Balazs Weyer (Hungary), Hangvetö
Christina Fina (Italy), Puglia Sounds
Xavier Cester (Spain), Catalan Music
David McLoughlin (Brazil), Brasil Music Exchange
Michal Hajduk (Poland), Adam Mickiewicz Institut Music Department
Music Export Offices became important players in the field of world music astonishingly quickly; these institutions spread around the world at the speed of light, showing the demand for cultural self-representation on the national/regional level and the need for diversity on the industry level. Music Export Offices are rather sophisticated institutions – they share the complexity of being cultural funders and tools of public diplomacy and economic development at the same time.
Music is widely used to brand places, boost tourism, and enhance community identities, whether on the regional, national or local level. But Music Export Offices all share the same challenges – the shrinking budgets of venues and the difficulties of measuring their success, as many of the cultural and economic effects of their activities are indirect and not easily justifiable by raw numbers. This Network Meeting will be a platform to share knowledge, best practices, get to know new export offices, and start activities to support shared interests of the parties.