conference programme


The professional conference will take be held at the unique surroundings of the Mine Hlubina – modern multi-functional space situated on the industrial grounds of the National Cultural Landmark of Dolní oblast Vítkovice.

The conference program, assembled by music writer Petr Dorůžka, includes presentations of showcase artists, workshops on music export, distribution, and international touring. We invited some of the most experienced professionals from several continents to share their knowledge and wit in panel sessions and speed dating.

Tuesday, 12/7/2016

10.00–10.15 welcome

10.15–11.00
Crossroads in Ostrava 2014–2016, our goals and achievments >> Petr Dorůžka
After Womex Budapest. Central European Music Square >> Balasz Weyer
A short introduction of the showcase bands >> Balasz Weyer, Jarmila Vlčková, Martyna Markowska, Petr Dorůžka
Katowice named UNESCO Creative City of Music >> Tamara Kaminska & Martyna Markowska

11.00–11.20 break

11.20–12.10
From Puglia to Ostrava, the Miraculous Rise of Pizzica Trance / La Notte della Taranta >> Cristina Fina & Petr Dorůžka
Touring Canada, a guide for European bands >> Derek Andrews
Czech Music Export office, work in progress >> Monika Klementová & Marton Naray

12.10–12.30 break

12.30–13.30
Storytelling >> Gerald Seligman
– How to present yourself as an artist, how to develop a ‚story‘ which is then used for bios, press kits, photo shoots, posters, CD art.

13.30–14.30 lunch

14.30–15.30
Who Will Pay the Piper >> Gerald Seligman
– A survival guide for musicians in the digital era.

15.40–17.00 speed dating

Wednesday, 13/7/2016

10.00–10.45
Transglobal World Music Chart, the know-how of promotion and media tricks >> Juan Antonio Vázquez Araceli Tzigane
Touring and CD distribution, what comes first? >> Arnulf den Boesterd
Promotion and digital distribution in the East >> Olya MoldavskayaPřemysl Štěpánek

10.45–11.00 break

11.00–12.00
How to get international, the Nordic way. The the Finnish master plan for export office worth copying >> Riitta Huttunen
– The the Finnish master plan for export office worth copying
Musicians and promoters – the art of communication >> Minna Huuskonen
Exporting music from Scotland >> Lisa Whytock
Dálava: Magical Mystery Tour – from Moravia to New York City and Vancouver >> Julia Ulehla & Aram Bajakian

12.00–12.15 break

12.15–13.10
A quick guide for a showcase band – the creative part >> Barak Weiss
– How to build an unforgettable performance, and what you should never do on stage.

13.10–14.10 lunch

14.10–15.10
A quick guide for a showcase band – the non-musical part >> Barak Weiss
– What to do before and after the showcase to maximize your impact.

15.20–17.00 speed dating