1. Meet your next business partners

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Looking to develop your network? Not to miss at Midem 2019, we’ve put together a series of opportunities for you to meet your next business partners, both online and IRL! On midem.com, update your Online Database profile to be sure to make the best matches. Onsite, meet with professionals from countless countries and industry sectors in series of five-minute speed meeting sessions, all taking place on Midem Networking Hub, Palais 4, from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 June. Don’t miss out: places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. More info here. Then hang out with your new contacts at the Midem Beach, either in the sunshine, or in front of our amazing concerts! And if it’s your first time at Midem, have no fear: you’ll find a dedicated First Timers’ HQ in the Midem British Café (Palais 3), and you can take part in dedicated tours on June 4 and 5. More practical info here.


2. Music never sleeps at Midem: artists at the forefront

No artists, no music: and artists will be more front-and-centre than ever at Midem 2019. From the Artist Hub with Songkick and CD Baby to the Songwriting Camp with Universal Music Publishing, plus a series of conference sessions from leading artists, creation will be well and truly honoured. Nowhere more so than in The Midem Studio Sessions, by Dynaudio Unheard (example above), in which artists will play and record live in a dedicated studio, right in front of the Palais! More info here…


3. Celebrate 5 years of accelerating new artists’ careers

Once again this year, and for its fifth consecutive edition, the Midem Artist Accelerator will showcase 11 up-and-coming artists from the world over, through concerts by night, and mentoring and panels by day. Sponsored this year by Amuse, the MAA is set to transform its finalists into global superstars. Or as former finalist T$hego (South Africa) puts it, “Midem Artist Accelerator is a world stage. I’m blessed to have been a finalist“.

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4. Discover Jamaican superstars Inna de Yard, live and onscreen

Reggae legends Inna de Yard are to Jamaica what Buena Vista Social Club are to Cuba. The music collective will start their European Tour on the Midem Beach (June 6, 22.40), and reveal movie The Soul of Jamaica in an exclusive screening (June 6, 16.45, Palais, Audi K). A special musical treat, brought to Midem by Wagram Music!


5. Midem starts at 08.30… & ends at 02.00!

At Midem, you can start doing business and learning key insights from 08.30 every day, and then carry on until 02.00, with our incredible concerts programme. That’s not much sleep… but it’s all for a good cause!


6. Inspiration from exclusive and rare keynote speakers

This many high-level people in four days? Midem 2019’s conference programme includes top executives giving their first ever keynotes – like Epic Records’ Chairman & CEO Sylvia Rhone -; rare appearances from industry visionaries like Troy Carter (formerly of Spotify, and Lady Gaga’s manager); Mathew Daniel of NetEase Cloud Music; Rebeca León, one of the world’s leading female music managers (her roster includes J Balvin, Juanes and Rosalía); live music bellwether Marsha Vlasic, who represents artists like Cyndi Lauper; Twitter‘s Head of Music Partnerships Kevin O’Donnell, in conversation with Tarek Al-Hamdouni (RCA Records) & Lisa Kasha (Epic Records); and “the heart and soul of modern Afrobeat”, Femi Kuti, son of Fela and ambassador of the Midem African Forum. Not forgetting former Arcade Fire member Marika Shaw, who speaks on a Diversity and Inclusion panel as part of the Live Summit. What a line-up! Full speaker details right here


7. Broaden your horizons at Midem conferences

As well as its world-beating keynotes, Midem hosts countless panels, summits and workshops aimed at boosting your music business knowledge. From Film/TV to esports, from music cities to global hip-hop, from Africa to Latin America and from China to the Middle-East, not forgetting live and streaming… be sure not to miss:

  • 4 Specialist Summits, on Streaming (sponsored by SoundExchange), Legal (in association with IAEL), Live (in association with Pollstar) and Copyright
  • Ca$h Factory sessions to develop music revenue streams, thanks to brands, sync, Film/TV in association with Variety, esports and music in association with Esports BAR, marketing and a special case around going global in hip-hop, with A3C;
  • Worldwide Village sessions to understand how to expand internationally, with focus on Latin America, Africa, North America, Germany and Asia. Plus a new rendez-vous: Music Cities, in association with Sound Diplomacy; and the second edition of Global Indie Voices, in association with IMPALA, WIN, Merlin and IMPF. Not forgetting a special focus on the UK, in the Artist & Networking Hubs.

Full details in the Midem 2019 Conference At-a-Glance & Full Programme!


8. Travel to High Potential Music Markets

Midem’s focus on high potential global markets continues in 2019, with the Midem Latin American Forum on June 4 and the Midem African Forum on June 5 (both in Worldwide Village). Whilst artist Maleek Berry joins Femi Kuti as African Forum ambassador, Jorge Mejia (Sony/ATV Music Publishing) and Jorge Juárez (Westwood Entertainment) will be at the forefront for Latin America. Not to be missed!


9. Meet music’s next tech unicorns


Midemlab, Midem’s startup competition, now in its 12th year, features Soundcloud, Kickstarter, Songkick and more amongst its illustrious alumni. The next music tech star will be unveiled at Midem 2019, after twenty budding startups across four categories have pitched to as many expert juries. Music startups of all kinds will also be welcomed to Cannes, notably through the French Tech delegation, brought to Midem by Cap Digital.


10. Join in the fun!

Excited about Midem? Tell the world! We’ve thought up two competitions to let you do just that:

#onmywaytomidem: share your Midem journey on Twitter or Instagram; the three best posts win VIP Club passes, to help you make the most of your show!

#midembydayandnight: share your 1 favourite “Midem by day” moment, with your favourite “Midem by night” moment, as an Instagram Story: the best three pairs win Midem 2020 passes!


Can’t wait? Neither can we! A bientôt à Cannes…



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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.

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