The Waves Music Conference is part of the festival and offers keynotes, panels, and workshops on October 1st, 2015. The specialist programme, which is meant to be the basis and inspiration for a long-term, pan-European co-operation, addresses current issues in the music industry as well as the key subject of Eastern and Western European exchange.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CONFERENCE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS
This coming October will see the fifth installment of the annual Waves Music Conference. With a total of 811 delegates, last year’s conference saw a 54% increase in attendance compared to 2014, and the 2015 conference is expected to grow even further. The symposium, which accompanies the annual Waves Vienna Festival, will take place from October 1st to October 2nd 2015. The conference provides members of the international music business – opinion leaders, festival and concert organisers, labels and publishers, managers and media representatives – ample opportunity to interact, and to discuss music- related issues in a series of keynotes, panels, and workshops.
Conference in Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia
Each year, one of the focal points of the conference lies on promoting exchange between Eastern and Western Europe. This year, that focus will be manifest in the choice of location: For the second time, the Waves Music Conference will also take place in neighboring Bratislava. The opening will take place in Vienna on the evening of Wednesday, September 30th, followed by the first day of the conference, on October 1st. The second and final day of the conference, Friday, October 2nd, will take place in Bratislava.
New partners and a new location
The Viennese part of the conference will also be taking place at the same location as last year: The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton von Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria. www.mdw.ac.at), will be hosting the event, which is being mounted in collaboration with and alongside the 6th Vienna Music Business Research Days. The two conferences will take place concurrently, and will be open to delegates of both events, providing opportunities for networking meetings and mutually inspiring exchanges between the music industry and academia.
The Waves Music Conference is co-organized by Austrian Music Export, which is a joint initiative of mica – music austria, the Austrian Music Information Center, and the Austrian Music Fund. Austrian Music Export activities include providing financial support to Austrian musicians and ensembles for international performances, international networking and promotion, providing information about target markets, as well as representing Austrian music at international trade shows, conferences, and festivals.
Focus on “The Future of Music“
Once again, this year’s Waves Music Conference will provide a forum to discuss societal and economic ideas for the future: “sustainable festivals, music production, grants and sponsoring” are among the subjects Franz Hergovich, the director of international projects at mica – music austria, will be discussing with industry experts and delegates.
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A further focal point of this year’s symposium will be the four guest countries Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. The conference will host panels and sessions on these music markets and their specificities, and will feature speakers and delegates from the four countries.
Feedback Sessions: New Formats
The popular Feedback Sessions will be continued at this year’s Waves Music Conference, and expanded to include new formats. A select group of artists performing at the Waves Festival will be chosen by a jury to receive individual and constructive feedback from industry experts. For the first time, international journalists will also be presenting their favorite performers in a panel at the 2015 conference. Furthermore, separate sessions will be held for electronic and pop/rock bands from the four guest countries and Austria, which in turn provides performers an additional opportunity to reach industry participants and expand the audience for their showcases at the festival.
Details of the Waves Music Conference programme will be announced Mid-September.