Midem African Music Forum

  • Midem’s ambition is to help build the music business of tomorrow by merging the industry’s know-how and pushing its boundaries to warrant creativity and talent valuing at a global scale. We combine expertly curated industry programming and tailored events, to provide a platform aimed for the music ecosystem's contributors to meet, exchange and network. Our aim is to create a strong collaborative hive, to address the industry’s major issues and to tackle its key breakthroughs.

    Midem places an emphasis on assisting music professionals from all around the world and encouraging business development and talent discovery.

    We develop the High-Potential Markets Programme to assist with the structuring and professionalization of the music industry in emerging regions to stimulate its international exchanges.

    Yemi Alade at Midem
  • More connections in 2019

    The African Music Forum comes back for its 2nd edition with 4 key dates not to be missed:

  • Midem African Music Forum Dakar

    9 April 2019

    Roadshow in Dakar,

    Midem African Music Forum Douala

    12 April 2019

    Roadshow in Douala,

  • Midem African Music Forum Lagos

    15 April 2019

    Roadshow in Lagos,

    Midem African Music Forum Cannes

    4-7 June 2019

    Forum in Cannes,

    Discover the programme
  • 2019 Ambassador: Maleek Berry

    Maleek Berry will share his knowledge and experience in the African music industry to bring more insights and perspectives to this year programme.

  • Maleek Berry at Midem

    The artist follows in the footsteps of superstars Davido, Yemi Alade and Black Coffee, who were in the role in 2018. One of the leading figures of the Afrobeats movement, he is taking the world by storm. Having produced for some of the most exciting artists today, from Davido to Wizkid, Jidenna and Ycee, he is perfectly placed to deliver an exclusive Q&A session during the African Forum at Midem. This will take place in Cannes in the afternoon session on Wednesday, 5 June.

    During the Q&A, Maleek will discuss his experience and international development. He will also share his vision on the growth of the African music industries and the opportunities and challenges faced by African artistss in the continent and beyond.

    Maleek Berry is looking forward to his role as Ambassador, explaining: "I'm excited to be taking part in Midem this year, especially to be leading a talk for the African Forum which will put a spotlight on the market back home as well as the UK where I'm based. We'll have real conversations about the business and finding your truth."

  • African Music Forum

    Launched in 2018 as part of the High-Potential Markets Programme, Midem’s ambition is to assist with the development and internationalisation of the African music markets. In fact, despite their incredible influence over lots of music styles all over the world, African countries only represent 2% of the world music market.

    However, with the highest youth population and a rapid adoption of mobile media, the digital revolution has given a new opportunity to export more local artists. The African markets, with their diversity and cultural wealth, possess a huge potential.

  • With its long-term programme in Africa, Midem’s objective is to accelerate this transition by creating bridges between the black continent and international territories. This initiative aims to foster bilateral exchanges between national and international music executives and sectors in order to facilitate the structuring and professionalisation of the African market.

    The African Music Forum consists in a series of conferences, workshops and showcases attended by more than 400 industry professionals representing labels, streaming platforms, publishers, artists, politicians, media, and institutions. The objective is to support the structuring and internationalisation of the African music industry, encouraging business development and new talent discovery.

  • Key figures and objectives

    4Roadshow stages

    3Culture Ministers

    5Countries engaged

    400Music brainstormings

    50Live Artists

    2000concert attendees

    • Build a frame to facilitate significant exchanges
    • Bring together the main key players of music around common issues
    • Share knowledge and professional training
    • Highlight the African creativity, culture and style
    • Give the opportunity for local artists to present their work to industry professionals
    • Facilitate exchanges and international networking to develop business and creativity
    • Involve politicians, official institutions
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