• 23-27 OCT 2019
  • Tampere, Finland

Piranha Arts Consultancy

Drawing on more than 20 years of expertise and experience, producing and organising global events and professional meetings, Piranha Arts provides hands-on consultancy, curatorial knowledge and production expertise to a broad range of partners including institutions, industry events, and networks.

Piranha is a pioneer in working at an international level on several continents, in supporting the global musicality of artists and music operators, and in promoting musical diversity.

To support and foster global musical scenes and international professional exchanges, Piranha Arts provides its global network, its expertise in the cultural development, and its hands-on production knowledge through its branch Piranha Arts Consultancy.

  • advanced knowledge of the sector from internationalisation to digital challenges, from creators' rights to management issues, and much more
  • a robust worldwide network of institutions, organisations, international media, cultural and creative practitioners and entrepeneurs
  • a dynamic communications infrastructure that reaches many thousands of professionals
  • expertise in many fields, from shaping cultural policies to curating and designing the appropriate measures to set up the respective events, networking opportunities, music conferences, festivals and training programmes

In addition we have a proven track record of producing and consulting on events of different shapes, on different continents, including training sessions and capacity building programmes, conferences, showcase festivals, cultural markets and networking platforms, education and IT projects.

We collaborate with a diverse range of partners, from governments (national to municipal level), the European Union, UNESCO, NGOs, GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), Caribbean Development Bank, universities, arts councils and foundations, to private operators such as event producers, networks or festivals.

If you wish to make use of Piranha Arts Consultancy, please contact us in order to find out the details and apply.

Email consult@piranha-arts.com


Circulart, the platform for all music from Latin America, has become a space for reflection, attended by a great mix of young audience members and professionals from all over Latin America, who help to build an interesting dialogue.

Along with conferences and showcases, a strong part of Circulart is its Business Meetings: Via the dedicated online system developed by Redlat, more than 2,000 meetings between 100 promoters, labels, aggregators and 116 selected artists took place.

Cuba is an island full of music, which has pleased many ears and hips worldwide. The country's formidable music scene is now also home to an emerging, ambitious music business.

After a successful first edition in 2016, Primera Linea returned in Septemer 2018 with conferences, worshops, showcases and dedicated networking opportunities. It offered the opportunity to meet local players, get an inside view behind the stage curtains on sightseeing tours dedicated to music and find out more about opportunities for foreign artists in Cuba.

The 'oldest' WOMEX World Tour event started in 2005. In seven editions, Porto Musical has become an established event with an international visibility. It has a major gateway for the Brazilian music market as well as a networking platform for music movers and shakers coming from different regions of Brazil and from different fields of music and digital activities.

Conferences, workshops, speed meetings, daycases and showcases offer many opportunities to connect in the very buzzing and unique set up of Pernambuco's Carnival preparations.

Music from Lusophone African countries Cabo Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé & Príncipe and their representatives have a lower profile than music and artists from Anglophone and Francophone music scenes.

The musical scenes of Lusophone African countries are highly dynamic and creative, especially in the field of urban and dance music. The project LusAfro seeks to increase the profile of musicians from Lusophone Africa in Germany and beyond, and promote artistic and professional exchange between them and German artists and professionals.

In four editions, the Atlantic Music Expo (AME) has established itself as a very strong, valuable and welcoming music professionals’ meeting for Cabo Verde, Africa, and all sides of the Atlantic. The 2016 edition saw partiticipation from 230 artists from Cabo Verde, Africa, Europe and Americas and 520 international delegates, exhibitors and media, as well as a trade fair featuring 73 stands.

AME provides the perfect setting for music professionals and artists to network, expand their contacts and activities on all sides of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, and to discover the host country. AME has become a very powerful think-tank around topics such as creolisation, the role of culture in development, advocacy for the African music sector, reinforcing the transatlantic exchanges, and many more.

Classical:NEXT, the little sister of WOMEX, was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical and contemporary music together – and take them to the next level together! The idea of innovation expressed in the event’s name is evident throughout the entire project: In addition to being a networking event, delegates come to Classical:NEXT in order to explore new creative ideas and shape future-oriented business practices.

Both the annual meeting and the worldwide community are steadily growing: 1,200 classical music professionals from more than 45 countries attended Classical:NEXT 2017 in Rotterdam last year, the corresponding year-round online platform C:N NET features more than 4,000 contacts. The community’s members are cultural multipliers ranging from grass-roots DIYers to established institutions such as Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Deutsche Grammophon, Orchestras Canada, Association of British Orchestras, Naxos, Southbank Centre and many more.

Established in 2011, SOTX provides professionals with an unparalleled access point to both China's flourishing music scene and the international industry. The SOTX conference 2016 saw 1000 delegates from 120 companies and 25 countries and a big majority of China's dynamic music scene attending. It affirmed itself as the leading gateway between China and the international music world.

SOTX Fest takes place in various clubs and venues, and has enjoyed a growing interest not only from artists (Chinese and internationals) but also from the local audience.

WOMEX Academy

WOMEX Academy is a new initiative which aims to support artists and other music professionals who wish to strengthen their skills to access the international circuits and markets.

WOMEX provides a practical programme to learn about global music trends and its business, identify international circuits, make musical discoveries, and gain inspiration. It is also a compelling place to meet new colleagues and potential partners, interact with the WOMEX community, and establish long-lasting professional networks at an international level.

Attending WOMEX is a big step towards initiating or reinforcing activities on a global scale. Therefore, it is essential to be prepared beforehand to get the best out of your participation. WOMEX Academy focuses on providing information, knowledge, guidance, and building capacities before engagement.

A first pilot edition started at WOMEX 17 with ten students from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. 2018 saw the initiative developing with more than 15 students from the Sibelius Academy, as well as new partnerships in West Africa:

  • Cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Dakar and the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) in order to facilitate the presence of West African music professionals at WOMEX 18. We conducted four days of workshops at the Goethe-Institut in Dakar for 18 music professionals from Senegal. Gambia and Mauritiana, ten of whom were selected to participate in WOMEX 18.
  • The ACERCA programme of the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) facilitated the presence of music professionals from West Africa at WOMEX 18.
All the participants will enjoy pre-WOMEX preparation meetings and gatherings and some guidance throughout the event.

For further information or to participate in WOMEX Academy, please contact us.

Email consult@piranha-arts.com

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