Saturday 23 February 2019 - 14:00 to Sunday 24 February 2019 - 23:00

23-24 Feb Music Conference Ukraine will take place at the art-venue Samskara in Kyiv. During two days participants will be able to attend 20 discussion panels, workshops and networking sessions. In the evening chosen bands will perform at the showcases. Main aims of the event are knowledge exchange and networking between international delegates, Ukrainian musicians and managers for their career development.

«Make it loud: how concert industry works» — this is the slogan of the winter Music Conference Ukraine. Huge announcements, applauses, sold out gigs — concert industry remains one of the most desired and profitable parts of music industry.  That’s why it is important to dive deeply into specifics of the Ukrainian and foreign markets and understand their benefits. 

Ukrainian promoters of the concert agencies and labels like Sviat Promo, Robustfellow Prods, icecream promo and HMG will share their experience of organizing niche concerts, will analyze key Ukrainian venues and discuss how to organize a profitable tour.

A big part of the event will be dedicated to the showcase festivals. For example, Oskar Strajn — program coordinator of the Eurosonic Noorderslag — will tell how they choose artists for their event. Тhomas Heher, head of Waves Vienna, whos visit is supported by the Austrian Embassy in Ukraine, will share specifics of the performances in the German-speaking countries. 

Michał Hajduk from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland will share the experience of supporting emerging artists on the governmental level. Moreover, founders of the Ukrainian label CTS Records will tell about their experience about showcases in Miami, Amsterdam and Sofia. Special focus will be made on the EDM scene: organizers of the brightest electronic  events in Ukraine will share their insights on the line-up development and organizational aspects. Besides, the legend of house music from Switzerland Tito Torres with the support of the Swiss embassy in Ukraine will not only do the workshop on music promo, but also will play a special DJ-set with the Ukrainian colleague Sergio Mega.

In terms of collaboration with the Selector PRO program of British Council Ukraine we will have two special guests: Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt from International music managers forum and Tony Duckworth from PIAS (Poland and Eastern Europe). 

Do you want to meet a head of one of the biggest concert agencies in Poland or pay a question to a director of a promotion company that works with Editors, Enter Shikari, Garbage, Swans, Gogol Bordello and others? You will have this possibility! During a special networking session you will have only 5 minutes to talk with each expert and introduce yourself. Can you handle it?

As always, special attention will be devoted to a listening session, organized in a collaboration with a music website  Every musician can send his/her song to the organizer. During the listening session our foreign experts will listen to it and provide the fair feedback on the arrangement, lyrics and general impression. After the event the chosen tracks will also get the feedback publications by website editor-in-chief Sergey Cane.  

This is just a brief overview, there will be many more interesting experts and topics to cover at Music Conference Ukraine. And most importantly — dozens of chosen artists who will play during evening showcases in several venues, while experts and music fans will have the ability to discover new favourite music. 

You can find the full programme on the Facebook event  and website.

Tickets cost 650 UAH for two days and 350 UAH for one-day-ticket.