From New York to the Netherlands, both in-person and hybrid, here's our list of the best international music tech conferences coming up this fall.
Music Tech Conferences in September
Malmo Music Conference 2021
September 2-3 - Malmö, Sweden
Malmo Music Conference celebrates the rich and diverse music community of Malmö. Artists, venues, performers and music enthusiasts will come together in a 2 day celebration and exploration of music. The event will be held at Malmö Live with side events and experiences happening all around Malmo.
Reeperbahn Festival 2021
September 22-25 - Hamburg, Germany
Reeperbahn Festival combines a diverse line-up of new, international talents with a program comprising of a wide range of themes in a progressive music marketplace. Next to the festival activities, there is also a conference taking place. The conference provides a business platform for companies and organizations to meet and exchange ideas
Since its debut in 2006, Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the most important meeting places for the world of music and demonstrates how an exuberant music program can be combined with music industry interests and social initiatives.
Tallinn Music Week 2021
September 29 - October 03 - Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a music and city culture festival and key networking event for music and creative industry professionals across Europe, held annually in the capital of Estonia Tallinn since 2009. The festival consists of three main program parts: a music festival, conference and city festival.
The music festival presents multi-genre acts from all over Europe and beyond in Tallinn’s best concert venues. TMW’s music program is renowned for its bold mix of unique talent across Europe and beyond with diverse genres from experimental electronica to classical represented.
The conference looks into the impact of arts as an engine for the economy, while offering both inspiration, practical activities and networking opportunities to music professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers from different areas.
Music Tech Conferences in October
October 12-15 - Hybrid (New York, United States)
Mondo.NYC is a global business festival uniting music and technology. Emerging artists, innovators and industry insiders will connect and collaborate with fans in a mission to advance human creativity in an ever-changing world.
Mondo.NYC 2021 conference and music showcase festival will be presented as an interactive virtual event and livestream around the world. Additionally, a limited number of in-person events will be presented and concurrently attendees will be welcomed to a physical gathering in New York City for business, networking and live music showcases.
MaMA Festival & Convention 2021
October 13-15 - Paris, France
The gateway to to the French music market: 3 days of concerts and international meetings in Paris. With more than 6,400 attending professionals, MaMA is the greatest French gathering of the music industry: French and internationals, independent and major record companies, concert venues, festivals, producers, agents, managers, artists etc.
By day, MaMA suggests a conference program featuring over 450 international speakers and 150 panels, keynotes, workshops and matchmaking sessions. Music industry highlights will be covered such as: finance and values, marketing and communication, innovation and data, entrepreneurship, brands and media, international markets, publishing, cultural policies, synchro, creation and autoproduction.
October 13-17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is an upfront, influential and educational gathering for electronic music and its industry. With its conference, festival and educational breeding ground, ADE is able to create not only the biggest yearly industry tent-pole moment, but also a solid foundation for future generations of electronic music professionals. The event attracts a total of more than 1,000 events in nearly 200 locations across its multidisciplinary program; for five days and nights, the city of Amsterdam truly breathes electronic music.
ADE's conference program is a business and inspiration platform for the global electronic music industry, featuring dedicated programming for music professionals, aspiring DJs/producers and musicians, tech start-ups, brand- and marketing managers and much more.
A3C Festival & Conference 2021
October 22-24 - Atlanta, United States
Since its founding in 2005, Atlanta's A3C Festival has become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year. During the day, industry professionals mix it up at the A3C conference with panels, live interviews, and special speakers, while at night the three stages at the festival grounds are lit up with talent.
Most Wanted: Music 2021
October 26-28 - Hybrid (Berlin, Germany)
Most Wanted: Music music business conference returns with its sights set firmly on #change. The conference is a hybrid online-offline event.
MW:M21 aims for its attendees to leave with the clarity needed to navigate the newly multifaceted industry. The conference is designed to help everyone understand the new possibilities in today’s music landscape, which changes should be made to leverage them – and how to develop those changes into a sustainable, creative, and satisfying career.
BIME PRO 2021
October 27-29 - Bilbao, Spain
The Bizkaia International Music Experience PRO (BIME PRO) is a Music and New Tech Conference in Spain.
The 9th edition of BIME PRO will be held at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao. This year the congress takes as its inspiration the figure of Apollo, the Greek god of poetry and music that has fed the sensitivity of the human being since the beginning of time, but also of reason and knowledge without which development would be unfeasible, healthy and sustainable culture.
October 27-31 - Porto, Portugal
WOMEX – Worldwide Music Expo – is an international music meeting and conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and showcase concerts.
Over 2,500 professionals (including 260 performing artists) come together every October from 90 countries. Its musical spectrum is unparalleled in the international showcase festival scene, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, local and diaspora cultures and urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe as well as all musical juxtapositions of these.
Music Tech Conferences in November
Iceland Airwaves 2021
November 3-6 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland Airwaves Festival is the world’s most northerly music showcase and industry festival, situated halfway between North America and Europe. Iceland Airwaves brings together the country’s brightest emerging musical talent and forward-thinking international acts.
Each November for four days and nights, downtown Reykjavík comes alive, filled non-stop with music, with performances hosted everywhere from tiny record stores and art museums, to cool bars and stately churches, to nightclubs and large scale venues
KIKK Festival 2021
November 4-7 - Namur, Wallonia, Belgium
The KIKK Festival is an international festival of digital and creative cultures. Its interest lies in the artistic and economic implications of new technologies. The event gathers people of all backgrounds from all around the world. They are designers, scientists, makers, entrepreneurs, artists, architects, developers or musicians. They come to KIKK to tell their personal anecdotes, to share professional experiences and innovative ideas, to present an artwork, a project or a product.
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