Waves Music Conference 2015: Topics Announced + Delegate Discount


This week the renowned Waves Music Festival & Conference announced the first topics of this year’s conference and its continuing collaboration with the Vienna Music Business Research Days of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The conference will take place October 1st in Vienna and October 2nd in Bratislava.

Music Festival & Conference Link: http://www.wavescentraleurope.com

Delegate Discount

Register as a delegate and order your Waves Central Europe Pro Pass now for € 99 and profit from the Early Bird Offer. The Pro Pass provides free entrance to all festival shows and conference parts in Vienna and Bratislava, including the shuttle service between the two cities. The delegate discount is available until July 30, 2015.

Early Bird Offer: http://bit.ly/1CxN4m3


CONFERENCE Day 1 – Thursday, October 1, 2015
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Keynote: Simon Britton with Camo & Krooked
Famous British producer Simon Britton, one half of the production, songwriting and remix team Red Rhythm (worked with Eminem, Run DMC, Missy Elliott, Sting, Michael Jackson, …) talks with Austrian Drum’n’Bass producers Camo & Krooked about their career so far, future plans and how collaborations with other artists affect ones work and career.

Presentation: Music Scene in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia
A primer on the music scene and -industry in the Waves focus countries Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia

Panel: We built this city on Rock’n’Roll (part 1)
How do festivals affect the city and shape its image? What are the benefits and how much do they cost? This panel guides you through different cities by highlighting trends, impacts, and co-working models.

Panel: Showcase festivals from artist’s perspective (part 1)
‚No money for nothing‘ or ‚the big breakthrough‘? Artists tell us their stories and give us their pros and cons for showcase festivals

Panel: The Balkan club scene – a journey through roots and moods
Turbofolk, Yugo-Rock, Gypsy-Music – these are some of the diverse musical genres summarized in the term „Balkan music“. This panel provides professional insights on the Balkan club scene and its determining ingredients.

Panel: Ukraine – music boost or nemesis?
What does the music scene in a crisis-ridden area such as the Ukraine look like? In what way is the Russo-Ukrainian conflict affecting new art movements within a field of economic pullback and human misery?

Panel: How to make gender equality work?
What are the strategies to make gender equality work and do they effect the real life?

Meeting: Austrian Festival Meeting (Invitation only)
Small and medium sized festivals from Austria gather for a first official meeting.

Workshop: Greening festivals
How to introduce effective sustainability measures to your festival without investing lot of money (in German).

Meeting: International Festivals
Meet the international festivals who are present at Waves Central Europe.

Meeting: Meet the Baltics (Invitation only)
Speed Meeting Session with musicians, promoters, festivals and labels from Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia.

Listening Session: FM4 Soundpark Rock/Pop
International professionals give constructive feedback on fresh acts with international potential.

Listening Session: FM4 Soundpark Electronic/Hip-Hop
International professionals give constructive feedback on fresh acts with international potential.

Listening Session: Festival acts recommended by journalists
Journalists present their favorite acts performing at Waves.


CONFERENCE Day 2 – Friday, October 2, 2015
Bratislava

Panel: Showcase festivals give feedback to artists’ perspective (part 2)
Follow up-panel where representatives of showcase festivals give first-hand feedback to artists about their experiences with showcase gigs.

Panel: Get to know Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Dos and don’ts when working with Baltic countries. How to start an exchange between our region and the Baltics? Being comparable markets in size, what are the similarities and what the differences?

Panel: We built this city on Rock’n’Roll (part 2)
Follow up-panel on how cities can support their music industries. What can cities and their representatives do for the music scene apart from monetary support? How can cities benefit from a thriving music scene?

Panel: How do I get my music into TV/films/ads/games?
Sync, or synchronisation rights, are still a hot topic for musicians. How to get your music into motion picture and games? Our panel of experts will provide the answers.

Panel: How to secure a high-profile agent
Who wouldn’t like to be represented by the big industry names as their agencies? What are the steps you should take to make sure you’ll be considered by an agent? How have criteria for the selection of festival headliners changed over time?

Panel: Slovak success stories: Simon Britton + B-Complex
Even small music scenes produce their heroes that can prove to naysayers, that it is indeed possible to overcome national borders in order to succeed globally. We’ll try to contribute with our little bit in turning our local heroes into role models.

Speed meeting: Meet Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Invitation only)
Speed Meeting Session with musicians, promoters, festivals and labels from Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia.

Speed meeting: Austria meets Slovakia
Speed Meeting Session with musicians, promoters, festivals and labels from Austria.

Reception: Have a drink with music professionals from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Meet representatives from the Baltic music industry in an informal and friendly setting. Drinks and finger food will be provided.

Listening Session: What do you think of my music? (Electronic)
International professionals give constructive feedback on fresh acts showing international potential.

Listening Session: What do you think of my music? (Rock/Pop)
International professionals give constructive feedback on fresh acts showing international potential.


On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Viennese part of Waves Music Conference collaborates with the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Vienna Music Business Research Days (VMBRD). All delegates at Waves Conference are admitted to attend all events of the VMBRD and vice versa.

Vienna Music Business Research Days 2015: Financing music in the digital age
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Opera streaming as a new revenue source?
Serge Poisson-Haro (HEC Montréal) and Dagmar Abfalter (IKM)

Panel discussion “Opera streaming”
Christopher Widauer (Vienna National Opera), Christof Papusek (Constantin Film), Robert Zimmermann (CEO of Berlin Phil Media GmbH), moderated by Dagmar Abfalter

The potential of crowdfunding for the music industry
Bryan Zhang (Director of Operations & Policy, Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School)

Panel discussion “Start-up Funding in the Digitized Music Economy”
Davin McDermott (CFO Saffron Digital, London), Selma Prodanovic (Brainswork, Vienna), Michael Breidenbrücker (speedinvest, Vienna), moderated by Jakob Steinschaden (Journalist)

Awards ceremony Young Scholars’ Best Paper Award

More to be announced soon.