2023 Дискусии

Всички дискусии, с изключение на съботния Keynote с Ед Бикнел, ще се проведат в Дом на културата „Борис Христов“, зали 1 и 2.  Съботният Keynote ще се проведе в близкото Lucky Дом на Киното.


Петък, май


11:15-12:15, зала 1, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

Meet the Showcase Festivals

The showcase festival is a unique opportunity to kickstart your international career. Learn more about these invaluable events directly from the people who make them happen! Find out about the booking process and the important benefits any attending artist, performer or delegate, can obtain.

с: Петър Остед – Future Echoes (SE / CA), Мичико Фуджимура – TIMM (JP), Трийн Тамисто – Tallinn Music Week (EE), Паулина Парванов – Waves Vienna (AT), Вайдас Стъцкевичус – What’s Next in Music? (LT), Ричи Майърхед – Pitch / SAMA (UK)

11:15-12:15, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

The Business of Music:

Making Things Happen for the Artist (Part 2)

DIY? Not hardly!  Meet the team it takes to raise an artist!

In this panel we bring together successful managers and agents to discuss the long-term strategy for artist development locally and abroad, from digital releases to supporting iconic Rock and Roll bands on tour.

It does take a team. Learn how to collect yours, today!

с :Куун тер Хейгдъ (Booking Agent), Рене Бийренс – Manager (De Wolff, Navarone), Христо Пенчев – Manager (UAC Management), Екатерина Бажанова (IMBS) Music Manager and Educator, Боян Пинтер (SPIKE)


Обедна почивка

13:30-14:00, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

Information Session

Believe Music

Believe is the largest independent global digital music company, headquartered in France. Believe has several brands including TuneCore, Nuclear Blast, Naïve, Groove Attack and AllPoints.

Believe has been very active in the Balkans with a list of top clients such as the labels Global Records, Roton, Ara/Diapason, Monte Music, Bassivity Digital, Facing The Sun, Thrace Music and artists like Molec, Trap 19 Connection, FYRE, and many more.

с: Алек Бошкович (A & R / Label Manager for Believe Music), Гийом Реньо (Lead Video Channel Manager for Believe Music), Боян Пинтер (A & R / Label Manager for Believe Music)

14:15-15:15, зала 1, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

В разговор с Ленарт Остлънд

С Петър Остед

In this keynote interview / masterclass, legendry sound engineer and producer Lennart Östlund will talk about working with bands like ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and Rammstein, just to name a few. His years behind the mixing desk have changed the face (sound) of contempoary music in Europe and beyond

с: Петър Остед (MusicHelp, Distrosong, Future Echoes) и специален гост Ленарт Остлънд (Sound Engineer and Producer, Polar Studios Stockholm)

14:15-15:15, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“



Heavy Metal continues to thrive thanks in no small part to its loyal global fanbase.
Metal acts need to be constantly on the road to earn money, however they seem to be neglecting the cutting edge digital tools available to them in the fields of PR and distribution. Learn about the soft skills necessary to get your band signed to an agent or a distribution deal.

Find out how the convergence of professional support can bring about a change in your career!

A panel dedicated to Bulgaria’s vibrant rock and heavy metal community.

с: Александър Оберт (Doomstar Bookings, DE), Мерле Дюринг (Catch 22, DE)
Стеф Паскуал (deviate digital, UK), Дейвид Кайзър (Nuclear Blast / Blood Distribution, DE), Умонг Ша (Fortitude Music / Future Echoes)

15:30-16:30, зала 1, Дом на културата „Борис христов“



Presented in partnership with Drive Foundation Canada

A Creative Life in Balance!

The creative industries have always been a volatile and unpredictable way to make a living. It is a lifestyle that carries with it a lot of choices and opportunities, but seldom provides the coping mechanisms to manage the pressures and demands of the industry.

The panel will dive into a contextual and informative discussion on the effects of substance abuse and alcholism as self-prescribed and self-administered coping mechanisms in the industry. Can we avoid the pitfalls of history or find a solid middle ground?

с: Санди Греъм (Cashbox Canada / EMG), Едуард Бикнел (Drummer, Agent, Manager), Къси Никодимо (Dance Plant Records), Мален Маленов (Psychonalyst / Psychodrama Therapist), Боян Пинтер (SPIKE)

15:30-16:30, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

Music revenue streams and rights exploitation

Making money while you sleep

There is a $20 dollar bill on the floor . . . and it’s yours!

Live music generates the highest income but there is not enough to go around. Developing and established artists need to explore income streams that they have so far neglected. Algorithms can be opitmized to generate higher earnings, old catalogs are dusted off the shelf and turned into cash, sync licensing continues to be both an income stream and a tool for audience development.

Find out what’s missing from „your“ business strategy!

с: Мария Каперска (Head of Operations at Phoenix Music International), Хенриета Хаймдал (Music Business Consultant), Стийв Ферис (Steve Farris Music), Лайнъл Лодж (Sync Lodge),  Андраш Бозан Бодроги (The State 51 Conspiracy)


Събота, май


11:00-12:00, зала 1, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

Are distributors the new labels?

Presented by Believe Music and Horus Music

Are major label signings a thing of the past?

Digital Distribution companies are quickly replacing major labels thanks to flexible pricing, global delivery, pitching to playlists, and even large advances. From a single song project deal to a 5 album long-term contract, every artist, producer, and manager worth their weight should be knocking on their doors.

с: Нина Кондрон (Horus Music), Алек Бошкович (Believe Music), Соси Качериян (Dance Plant Records), Априлия Иванеску (April Management / Catalina Cara), Дейвид Кайзър (Nuclear Blast / Blood Distribution, DE), Мария Каперска (Phoenix Music International)

11:00-12:00, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

Sustainability for Festivals

Presented in association with NHL Stenden University, the Netherlands

Professor of Music Business at NHL Stenden Bastiaan Nijbroek leads a discussion on festival and event sustainability assisted by an all-star panel of festival organizers

с: Бастиан Нийбрюк (Educator / NHL Stenden), Лиса Наста (Glastonbury Festival), Молин Ост (Lillaby Festivalen / Kristianstad Music Day), Йонас Танкред (Lillaby Festivalen / Kristianstad Music Day), Боян Пинтер (SPIKE)

12:15-13:15, зала 1, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

Bulgarian Music Export

Sounds in the charts and beyond

Bulgarian Music Export: The Sound Engineers and Producers
Presentation and Q & A

Have you ever wondered why certain Bulgarian songs sound so good? Meet the people responsible for shaping the sounds of Bulgaria’s most export-ready music from the last decade. Artists they have produced include Jeremy?, Poli Genova, Maria Ilieva, Dara Ekimova, Innerglow, Lunnik, and many more

с: Янко Генов (Sound Engineer / Producer), Михайл Русев (Sound Engineer / Producer),
Димитър Ганчев (Sound Engineer / Producer), Умонг Ша (Fortitude Music)

12:15-13:15, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

People in Music

Stronger Together: Us and Them

We all carry labels–gender, age, nationality, sexual identity, to name a few. While embracing these labels allows us to live fuller, more authentic lives, it is easy to limit ourselves to networks of those who are similarly aligned.

This cross-generational, cross-cultural, and cross-gender panel will discuss the benefits of collaboration and partnership in the music industry, and beyond.

с: Санди Греъм (Cashbox Canada / EMG), Анка Лупеш ( MMB – Raw Music), Петър Остед (MusicHelp, Distrosong, Future Echoes), Джес Партридж (Sounds & Strategy / EMEE / On The Move), Боян Пинтер (SPIKE)


Обедна почивка

13:30-14:00, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

An introduction, presentation, and special announcement from the International Music Business School!

с: Екатерина Бажанова (International Music Business School) & Боян Пинтер (SPIKE)

14:15-15:15, зала 1, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

An international plan for music export

History, Evolution, and Current Best Practices

Coming at it from all angles!

This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of internationalising a local band and making it export ready. From networking to funding, from press relations to good business practices, this panel has seen it and done it all. It takes a team to lift the artist to the next level!

с: Нийл Томпсън (Focus Wales, Llangollen Fringe), Къси Никодемо (Dance Plant Records), Вайдас Стъцкевичус (Music Export Lithuania), Санди Греъм (Cashbox Radio / Cashbox Magazine)

14:15-15:15, зала 2, Дом на културата „Борис христов“

What’s the future of music?

Redefine, reshape, and refocus

At this time, 100 000 new songs are uploaded to DSPs every day. AI-generated tracks are threatening to take over. Concert-goers in Canada are wiling to pay over $100 for a ticket to a hologram concert of Michael Jackson or Ronnie James Dio. Is technological innovation really going to help today’s artist break through the noise, or will it  bury them completely? How do we make sense of it all? Let’s ask the experts!

with: Петър Остед (MusicHelp, Distrosong, Future Echoes), Андраш Бозан Бодроги (State 51 Conspiracy), Марсело Гарибото (VIA Music), Джес Партридж (Sounds & Strategy / EMEE / On The Move)

15:45-17:45, Lucky Дом на Киното

Keynote Интервю: Едуард Бикнел

С Боян Пинтер

Legendary manager Ed Bicknell will take eager listeners on a journey through his illustrious career as a promoter, agent, and manager. His razor sharp wit is matched only by this vibrant sense of humor.

While on the Entertainment Committee at Hull University he promoted what later became the iconic artists of generations to come, including Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Moody Blues.

After moving to London he began working as an agent for Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Ike and Tina Turner and the Talking Heads. A chance trip to a local club introduced him to the Dire Straits, who he managed until they disbanded in 1993. He continued to work with Mark Knopfler for a few years after.

And now we come to the interesting part . . .

с: Едуард Бикнел (Drummer, Agent, Manager Extraordinaire) и Боян Пинтер (SPIKE)