Midem African Music Forum

Our ambitions for the 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 professionalization of the African market.

The African Music Forum consist 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.

African Music Forum 2018 & 2019

  • 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


Collect relevant information about the African music business by attending to the daily thematic conferences and panels organized by industry professionals.


Interact with African and international key players of the music industry through debates and discussions. You can access to various brainstorming sessions and training workshops during the programme.


Discover on-stage performances of talented African artists. Midem spotlights promising perfomers during unique shows.

2019 Midem African Forum Ambassadors

Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti has been named Midem 2019 Artist Ambassador after welcoming at The Shrine, the heart and soul of Nigeria’s music scene, Midem’s second edition in Lagos. As one of the most influential African artists today, he will share during an exclusive keynote session his vision on empowering the new generation of Nigerian artists and music executives, shedding the light on his own initiatives to structure and professionalise the local music industry and facilitate access to education and training.

Maleek Berry

One of the leading figures of the Afrobeats movement, Maleek Berry 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.

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 artists in the continent and beyond.

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.