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SONGLINK AT MIDEM 2018

SONGLINK AT MIDEM 2018

CANNES, June 2018: SongLink Editor/Publisher David Stark once again attended the annual MIDEM conference held from June 5th-8th, along with longtime associate Ellie Weinert of Songs Wanted (Munich). As well as attending numerous meetings and panels, David also attended the annual MIDEM Survivors Lunch at L'Ondines beach restaurant organised by David Mindel, with other guests including Peter Hebbes (Australia), Eddie Levy (Chelsea Music), Peter Knight (Catalyst Music), Ray Williams (Crumbs Music), pluggers Ron McCreight and Judd Lander, manager Ian St. James, artist Hayley McKay and others.

Ellie Weinert and David Stark
Ellie Weinert and David Stark
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Another regular fixture in SongLink's Midem calendar is the legendary 'Table No. 5' dinner at Le Voilier organised by David withLotte Aagaard of TG Publishing (Denmark) and brother John Aagaard, with guests including Ann Slangar (Sugar House Publishing, Finland), Franceska Aeschlimann (Switzerland), Larissa Tormey (Ireland), Lili Davies (UK), Jan Cooper and Johnny DeMarco (Canada), Paul Iannuzzelli (Australia) and others. Later on Ellis Rich of Supreme Songs hosted a party at L'Annex beach restaurant opposite the Carlton Hotel, while concerts were taking place on the Midem beach each evening, including one by British artists Wildwood Kin, Nina Nesbitt and Tokio Myers.

Among the new initiatives at Midem were the first Midem Hall of Fame Award presented to SB Projects founder Scooter Braun; a Live Summit (in partnership with Pollstar) devoted to the vibrant live sector; a Streaming Summit including a keynote from Rhapsody International-Napster CEO Bill Patrizio; Four live Chinese acts (B Square, Hu Jin, Yao Band, and Man Xinwei); a major conference panel devoted to Sync and Film/TV music; the inaugural Midem Songwriting Camp; the SACEM African Night of live performances from Yemi Alade, Adango and Kiff No Beat; and live concert and networking zone, the Midem Beach, which showcased the 11 Midem Artist Accelerator finalists.

In addition, Midem unveiled the revolutionary new concept for the 2019 Midem Music Awards which will be the first truly data-driven international music prizes celebrating regional and global talent. And at a June 7 press conference, Midem DirectorAlexandre Deniot announced a two-day Midem Latin American Summit to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from November 29-30th 2018. The Summit paves the way for the 2019 Midem Latin American Forum in Cannes, as part of Midem's on-going High Potential Markets Programme.

As part of Midem's unique programme of learning and knowledge sharing, this year's conference programme featured a stellar line-up of industry leaders. In addition to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch, delegates attended keynotes by SB Projects Founder Scooter Braun, South African entrepneur Black Coffee, brand expert Jennifer Breithaupt (Citi), Empire CEO Ghazi Shami, Concord Music's Scott Pascucci, Steve Salm and Jake Wisely, the EC's Director for Culture & Creativity Michel Magnier, Oak View CEO Timothy J. Leiweke, Rhapsody Int'l-Napster President & CEO Bill Patrizio and a head-to-head keynote between Ben Schwerin (VP of Partnerships Snap Inc) and Neil Jacobson (President, Geffen Records).

"The global music industry is currently writing one of its most exciting chapters ever, and this is reflected by the multi-generational Midem community. We have put artists and the creatives at the heart of the event. We are committed to supporting high potential markets over the long-term and we have incredible input from industry thought-leaders who share their vision on the conference stages," concluded Midem's Alexandre Deniot. Midem 2019 will take place June 4-7th in Cannes, France.

LINK:

www.midem.com

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