Midem Digital Edition

Starting on 2 June, 2020, Midem is re-loading in a new format, the Midem Digital Edition.

Accessible to all, it aims to bring the global music community together to discuss, collaborate, and share solutions for our industry in the post-Covid era.

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Midem Digital Edition: a brand new initiative for the music community

It aims to bring the global music community together to stimulate discussion, share solutions, and achieve a better understanding of what’s ahead for our industry in the post-Covid era.

This edition will also allow participants to seize new business opportunities and identify relevant business partners, with a specific focus on music tech entrepreneurs and up-and-coming artists through Midemlab’s start-up competitions and our new Midem Talent Exporter programme.

Mapping the Covid impact on the music industry

The Covid-19 pandemic has left no industry untouched this year, including sparking a music industry crisis that has left artists and songwriters, music companies and digital services alike grappling with the implications. Before discussing and sharing solutions on what’s ahead for the global music industry during the Midem Digital Edition , discover this article highlighting the covid impact on our industry.

New music business keynotes confirmed!

As part of the Global Indie Voices, Merlin COO, Charlie Lexton, will discuss new business models for the music industry with Ninja Tune’s Marie Clausen and Freeme Digital’s Michael Ugwu in an exclusive keynote conversation at the Midem Digital Edition 2020.

Their names are the latest additions to a great line-up of confirmed speakers – all details below!


Midem Talent Exporter Selection revealed

The Midem Digital Edition is the place to discover the latest talent emerging from across the globe and enable the next generation of artists to learn, connect and be inspired.

Discover the line-up of our debut Talent Exporter programme presented by Amuse, spotlighting the freshest worldwide talent and boosting artists' international reach. 


Midemlab 2020 finalists revealed

Midemlab 2020 marks the 13th edition of the competition that seeks to discover the most promising international startups, aiming to develop new technologies and reshape the music industry. This year’s four pitching sessions for selected finalists as well as the announcement of the winners will be broadcast on our digital platform.


Raise your company’s profile with the brand new Midem Artist & Label Services Directory

During the Midem Digital Edition, we are releasing the first global directory dedicated to service providers. 

It will allow artists, managers, labels and publishers to browse and discover the most appropriate solutions to develop their activities.

Production, rights management, marketing, promotion, legal, distribution, and many other services from all over the world will be available to the global music community.

List your company the directory – free of charge - to enhance your

Marketing Yourself in the Era of COVID: Best Practices for Getting Hired

In association with Women in Music

In this session, seasoned HR professionals from Spotify, YouTube/Google, and Sony/ATV will share best practices for strengthening your skills, building your personal brand, and marketing yourself for career opportunities. 

Speakers will discuss how to navigate the job market amidst a crisis, how the industry will change as a result, and the importance of diversity from an HR perspective. 

Whether you are a recent college graduate, or an experienced professional, you don't want to miss this insightful conversation.

COVID19 & Digital Music Consumption in Africa

As part of the African Forum, this panel will take a deep dive into how the African Music industry (particularly in the East and West Africa regions) is being affected by the current pandemic. 

How drastically has the pandemic affected artists’ revenues? What psychological effect does staying at home and not being in transit and performing on big stages have on artists? How has COVID-19 affected music release and distribution, and what is the data saying with respect to music streaming habits? Has streaming witnessed a Doom or Boom in this era, and what are the expected positive and negative impacts post COVID?

Speakers:  Martha Huro, Director, East Africa, Boomplay (Kenya);

Mobolaji Kareem, A&R West Africa, Empire (Nigeria); Stonebwoy, Artist (Ghana)

Moderator: Anyiko Owko, Founder, Anyiko PR (Kenya)

Legal Summit, in association with IAEL

Keep up to date with legal issues for music and entertainment with a terrific collection of specialist speakers from around the world brought together for: 

The IAEL Legal Update for Entertainment & Technology

The IAEL Masterclass: Did You Steal My Song? An International Perspective

The IAEL Main Seminar: Nationalism v. Globalism. 

Artists & Labels: How to Leverage your Music during COVID-19

On Thursday 4 June, make sure to catch the exclusive workshop with Believe experts offering practical tools and insights into how to release and promote your music in light of the current crisis.  

Presenters: Cyril Delon, Global Head of Creative Marketing, Believe (France);

Gideon Mountford, Head of Digital Retail, Believe (UK); Ben Rimmer, Head of Sales & Distribution Services, Believe (UK); Milena Taieb, Global Head of Trade Marketing Partnerships, Believe (France).

Confirmed for Midem Digital Edition

Suzanne Combo

CEO of la GAM,

Co-founder of CURA,

Director of IAO


Lauren Guss

EVP Client Services,



Alexandra Lioutikoff

President, Latin America & U.S. Latin,

Universal Music Publishing Group 


Marie Clausen

Head of North America & Global Streaming,

Ninja Tune


Kabiru Bello

Director of A&R, Warner Music Sweden,

Head of Asylum


Antoine Dathanat

Head of A&R,

Sony/ATV Music Publishing | EMI Publishing


Olakunle Oladehin




Michael Kay Kiladejo


Track Record Entertainment