OUR DELEGATES

Meet some of our music industry delegates who will be participating in PMX 2019. More will be announced soon!

 
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Joel De'ath

Record Company - Sony - UK

Joel is a marketing manager for Music for Nations, Sony’s rock subsidiary. He started his music industry career at the label in the late 90s. In-between that he has been an A&R for Infections and Atlantic Records where he signed and A&R’d Funeral for a Friend and The Darkness among others. Joel also managed (The Joy Formidable & Champs) as well as promoted (Mama Group) and consulted for Roadrunner Records and Parlophone.

 

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Sarah Williams

Lawyer - independent - UK

Sarah is an independent music lawyer based in London. She has run her own practice, Big Picture Legal, for over 20 years, starting in the days of techno and rave music (which she misses). Over her career in the music industry, she has advised every type of client but recently has evolved specializations in publishing, governance and conflict resolution. Sarah is part of the PMX Management Team and leads the PMX mentoring and internship programme.

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Spek

Publisher - Reservoir - USA

As SVP of Creative and A&R at Reservoir, Spek oversees the company’s Creative activity throughout the U.S. His extensive experience as a songwriter and executive overseas allows him to act as a bridge between the company’s New York and London Creative teams, supporting newly signed acts in either location with opportunities for cross-territory collaboration. In 2007, Spek relocated to the Middle East where he founded and launched PopArabia, a company that remains the leading music rights company in the Middle East, and represents Sony/ATV-EMI, Peermusic, Warner Chappell, Kobalt, and others across the region, based out of Abu Dhabi.

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Nick Welsh

Music Industry Designer, Activist - Amos Trust - UK

Nick is an ex concert promoter and music industry designer who now runs creative design, digital and communications projects at Amos Trust – a small, creative human rights organisation working in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. His background is in web design and graphic design, having run his own small design practice for more than 20 years.

Nick travels widely across the West Bank working with grass-roots organisations who create positive change.

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Patrick Duval

Festival organiser - France

Patrick is Director of Musiques de Nuit, non profit organisation from 30 years, director of Rocher de Palmer, a place in a popular district, with 3 hall (1200 places, 650 places, 200 places). 140 concerts each year, 50% of jazz and world music, the other : electronic music, rap, aso., from 2010. 2 festivals in Summer : Festival des Hauts de Garonne (first part of July), Inedits de l’Eté (July and August). Artistic Director of Musiques Métisses from 3 years, an historic festival in Europe for world music, in Angouleme, beginning of June

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Jonas Sjöström

Distributor - owner Playground Music - Scandinavia

Jonas Sjöström is the Swedish owner and Chairman of Playground Music Scandinavia AB, the largest independent music group in Scandinavia and Finland. Previously he was Managing Director of MNW Records Group 1978-1999, CEO HNH (Naxos International) Hong Kong and external consultant for Edel (Germany). Jonas was one of the founders of the European independents association Impala and has served on the board since 2000.  He has been Chairman of SOM (Swedish Independent Record Producers Association) for 25 years and resigned in 2011.

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Carmen Barahona

Festival organiser - En Órbita festival - Chile

Founder and director of En Órbita festival and music promoter. Her career in music business started working in booking and management of artists during 10 years through her agency Dollmusic, with some international old school names on the roster like Os Mutantes from Brasil, and Los Mirlos from Perú. Innate curator, curious ideas seeker. Through the festival she has collaborated in the developing and direction of several side projects with artists, musicians and collaborations curating content with institutions like the Alma Observatory, MIT Media Lab, or the Precolombian Museum of art from Chile.

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Martin Goldschmidt

Record Company - Cooking Vinyl - UK

Martin Goldschmidt is MD and founder of Cooking Vinyl and Chairman of the Cooking Vinyl Group. Thirty years after its inception in a council flat in Stockwell, Cooking Vinyl remains one of the original and best indie labels in the UK. Current roster includes Nina Nesbitt, Passenger, Fantastic Negrito, Billy Bragg, Lissie and Baby Metal. Cooking Vinyl has always been a digital pioneer, being the first UK record label to get content into eMusic. Martin Goldschmidt is a board member of AIM/Impala, & WIN and most recently, Co-founder of the Palestine Music Expo. 

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Bryn Ormrod

Arts Professional - UK

Bryn is a highly experienced and arts professional with 25 years experience in the Creative Industries sector. Working both in London at the world renowned Barbican Centre and with Edinburgh International Festival and Melbourne International Festival as a Consultant Creative Producer curating music programmes which included spans a wide range of musics including: world, jazz, electronica, folk, avant-garde, rock and contemporary classical.

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Larry LeBlanc

Journalist - Independent - Canada

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. He is currently senior writer of the weekly U.S. entertainment trade CelebrityAccess overseeing the influential profile series, “In The Hot Seat Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard music trader from 1991 to 2007 and Canadian editor of its competitor Record World from 1970 to 1980. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including in Time, Forbes, and the London Times. He is co-author of the book “Music From Far And Wide.” Larry is the recipient of the 2013 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.

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Lexy Morvaridi

Booking, programming - Southbank Centre - UK

Lexy Morvaridi has been passionately involved in the UK’s independent music sector for the past 10 years, gaining experience across various areas of the industry. Currently Contemporary Music Programmer at the Southbank Centre, he has worked as a live booking agent, developing some of the most exciting acts in the contemporary UK jazz scene, has spent time in label services and has overseen several recorded projects including co-founding the Total Refreshment Centre Record Label and producing an Arts Council Funded collaborative album and corresponding youth engagement project inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Lexy is also the co-founder of Lonely Table - an online platform for cultural discussion and music.

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Saskia O'Hara

Agent/Promoter - Sensible events - UK

Saskia has worked in the Global Live Concert and Touring business in London for the past 4 years. Saskia started work in 2014 as a junior Agent for Sensible Events Ltd, a leading Agency which represents Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). Through a consultancy agreement with AEG Ltd, Saskia also assisted on the booking of Justin Bieber’s No Purpose Tour, Celine Dion’s 2017 tour as well as The Rolling Stones last 3 tours. As well as Agency work, Saskia is a free-lance Event producer, and has worked for BST Hyde Park Festival for the last 3 years, and produced the Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane Closing Ceremony in 2017, which was broadcast live worldwide. 

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Beckie Sugden

Agent - XRay touring - UK

Beckie has been working as a booking agent for over 11 years and has worked in almost all musical genres across her time at WME, The Agency Group (now UTA), and currently X-Ray Touring. Her eclectic roster includes acts such as Anderson .Paak, RUSS, NxWorries, Noname, Joey Purp, Deaf Havana and Beartooth. X-Ray is home to some of the biggest artists in the world including Coldplay, Eminem, Blur, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, The Pixies, Queens of The Stoneage and Chance The Rapper, to name but a handful.

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Jason Mayall

Festival Booker - Fujirock - Japan

Jason Mayall is director of the London office for Japanese concert promoter Smash Corporation. Established in 1984, Smash promotes concerts and headline tours year-round in Japan. Smash produce Fuji Rock Festival which is Asia’s largest outdoor festival, held annually in the mountains of Naeba, Niigata. The Smash team aim to introduce a colourful mix of acts from around the globe to Japanese audiences. Jason is also known as ‘The Cumbia Kid’, DJing a wide selection of Ska, reggae, blues, soul, funk and championing the traditional dance music of Columbia.

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Johno

Musician, Producer, Philanthropist

Johno is a musician/producer/philanthropist working widely in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 

He heads the newly established label RNT Records and the Delia Arts Foundation.  

Johno collaborates regularly with prominant Palestinian artists in the West Bank and Gaza, 

and has teamed up with several local and international NGOs to initiate and fulfill various high-end artistic projects in the coming years.

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Shain Shapiro

Government advisor - Sound Diplomancy/Music Cities - UK/USA/Germany/Spain

Shain Shapiro, PhD is the Founder and President of Sound Diplomacy. Sound Diplomacy is the leading global advisor on growing music economies in cities and places. He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the world’s largest event bringing together the music industry with city planners, developers, policy makers and executives. Shain has delivered a TEDx talk on the value of music to cities and spoken at the European Parliament, MIDEM, MIPIM, SXSW, Smart Cities Expo and others. He is also an accomplished journalist, frequently contributing to CityMetric, CityLab and others. Shain holds a PhD from the University of London and was one of the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council's h100 list.

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Shaun Hendry

Publisher - Bucks Music - UK

Has worked within the music publishing sector for nearly 30 years, half of that time with leading UK independent publisher Bucks Music Group Ltd. Bucks are active globally with its own companies in all major territories, signing and administering writers and catalogues locally as well as representing numerous overseas partners. The catalogue ranges from early David Bowie and Marc Bolan to Black Sabbath and Can and such musical innovators as Brian Eno and Matthew Herbert, and also represents the publishing arms of some of the best UK independent labels.Outside of Bucks music the ‘work’ continues through running my own Vacilando ’68 recording and publishing co. and co-hosting the London live ‘institution’ that is Scaledown (now in its 15th year).

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Dalse Yoon-Young Kong

Festival organiser - Zandari - South Korea (and DMZ)

Dalse Yoon-Young Kong has been Executive Director of Zandari Festa since it was launched first in 2012. He started his career with concert and artist management in Gangaji Culture and Art, the first indie label in Korea. He directed and managed parties at Nori People Party Company. In 2010, Dalse worked at DFSB, a digital music distribution and international music business company, in charge of artist management and international businesses. In 2018, he successfully organized the DMZ Peace Train Festival with the mission to appreciate freedom and peace going beyond the walls of state, politics, economy, ideology, and ethnicity with the power of music, serving as artistic director.

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Jamila Al-Yousef

Singer & Festival booker - Germany

Jamila Al-Yousef is a singer and festival curator from Berlin. Inspired by her Palestinian father who came to Germany as a refugee, she early started creating transcultural projects to share diverse perspectives on the Middle East, North Africa and postmigrant topics. Amonst other things she established the yearly “Arab Underground“ program at Fusion Festival, built up the “Welcome Board“, an initiative supporting refugee musicians and tours with her band “Jamila & The Other Heroes“. Jamila also is MENA-consultant for Piranha Arts. The 1987 founded company is internationally reknown for its networking platform WOMEX. Berlin based Piranha has three departmens (events, consulting and records), and aims at increasing the value of crossing cultural, political and commercial borders.

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Scott Cohen

Worldwide Distributor - The Orchard - UK

Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard. The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations is 30 global territories. As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, Scott travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. Scott is a human rights activist and strict vegan. No meat, fish, cheese, milk, honey, leather, wool or anything else derived from an animal. And did you know he is also a cyborg?

 

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Lucie Lovely Caswell

CEO Artists Organisation - FAC - UK

Lucie is CEO of the UK Featured Artists Coalition. Lucie is an experienced music business executive and a senior negotiator in music copyright. Starting her music career in stage management and music publishing, Lucie has since worked across the industry and has negotiated on all sides of the digital rights table, working for commercial service providers and rights-holders (ranging from Deezer to Amnesty and Sony Music) and in online licensing for PRS for Music. Lucie is an advocate, negotiator, egalitarian, music lover.

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Amandine Thomas

Development of Cultural & Social Projects: Uni’Sons, Arabesques - France

Amandine Thomas is in charge of the development of the cultural & social projects of Uni’Sons, and especially the international ones through the Festival Arabesques and music co-productions.

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Paul Spraggon

Lawyer - SSB (Independant) - UK

Paul founded SSB along with Sarah Stennett and Andrew Braybn 23 years ago. SSB are highly a regarded entertainment law practice focused on the music industry, who represent many multi-platinum artists, writers and producers. Paul takes a pro-active, pragmatic and innovative approach, and most importantly, loves music.”

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Marion Gabbaï

Agent and Festival organiser - France

Owner and agent at My Favorite & Kongfuzi. Founded in 2014 and based in Paris, the agencies represent and promote the shows of artists such as Ty Segall, The Oh Sees, Aldous Harding, Beak, Son Lux, Rodrigo Amarante, Henela Hauff, and Marie Davidson. Marion also works on the booking for the festivals Rock En Seine and Levitation France.

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Habib Achour

Head of International Development for Africa & the Middle-East - SACEM - France

Habib Achour started his career at EMI France in the early 90s, promoting labels such as Blue Note Records and Emi Arabia. Later, be it in his capacity as manager or booking agent, he has represented artists such as Erik Truffaz, Anouar Brahem and Dhafer Youssef, to name but a few. In addition, he has experience managing and/or programming festivals in Morocco, Lebanon and France (among which the Festival d´Île-de-France in Paris). Following on from Marseille-Provence’s tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2013, for which Achour was responsible for music and urban culture, he joined the New Morning club in Paris as Deputy Director. Today, he is Head of International Development for Africa & the Middle-East at SACEM.

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James Ford

Award Winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer

James Ford’s professional musical career started out as one quarter of psychedelic indie band, Simian, and when they broke up he began making dance music with Jas Shaw as Simian Mobile Disco and producing for other artists. Domino records gave him his first real break as a producer on cult project Test Icicles. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, he has worked across multiple genres, equally at home within rock, dance music and pop. His notable credits include the Arctic Monkeys (having worked with them in some way on all of their albums but as their main producer on all apart from their debut), Florence and the Machine, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, Foals, The Last Shadow Puppets, Everything Everything and the Klaxons. He has produced several Mercury Award nominated albums (winning with the Klaxons) and numerous number one and platinum records.

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Philipp Leisenberg

Concert Promoter & Booker - YAAM - Germany

Philipp is a concert promoter and booker currently working at Berlin's hotspot for "World Music" YAAM Berlin. With a focus on contemporary music from the African continent, the Middle East and South America he is an active promoter and networker in the local scene. Supporting young musicians, Dj's and new band projects often with a migration background.

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Chris Macmeikan

Festival Producer - Contintal Drifts - UK

Chris is a festival producer and organiser who started Continental Drifts Ltd over 20 years ago He lives inside festival world and programmes 100s of bands annually as well as running a agency and production company . He also Djs around the world Vintage music remixed.

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Alexandra Wix

Activist, Booker, Coach - Malavidamusic - Germany/Spain

Alexandra Wix is a cultural activist and the founder of Malavidamusic, a Berlin and Barcelona based agency which supports mainly female artists in the fields of booking, management and artistic coaching to empower women in the music industry and create networks.

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Veronica Pessoa

Manager and part of the Consulting Board of SIM São Paulo, Journalist - Brazil

Veronica Pessoa is a brazilian manager and part of the Consulting Board of SIM São Paulo. She creates and realizes cultural projects at Pessoa Produtora and develops new business models in Janela - Música e Cultura. She is one of the people responsible for the birth of the Aceleradora Natura Musical, which seeks new ways for the music ecosystem in Brazil and works with the projects sponsored by the brand. She is a journalist, has a Master's degree in Communication and Culture from São Paulo University.

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Svenno

Fusion Festival - Germany

Far away from daily life Fusion Festival seeks to create a wondrous parallel society. In the vast plains of north-east Germany you can enjoy four days of unique music of all kinds, theatre, performance art, cinema, installations, interaction and communication.

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Habib Dechraoui

Festival organiser Arabesques - France

Habib Dechraoui created the Festival Arabesques in 2006, festival dedicated to arab arts. Today, Arabesques invites nearly 200 artists and federates more than 25 000 spectators and 100 volunteers.

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Marine Serpault

Booking agent, artist manager - WARTiste - France

Booking agent and artist manager for WARTiste company based in France. I develop act in Europe mostly, like Acid Arab, Jeanne Added or Faraj Suleiman among other.

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Reiner Kern

Enjoy Jazz Festival

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Tamara Kaminska

Music Export Poland

TA Silesian University graduate with a Masters of Arts in Philosophy, and a post-graduate diploma in Cultural Management from the University of Economics. Since 2012, she worked as Deputy Director for the the Katowice City of Gardens Culture Institution (which organised events such as the JazzArt Festival, Sound Gardens Festival, Annual City Anniversary celebrations and was co-organiser of the OFF, Tauron New Music or RawaBlues Festivals). In this function Tamara was responsible for all programming and oversight of diverse creative and cultural industry based activities of the institution and collaborating with national and international partners, including Krakow, Lublin, Sopot or Wroclaw in Poland and Adelaide, Mannheim, Kingston, Hannover, Sevilla, or Saint Etienne abroad. Initiator of an innovative NGO support programme that created new collaboration opportunities between the private and public sectors. Together with her team, she  organized a bid for the City of Katowice to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), thanks to which Katowice was designated as a City of Music in 2015. Currently, she is also responsible for the implementation and realisation of the entire ‘Katowice – City of Music’ programme, which was detailed in the said application. In 2015-2016, Tamara worked on the “Music sector development policy in Katowice. How to build a thriving, sustainable and prosperous music industry” report for the City of Katowice.   Tamara is also author of the succesful WOMEX 2017 application, effectively bringing the world music festival and fair to the city and implementing and realizing the program. As a representative of Katowice, she was responsible for the bid to organise the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting in 2018 and its realisation after a subsequent successful application. In January 2018, she was elected a leader of the UCCN music subnetwork and member of the UCCN Steering Committee. As of October 2018, she is the Deputy Director of the Music Export Poland Office in Warsaw.

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Marc Ridet

Coming Soon.

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George Connolly

A&R, Manager - Young Turks - UK

George is an A&R and day-to-day manager at Young Turks, a British independent record label whose current roster includes The xx, FKA twigs, Sampha, Jamie xx, Koreless and Kamasi Washington. He started his career in classical music at the LCO, before working as for electronic artists Four Tet and Floating Points at Solar Management.

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Paul Northup

Creative Director - Greenbelt Festival, UK

Paul has been the Creative Director of Greenbelt Festival since 2012. The festival itself is 46 years old this summer and has been bringing the story of Palestinians to its audience since the early 1980s – through platforming speakers, artists and activists and by taking groups to Palestine and supporting projects and partners there. In 2017, Greenbelt won the Association of Independent Festivals’ Act of Independence' award for its Palestinian programming.

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Vincent Anglade

Programmer - Cité de la musique and Philharmonie de Paris - France

Vincent Anglade is in charge of the programming at Cité de la musique and Philharmonie de Paris, a new musical center opened in 2015. In Paris, he also runs the Jazz à la Villette Festival since 15 years and created the Days Off Festival in 2010 dedicated to pop, rock and electronic music.

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Tapio Korjus

Founder and Director - Rockadillo - Finland

Tapio Korjus is the founder and director of Rockadillo group of companies (est. 1971). He started in the live music as artist manager, agent and promoter, bringing international artists from more than 40 countries to Finland. Since early 80’s Rockadillo also has a record label, having released so far almost 200 albums – anything but mainstream pop. Tapio is active in music industry associations: he is the chairman of Finnish indie labels IndieCo, member of Impala board, IFPI Finland board, Finnish Music Publishers board etc. This year Rockadillo is the local producer for WOMEX 2019 in Tampere, Finland and Tapio is also a member of the WOMEX showcase jury.

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Nathan Sudders

Musician

Nathan Sudders is a musician with 20 years’ experience of playing on the world’s biggest stages and recording in some of the most famous studios. Having started his bass playing career aged 16, and then signing to Creation Records as part of One Lady Owner, he’s gone on to find international success as one third of Manchester’s finest dance pioneers, The Whip. Signed to Fat Boy Slim's label, Southern Fried Records, the Whip have released two acclaimed albums and have toured extensively across the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia and North America. In demand as a session player, Nathan has also performed and recorded with a diverse range of artists and producers, including Miles Kane (Arctic Monkeys), Guy Garvey, KT Tunstall, Badly Drawn Boy, and more.

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Alison Surtees

Creative Producer, Consultant and Project/Production Manager - UK

Alison is a Creative Producer, Consultant and Project/Production Manager with over 25 years experience across a range of sectors from commercial to community. She is currently working with In Place of War, as Director of Programmes around international development of cultural spaces, education programmes and festivals production. She is Trust Administrator for Future's Venture, an arts fund for socially engaged artists across the UK and International, which she co-founded with ex Trustees of Lanternhouse International. She is a long time collaborator with Soup Collective, a Manchester based digital and media creative collective, co-founder and Board Member of Manchester District Music Archive, a virtual user led archive and Northern Learning Organiser for BECTU, developing and delivering training across the creative sector for CPD.

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Patrick Labesse

Journalist, writer, speaker and trainer - France

For thirty years, Patrick has worked and collaborated with world music artists. He is a journalist, writer, speaker and trainer. He writes for Le Monde Newspaper, and various magazines like Jeune Afrique, Mondomix, Vibrations, World, Zurban, Megapress, and Yogurt. Patrick has also designed and participated in radio programs, and has lead trainings on cultural journalism and world music. He manages a documentation center dedicated to world music at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. Patrick is a frequent participant in round tables, forums, conferences (Mawazine festival, Rabat, Timitar festival, Agadir ...) and is a member at the Charles Cros Academy, the jury of the Musiques d'ici Award (World Music Festival - Aubervilliers), the selection committee of the international international music fair-market Babel Med Music in Marseille and the Africa / Caribbean Project Study Commission of CulturesFrance.

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Ruth Daniel

CEO - In Place of War - UK

Ruth has led a diverse range of arts and peace-building initiatives across the globe. She has developed and implemented over a hundred cultural programmes in sites of conflict and disadvantage such as war zones, post war zones and areas of economic deprivation. She prepared numerous successful funding applications, recently receiving £1million AHRC research grant for a 3 year programme that will explore how grassroots organisations can create social change using art. From guitarist at the age of 8 to record label owner, band manager, fundraiser, international cultural activist, entrepreneur, educator, influential speaker (TEDx) to prestigious award winner within a national arena (Social Enterprise of the Year & Manchester Woman of Culture to name a couple), Ruth’s passion to empower people to build their own positive futures through creative entrepreneur programmes, the development of cultural spaces and artistic collaboration shows no boundaries in terms of fields of work.

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Iggor Cavalera

DJ, Musician - Sepultura - Brazil

Iggor Cavalera is best known for forming the biggest metal band in Brazil, Sepultura, back in the eighties. In 2004 he started DJing with his then girlfriend Laima Leyton which ended up in a fresh electronic music project, Mixhell. Mixhell toured the world playing in major festivals and underground clubs. Since moving to London in 2013, Iggor has recorded and toured with Belgian band Soulwax as well as started new underground music projects such as Mudo and Petbrick. Iggor is a constant music researcher and lives for it, he is particularly interested in how music connects people and how it becomes an universal language. In the last few years Iggor has worked alongside In Place of War to exchange his musical experience with people in areas of conflict and crisis. To research, create and collaborate in music are his main priorities.

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Laima Leyton

DJ, Music Producer - Brazil

Laima Leyton graduated in Fine Arts in Brazil, and worked for ten years in the educational department at the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo. In 2004 she started DJing with her then boyfriend Iggor Cavalera. Djing lead her to music production which she took as a career. From remixes to writing her own music and soundtracks for fashion shows, Laima conquered her space as a female music producer. In 2013 she moved to London with her family and in 2016, joined the Belgian band Soulwax on synths and backing vocals. After working closely with In Place of War, Laima became the music director GRRRL, an all female band from places of crisis and conflict. With GRRRL she toured the UK as well as released their singles on her independent label, Delayed Records. For Laima music should connect people but also be a tool for protest and reflection.

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Josh Kun

Author, journalist, curator, Director of the USC Annenberg School of Communication - USA

Josh Kun is an author, journalist, and curator based in Los Angeles. He is Director of the USC Annenberg School of Communication where he is Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication and Professor of Communication, Journalism, and American Studies and Ethnicity. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Berlin Prize, and an American Book Award. 



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Suhel Nafar

Global Lead of Arab Music & Culture - Spotify - USA/Palestine

Suhel Nafar is currently the Spotify Global Lead of Arab Music & Culture. In 1998 he was a co-founder of the Hip Hop crew, DAM and has been part of the Arab music scene for over 20 years. In 2016 Nafar helped launch Complex Snapchat Discover channel, the fastest growing platform in the history of Complex Networks. He was also recently an artist-in-residence at New York University.

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Malcom Haynes

Promoter, Booker, Event Organiser, DJ - Glastonbury Festival - UK

Promoter, Booker, Event Organiser, DJ Bristol based, Malcolm Haynes has been promoting since his teens and has spent most of his life promoting some of the best acts in the world. He has worked at GLASTONBURY FESTIVALS LTD since 1989. He started with the previously named Jazz World Stage (now West Holts) before starting the Dance Tent in 1995 which then progressed to become the Dance Village and now known as the extremely successful Silver Hayes. At least 65% of what he books come from artist representation, i.e. agents and managers, the other 35% he finds from nights out, who he has seen and enjoyed locally and from his international contacts made from traveling the globe attending music conferences and showcases. In 2005 Malcolm was the Project Manager for ‘Banksys’ Pop up Theme Park DISMALAND in Weston super-Mare and received international acclaim for delivering Banksy’s vision from his original concept, including planning, building the park, delivery and breakdown.

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Sandro Bernasconi

Director of Music Programming - Kaserne Basel

Sandro Bernasconi has been directing the music program of Kaserne Basel since 2009. In 2010 he launched on the Kasernenplatz the first edition of the two-day open air “Viva Con Agua & Kaserne Basel-Festival”, the since 2013 as “Open Air Basel”. Sandro Bernasconi graduated with a Masters Degree in Law and Culture Management from the University of Basel. During his studies he organized various cultural events in the region Basel. For the project “swixx -Hip Hop on tour”, which was initiated by Pro Helvetia, was Sandro Bernasconi worked in 2006 as project manager throughout Switzerland. Between 2007 and 2009 he works for various Projects, such as the music parade “Beat On The Street” or as co-organizer of the exhibition “Urban Feedback”, organizer of the music series” Black Beans “in cooperation with the dome Basel.


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Johannes Theurer

Journalist - World Music Charts Europe/Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - Germany

The chairman of the World Music group in the European Broadcasting Union is a passionate networker. He presents his World Music radio show since 1987. In 1991 he invented (and produces since then) the monthly World Music Charts Europe with 43 radio specialists from 23 European countries. From 1994-2003 he was head of music in the public service radio channel 'Radio Multikulti'. Manager of cultural heritage projects supporting music in EUROPEANA.eu. Various affiliated activities like live-broadcast from Afghanistan 2013, cooperating with UNHCR on World Refugee Day (2015), festival-broadcast from The Gambia (end of 2019). Frequently member of juries and committees (WOMEX, Russian World Music award, Deutsche Schallplattenkritik, etc.)

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Adrien Chiquet

Music Advisor: Onda, France

Former director (2004-2012) of the Meteo Festival in Mulhouse dedicated to improvised and experimental music. Then music advisor in Onda (National Office for Performing Arts Circulation). In charge of classical contemporary and creative music circulation in France (for French and foreigners). Onda is connected with a large network of venues and festivals in France (mostly multidisciplinary organisations) and facilitates artists in finding their way in this context.


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Julian Issaq

LL.B Law / B.A Music Business - F-cat Production - Germany/PalestineJulian

Julian is a music business professional and Legal consulter for artists. Currently based in Berlin Germany working at F-cat Production in the Artist management department, Since 2012 Julian was involved in the Musical scene in Palestine, promoting and producing events In Haifa Nazareth and Ramallah and in 2018 he moved to berlin in order to finish his studies in the British Irish Modern Music Institute and to gain more professional knowledge to bring it back to Palestine."

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Matthieu Culleron

Music Journalist - France

Matthieu Culleron is a music journalist in the editorial department of France Inter - National Radio and the first morning of France. He participated in the creation of the Mouv '(young public service channel) from 1997 to 2008. Reporter Music, he has covered many festivals in France and abroad and made many interviews of artists including international. At the same time, he presents several programs and participates in the production of documentaries on music for the French-German television channel Arte. He is also involved in the creation of the RF8 project entirely dedicated to music on the web under the New Media Department at Radio France. He is also Dj in the duet "IWASTHERE".

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Mauricio Bussab

CEO, Founde, Distribution: Tratore, Brazil

Mauricio Bussab is the CEO and founder of Tratore, the biggest independent music distributor in Brazil. Tratore was founded in 2002 and takes the music of more than 10,000 artists to Brazil and beyond both digitally and in physical formats. Mauricio is a physicist and musician. He is also a producer of several well known Brazilian albums including "Maria Alcina, Confete e Serpentina" winner of 2009's Premio da Musica Brasileira award for best popular CD of the year. Tratore is the only Brazilian aggregator to have developed all technology to deliver content directly and receive reports directly from all digital platforms. He has recently started a new company to work exclusively with licensing Brazilian music to film, TV and advertising.

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Benoît Rousseau

Program Director, booker: Gaîté lyrique, France

Benoît Rousseau, artistic programs director at la Gaîté lyrique, Booking over 2000 concerts since 1999 at Mains d'oeuvres in Saint Ouen, Point Éphémère in Paris and La Gaîté lyrique since 2011. As been managing artists like Deena Abdelwahed or Herman Düne Created festivals such as Mo'Fo, Loud & Proud, Keep Portland weird, Sharp Sharp Johanesburg Now in charge of all artistic programs involved at La Gaîté lyrique ( Art center in paris with a concert hall, exhibitions etc... dedicated to digital culture)

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Cyril Jollard

Director, music curator: La Soufflerie, France

Cyril Jollard is director of La Soufflerie in Rezé, suburb of Nantes - France since January 2019. La Soufflerie is a place with 3 venues (1 auditorium 300 peoples/ 1 theater 460 peoples / 1 club 400 peoples) dedicated to music, dance and performance. He was previously the musical curator at Le Lieu Unique - Scène National de Nantes from 2009 to 2019, where he created the festival Variations. He created with the electronic musician Yuksek ,which he was the manager, the Elektricity festival in Reims (2004> 2009).

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Lionel Masséta

Director: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater, France

Lionel Massétat has been the director of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater, “scène nationale”, since February 2015. This “national stage”, 15 km west of Paris, and next to Versailles, is funded (among others) by the Ministry of Culture of the French State and its mission is to promote the diffusion and the contemporary creation in all the disciplines of the living arts. The venue has two halls, 1000 seats and 300 seats. It hosts artistic teams in rehearsals and creation (150 performances per season). An important part of its mission is also to take artists to work with audiences far removed from performing arts (social centers, neighborhoods in social difficulties, prisons, hospitals, ...)

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David A. McDonald

Associate Professor, Chair: Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

David A. McDonald is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He has been working closely with Palestinian refugee communities since 2002, studying the roles of music and dance in the Palestinian national movement. He is author of My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance (Duke 2013).