Do It Yourself Together

Why DIY Is Here to Stay

  • event type:WOMEX 14 Conference
  • date:24 Oct 2014
  • time:15:00 - 15:45
  • city/area:Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Confererence Room 2 Cidade da Cultura
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts

Presented by:

- Joost Abbel (Netherlands)
manager/booker/co-founder, Amsterdam Artist Collective, Netherlands

- Clay Ross (USA)
band leader/ manager, Matuto, USA

- Inma Grass (Spain)
director of communications, Altafonte, Spain

- Ryan Dawes (USA)
publicist, rock paper scissors, USA

Do It Yourself (DIY) is all the rage! Keen observers may have noticed young DIY artists are an upcoming phenomenon in the world music industry. The new kids in town are choosing to stay independent, while professionalising as serious partners for programmers and festivals.

They are getting more creative and resourceful – not only in their music, but also in bookings and management. This new generation of DIY artists is working together with festivals, programmers and other artists to share knowledge, recourses and network. Changing the game, while challenging the establishment.

(Photos: Joost Abbel by Eva van Rijnberk; Clay Ross by Zandy Mangold; Inma Grass; Ryan Dawes by Krista Costin)