WOMEX NEWSletter #25, 4 October 2012
The countdown is on: less than two weeks to go until the doors open at WOMEX in Thessaloniki for five days of Showcases, Conferences, Networking and more. We are looking forward to see you there, from Wednesday, 17 to Sunday 21 October in Thessaloniki, Greece. If you are looking for Showcase Festival Tickets for friends and family, you will find more information here:
Each year WOMEX provides professional networks from all across the globe with a platform for their annual meetings and the chance to get together, brainstorm, discuss and develop ideas. The abundance of Networking Meetings at WOMEX 12 offer something for everyone:
Delegates are invited to meet the International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF), a global non-governmental organisation which strives to ensure the safeguarding, respect and protection of the moral and professional interests of its members and the worldwide community of music managers. Coordinated by Christoph Storbeck (Germany/Italy), Striker Entertainment/IMMF.
The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF) has a network of more than 50 members from all over the world and has recently expanded to include festivals outside of Europe. All festivals present at WOMEX are invited to attend an informal networking meeting to get to know each other.
The European Network of World Music Promoters is a new networking platform for European music venues, local networks and individual concert promoters that book world music throughout the year. The platform will be officially launched at WOMEX, in a Networking Meeting coordinated by Maarten Rovers (The Netherlands), RASA.
A Networking Meeting coordinated by Sylvie Canal (France) and David Millier (France) from ADCEP Fête de la Musique, will be an opportunity for current worldwide organisers of Fête de la Musique to meet and share experiences, as well as for music professionals to receive a presentation and gain a clear understanding of this global live music event.
The North American Networking Meeting, coordinated by Dmitri "Crazy- Pants" Vietze (USA), rock paper scissors, is a chance to see old friends, welcome newcomers to the field, and trade ideas about the global music scene.
Developing "Trad Network" Together will be coordinated by Gilles Garand (Canada), Folquébec, and will explore how the Trad sector can be enhanced. It aims to examine ways to increase the presence of artists and bearers of tradition in national and international cultural events, for the preservation of world cultural diversity.
The MALI Music and Languages Initiative - Networking Meeting will offer delegates advice on best practices for connecting world music rights holders with language education, including the opportunities that are open to them, how their material can be used, and what type of revenue models exist. Coordinated by Kay Verdon (Belgium/UK), Tungsten with Sam Lee (UK), WOMEX 12 Showcase artist.
And finally a reminder of the three Networking Meetings previously announced as part of this year's special programme focus: the Global Bass Networking Meeting will help make space for the bass at WOMEX as part of the brand new DJ Summit; the Southeastern European Networking Meeting will provide the ideal platform for local professionals from the WOMEX 12 host region to meet and rally together; and the Jazz & World Networking Meeting, coordinated by Europe Jazz Network, will make a welcome return to WOMEX 12 following last year's capacity turn out.
More information about the Networking Meetings:
WOMEX offers reception rooms for specials occasions and for professionals wishing to introduce a particular topic to the WOMEX audience. This year four presentations will be hosted:
Ana Maia (Cape Verde), Bureau Export da Música e Bens Culturais, will present the Atlantic Music Expo Cape Verde to WOMEX delegates. The first edition of Atlantic Music Expo Cape Verde in 2013 will support transatlantic mobility by focusing on the international and intercultural exchange between the regions connected by the Atlantic Ocean.
In a presentation entitled Peru: The Country, its Music; Isabella Falco (Peru), Promperu, will highlight the wide variety of genres and musical styles in Peru, inviting you to find out more about Peru's diverse cultural landscape today.
Meanwhile, Puglia Sounds will present the experience of two protagonists of the Puglian music scene and the review of two important journalists, tracing the birth and success in Italy and abroad of the musical phenomenon of Puglia. The presentation will be moderated by Valerio Corzani (Italy), Rai Radio 3; with Ian Anderson (UK), fRoots; Alessandro Coppola (Italy), Nidi d'Arac; and Anna Cinzia Villani (Italy), Singer.
Johannes Theurer (Germany), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, with Dagfinn Bach (Norway), Bach Technology, will demonstrate their innovative tool to help you evaluate your performance on radio broadcasts and target a list of radio stations to approach for promoting future release. The presentation will include live demos with repertoire from artists performing at WOMEX.
More information about the Presentations:
Whether you're new to WOMEX, or a seasoned pro hoping to pick up some additional tips, here are a few ideas on how to make the most out of your time at WOMEX 12 in Thessaloniki.
Don't miss the WOMEX Orientation for New Delegates on Thursday, 18 October at 12:00-12:45 in Helexpo, Room A (Pav. 8); the session will offering useful advice on how to use all aspects of WOMEX as well as tips on submitting Conference and Showcase proposals.
Our Make the Most of virtualWOMEX session will take place on the Thursday at 16:00-16:45 in Helexpo, Room D (Pav. 8); the session will present the opportunities that virtualWOMEX has to offer to promote your business, as well as tips and tricks that will be useful to newcomers and WOMEX regulars alike.
We will let Dmitri Vietze take over from here...
"You're registered for WOMEX and starting to pack for Thessaloniki. Don't forget to think about why you are attending and to prepare to accomplish your goals. Here is a guide from 14-year veteran WOMEXican Dmitri Vietze, founder of rock paper scissors, the U.S. music publicity firm that promotes "music of global significance"..."
If you are a filmmaker, TV/film programmer or producer, festival organiser, DVD label owner, or if you are just interested in music documentaries, make sure you attend the IMZ Film Screenings.
This year, WOMEX will launch the five days of festivities with a special Opening Concert: My Sweet Canary - A Tribute to the Life of Legendary Singer Roza Eskenazi. The concert will kick off at 20:00 on Wednesday, 17 October, at Megaro.
The special WOMEX Gala Edition will feature My Sweet Canary Ensemble (Greece/Turkey/Israel); Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico (Greece); Apsilies (Greece); and an aftershow with DJ Hot Like Peppa (Greece).
The My Sweet Canary Ensemble concert will also include rare archive footage of Roza Eskenazi, as well as scenes taken from the documentary film; both are produced by Roy Sher and Elpida Markianidou.
Don't miss the delicious finger foods from Ergon an independent Greek producer of Deli foods, claiming to redefine aesthetically and quality-wise the term "traditional Greek" - or the fabulous local wines, provided by the Wine Producers Association of North Greece!
My Sweet Canary - A Tribute to the Life of Legendary Singer Roza Eskenazi, was inspired by a documentary film of the same name and is presented by Wines of North Greece, Ergon - Greek Deli + Cuisine, Queen Olgas Hotel, and Xithos/Dore.
Slots still available! This year WOMEX is offering not one but two Mentoring formats: delegates can now choose between attending One-to-One Mentoring sessions or taking part in the brand new Round-Table Mentoring, free of charge.
The Round-Table sessions are now fully booked but do stop by during WOMEX in case any slots become available.
However, there are still some One-to-One sessions on offer. Mike Gavin (UK), Press Officer, harmonia mundi, will be offering advice on Promotion Strategies in the UK; he still has a few slots available on the Saturday. Brian Hetherman (Canada) Consulting/management/record label/music publishing/export at Cerberus Management, will be talking to Mentorees about Label Issues; slots still available on Friday and Saturday. And author of the soon-to-be-released WOMEX 12 Guide essay, Copyright Cost Mayhem, Brooke Wentz (USA), CEO & Founder, Seven Seas, will be offering her pearls of wisdom about Sync Rights; slots still available on Friday and Saturday.
Please note that the Storytelling for Media session with Maria Marques (Spain/UK) Associate, Brunswick Arts, has been cancelled.
To reserve your slot, email email@example.com - first come, first served.
If you want to find out how to get the most out of your time at WOMEX in Thessaloniki, why not check out our Tips from the Locals?
This handy page contains handy insider hints, such as where to grab a quick bite around Helexpo, what culinary specialities to try, or how to track down bouzoukis or tzouras!
Just a quick reminder that the three selected photographers covering WOMEX 12 in Thessaloniki will also be available to attend to your special requests for photos. If you need professional photos of anything in particular at WOMEX, eg. for your publication, take a look at the portfolios online and contact your chosen photographer directly to discuss the terms.
The WOMEX 12 Official Photographers are:
- Jacob Crawfurd (Denmark)
- Yannis Psathas (Greece)
- Eric van Nieuwland (The Netherlands)
Their work will be posted daily on their websites and anyone needing photos can contact them directly to discuss terms. Check out their portfolios for current and past work and come visit their Trade Fair booth 6.104.
A selection of their photos will also be made available in small size on the WOMEX Flickr page under a CC-BY creative common license which lets others distribute these photos free of charge, as long as they credit the photographers for the original creation:
Visit the Photographers page for more information:
Jacob Crawfurd, Official WOMEX Photographer since 2009, has created a beautiful photo book of WOMEX Copenhagen 09-11, covering all aspects of your favourite annual event.
Celebrate music and culture and revisit your WOMEX experience in over 200 images; to order a copy of Jacob's book, visit Blurb:
Kind regards from your WOMEX team.
WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki, Greece | 17 - 21 October 2012
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