A new year has started – it’s now time to grab every opportunity to boost your career! Music conventions are a great place to network and get your music heard by people within the industry. Most of them offer independent artists the chance to showcase their work and get a foot into the industry. This is a great opportunity to take your career to the next level. Here is a selection of the most exciting music industry events to watch out for this year:
SXSW – Austin, Texas – 8-16 march 2019
SXSW is probably the most established music, film and interactive-media convention in the world, which makes it the place to be if you want to network! . Not only will you be amongst many music professionals, but you will also meet people from the film industry. You never know! This could open up the possibility of your music being played in a film or TV show! Official applications to perform at SXSW 2019 are now closed, but this doesn’t stop you from finding a place to perform in the area – crowds of people from the music and film industry will be crawling all over town.
- Keep the showcase applications link in your calendar so you don’t miss out on the next application deadline: SXSW Showcase Applications
MEDIMEX – Taranto, Italy – 6-9 June 2019
MEDIMEX festival was born under the sign of connection, internationalisation and training. It is a reference point for the Italian music industry and a place which connects the local scene to the international scene. This year’s edition will be celebrating Woodstock festival’s 50th anniversary, hoping to reach the same success as last year where more than 60’000 visitors enjoyed the festival’s great programme.
POP KULTUR – Berlin, Germany – 21-25 august 2019
Taking place in Berlin at Kultur Braurei, a charming old brewery, Pop Kultur offers not only conferences, concerts and networking events, but also organises what they call ‘The Nachwuchs’- a three day programme where a handful of selected artists will be mentored through specifically designed workshops and lectures. They will also have the possibility to showcase their work in front of industry professionals.
- Keep an eye on when their call for proposal opens: Pop Kultur Nachwuchs
- Listen to the Pop Kultur Nachwuchs Spotify playlist from last year!
REEPERBAHN Festival – Hamburg, Germany – 18-21 September 2019
Since its creation in 2006, Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the most important date for music industry professionals on a worldwide scale. Offering hundreds of live shows, key notes, conferences and networking events, the festival is a very valuable experience for anyone interested in the music industry.
- Get tickets here: Reeperbahn Festival
MaMa Festival & Convention – Paris, France – 16-18 October 2019
MaMa is where the french and international music industry meets every year. Offering a sharp and eclectic programme of concerts and relevant conferences, the three day event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019.
- Applications will be opened in February, here: MaMa Festival Paris Applications. Be ready!
ADE – Amsterdam, Netherlands – 16-20 october 2019
The Amsterdam Dance Event is the biggest conference and festival for electronic music. Over 5 days in October, Amsterdam welcomes annually around 350’000 artists, industry professionals and aficionados of electronic music who come to enjoy and participate to a full programme of conferences and club nights. This is most definitely a must-go-to event if you want to expand your network with like-minded people.
- Apply to showcase at ADE here: ADE Showcase Applications
WOMEX – Tampere, Finland – 23-27 October 2019
The World Music Expo is one of the most international industry events, with around 90 countries coming together to network and share knowledge. WOMEX has understood that “the world music community is able to – and needs to – contribute to cross cultural-understanding”. This year, held in Finland, WOMEX will once again offer a trade fair, talks, films and showcase festival.
- Apply before Friday 22 March here: Womex Proposals
ACCES – TBA (Africa) – 14-16 November 2019
ACCES or “the Music in Africa Conference For Collaborations, Exchange And Showcases” is a pan- African festival which is held in a different African country each year. ACCES attracts the main delegates of the continent’s music industry for a programme that is both designed to benefit the local musicians and the international industry professionals. Whilst last year’s edition was held in Nairobi, Kenya the location of the 2019 ACCES is yet to be announced.
- Keep an eye out here for registration and infos here: Music in Africa Access
LINECHECK – Milan, Italy – 22-24 November 2019
Milan’s music meeting and festival LineCheck believes in connecting music industry insiders and music lovers for the spreading of new ideas. With their #shapeyourfuture campaign, the festival shows a forward-thinking attitude and promises to work towards the next generation of music professionals and artists, beyond national borders. With such a statement, the programme promises to be exciting!
- Apply here: Linecheck Festival Milan
SIM – Sao Paulo, Brazil – 4-7 December 2019
Lasting five days, Sao Paulo hosts one of latin America’s most important music event. Music professionals from all over the continent gather here to network, learn and enjoy music, both at night and during the day. Whilst last year’s focus was on “resistance, diversity, transformation and the future”, this year’s theme is yet to be revealed.
- Follow their Twitter to be up do date: Sim Sao Paulo Twitter