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Tallinn Music Week announces the first round of conference speakers

And two extensive programmes on the role of creative power and digital development
The eighth Tallinn Music Week (TMW) city festival, taking place from 28th March to 3rd April in Tallinn, Estonia announces the first round of conference speakers and two extensive programmes on the future of our societies, digital development and the role of creative power. TMW delegates pass, which grants access to the music industry conference and to the Creativity for Change Forum on is available at TMW website for €225 until 21st March. 

The conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, 1st and 2nd of April at Nordic Hotel Forum with the grand opening by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, in conjunction with Creativity for Change Forum at NO99 Theatre. The opening panel with President Ilves and Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish Turk born American entrepreneur, who has committed his wealth to solving the refugee crises and other humanitarian issues, will lead the way to discuss the global future in context of the recent World Bank “Digital Dividends” Report on the impact of digitalization, that President Ilves co-chaired and Estonia was the main partner country to. The panel will address “The Big Picture” – the global state of affairs as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution – no matter what industry, no matter which country.

This year’s music industry conference focuses on reasserting the significance of music and creativity in a wider context of society – both as a unique tool to offer ways to counterbalance social turmoil and provide solutions, as well as facing the challenges of the rapid digital development.

“Our wish is to think broader at this year’s conference. By putting together two parallel programmes of TMW music industry conference and the Creativity for Change concept, we want to put music industry into the context of everything else – the state of affairs in Europe, the world. I think we as the music industry and the creative sector have potentially a lot to offer in fixing some of the challenges our world is facing today, at the same time, our industry has a lot to learn from other ways of thinking, other types of business,” comments Helen Sildna, the director of Tallinn Music Week on the idea to set up two parallel conference programmes for this year’s conference, adding: „If we close in as a sector, we lock ourselves into little boxes and start thinking in patterns. To make a difference, to really grow, transform and fulfill our potential, we constantly need to stretch beyond our habits and comfort zones.”

Main topics of TMW Conference 2016

The art, craft and business of songwriting
Music on film
Digital Single Market
Data opportunities for creative businesses
Brand communications
DIY fundraising
Classical music reaching new audiences
Territories and regions – from Baltic-Nordic to the Middle East
Music journalism in the 21st century
Independent record labels

More on speakers and programme

Main topics of Creativity for Change Forum 2016

The Big Picture
Equal opportunities
Culture and creativity for social impact
Environment – one planet
Science, skills and society
Migration, mobility and future cities
Communicating for change

More on CFCF speakers and programme

The speakers will include:

Balazs Weyer – journalist, editor, media pro, media ethics specialist and a world music geek. Started broadcasting in 1994 in community radios. Has runa world music show in the public national radio’s classical channel since 2012. Actively covering world music from DJing and blogging to academic research. Founder of Center of International Media Ethics and a vocal critic of Hungary’s restrictive media laws.

Barry Cole and his company, Spot Music, stand at the threshold of where media meets media and technology. Spot Music is an independent consultation and music supervision firm with more than 80 film credits, including Sling Blade, American Psycho, Super Troopers, Talk To Me and many more. In addition to music supervision for films, Cole has a proven track record in Media Production, Soundtrack A&R, Music Publishing and Music Clearance.

Ben Malen is a Finnish-Swedish musician, songwriter and music publisher. He is the founder and owner of Stereoscope Music Scandinavia.
Benji Rogers is currently CEO & founder of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008. Recognized as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music by Fast Company, PledgeMusic is now the leading international direct-to-fan destination offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making process resulting in chart topping albums worldwide.

Bill Wilson is the Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development at the Music Business Association (Music Biz) and as such leads the charge on all things digital. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied roles within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the industry trade association. From 1989 to 2007, Wilson founded and ran Blackout Records, which began as a haven for NYC hardcore and evolved to include releases from such notable acts as Guided By Voices, H2O, and Kill Your Idols.

Brahim El Mazned – artistic director of the Timitar Festival (Agadir, Morocco), dedicated to Amazigh (Berber) culture. The Moroccan weekly “Tel Quel” recently declared Mazned one of the hundred most influential personalities of Morocco.

Brian Reich is a communications strategist and  writer, the director for the Hive, a special project and innovation lab of USA for UNHCR that uses advanced data science to develop groundbreaking new models for consumer engagement as an instrument for engaging Americans in the refugee crisis.

Brigid Walsh is the Executive Director of Communications, Partnerships & Events at Vogue and has worked in the entertainment and fashion industries for the entirety of her career. As the personal publicist to some of Hollywood’s most renowned celebrities and in her role at Vogue Magazine overseeing Special Events, her well-rounded background in marketing campaigns and first-rate service make her unique within her craft.

Connie Farr runs the music supervision service within ThinkSync, catering for all levels from shorts, trailers and promotional pilots to feature films. Recent projects include Andrew Haigh’s award winning ’45 Years’ as well as the upcoming adaptation of Martin Amis’s ‘London Fields’ starring Billy Bob Thornton and Johnny Depp. Currently she is working on upcoming productions for Film 4, BBC London, Sky and the BFI.

Conrad Wolfram – British technologist and CEO Wolfram Research Europe known for his work in information technology and its application. Wolfram has been a prominent proponent of Computer-Based-Math – a reform of mathematics education to make greater use of information technology.

Ed Gerrard is a co-founder of Impact Artist Management and Woodstock Artist Management. Beginning his entertainment career as an apprentice to the legendary music manager and film producer Shep Gordon, Ed has helped manage the careers of artists including Dr. John, Luther Vandross and Alice Cooper among others.  His current roster includes Gipsy Kings, Jon Cleary, Eef Barzelay, Amy Helm, Arc Iris, and Elijah Wolf.  Ed’s music supervision career includes films such as the “Scream” trilogy, “Halloween H20,” “Cursed” and 2016 Miles Davis release “Miles Ahead.”

Fadi Bishara – founder of Blackbox, a global accelerator that offers foreign start-ups better access to Silicon Valley resources. Rooted in his own Syrian background Fadi sees the key success of Blackbox in the international and multi-cultural network of its alumnae. Blackbox runs a special programme for women entrepreneurs to increase diversity and create equal opportunities.

Gabriel Prokofiev creates music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions. A London-based composer, producer, DJ, and founder of the NONCLASSICAL record label and club night, he has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK, recognized by Financial Times as being “in the vanguard of redefining classical music conventions.” Prokofiev’s distinctive sound is informed by his background as a producer of hip-hop, grime, and electro records, as well as his earlier involvement in electroacoustic music at York and Birmingham Universities, where he won a Residency prize at the prestigious Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition in 1998.

Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani. 2015 Ulukaya signed The Giving Pledge and committed the majority of personal wealth to help bring an end to the global refugee crisis. He launched a personal foundation – Tent – to support his commitment. Member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). Named Eminent Advocate of UNHCR.

Henca Maduro was born in the Caribbean, raised in the Netherlands and has been a radio personality for almost 10 years and had opportunities to interview some of the most relevant artists in Urban Music like Lil’ Wayne, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Pharrell and many others. Having hosted and produced live events for almost 20 years, Henca has developed the concept of the biggest international urban Music Conference in the world called New Skool Rules, a 3 day international music conference/festival, held in the Netherlands that takes place bi-annually.


Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt manages Scottish composer Peter Gregson, and advises a number of international artists on rights management and career development. He is the policy advisor to The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), an organisation that brings together artist representative associations from 30 countries. Jake is involved in a number of industry dialogues on technical solutions for industry wide issues.

Jukka Immonen is a Finnish musician, record producer and composer. He has worked with a number of domestic and foreign artists, such as Jenni Vartiainen, Anna Abreu, Anssi Kela, Mariska & Pahat Sudet, Margaret Berger and has also composed music for Finnish films and television. He has received several prizes for his work as a producer (Emma Award in 2010) and with film (Jussi Award 2005). Immonen is also the co-writer of the Roberto Bellarosa song “Love Kills”, Belgium’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Julia Reda – German politician and activist, member of the European Parliament representing Germany since 2014, Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group, president of the Young Pirates of Europe. Reda is campaigning to make copyright in the EU unified, progressive and fit for the future.

Kerli is an Estonian singer and songwriter. In addition to two major label releases Love Is Dead (2008) and Utopia (2013), Kerli has contributed songs for the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Alice In Wonderland. She has had a number of successful collaborations (with Seven Lions and SNBRN), but her biggest songwriting commercial achievement is her penning of the song, “Skyscraper,” sung by Demi Lovato. Kerli recently released, “Feral Hearts” the first single from her forthcoming full-length album.

Kristjan Järvi has “earned a reputation as one of the canniest and most innovative programmers on the classical scene,” said Reuters. As a recording artist Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks such as ‘Cloud Atlas’ and award-winning albums on Sony and Chandos, to his eponymous series on renowned French label Naïve Classique: the ‘Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.’ Järvi continues to work with some of today’s brightest creative minds, from film directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, to composers and artists Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Tan Dun, Hauschka, Dhafer Youssef, Anoushka Shankar and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Lama Hazboun – Managing Director of OrangeRed and the co-founder and Director of Amman Jazz Festival in Jordan.

Margaret Berger is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, music director and DJ. Her debut album Chameleon (2004) earned her two Norwegian Grammy Award nominations: Best New Artist and Music Video of the Year for her song Lifetime Guarantee (the latter winning the award). With the song I Feed You My Love, Margaret performed Norway’s contribution to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Marina Kaljurand is Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a politically non-affiliated diplomat who has served as the Ambassador of Estonia to the United States of America, the Russian Federation and others. Marina Kaljurand has been a vocal supporter of women’s rights and particularly women empowerment in foreign and security policy.

Peter Jenner is legendary in the music business. One time manager to Syd Barret era Pink Floyd, The Clash, Ian Dury & Billy Bragg amongst many others, he is now at the forefront of the debates surrounding the digital use of music. He was President Emeritus (IMMF), Director (UK MMF) and on the advisory board of FAC.

Ramin Sadighi is the founder of “Hermes Records” that is  focused on producing and promoting non-mainstream persian music worldwide. Hermes Records has distribution partners all of over Europe and also collaborates with the prestigious German music label ECM. Ramin received the Professional Excellence Award from WOMEX in 2015.

Sten Tamkivi – the CEO of Teleport, Inc. Teleport moves knowledge workers to their best place to live and work around the world. Prior to co-founding Teleport Sten served at Skype as one of the first employees and as General Manager for the company’s Estonian offices. Sten values a tolerant, open and creative society, speaks up for entrepreneurship, supports the startup movement, occasionally invests, pushes for better tech education and has advised President Ilves of Estonia on the above.

Taavi Kotka – Government CIO, Deputy Secretary General – ICT at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia, the mastermind behind the e-Residency programme.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is serving his second five-year term as Estonia’s president, a position he has held since 2006. The Columbia and University of Pennsylvania-educated psychologist and former journalist is credited with transforming the smallest Baltic state into “E-stonia,” a successful, highly-connected country with a tech-savvy government.

Vikram Gudi, the founder and director of Elephant Music is a music sync expert from London with a global network of agents and contacts from LA to Mumbai. He’s known for supervising the Oscar-nominated ‘If A Tree Falls’ (2012), and most recently producing and supervising the entire score for the Suffragette (2015) trailer featuring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. Recent major work includes worldwide brand campaigns for Unilever, Google, Knorr, and UNICEF.

TMW delegates pass, which grants access to the music industry conference on 1st and 2nd April in Nordic Hotel Forum and to the Creativity for Change Forum on 1st April at NO99 Theatre is available at TMW website for €225 until 21st March. From 22nd March the price for delegates pass is €275. Get your delegates pass and accommodation:

TMW festival pass is available at TMW website for €50 until 21st March. The pass grants access to all clubs and venues and special offers within other festival programmes, except “Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra” in Kultuurikatel on 31 March 7pm.

Single concerts tickets are also on sale through Estonian Piletilevi.

TMW music industry conference is co-organized with Music Estonia and funded by Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment, Estonian Authors’ Society.

Creativity for Change Forum is supported by National Foundation of Civil Society, Integration and Migration Foundation Our People, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Culture, and Republic of Estonia Government Office,

Tallinn Music Week’s international activities introducing Tallinn and Estonia as an attractive tourism destination of music and culture are supported by The European Regional Development Fund.

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