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 on 2 June 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. 

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.

Partners already confirmed for Midem 2020

Midem is proud to present the first exciting partners – including music institutions, associations & media – which help us design the most insightful programme for Midem 2020:

A3C, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO, CISAC, Esports BAR, IAEL, IAO, ICMP, IMMF, IMPALA, IMPF, Merlin, Music Ally, Plus8Equity, Pollstar, The Lynk, Variety, WIN

and lots more to come...  Stay tuned!

2019 keynotes and speakers

Rebeca León

CEO & Co-Founder, Lionfish Entertainment
Manager of Juanes, Rosalia (USA)

Troy Carter

Co-Founder & CEO

Sylvia Rhone

Chairman & CEO
Epic Records (USA)

Femi Kuti


Midem’s conferences highlights

Worldwide Hip-Hop

Last June, Midem collaborated with A3C to produce an exclusive conference in Cannes dedicated to Worldwide Hip-Hop. As a direct follow-up, Midem invited international speakers who are at the heart of this movement for a panel called “Mixing US Roots & Local Cultures: a New Worldwide Hip-Hop Generation” at A3C 2019 in Atlanta on 12 October.

Music & Esports

Why are Music and Esports merging and gaining more momentum now than ever before? Midem & Esports BAR joined forces in 2019 to develop a combined programme dedicated to growing business opportunities in Esports & Music.


Midem African Forum

The Midem African Forum consists in a series of conferences, workshops and showcases to support the structuring and internationalisation of the African music industry, encouraging business development and new talent discovery.


Midem Latin American Forum

The Midem Latin American Forum aims to establish business and artistic relationships between Latin American and international professionals and territories in order to develop international business in Latin America.


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, marketing and promotion, 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.