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Jean Michel Jarre is at midem with two missions — to help build bridges between the music industries of China, Taiwan and the West; and to lend his support to the French collecting society SACEM, and its dynamic new president, Jean-Noel Tronc.

The French electronic composer and performer appeared on the panel of last night’s Innovation Factory seminar, How French and Taiwan Superstars are Paving The Way To Asia’s Largest Market, alongside Mandopop sensation Jolin Tsai.

Speaking before the event, he told midem News: “As the first Western performer ever to appear in China, I have a long relationship with the country and a great respect for its music. I feel I can help highlight some of the issues that can make doing business in China and Taiwan a challenge for Western companies — and vice versa.”

Jarre, who opened an electronic music department at Beijing university in the early eighties and donated the country’s first ever synthesiser, remains a popular artist in China, where he has appeared several times since his debut concert in Beijing in 1981.

Jarre has long been a vocal supporter of IP protection, lobbying on behalf of artists, authors and composers, who believe they are being unfairly recompensed for the use of their work by ISPs, telecom operators and file-sharing sites.

He said: “It’s unacceptable that the authors are the only people in the creative ecosystem who are not benefiting from their own creative efforts. The commercial strength of the music industry depends on its capacity to protect its product and I am happy to help SACEM in their mission to achieve this.”

This and more in the midem News’ third and final issue, online here!

Photo © Reed MIDEM/360 Médias/Yann Coatsaliou


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James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.