WOMEX NEWSletter #23, 19 September 2012
Get the diaries out and start making plans for how best to spend five days at the biggest world music industry event of the year. Today brings news of the long-awaited day-by-day line-up at the Showcase Festival, along with other juicy details about what's on offer at WOMEX 12. We also hope you can join us at the WOMEX 12 Facebook event - this a great place to find out who's coming, make new contacts and get all the latest updates. RSVP here:
The WOMEX 12 Matchmaking has launched online and WOMEX delegates can now register, free of charge!
Now it its third year, the WOMEX Matchmaking will have a special focus on Southeastern Europe - the new WOMEX host region in 2012 - and will offer international music professionals the chance to sign up to meet regional partners and discuss international collaborations - and vice versa.
The Matchmaking service is an easy-to-use and effective networking tool, offering a unique opportunity to arrange multiple one-to-one meetings with potential business partners - with minimum effort. Based on the individual user's wishes and utilising targeted key words, the Matchmaking tool will match the user with appropriate partners.
The Southeastern European Matchmaking will take place at 16:15 - 18:00 on Friday, 19 October.
Deadline for registrations is Friday, 5 October 2012
Register online at www.womex.com/virtual/matchmaking
If you have any questions or require further information please do not hesitate to contact Michael von Petrykowski at
A warm welcome to Colombia, who will be exhibiting at the WOMEX Trade Fair for the very first time. There will be two Colombian stands at this year's Trade Fair: 6.57 and 5.130-5.131.
WOMEX is also pleased to welcome back the Indian presence this year, which is larger than ever. The organiser of the stands, Heena Patel (India) from Rhythm Riders, says of the Indian participation:
"This year, India is thrilled to step up their presence at WOMEX. The Indian delegation includes Rhythm Riders, Teamwork Productions, Earthsync, Kawa Music and De Kulture Music covering activities like festivals, record labels, artists, agents, cultural institutes, publishing, distribution and more. Expect colour, tradition and innovation. Stop by 6.120 and 6.129 to say hello!"
See an up-to-date list of Who is Coming:
For a more refined search use virtualWOMEX:
Time to start making schedules, arranging meetings, researching artists: planning how to make the most of your five days at WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki. To help with this we have created a day-by-day list of WOMEX 12 Showcases:
The WOMEX Daycases and Night Showcases will be taking place at Helexpo. The WOMEX Opening and the WOMEX Award Ceremony at Megaro. The DJ Summit at Kitchen Bar in the port of Thessaloniki. View the venues on Google Maps: www.womex.com/lnk/thessaloniki-map
Please note that tickets for the Showcase Festival only(from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20, October) will be available on the door one hour before the Showcases begin and can also be purchased during the day at Helexpo (ask at the Reception desk for details). A ticket for one night costs 17 euros and a ticket for all three nights costs 40 euros. Details about the Opening to follow shortly.
Here is a full day-by-day list of WOMEX 12 Showcases:
More information about the Showcases:
Another handful of inspirational Conference sessions are joining the WOMEX programme this week, which have been carefully selected by the wonderful Conference Jury: www.womex.com/lnk/jury
Today copyright is being challenged as never before as an outdated concept, as a barrier to creativity, even as the rotten core of an industry in decline. Copyright: A Global Perspective will be chaired by Lemez Lovas (UK), Lemez and Fridel; with Dafydd M Roberts (UK), Sain Records; Erica Smith (Barbados), Copyright Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers; and Derrick N. Ashong (Ghana/USA), Ashong Ventures, and will offer a frank look at copyright, warts and all, from some little heard perspectives.
In a Conference session entitled Do You Really Need a Manager? the panel will be asking exactly that and discussing the impact of digital distribution on artist and manager relationships. The session will be chaired by Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt (UK), IMMF; with Graham Stairs (Canada), Popguru Management; and Julien "Soupa Ju" Queysanne (France), Watcha Clan/Vai La Bott Recordings.
Alternative Sources of Funding will continue the conversation about Crowd-financing started at WOMEX 11, by sharing the most current research and latest success stories. The session will be chaired by Soong Moon Kang (USA/UK), University College London; with Clay Ross (USA), Matuto.
In light of recent uprisings and protests across the globe, a session entitled Occupy World Music will explore the challenges of organising music without borders and discuss the social responsibility of the world music industry. The session will be chaired by Marguerite Horberg (USA), portoluz; with Manny Ansar (Mali), Festival au Desert Essakane.
Tori Sparks (USA/Spain), Glass Mountain Records, will offer her experiences as an independent artist and indie record label owner, whose choice to embrace the DIY business model has resulted in major successes across the globe. Rob Ellen (UK), Medicine Musicm, and Mark Mulholland (UK/Haiti), Musician/Label Manager, will be joining the panel for the session: In Times of Crisis, Think "Indie".
More sessions and speakers to be confirmed shortly:
"La Scène" is the leading French magazine in the entertainment industry. Number one in terms of professional information in the cultural field, the publishing company successfully launched several reference magazines (La Lettre du Spectacle, Le Jurisculture, Le Piccolo, Culture Médias...) as well as guides for culture and arts specialists, in France and abroad. Considered as valuable working tools, these magazines provide entertainment professionals guidance in their various activities and assistance in their projects.
For further information on "La Scène" and the others publications, visit the website: www.lascene.com
Kind regards from your WOMEX team.
WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki, Greece | 17 - 21 October 2012
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