, Japan)

Olga Heijns (Unmanageable Artists, Artist Manager/Founder/MD, Netherlands)

Prateek Pandey (Slick! India, Director, India)

Rave Radio (Artist, Australia)

Rob Cowan (Point Blank Music School, CEO & Founder, UK)

Robb Harker (Supermodified Agency, CEO, Hong Kong)

Robb Spitzer (AEG Presents, Senior Vice President, Asia)

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Director of Electronic Music, Asia-Pacific)

Spencer Tarring (Pyro Music, CEO, China)

Steve Pillemer (Your Shot, Founder, Australia)

Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer DJ, Sales Manager, Japan)

Tan Chang (Hummingbird Music Ltd, CEO & Founder, Hong Kong)

Tom Bray (YETI OUT, Co-Founder, China)

Unity (Artist, China)

Vlada Didenko (IMS Asia-Pacific/A2LiVE, Partner/Director, China)

WHAI (O2 Culture, Artist, China)

 

 

 

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Co-Founder & CEO, Netherlands), Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Manager & GM (NYC), USA), Scarlett Li (CMC Capital Partners, Co-President, China), Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific)

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International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today announce the first round of inspiring speakers for the 2017 installment of their flagship event in Asia, IMS Asia Pacific, taking place Sept 21-22 in Shanghai, China at Hyatt on the Bund. The two-day summit will unite global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads from East and West in an exploration of the issues and opportunities in the fastest growing market on the planet.

We’ll hear firsthand from some of the world’s biggest stars and reps, including Swedish music icons Axwell ^ Ingrosso plus keynote speakers including Andrew Goldstone, one of the most respected managers in electronic music, who oversaw Tiesto’s career at Red Light Management between 2013 and 2016, and in 2017 launched the New York branch of Deckstar Management, whose clients include Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, Blau, and Don Diablo.  Joining him at IMS Asia-Pacific will be legendary label boss and one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 50 Most Influential People in EDM”, Eelko Van Kooten, Co-Founder & CEO of Spinnin’ Records, the label that helped launch the careers of superstar Martin Garrix, EDM pioneer Avicii, platinum record-selling DJ Hardwell and countless other household-name acts.

Additionally, IMS Asia-Pacific will feature talks from Sony Music’s Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific Ryan Wilson, Executive Vice President Global A&R and Marketing for Dance Music at Warner Music Group Bart Cools, who oversees the marketing for some of the biggest dance acts today including David Guetta, Galantis, Robin Schulz and Disciples among others.

IMS Asia-Pacific will also feature voices from some of the industry’s most prominent leaders in live entertainment including Paradigm Talent Agency’s Cody Chapman, who counts DJ Snake, Shiba San, Tchami, and Zeds Dead among his diverse client roster, Wonderfruit promoter and NetEase Cloud Music Partner Jason Swamy, who brought Ultra Music Festival to Hong Kong, Scarlett Li, Co-President of CMC Capital Partners and Founder of Zebra Media, one of China’s most innovative entertainment and live event platforms, and ISMAYA GROUP founder and Djakarta​ Warehouse Project mastermind Christian Rijanto.

These visionaries will discuss some of the most pressing issues that affect electronic music both globally and locally in Asia-Pacific, exploring topics including the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, promoting sustainability and Green issues, assessing fair market value within the genre and looking at the big picture of the industry in Asia.

In addition to interrogating these crucial topics, attendees will also get the first look at the NetEase Music Report: Asia-Pacific, hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club winners and have the opportunity to participate in Point Blank Music School Masterclasses in electronic music production and DJing skills.

“The Asia-Pacific region offers some of the biggest opportunities to the electronic music industry, yet is largely unknown for most who live and work outside of it” says IMS co-founder Pete Tong. “ We believe IMS Asia-Pacific is key to opening the doors to this growing market and we are delighted to host some of the most influential decision makers in the region as our first speakers, alongside their global counterparts.  Our goal for IMS Asia-Pacific is to bring industry leaders from East and West together to build a dialogue, create connections, develop understanding and grow opportunities in a territory that hosts more than 60% of the world’s population.”

In 2015 IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young, eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the electronic music scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique firsthand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world.

Budweiser STORM Festival, produced by A2LiVE, has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass​ ​280,000​ and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more. Earlier this year A2LiVE Festival announced the launch of STORM Records! a Chinese focused electronic music label with European powerhouse label, Spinnin’ Records.

 

IMS ASIA-PACIFIC FIRST TEN SPEAKERS

Andrew Goldstone (Deckstar Management, Artist Manager & GM (NYC), USA)

Axwell ^ Ingrosso (Artists, Sweden)

Bart Cools (Warner Music Group, Executive VP Global A&R and Marketing Dance Music, UK/NL)

Christian Rijanto (ISMAYA GROUP, Co-Founder, Indonesia)

Cody Chapman (Paradigm Talent Agency, Booking Agent, USA)

Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Co-Founder & CEO, Netherlands)

Jason Swamy (NetEase Cloud Music, Business Director/Partner, China)

Ryan Wilson (Sony Music, Head of Dance Music, Asia-Pacific)

Scarlett Li (CMC Holdings/Zebra Media, Co-President/Founder, China)

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Including: Warner Music, Billboard China, Pioneer DJ, Paradigm Talent Agency, Spinnin’ Records, Association for Electronic Music, Avex and more

Shanghai, China, Sept 21-22

International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, today revealed their initial programming details and company representative speakers for the fourth IMS Asia-Pacific, taking place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund. IMS AP will gather global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads to explore the growing influence of electronic music and the issues, challenges and opportunities that face the industry globally and, notably, in Asia. The 2017 IMS Asia-Pacific is sub-titled ‘The Digital Storm’ and will focus on the ever-evolving digital landscape of the music industry.

The first speakers come from 20 companies that drive the Asian-Pacific electronic music market today, including China’s live dance music leader A2LiVE, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), global talent agency Paradigm, Point Blank Music School, major label reps from Sony and Warner Music, industry-standard hardware manufacturer Pioneer DJ, distinguished music publication Billboard, and Spinnin’ Records, the label that gave rise to superstar Martin Garrix.

These visionaries will discuss hot-button issues that affect the community at large and Asia-Pacific, tackling topics like the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, nurturing the underground in a very commercial region, creating a greener music festival, assessing fair market value in the dance music space, and looking at the big picture of the dance music industry in Asia. Attendees will also get the first look at the NetEase Music Report: Asia Pacific, attend Point Blank Music School Masterclasses, and hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club Winners.

“The potential of streaming and the Digital Storm in Asia is phenomenal, and the electronic music industry needs to be ready to embrace the opportunity,” says IMS co-founder Ben Turner. “However, right now, it’s a mainstream music market and IMS hopes to help redress the balance by helping the region support a full eco-system like we enjoy in other parts of the world. These are also testing times in the live market and best practices at events in Asia remain a huge concern. As always, there is plenty to debate at IMS Asia-Pacific.”

Last year IMS Asia-Pacific hosted two of the world’s biggest artists Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Pete Tong, representatives from CAA, AM Only and WME, Universal Music and Sony Music, for a wide-ranging series of discussions about the Asian market. Boiler Room also returned to the city of Shanghai with a special debut from Skrillex, which was one of the most viewed and highest streamed Boiler Rooms ever.

In 2015 IMS revealed that electronic music event attendance in China had risen 30% since 2011. The region is filled with a growing population of young, eager fans, hopeful talent and hungry professionals aiming to help cultivate the electronic music scene in the region and in China, the world’s biggest potential market for electronic music. 2017’s IMS Asia-Pacific will bridge the gap between East and West and provide unique firsthand insight into the artists, businesses and events that are making Asia-Pacific one of the most exciting and rapidly growing electronic music markets in the world.

Budweiser STORM Festival, produced by A2LiVE, has become China’s premier electronic music event since its launch in 2013. In addition to its flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass 200,000 and they have hosted some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more. Earlier this year A2LiVE Festival announced the launch of STORM Records! a Chinese focused electronic music label with European powerhouse label, Spinnin’ Records.

 

FIRST TOPICS ANNOUNCED

THE DIGITAL STORM – IMS ASIA-PACIFIC THEME 2017

PROTECTING OUR CULTURE: DIVERSITY, LOCALITY, CORPORATISM

EMERGING MARKETS WITHIN ASIA-PACIFIC

PYRO TOP 100 CHINA DJ & CLUB WINNERS REVEALED

NURTURING THE UNDERGROUND IN ASIA-PACIFIC

WESTERN PRODUCER, EASTERN ARTIST – COLLABORATIVE CASE STUDIES

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL MASTERCLASSES

NETEASE MUSIC REPORT: ASIA-PACIFIC

HOW TO CREATE A GREENER FESTIVAL

LABELS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

MAKE ASIA GREEN AGAIN

ARTISTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

ASSESSING FAIR MARKET VALUE

BIG THINKERS: BIG PICTURE

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS WITH STORM HEADLINERS

 

FIRST LIST OF COMPANY SPEAKERS

A2LIVE, CHINA

AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC, UK

AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN

BILLBOARD, ASIA

CMC CAPITAL PARTNERS, CHINA

LIVESCAPE GROUP, MALAYSIA

NETEASE, CHINA

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, NORTH AMERICA

PIONEER DJ, ASIA

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, UK

PULSE GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA

PYRO, CHINA

RAINTRUST, PHILIPPINES

SLICK!, INDIA

SONY MUSIC, ASIA

SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS

THELOOP INC., TAIWAN

WARNER MUSIC, ASIA

WME, ASIA

WONDERFRUIT, THAILAND

With the second IMS College – Malta now completed, IMS looks back at the important take aways from the two-day, three-night educational initiative with guidance from some of the industry’s top leaders.

Here’s what we learned from the second annual IMS College in Malta!

  1. In the early stages of your career as an electronic artist, originality is key to attracting the attention of A&R’s and industry heads.

    “Please, write your own page, write your own story, don’t try to be like Richie Hawtin, we already have a Richie Hawtin” – Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium).

  2. That it’s not necessarily essential to be classically trained to make music. Such training can be a threat as the approach maybe too defined.

    “It’s not about mathematics, it’s about feelings” – UNER (Artist, Spain).

  3. When approaching labels with demos, tailor each email to match their style and musical output. Casting the net wide and approaching numerous different labels with the same email can have a negative effect.

    “Find a few words and explain why you feel the music fits the label” – Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany).

  4. It’s important for electronic artists to widen the scope and to explore different industries with their music.

    “The cinema industry is really looking for electronic musicians” – Agoria (Artist, France).

  5. Mixing your productions in Mono will give you a more polished sound.

    “As an exercise in mixing, if your mixes sound good in Mono, then they will sound awesome in Stereo” – JC Concato (Point Blank, Creative Director, UK)

  6. That turntables and a mixer should be considered an instrument.

    “It’s very simple, it’s just my instrument, two turntables and a mixer. I’ve worked for 37 years now as a DJ and I’ve never seen a reason to change my style” – Sven Väth (Artist, Germany).

  7. An insight into the Maltese electronic music market. Although the scene has grown positively, local artists believe that there is a limit to their own development on the island.

    “I believe there’s only so much you can do in a 30-kilometer island. We have a good scene in Malta but eventually you will have to go international” – Joven Tenishia (Artist, Malta)

  8. CR2 Records are launching a new educational initiative called #Learn4Free. Two production tutorial series that focus on underground and main room studio techniques designed to guide up and coming producers. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Teen Cancer USA.

  9. The significance and importance of utilizing DJ Charts on Beatport to gain exposure as an artist.

    “DJ Charts is second biggest drivers of sale and discovery. No matter how small you are of an artist, it’s a way of building on records that you are putting out” – Jack Bridges (Beatport, Director of Artists, Labels, Sounds, Berlin).

  10. As an artist, it is fundamentally important to work with a publisher to ensure that all of your royalty payments are collected.

    “Publishers do all the legwork so you can focus on making music. They pitch you, they invest in you, they advise you. Performing rights license all the organizations like Radio 1 and Creamfields. The publishers drive them to make sure the money is paid to the right people” – Mark Lawrence (AFEM, CEO, UK).