• 27-31 OCT 2021
  • Porto, Portugal

DIGITAL Conference 2020

Interactive online panel discussions, mentoring sessions, networking meetings and presentations.
For the WOMEX 20 Digital Edition, speakers from around the world address the global music scene's
most pressing topics.

Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday  |  Saturday 



Wednesday, 21 October 2020


Photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli and Jaka Babnik

Welcome & Kick-Off

Meet the teams
 Alexander Walter (Germany) and Balázs Weyer (Hungary)

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Photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli and Jaka Babnik

Conversation Between Ian Brennan and Chris Eckman

The Grammy-award winning producer and the Glitterbeat Records founder in conversation
 Ian Brennan (USA/Italy) and Chris Eckman (USA/Slovenia)

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Photos by Eric van Nieuwland and Kelemen Gergely

Cooperation in Times of Climate Change

The music industry facing environmental challenges
 Gwendolenn Sharp (France), Amitava Bhattacharya (India), Martyna Markowska (Poland), Natalia Oszkó-Jakab (Hungary)

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North American Network Meeting

We miss you!
Isabel Soffer (USA) and Umair Jaffar (Pakistan/Canada)

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Thursday, 22 October 2020


Photo by Matariki Festival Trust

Pan Indigenous Network Meeting

Indigenous artists sharing information, relationships and new connections
 Hinurewa te Hau (New Zealand)

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Vilma Timonen, Miklós Both and Yuriy Rybak

Associated Presentation:
  Next Generation Of Folk Music Education

New approaches for folk music education
  Miklós Both (Hungary), Yuriy Rybak (Ukraine), Vilma Timonen (Finland)

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Photo of Tiina Hill by Digital Culture Network

Digital Culture Network: Getting Started with Online Retail

Learn how to set up an online shop
 Tiina Hill (Finland/UK) and Emma Roberts (UK)

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Africa Rising

New Realities in African Music
 Simon Broughton (UK); Wanlov the Kubolor (Romania/Ghana), Thomas Burkhalter (Switzerland)

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Demystifying the Middle East Music Market

Development, labels, royalties & streaming in the Middle East
 Emma Bartholomew (UK), Habib Achour (Tunisia/France), Lara Khoury (UK/Lebanon)

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András Lelkes, Martyna Markowksa and Anna Masatova.

Central & Eastern European Network Meeting

Time for increased regional cooperation?
  András Lelkes (Hungary), Martyna Markowska (Poland), Anna Mašátová (Czech Republic)

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Play Fair!
A Resiliart Debate

For a more fair and sustainable digital world for music
 Keith Nurse (UK/Saint Lucia); Ana Rodriguez (Mexico); Didier Awadi (Senegal); Ni Bing (China); Lydia Rose (Jamaica); Amani Semaan (Lebanon/France)

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Photos by Kavi Bhansali, Julián Umbacia, Yeashu Yuvraj

in the Digital Age

Challenges and benefits
 Divya Bhatia (India), Alejandra Gómez (Colombia), Ritnika Nayan (India)

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Photos by Two Dudes Photo

Music and Business Partnerships

Roundtable Mentoring
 Duygu Gün (Turkey/USA)

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Associated Presentation: Opportunities For The Music Industry In The European Union

Creative Europe Programme & Music Moves Europe preparatory action
 Gábor Mondik (Hungary), Barna Petrányi (Hungary), Zsolt Szokolai (Hungary/Belgium)

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Roundtable Mentoring
 Jeanny Ricci (Italy/Spain)

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Photo by Pablo Garcia

How to Present a Product with a Professional Pitch

Roundtable Mentoring
 Nerea T. Ruiz (Spain)

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Photos by Kavi Bhansali, Julián Umbacia, Yeashu Yuvraj

Women of the World 11th Annual Network Meeting

Zooming into the future
 Allie Silver (USA/Germany)

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Photos by Kavi Bhansali, Julián Umbacia, Yeashu Yuvraj

Why DJ Culture Matters to Global Music

What role do DJs play in breaking electronic sounds?
Emily Dust (UK); Balraj Samrai (UK); Jamz Supernova (UK)

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Friday, 23 October 2020


Festival Network

Get inspired by innovative festivals and share ideas
 Forum of World Wide Music Festivals; Danka Van Dodewaard (The Netherlands); Kobe Leestmans (Belgium)

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Associated Presentation:
World Music Indigenous Programme Day 2

Trail blazing the new dawn
 Creative Northland; Matariki Cultural Foundation; Sounds Aoteaora; Pacific Underground (supported by TRAC Wales and Piranha Arts)

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Post Brexit Working UK & EU For All Creative Arts Workers

Yes, we can all still work across new borders!
 Ian Smith (UK), Tatjana Domany (Austria), Rog Patterson (UK), Mark Ringwood (UK)

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Photo by Marie Gloredel

Introduction to Russian Streaming and Social Media

One-to-One Mentoring
 Daryana Antipova (Russia)

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Photo by Catharina Lartey

Artist Management/Int. Career Building

One-to-One Mentoring
 Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin (Nigerian/UK)

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Photo by Jos van den Broek

Why DIY Music Network Meeting

Inspiring a generation of musicians to DIY
 Nani (Noam Vazana) (Israel/Portugal/The Netherlands)

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Photos by Dominic Tyler, James Allan and Katarzyna Kukielka

No Music on a
Dead Planet

Music Declares Emergency & what music has to do with the climate
 Sam Lee (UK), Chiara Badiali (Switzerland/UK), Ula Nowak (Poland), Dan Raffety (UK)

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Photo by Szilard Nagyilles

Music Export Offices Network Meeting

Get-together for national and regional music export offices and initiatives
 Balázs Weyer (Hungary)

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Photos by The Seppis, Thandiwe Muriu, Pedro Margherito

Fostering South to South Relations

How to build strong South to South relationships
 Jess White (Australia/South Africa), Flavio de Abreu (Brazil), Anyiko Owoko (Kenya)

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Innovation in time of crisis
 Reem Kassem (Egypt/UAE) and Silja Fischer (Germany/France)

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Diasporas Preserving

Transforming societies through music and culture
 Boima Tucker (Sierra-Leone/USA); Tedra Wilson (USA); Rita Maia (Portugal)

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Saturday, 24 October 2020


Virtual Music and Concerts - An Introduction

How to embrace new opportunities and use them with lasting success
 Frank B. Sonder (Germany)

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Associated Presentation:
For Artistic Freedom

Transcending Boundaries with the Global Action Network and Digital Toolkit
 Sverre Pedersen (Norway) and Paige Collings (UK/Denmark)

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Photo by Mariam Katongole

Sync 101: How to License Your Music in Film & TV

Learn the basics, the process and what to expect
 Steph Rushton (Canada/France); Thomas Katongole-Strauch (Germany); Sina Ataeian Dena (Iran/Germany)

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The Politics of Music & the Music of Politics

Resistance from Beirut’s experimental music scene
 Wassim Bou Malham (Lebanon); Grégoire Couvert (France); Roy Arida (France/Lebanon); Charbel Haber (Lebanon), Racha Baroud (France/Lebanon)

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Veronika Harcsa, André Marmot and Barak Weiss.

Two Jazz

From uncool to phenomenal, from unknown to international - how the role of jazz was transformed in the UK and in Israel.
  Veronika Harcsa (Hungary), André Marmot (UK), Barak Weiss (Israel)

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Being a Refugee is not a Profession

A visit to the Atelier des Artistes en Exil, WOMEX Professional Excellence Award 2020
 Judith Depaule (France) and Angèle Cossée (France)

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Photo by Esra Osdogan

Record Labels in a
Changing World

New practices, social activism, emancipation and sustainability
 Seb Bassleer (Belgium); Kornelia Binicewicz (Poland/Turkey); Lewis Robinson (UK)

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Photo by Kristof Ponicsan

Green is the

One-to-One Mentoring
 Akos Dominus (Hungary)

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Music in
Film and TV

One-to-One Mentoring
 Steph Rushton (Canada/France)

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Photo by Carolina Sanchez

Global Latinos 5.0 Network Meeting

Resilience, the art of moving forward
 Catalina Maria Johnson (USA)

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