Meet some of our music industry delegates who will be participating in PMX 2019. More will be announced soon!
Record Company - Sony - MENA
Mike is the General Manager of Sony Music Entertainment Middle East based in Dubai. Under his leadership the company has signed and developed artists from Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, UAE, Jordan and as far afield as Trinidad. The labels head office in Dubai drives creative innovation for MENA talent through dedicated teams in the areas of content; fan community management, global streaming and playlisting, digital marketing and distribution, PR, brand partnerships and with a management and booking team based in Beirut enabling live touring opportunities, and a regional network of producers, writers and arranges, Sony Music Middle East provides a full-service music offering for regional talent.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concert promoter - Southbank Centre - UK
Bengi Unsal is a music enthusiast and professional with a career spanning 18 years as an artistic programmer, venue director, label manager, festival organiser, booker and promoter in Turkey and the UK. She was Director of Salon IKSV, a music venue and brand which she created from scratch, securing its position with a loyal audience and a distinct and contemporary program. Prior to this she was the Managing Director of Doublemoon Records in Istanbul, managing the catalogue and overseeing its digital distribution rights agreements.
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.
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.
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.
Manager and radical events organiser - UK
Stephen Budd is a British music industry executive based in London. He is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Music Ltd, the OneFest Festival, the Africa Express project and is the co-founder of the NH7 Weekender festivals in India. He is a recognised TV commentator on music industry issues, regularly appearing on a variety of British TV news shows. In June 2017 he completed his 3-year term as co-chairman of the MMF (Music Managers Forum). He is a co-executive producer of Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds' ‘Give A Home’ global concert series.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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.
Festival organiser 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.