On January 31st took place Romanian Music Export online, an event developed by Romanian Music Export (RME), the first program from the entrepreneurial sector that aims to promote and export Romanian artists in Europe. The eight recorded and live panels brought together over 50 local and foreign speakers and the audience could have also watched nine Romanian showcases and eight Q&A sessions. The recording can be found free on www.musicexport.ro and also on the official Facebook and YouTube channels.
The speaker list included Greg Parmley (Director International Live Music Conference & International Festival Forum, UK), Chris Kemp (CEO Mind over Matter Consultancy), Gordon Masson (Editor – IQ Magazine), Michal Kascak (Founder / CEO – Pohoda festival, Slovakia), Christof Huber (Director, Yourope – European Festival Association Switzerland), Baris Basaran (Promoter / Head of Eastern & Central Europe – TEG / MJR – UK), Lina Ugrinovska (International Booking / Password Production, North Macedonia), representatives of European festivals Open Air (Germania), Wide Days (Scotland), Exit Festival (Serbia) and MetalDays (Slovenia).
The cultural and event industry in Romania was represented by Bogdan Buta (co-founder Untold and Neversea), Laura Coroianu (co-founder Emagic), Codruța Vulcu (ARTmania Festival director, East European Music Conference & Showcase Festival, Blaj aLive Festival and Romanian Music Export, as wel as vice-president of AROC), John Varbiu (Booking & Artist Hospitality Manager, Summer Well Festival,) Edmond Lenarth (Electric Castle Head of Booking & Festival Programmer), Emil Ionescu (Founder/ Manager General IaBilet.ro) among other. Also present at the event were Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila, Bogdan Ștefan Trîmbaciu (Director of the Project Management Unity in the Ministry of Culture), doctors, representatives of venues and clubs from around the country, cultural and theatre managers, Romanian artists and representatives of booking and artist management companies.
The eight discussion panels opened up important topics for the music industry and entertainment sector. Vaccination? The only solution for reopening the cultural life (RO), Can music help us thrive? (RO), Artists or freelancer? Can it be done? (RO), How do festival bookers choose newcomers for their line-up? (EN), The future of clubs and small venues (RO), AR+VR+MR=XR / The next festival (RO) and Women in music industry (EN). During these sessions, guests have answered questions about the artistic direction of a festival, building the festivals of the future, restarting the local music industry and have talked about the implication of the authorities in the survival of cultural entrepreneurs.
Along with the talking panels, during the Romanian Music Export Online, a series of bands played: Balkan Taksim, Blană Bombă, Dirty Shirt, Gramofone, JazzyBIT, Lucifer – A Rock Opera, Psihodrom, Roadkillsoda and White Walls.
The online edition that took place on January 31st and streamed for 12 hours was essential for continuing the Romanian Music Export program and making possible an offline live edition in 2021, due to the unprecedented situation created by the pandemic that has forced cancellations, postponement or reorientation towards online of all events and cultural activities.
Romanian Music Export was created as a promotional program that identifies and supports new-coming Romanian artists, offering them support in developing their career both nationally and internationally. The platform wishes to bring together young artists, offering them a stage and visibility, professionals of the music industry, festival directors and audience, with the strong belief that music is the universal glue that unites, heals and motivates. Romanian Music Export online is a musical project realized with the help of the Ministry of Culture.
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