Jean Michel Jarre, B-Traits, Nile Rodgers, Pete Tong, Black Coffee, Seth Troxler and Louie Vega
Native Instruments and Pioneer DJ
Today at the 10th edition of the International Music Summit Ibiza, The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), the global voice of the electronic music industry, announces their first phase of artist ambassadors.
Aligning with the organisations strong voice and purpose, the list includes some of electronic music’s most respected global artists, a diverse range of DJs, musicians and producers from both the mainstream and underground that represent the spectrum of the genre.
The full list of confirmed ambassadors to date are: Anja Schneider, Armin Van Buuren, Black Coffee, B-Traits, Carl Craig, Jean Michel Jarre, Louie Vega, Nicole Moudaber, Nile Rodgers, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong and Seth Troxler.
Giving their time free of charge, the ambassadors will raise awareness of key issues within the electronic music industry, communicating on the wide variety challenges it faces; with a clear objective to help encourage and effect positive change.
With tough issues tackled including royalty transparency, diversity, piracy, and harm reduction the announcement of artist ambassadors firmly cements AFEM’s proactive commitment to change.
AFEM have gained a firm reputation for challenging the status quo and initiating change with successful campaigns such as Get Played Get Paid; ensuring technology is used to ID the music played in clubs and festivals so that the right artists, labels and publishers get paid per play. In addition to this Safe In Sound previously connected experts, promoters, governments and clubs to modify laws, best practice and education surrounding harm reduction and drug policy.
AFEM also today announces that Pioneer DJ and Native Instruments are joining as full members. They join companies such as DJ Monitor, Yacast and BMAT, a reflection of the continued shift in technology companies driving the genre forward.
Mark Lawrence CEO of AFEM states ‘The challenges we face and opportunities we must take do not only impact on electronic music businesses, they impact on DJs, musicians, songwriters, DJs and fans. With the announcement of our Artist Ambassadors, AFEM becomes the global voice of the electronic music genre, for those who create our music right through to those who passionately enjoy and embrace it.”
When AFEM opened its doors to membership in 2014 the ambition was to represent every type of organisation in electronic music and every key territory, so that its voice was genuinely global and working towards becoming the voice of the electronic music ecosystem.
AFEM was created by Ben Turner and Kurosh Nasseri, and the organisation now has 140 members in 40 countries, 20 working groups and 4 active campaigns, including diversity, anti piracy and mental and physical health support for fans and professionals. Current members of the organisation include the likes of CAA, Insomniac, Live Nation, Ministry of Sound, Paradigm, Universal, WME plus artist managers, media, labels and publishers from across the spectrum.
The second phase of AFEM artist ambassadors will be revealed at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) this October.
We welcome Smirnoff Sound Collective™ at our 10th anniversary and are excited by Smirnoff’s™ pledge to foster Gender Diversity in Electronic Music – a commitment by the brand introduced on International Women’s Day 2017.
The campaign highlights shocking industry statistics to draw awareness to the gender issue in electronic music. Did you know only 17% of electronic music festival headliners in 2016 were female? And only 5% producers? The ambition is to double the number of female headliners by 2020 together with key industry partners.
After kicking-off with a global announcement on International Women’s Day w/ Events in New York, London and Berlin it is time for the next step. Meet the Smirnoff Sound Collective Team Leila Fataar (Head of Culture and Entertainment for Diageo Europe), Julia Weber (Culture and Entertainment Manager, Germany) and Nicholas Cornbleet (Smirnoff Brand Manager) at the Smirnoff IMS beach lounge to explore how to drive the change. What does the industry need? What projects should be supported? How can we educate the next generation and give talented artists a bigger stage? The Smirnoff Sound Collective Team is here to soundboard and discuss ideas and their Beach Lounge is open daily from 11am-8pm.
Together with shesaid.so, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ will host a Diversity Debate on Thursday May 25th entitled “Balancing the Ratio – How the Industry needs to address Gender Disparity in Electronic Music” which will be moderated by Mark Lawrence (AFEM) and feature the Panelists Andreea Magdalina (shesaid.so, Founder), Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment), Miss Kittin (Artist), Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder), Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM & SVP Beatport).
The IMS Debate is followed by a “Diversity Roundtable” Brunch on May 26th at the Smirnoff Sound Collective IMS Beach Lounge. Over Smirnoff Bloody Marys leading Industry Player are invited to get to the bottom of the complexities of the deep-rooted Disparity issue and foster ideas and action steps that could enable a genuine,
Smirnoff has adopted a long-term approach to ensure genuinely effective solutions, working to a three-year strategy with International Music Summit as the leading Industry Platform, using IMS’ connections to enlist talent and organizations who are not only recognized for their credibility in electronic music but also for championing this cause independently, Smirnoff’s first step has been to secure a pledge from industry gatekeepers best placed to help fight the cause for gender parity.
“Equalizing Music” began with a push for industry partners to get involved. By signing a pledge, each partner made a commitment to increase representation. Some key industry leaders who have signed include Spotify, Pitchfork, iHeartRadio, Deltic Group, Mixmag, THUMP, Broadly and more. Together, these organizations are advancing gender representation across performance bookings, exposure in media and other opportunities.
20.00-00.00 IMS LEGENDS AWARDS DINNER – PRESENTED BY SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE HONOURING RICARDO URGELL (PACHA)
Pacha, Ibiza Town Ticketed Event Only. €150 including three-course meal, drinks
Briefing: Ricardo Urgell, founder of Pacha, is a true pioneer and the maverick behind the brand that has touched millions of lives over the years – this award fittingly commemorates his achievements. In association with Diario de Ibiza and Bridges for Music.
16.00-17.00 DEBATE: BALANCING THE RATIO – HOW THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO ADDRESS GENDER DISPARITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC (HOSTED BY SHESAID.SO & SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE)
Andreea Magdalina (Shesaid.so/IAMJT, Founder/Co-Founder, USA) Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) Miss Kittin (Artist, France) Ralf Kollmann (Mobilee, Co-Founder, Germany) Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport, GM/SVP Music Marketing and Analytics, Germany) Moderated by Mark Lawrence (AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, CEO, UK) Briefing: Women make up for only 17% of headliners at popular music festivals around the world. This panel will aim to explore steps that the industry can take in order to balance out these numbers across the board.
18.00-22.00 AFEM LOUNGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH TICKETMASTER AND SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE
Hard Rock Hotel Rooftop Enzo Siffredi
Briefing: Please join the Association for Electronic Music in partnership with Ticketmaster and Smirnoff Sound Collective for the latest installment of the AFEM Lounge. An opportunity to network with over 300 industry professionals sound tracked by an exclusive vinyl set of sun kissed soul, disco and house from Enzo Siffredi. Complimentary drinks.
10.30-12.30 BRUNCH: SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE AND SHESAID.SO PRESENT REAL TALK – A DIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE BRUNCH
Beach Bar at Hard Rock Hotel – Invite Only Briefing: Join Smirnoff Sound Collective for an intimate brunch where the debate about diversity in music will continue in full force.
14.45-14.55 ANNOUNCEMENT: SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE
Leila Fataar (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) in discussion with Ben Turner (Graphite/IMS, CEO/Partner, UK)
17.00-00.00 IMS DALT VILA IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIONEER DJ AND SMIRNOFF SOUND COLLECTIVE
Dalt Vila, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza Town
17.00-18.00 Manu Gonzalez b2b Lollino (BURN Residency)
18.00-19.00 B.Traits b2b Jesse Rose
19.00-20.00 Kenlou b2b The Martinez Brothers
20.00-21.00 Kenlou b2b Dixon 21.00-22.00 Nicole Moudaber b2b Pete Tong
22.00-23.00 Miss Kittin b2b Seth Troxler
23.00-00.00 Maceo Plex b2b Tale of Us
Use these hashtags to connect on socials: #2xwomenheadliners #SmirnoffSoundCollective
IMS College is proud to announce a new initiative at IMS Ibiza in partnership with BURN RESIDENCY; presenting a special additional FREE day of networking, education and workshops created for music students, budding DJs, upcoming producers, young industry thought leaders and IMS delegates.
IMS College aims to bring together the next generation of bright industry minds for an intensive 360-degree learning experience that will give a new wave of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their careers. With the ethos of ‘learn by day, party by night’ IMS College is a ‘a crash course in the electronic music business’.
BURN Residency is now in its 7th year, presenting its now industry renowned DJ competition that offers undiscovered DJ talent the opportunity of a lifetime, a career jump-start that sees them on stage in a European city, as well as a 5-week residency in the electronic music mecca, Ibiza.
IMS College and BURN now present a special additional day to the IMS Ibiza programme with an educational focus, to take place on Tuesday 23 May.
Drawing inspiration from IMS College – Malta, IMS College Present BURN Residency Sessions seeks to deliver a free specially curated day, which will take the format of a range of seminars, workshops and interactive sessions covering many aspects of the music industry. From press and promotion to A&R and career advice all with the aim of giving attendees an opportunity to learn, develop their existing skills and equip them with vital tools and knowledge to help further their career.
The day will see a full programme of events that include:
Pete Tong lecture and Q&A session with one of IMS’ founders
Point Blank DJ workshop featuring Berghain resident DVS1
How to cut through the noise in the blogosphere seminar presented by Neighbourhood PR
Brand Synergyworkshop led by Inder Phull, 2016’s IMS Visionaries competition winner and founder of the creative agency, technology company &global network KRPT.
A live A&R session by one of the industry’s biggest major labels, where representatives from Warner Germany, Parlophone UK and Warner Australia will A&R and advise on tracks that are presented.
ACS – All about Ears, Play Safe Now, Hear Tomorrow – a practical guide and help on how to protect your ears and hearing
Technical production workshop from Berklee College of Music, led by Nacho Marco
IMS Partners: Ask Any Questions; Ben Turner, Mark Netto & Danny Whittle will field questions from the floor on any subject or topic
Many more high profile DJ names and dance music industry leaders to be announced
The day is primarily aimed at music students based in the UK and Ibiza as well as IMS delegates, presenting an opportunity for individuals travelling to Ibiza to enjoy the opening parties the benefits of IMS College. Holders of the IMS College present BURN Residency wristband will also be given the opportunity to purchase a heavily discounted IMS Ibiza badge for 100€, allowing them to enjoy the full delegate experience.
Date: Time: Location:
Tuesday 23rd May 12.00 – 17.30 Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza
Entry with IMS Ibiza accreditation & wristband
Special IMS College present BURN Residency wristband produced for students
No ticket required for students, proof of full time education must be supplied on the day
Attendees should arrive by 11.30 to register and receive their wristband
About BURN Residency
Seeking out the best in world-leading, undiscovered DJ talent from across the globe, the BURN Residency 2017 competition has begun. Hailed as the ultimate initiative in electronica and geared towards breaking through next generation’s beat makers, this competition is the definitive opportunity for bedroom-based producers. Offering up a summer-long residency, partnering with iconic Ibiza clubs including Sankey’s, Ushuaia, Café Mambo and Privilege, as well as an additional prize of €100,000 to help carve out their career, those finalists lucky enough to have their mix shortlisted will attend a professional DJ bootcamp. Industry partners include Mixcloud, Be-At.TV, Ibiza Sonica Radio, Resident Advisor and Mixmag.
For more information about BURN Residency go to BURN.com
Over three days delegates will enjoy a wide range of illuminating workshops, inspiring artist keynotes plus engaging discussions and lively debates on the most important issues facing the electronic music industry today.
Day one highlights opening the summit include the greatly anticipated annual IMS Business Report, hosted by Kevin Watson (IMS Analyst, UK) who will take an in-depth look back at the growth of electronic music over the last decade plus reveal the all-important annual valuation of the genre for 2017. Following this is The Definitive Digital Ecosystem Discussion featuring representatives from Spotify, Facebook, Deezer and more, examining if labels and publishers can generate income without the big playlists fully supporting electronic music. Giving further insight into streaming is a Best Practices Masterclass from Spotify outlining how to approach positioning on its sought-after playlists. There will also be a revealing keynote interview with The Black Madonna, Meet The Team with the esteemed elrow family and a special insight into Resident Advisor and the pioneers behind it. Valuable advice on how to succeed in the music business both physically and emotionally will be given in Health vs Hedonism: Staying Sane in the Game, hosted by SheSaid.So and Native Instruments.
WATCH THE IMS IBIZA 2017 TEASER
Thursday presents day two of IMS, with highlights including a Masterclass by Facebook offering an invaluable opportunity to learn best practices in Facebook Live, VR and AI direct from those on the inside. Also on Thursday is an unmissable interview from Bernard Sumner of legendary UK dance act New Order, where the founding member of the iconic 80’s English band speaks on his multi-decade career and his memories from recording one of the finest albums of 1989, Technique, on the island of Ibiza. Continuing the all important diversity conversation will be a debate on How The Industry Needs To Address Gender Disparity In Electronic Music, hosted by SheSaid.So & Smirnoff Sound Collective.
The final day of IMS plays host to the 10th Annual Ibiza Debate hosted By Ibiza Voice, one of the summits most anticipated moments with leading island voices running over the changes and happenings on the island, in addition there will be a wider world view discussion with Clubland in Crisis? pinpointing the successes and failures of the scene over the last year. Closing IMS will be a rare public keynote interview with Dixon, going deep into the inner visions of this innovative artist.
With all this and so much more engaging and exciting moments to share at IMS, from networking drinks by the pool, films that document our culture, breakout sessions to the ultimate Ibiza party at Dalt Vila. All in all this is the strongest speaker line up in IMS Ibiza’s ten year history with many of the most pressing aspects of the music industry to be examined, analysed and explained.
International Music Summit (IMS), the three-day inspirational, educational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza, present a further carefully curated selection of leading electronic music industry professionals, adding to an unmissable roster totalling over 50 impressive and diverse speakers from around the globe.
IMS sets out to educate, inspire and encourage the sharing of new ideas. 2017 marks a decade of dynamic change in the sector and provides a theme for this year’s most engaging debates.
Gina Tucci, (Big Beat Records, Head of A&R /General Manager, USA), voted to be one of the 15 most powerful women in the EDM industry, will contribute her experience to the A&R panel, speaking alongside Patrick Moxey, (Ultra Records, President/Founder, USA) a visionary pioneer who has pushed past barriers to bring hip hop and electronic dance music into the mainstream heart of America. Also contributing is Renaat Vandepapeliere, (R&S Records, Founder, Belgium) a true pioneer who has run one of electronic music’s foremost labels for over 37 years.
Passing their comment on the ever changing face of Ibiza are promoters Yann Pissenem (Hï Ibiza / Ushuaïa Ibiza, Owner / Partner / CEO / Artistic Director, Spain) who in recent years has taken risk, engineered change in Ibiza and pioneered the success of now leading brands on the island, alongside Johannes Goller (Cocoon, Head of Cocoon Ibiza, Germany), who represents a brand that is as much a part of Ibiza as it is Germany. Completing this line up is Brigitte Armengol, (HEART Ibiza, Booking Manager, Spain) from one of the most innovative and adventurous clubs on the island. All will share their thoughts and experience on Ibiza and debate what the future holds.
A spotlight will be placed on the next generation of talent, led by Charlotte Lucy Cijffers (DJ Magazine, Digital & Ibiza Editor, UK), who is immersed in the electronic music scene and will give valuable insight into emerging talent, joined by Michael Weicker (AMM Management, Talent Manager, Germany) and Loco Dice (Artist, Germany) world renowned DJ, long time DC10 resident, Desolat label owner and producer.
Nicole Moudaber (Artist, UK) one of Dance music’s most repected DJs will voice her knowledge about the current position and status of world clubbing, sharing the stage with her will be Ulrike Schönfeld (Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, Promoter/Curator, Germany).
Contributing to the ever changing hot topic that is the streaming debate will be Gregor Pryer (Reed Smith, Partner, UK) a digital media specialist who co-chairs his organisations Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group.
Carly Hordern (Point Blank, Presenter/A&R, UK), will interview DVS1 (Artist, USA) in a DJ Skills Masterclass with the Berghain resident, discussing his unique mixing style, his record collection of over 35,000 vinyls and his experiences of the infamous Berlin club.
Continuing the gender debate will be Leila Fataar, (Diageo, Head of Culture & Entertainment, UK) Driven by her passion for inclusivity and diversity she has been instrumental in launching the Smirnoff Sound Collective electronic music platform in Europe and a key part of the global #2xwomensheadliners campaign, launched on International Womens Day 2017.
Other esteemed speakers announced joining the debate on music synchronisation include Jessica Ibgui, (Budde Music, Creative Manager/Head of Business Development, France), Duncan Smith (Playstation, Senior Music Supervisor, UK) plus Rich Robinson, (Warner Music, Senior Vice President Synchronisation UK & Europe, UK).
All in all this is the strongest speaker line up in IMS Ibiza’s ten year history with many of the most pressing aspects of the music industry to be examined, analysed and explained.
Industry leaders already confirmed to share their insight and experience include:
Alexandra Cárdenas (Algorave, Composer / Live Coder, Colombia), Alice Favre (LWE, Head of Operations, UK), Andreas Allen (Native Instruments, Head of Artist Relations, USA), Andreea Magdalina (Shesaid.so / IAMJT, Founder/Co-Founder, USA), Austin Kramer (Spotify, Global Head of Dance/Electronic, USA), B.Traits (BBC Radio 1, Broadcaster / Artist, Canada), David Emery (Kobalt Records, VP / Global Marketing Strategy, UK), Dixon (Artist, Germany), Eddie Dean (RPM Presents, CEO, USA), Eelko Van Kooten (Spinnin’ Records, Founder & Owner, Netherlands), Elrow – The Arnau Family (Elrow, Founders, Spain), Gianfranco Bortolotti (Media Records, Founder, Italy), Hot Since 82 (Artist, UK), Jason Ellis (Positiva / Virgin Records, A&R Director, UK), Jonny White (Art Department, Artist, Canada), Lindi Delight (De Light Management, Founder, Germany), Louisaahhh (Artist, USA), Masters At Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Artists, USA), Miss Kittin (Artist, France), Monki (BBC Radio 1, Radio Presenter / DJ, UK), New Order – Bernard Sumner (Artist, UK), Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Resident Advisor, Founders, UK), Patrick Walker (Facebook, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, UK), Rachel Turner (Achieve Unlimited, Business Psychologist & Performance Coach, UK), Seth Troxler (Artist, USA), Steffen Charles (Cosmopop GmBH, CEO, Germany), Sulinna Ong (Deezer, VP / Artist Marketing, UK), The Black Madonna (Artist, USA), The Martinez Brothers (Artists, USA), Wade Cawood (Pulse Global, CEO, USA)
In celebration of IMS Ibiza 10 year anniversary, Ultra Records is bringing artists filous and Bontan for its annual cocktail party at Hard Rock Hotel. The DJ set starts from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday May 24th. Open bar & hors d’oeuvres will be available at the venue.
*This free event is only open to IMS badge holders.
IMS are happy to announce that we are offering all Ibiza residents 50% off your delegate badges with proof of residency. Connect with one another on your island and immerse yourself in thoughtful, inspiring discussion about the direction and future of electronic music.
International Music Summit (IMS) 2017, the three-day educational, inspirational and motivational thought-leadership platform held annually in Ibiza, announce new internationally respected speakers to the summit roster. IMS, previously described as “the TED of music conferences”, has without question been responsible for industry leading initiatives and positive change and in 2017 continues to set the agenda for global electronic music via its summits in Europe, North America and Asia.
This years Ibiza summit presents a carefully curated programme of inspiring talks, technology masterclasses, networking opportunities and cutting edge events, spearheaded by skilled experts, experienced music business minds, established artists and the next generation of breaking talent.
With a diverse range of contributors, IMS reveal a further 10 women and 10 men joining an already impressive list of speakers marking the tenth anniversary of the summit, including Bernard Sumner from New Order, Dixon, Masters at Work – Louie Vega & Kenny Dope, The Black Madonna, The Martinez Brothers, Austin Kramer (Global Head of Dance/Electronic, Spotify), Elrow – The Arnau Family (Founders, Elrow), Gianfranco Bortolotti (Founder, Media Records) Nick Sabine & Paul Clement (Founders, Resident Advisor) Patrick Walker (Director of Media Partnerships, Facebook). Panellists will give personal insight and opinion on a expansive array of topics; debating the electronic music industry’s most pressing issues.
Unifying insight, inspiration and experience; IMS proudly present 10 of the industries strongest female voices, with perspectives from established luminaries including Andreea Magdalina founder of She Said So, a global network of women within the music industry pushing the diversity debate forward, Sulinna Ong,VP Artist Marketing at Deezer UK who will bring digital insights from one of the leading streaming platforms, alongside international DJ Miss Kittin and BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits.
Confirmed to join the discussion is Alice Favre, of LWE, whose London focused company is behind the recently launched Junction 2 Festival as well as an impressive array of large scale events at two of the capitals latest venue additions Tobacco Dock and Printworks. In addition, Rachel Turner from Achieve Unlimited, who begain her career founding two record labels, a publishing company, an artist management company and a club promotions company before becoming a Business Psychologist and performance coach. Featuring on the Health Vs Hedonism panel, she brings 25 years knowledge of the industry and solid experience supporting entreprenueurs, leaders and creatives in achieving success.
Bringing her knowledge to the YGN/ Buzz Jam presents: Meet the new member of my band, He’s/She’s a Coder panel is Alexandra Cárdenas. A teacher and performer of live coding, Alexandra is among the pioneers of live coding in electroacoustic music and part of the forefront of the Algorave scene.
Lindi Delight,Founder of De Light Management, brings her decade of experience and passion for electronic music to the Health Vs Hedonsim panel, joined by leading artists and broadcasters including BBC Radio 1’s Monki and Louisaahhh in discussing how to achieve a well balanced, healthy and sustainable career.
10 leading male voices will add their viewpoints, including Eelko Van Kooten, one of Rolling Stone’s top 50 most important people in EDM and Founder & Owner, of Spinnin’ Records, regarded as one of the worlds leading dance labels. Joining him will be Jason Ellis, Artist and Relations Director at Positiva / Virgin Records, responsible for some of the UKs biggest cross genre dance hits he has navigated its vast catalogue through shifting musical trends. A key voice on the impact of change in A&R over the last decade.
Wade Cawood from Pulse Global and Johnny White aka Art Department join together at IMS to announce the launch of an exciting new global project.
As he prepares to launch his very own Ibiza residency at Pacha, acclaimed DJ / Producer Hot Since 82 will speak on the 10th Annual Ibiza Debate, adding yet more weight to the programme.
Andreas Allen, Head of Artist Relations for Native Instruments has over 20 years experience in the music industry, responsible for initiating global brand partnerships and cultural marketing campaigns. Joining him on the roster is David Emery, VP of Global Marketing Strategy for Kobalt, with a vast knowledge in how artist and labels alike can embrace a truly global vision and service an ever increasing nomadic network.
Esteemed promoter and CEO of RPM Presents,Eddie Dean – the man responsible for Pacha New York and bringing the first Pacha to China – will stand alongside Cosmopop CEO Steffen Charles, the creative force behind Time Warp Festival and Seth Troxler lifting the lid on the inner workings and culture of powerful, influential club events.
IMS now add further international elements to the debates with global speakers appearing from the USA, Canada, Germany, France and The Netherlands making it the strongest network of speakers in its 10 year history.
IMS TEN WOMEN SPEAKERS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
Alexandra Cárdenas (Composer / Live Coder, Columbia)
Alice Favre (Head of Operations, LWE, UK)
Andreea Magdalina (Founder / Co-Founder Shesaid.so / IAMJT, Founder, USA)
B.Traits (Broadcaster / Artist, BBC Radio 1, Canada)
Lindi Delight (Founder, De Light Management, Germany)
Louisaahhh (Artist, USA)
Miss Kittin (Artist, France)
Monki (Radio Presenter / DJ, BBC Radio 1, UK)
Rachel Turner (Business Psychologist & Performance Coach, Achieve Unlimited, UK)
Sulinna Ong (VP / Artist Marketing, Deezer, UK)
IMS TEN MEN SPEAKERS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
Andreas Allen (Head of Artist Relations, Native Instruments, USA)
David Emery (VP / Global Marketing Strategy, Kobalt Records, UK)
Eddie Dean (CEO, RPM Presents, USA)
Eelko Van Kooten (Founder & Owner, Spinnin’ Records, Netherlands)
Hot Since 82 (Artist, UK)
Jason Ellis (Artist & Relations Director, Positiva / Virgin Records, UK)
Jonny White aka Art Department (Artist, Canada)
Seth Troxler (Artist, USA)
Steffen Charles (CEO, Cosmopop GmBH, Germany)
Wade Cawood (CEO, Pulse Global, USA)
IMS is seeking the young, inspired industry leaders of the next generation that are ready to step up to a global platform and share their vision in a room full of electronic music’s most powerful and forward-thinking individuals.
One determined individual will win the opportunity to be a keynote speaker at IMS Ibiza and access to all of the panels, networking and partying on offer at the 10th anniversary of the summit.
I won the IMS Visionaries contest last year, check the video below.
My vision was all about taking people on a journey from “hobby to pro”. I thought it was important that the whole industry finds a way to inspire the next generation to learn about music production and DJing and then find ways to take this passion into the business world. We also wanted to focus on how brands engage with the music industry and identify new ways to support culture instead of exploiting it.
Here are some tips for this years applicants:
1. DO SOME RESEARCH – watch IMS panels on YouTube and learn more about the challenges the industry has been facing over the past few years. You will quickly hear some consistent issues and ideas that might spark some inspiration.
2. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS AND FIND YOUR PASSION – list all of the problems you think exist in the music industry and start to think about which ones you are most passionate about solving.
3. DEFINE YOUR VISION – this is easier said than done but one of the key aims of the IMS Visionaries contest is to help the next generation shape the future of the industry. Focus on a few key aims that you think are important for the future.Our 2016 video was focussed on how we can inspire more people to make music as a hobby and that will naturally lead to more growth for the industry but we don’t need more DJ’s per se, we need more people from technology or design to be passionate about being in music.A polymath is defined as a person of wide knowledge or skills. Part of our vision was about inspiring the music industry to look outside their specific job roles and learn more from other professions.
4. MERGE IDEAS – take the polymath approach and try combining different concepts. For example you could look at the problem of diversity in electronic music and explore how they are solving this in sport. Or how about the challenge that many clubs are now facing where they are threatened with closure due to gentrification and property developments? You could look at how other countries are solving this problem or even start to explore how “pop-up” culture could provide an alternative solution in some spaces.
Here are some key challenges the industry is currently facing that we are all trying to solve, get inspired and help shape the future.
Diversity and inclusiveness
DJ’s, live music and royalty payments – Get paid, get played
Drug abuse and mental health
Helping independent talent grow in a commercial world
Funding and investment in music companies
Training the next generation of music professionals
A great resource to learn more about industry challenges is the Association for Electronic Music who have a number of initiatives that could inspire your vision.
Be the next Visionaries contest winner and take your first steps to becoming an innovator of tomorrow.
International Music Summit (IMS) is proud to announce the return of its summer camp educational program, IMS College – Malta, to the Mediterranean island on July 7-9. IMS College – Malta offers the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career, via a two-day, intensive learning experience.
IMS College – Malta is partnering with leading music production institute Point Blank Music School, who will provide instructors, masterclasses and host and co-curate one of the days of the two-day program.
With annual industry summits in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Shanghai, IMS proudly celebrates its 10th year in 2017 continuing to connect the global electronic music community and build awareness of the genre. Observing the need to support and develop the future of the industry, IMS offers a dedicated educational programme to help cultivate and inspire students, emerging artists and the next generation of business leaders in the electronic music industry.
With the ethos of ‘learn by day, party by night’, the summer camp is a 2-day crash course in electronic music with some of the world’s most prolific DJ talent and industry thought leaders.
The aim of the IMS College series is to give a 360-degree, face-to-face learning experience, made up of a carefully curated program of panels, keynotes, networking sessions and workshops from key industry figureheads from across all sectors of the electronic music industry. Designed and curated with the understanding that a useful, practical and affordable introduction to the Electronic music industry is highly beneficial to students and emerging industry professionals, IMS College – Malta attendees will gain rare insights to every aspect of the industry from the creative process to business management. With many topics covered in behind-the-scenes areas including radio, production, management, PR, live bookings, trade organisations and much more.
By night and throughout the weekend attendees will be able to see special performances from world leading artists; beginning on Friday night with Sven Vath, the pioneering founder and DJ behind Cocoon who will be joined by leading French DJ Agoria. Saturday brings Todd Terry, one of House music’s biggest names and one of the founding fathers of today’s sound; closing the weekend is Richy Ahmed, the talented British house music producer, Hot Creations DJ and artist of the moment.
IMS co-founder Ben Turner states “As IMS approaches its first decade, it feels right for us to put even more focus on inspiring the new generation of producers, performers and industry protagonists. IMS College Malta year one was a revelation for us, a different approach to curating a summit considering the audience was so open to absorbing all forms of education and instruction about this incredible culture of music. We thank our partners and the government of Malta for seeing the value in taking such an approach to educate whilst we entertain.”
Nicolas Spiteri from local Maltese partner 365 Entertainment Group states “For those that have yet experienced Malta, it is a beautiful island set in crystal clear waters and has a beautiful climate. It is a safe, well connected island with flights to all major European cities. It is an English speaking country, with breathtaking scenery providing a perfect backdrop to learn and enjoy nightlife for all who visit”.
WATCH THE 2016 AFTER MOVIE …
… AND A PRODUCTION SESSION WITH POINT BLANK FROM IMS COLLEGE 2016
IMS announces that IMS Engage will not be returning to Los Angeles this April, in its usual spot between the two Coachella weekends. However, a new date for event will be announced very shortly.
IMS Engage started in Los Angeles five years ago as a series of unmoderated conversations between leaders from the worlds of technology, music, film and media to address the growing global influence of electronic music. Since 2013 IMS Engage has seen inspiring conversations from diverse leaders of industry from dance music’s Pete Tong, Skrillex and Diplo to the tech industry’s Kevin Systrom (Instagram Co-Founder), Chad Hurley (YouTube) and well as music icons P Diddy, Quincy Jones, Giorgio Moroder and film legends David Lynch and Hans Zimmer.
In 2017, IMS continues with global offerings starting with IMS Ibiza May 24-26th, the educational initiative, IMS College – Malta in June and IMS Asia-Pacific in November. Designed to celebrate the full spectrum of dance music artistry via various panels, workshops and parties, IMS has widely established itself as the premier platform for thought and leadership in electronic music – and brings together a wealth of artists, visionaries, brands and entrepreneurs at each conference.
The global industry converges each year for IMS Ibiza on our favorite White Isle and this year Pacha Ibiza is home to the Opening Party featuring Masters at Work, The Black Madonna, Agoria and Alex Kennon.
The official Opening Party will take place directly following the IMS Legends Dinner which honours Pacha owner, Ricardo Urgell.
Access to the party is free for all IMS Ibiza badge holders.