Midem's conference programme

Midem's conferences form an exclusive programme featuring the most respected decision-makers in the global music industry. 

Through inspiring conversations, concrete case studies, and workshops, participants benefit from their peers’ insights to grow their international business.

Midem's conferences help shape the future of the music industry

Midem conferences have always been at the forefront of key trends and innovations in the international music business, from the launch of the very first streaming services to the growing opportunities of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Our conferences have often been among the first to explore new business models across emerging markets.

We welcome a variety of speakers ranging from artists and industry leaders to entrepreneurs, tech pioneers, digital influencers, and journalists.

Every year, Midem designs an insightful and thought-provoking conference programme to help participants overcome the main challenges and harness key trends shaping the future of the international music business.

Our programme offers a wealth of learning opportunities with five conference rooms tackling topics from music monetisation (film/TV music, sync, esports, A&R, marketing and promotion, music and brands) to exciting international music scenes and new business models (Latin, African and Asian Forums, Global Indie Voices). Midem also hosts summits on key issues impacting the industry (streaming, copyright, live, legal) and forward-thinking keynote sessions.

In addition, we make it easy for you to access the leading international executives that speak at our conferences by creating networking opportunities within the Networking Hub and during extended Meet the Speakers sessions. 

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting conversation!

Explore the importance of artist and label services

Fred Davis - The Raine Group (USA), Justin Kalifowitz - CEO, Downtown Music Holdings (USA) and Kerry Trainor - CEO, SoundCloud (USA/Germany)

The unique keynote discussion will underline the role and development of the future of Artist and Label Services. Reflecting a strong focus on the topic at Midem 2020, the conversation will dive deep into this essential element of the music ecosystem, helping artists release, promote and monetise their music around the world. The eminent speakers will look at the rise of ‘direct artist’ services companies, and a whole host of other commercial models, allowing unsigned artists to have more choice and flexibility than ever before, offering them the opportunity to create their own virtual record label.

Midem 2020 will launch the first global platform for artist and label services – which will be known as the Midem Artist and Label Services Forum – to strengthen Midem’s commitment to keep the artist at the core.

Exclusive keynote by superstar Akon

Iconic Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon joins the Midem 2020 line-up!

During this unique keynote, Akon will take us behind the scenes of his multidimensional career. With a career spanning over two decades, Akon has never ceased to push the boundaries of creativity by creating new sounds, producing some of the most iconic hits of the 2000s and collaborating with artist from all around the world. 

2019 marks a strong comeback for Akon, with six new albums released in 2019, including “El Negreeto”, a Latin album with smash hits featuring Anitta, Becky G or Ozuna, and an afrobeat record, Akonda. These releases, and those planed for the coming months truly demonstrate Akon’s incredible diversity of inspirations and true international openness



Do you want to be part of next year’s conference programme? Do you want to share your expertise and vision with your peers? Let us know you’re interested in speaking at Midem 2020 by completing this form and our teams will get back to you.

2020 keynotes and speakers

Alexandra Lioutikoff

President, Latin America & U.S. Latin,
Universal Music Publishing Group

Fred Davis

The Raine Group

Justin Kalifowitz

Downtown Music Holdings

Kerry Trainor


Michel Vega

Magnus Media

Nicole Wyskoarko

EVP of Urban Operations,
Interscope Records

Rishi Malhotra

CEO & Co-Founder,

Vanja Primorac

Music Innovation,
United Talent Agency

As of highlight of this year’s Copyright Summit at Midem, do not miss the exclusive conversation about the game-changing partnership between GEMA & Zebralution. For the very first time, a collecting society buys stakes into a digital distributor.

Kurt Thielen, CEO of Zebralution & Thomas Theune, Director of the Broadcast and Online Division of GEMA, will share their vision behind this unique collaboration at the frontier between copyright and recording. The speakers will underline its effects on the music industry and explore the first outcomes since the launch.

This year’s Copyright Summit will also include a panel on “New Music Rights Collection Models: Balancing Efficiency & Transparency through Technology” and a “World Tour of Copyright”. Do not miss this opportunity to explore future directions for the protection and management of creators’ rights on 4 June.

Global Indie Voices

For the past three years, Midem has partnered with four of the world’s leading independent associations to give the voice to the indie music scene.

At a time when the independent sector is the driving force of the music community and the digitalization of our industry has made it global by nature, what are the main obstacles faced by independents around the world?

Discover the interviews of Merlin’s newly appointed CEO Jeremy Sirota, IMPALA’s President Kees Van Weijen, WIN’s COO Charlie Philips and IMPF’s President Pierre Mossiat.

Midem’s conferences highlights

Workshop Spotify

As part of the Global Indie Voices, Spotify has partnered with Midem for an exclusive workshop (by invitation only) dedicated to independents – artists, managers, songwriters or labels and distribution companies – that will present strategies and tools to make the most out of Spotify and reach global audience


New Artists & Repertoire Conference Focus

A&R departments have long served as the music industry’s gatekeepers of record labels & publishers, but their roles have evolved over the past several years due to music industry changes in the digital era. Don’t miss our brand new Artists & Repertoire conference focus on June 4th at Midem! 


Global Sync & Brands Summit 2020

Labels, publishers, artists, please submit to be considered for the Global Sync & Brands Summit on June 4th! In this 2h roundtable pitching session (by invitation only), you will meet with leading music supervisors to have your music considered for licensing. 

In association with A&RWorldwide/MUSEXPO 

Midem African Tour & Forum

Midem comes back to Africa. Midem’s African Forum will begin on 25 February in Lagos, Nigeria followed by a second date on 28 February in Cape Town,  South Africa and culminate in a dedicated day on 4 June during the annual Midem conference.

In association with Boomplay and Trace TV


Midem Conference Tracks

Midem Keynotes

Keynote talks are an exclusive opportunity to hear leading international music industry players share their vision of the future of the music business.

Midem Summits

Streaming, Live (in association with Pollstar), Copyright, and Legal Summits (in association with IAEL) are your passport to business intelligence on these key industry topics.

Global Stage

For spotlights on the most exciting music scenes around the world and unique insights into how to grow your business internationally, check out the African, Latin American and Asian Forums.

Cash Factory

Concrete tools and innovative ways of monetising music through activations with Brands, Film/TV Music (in association with Variety), A&R, Sync, Music Marketing, Worldwide Hip-hop, and Esports.

Music Lab

Midemlab startup competition finalists and leading innovation companies present exciting solutions to take your business to the next level.

Artist Hub

Our Artist Hub (in association with International Artist Organisation) is the place to network, share ideas and creativity, and learn all about talent development.