In 2019, the British Council in Ukraine teamed up with Music Export Ukraine to organise the Selector PRO international music industry forum. The Selector PRO forum will take place with the support of the Polish Institute in Kyiv on 7 and 8 February 2020.
Music professionals will gather to explore business opportunities and seek potential collaborations through two intensive days of networking sessions, panel discussions, case studies and showcases. The forum will extend its traditional geographical focus on the UK and Ukrainian music scene to explore opportunities in the wider markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The focus of the forum will be on how to develop and grow a sustainable live event business and on how to tap into the potential of neighbouring music markets.
On the first day of the forum of 7 February 2020, during a closed professional networking session, Ukrainian concert agencies and independent promoters will meet music agents from the UK as well as promoters from Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.
On 8 February 2020, the forum opens its doors to the general public for a music conference. The conference will start with a panel discussion and talks by UK music professionals: Rick Morton, from Blow Up Live, Paul McGivern from Pitch & Smith, Rebecca Prochnik from Earth Music Agency Ltd., Hannah Shobgola from Echo Location Talent and Jane Beese, Head of Music at London’s legendary Roundhouse venue. They will share their hard-won experience gained in the music industry and talk about the connections between artists, agents and the live music sector.
A second panel discussion will look at the organisation of joint concert tours in Europe and Asia. Promoters from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan and more will offer their insights into the business and advice about working in different musical genres in their markets.
The final panel will explore the potential for industry growth, and specifically, on how to build sustainable business models for small concert venues and what granting opportunities for music industry are available through national and international programmes such as Creative Europe, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the House of Europe. This session will also consider a case-study of the Katowice - City of Music project which has rapidly and significantly altered the dynamics of the music industry landscape in Poland.
Interested in attending the forum’s conference on 8 February? Hurry up and purchase a ticket here at the link. The ticket price is 150 UAH.
We also invite you to tune into modern British music with one of the most dynamic London’s fusion bands The Comet is Coming performing at the Caribbean Club on 7 February. The band is in the roster of the Blow Up Live agency featured in the forum. Tickets are available via the link.
The Selector PRO forum will take place in Osvitoria HUB, Moskovska Str 2.
Doors open on 8 February 2020 at 13:30, the event starts at 14:30.
Selector PRO working languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian.
Additional information - UK speakers:
Jane Beese, the Head of Music at the Roundhouse, with the role to oversee the balance of 100+ shows per year, she manages the team that produces the music projects in the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios and curates new festivals and series such as In The Round.
Paul McGivern, booking agent from Pitch & Smith for such artists as Cut Copy, Penelope Isles, This Is The Kit, Dr Dog, Dillon and many more, helping to build musicians’ live careers through club touring and placing them on festival stages across EU/UK and the globe. Paul is also on the programming team for Concert Studio events in Barcelona.
Hannah Shobgola, senior agent at Echo Location Talent. Prior to joining Echo Location, Hanna has been working for Fabric, and then WME, one of the largest booking agency WME, managing the diverse roster of artists from Paul Kalkbrenner to MIA, to Trentemøller & Maya Jane Coles.
Rick Morton, agent from Blow Up Live, Booking Agency and is responsible for the live careers and strategy for a wide range of artists such as Squarepusher, The Comet is Coming, Brian Eno, !!!, Warmduscher and many more.
Rebecca Prochnik, booking agent from Earth Music Agency Ltd. Among many others, the agency books such artists as Skepta, AJ Tracey, Gaika, Ghetts, Floating Points, The New Pornographers.
Jon Dunn, promoter from Parallel Lines. Currently, he promotes exclusively in London, working with acts like The National, Arcade Fire, Jungle, Glass Animals, Sharon Van Etten, St.Vincent, Future Islands--all told, more than 140 artists.