Meet the Showcase Festivals
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 10:00 – 11:00 [Hall 1]
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!
with: Peter Åstedt – Future Echoes (Sweden), Andy Jones – Focus Wales, Georges Perot – Athens Music Week (Greece), Anca Lupes – Mastering the Music Business (Romania), Olaf Furniss – Wide Days (Scotland)
The Business of Music: Making Things Happen for the Artist
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 11:15 – 12:15 [Hall 2]
Meet the professionals who book your shows, organize the events you perform at, educate your managers, and assist with your development. Find out more about the work they do and how you can leverage their skills to further your career!
with: Maciej Madejski – Sideways Booking Agency, Georges Perot – Director @ Meso Events / Coordinator @ HEMI Project / Organizer @ Athens Music Week, Bastiaan Nijbroek – Professor of Music Business @ NHL Stenden, Ekaterina Bazhanova – Artist Manager and Professor of Music Business @ IMBS Barcelona
Lunch Break
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 12:15 – 13:15
Short Presentation: International Music Business School Barcelona
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 13:20 – 13:35
with: Ekaterina Bazhanova and IMBS graduate Ria Naydenova
Short Presentation: HEMI Music Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 13:45 – 14:00
with: Georges Perot and Boyan Robert Pinter
Money, Discovery and Fan Engagement While You Sleep: How Licensing Generates Fans and Income
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 14:15 – 15:15 [Hall 1]
Your introduction to music copyright, licensing, synchronization, and lyric translations. Learn how to generate income and fans by licensing the copyrights to your music, lyrics, and lyric translations.
with: Mariya Kaperska – Head of Operations @ Phoenix Music International, Simon Gurney – BBC, Anna Lindholm – A&R @ Icons Creating Evil Art, Robert Singerman – SVP, International Publishing LyricFind
Mariya Kaperska in Conversation with Ersin Mustafov from the Band Jeremy?
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 15:30 – 16:30 [Hall 2]
How does a song make money? A conversation on music publishing as a vital component in the career of the successful artist. *This session is in Bulgarian only
with: Mariya Kaperska – Head of Operations @ Phoenix Music International, Ersin Mustafov – Songwriter / Artist @ Jeremy?




How Did You Manage THAT? What It Takes to Be a Successful Manager in Today’s Music Economy
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 10:00 – 11:00 [Hall 1]
Managers will talk about the challenges they face in today’s music economy. Has the post-pandemic environment changed the way they approach their work? What role does education play in raising the next generation of entrepreneurs?
with: René Beerens – Owner / Momentum Agency, Bastiaan Nijbroek – Educator / NHL Stenden, Umong Shah – Manager / Fortitude Music , Danial Georgiev – Manager / L’Evil Music
Peek Behind the Digital Curtain: Spotify Income and Youtube Monetization
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 10:00 – 11:00 [Hall 2]
Have you ever wondered how Spotify got started and what the streaming game is all about? Have you ever wondered how to make money with your Youtube Videos? Are the biggest Bulgarian artists using these tools properly? Our tech gurus, Andras and Peter, will address all these questions and more!
with: Andras Bozan Bodrogi (State 51 Conspiracy) & Peter Åsted (MusicHelp, Distrosong, Future Echoes)
Women in Music: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Landscape
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 11:15 – 12:15 [Hall 1]
SPIKE hosts an all-star international panel of women from across the music industry and asks what it means to be a woman in the music industry, along with what challenges women face and how to overcome them in today’s business environment. (Presented as part of Keychange)
with: Anca Lupes – INDIERO, MMB Romania, Merle Doering – Managing Director @ Black Harbour Entertainment, Sandy Graham – Cashbox Canada / Cashbox Radio / Record World International / EMG Canada
Lunch Break
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 12:15 – 13:15
Short Presentation: IMMF – International Music Manager’s Forum
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 13:20 – 13:35
with: Jake-Beaumont Nesbitt and Boyan Robert Pinter
Short Presentation: LyricFind
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 13:45 – 14:00
with: Robert Singerman
Artist Development: The Artist Team and Driving Artist Development and Business Growth
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 14:15 – 15:15 [Hall 1]
In today’s digital world, the role of the agent is more important than ever. Learn about the ways they operate, how they chose their clients, and how they support the artist’s ambition for growth and expansion.
with: Merle Doering – Black Harbour Entertainment, Maciej Madejski –Sideways Booking, René Beerens – Owner @ Momentum Agency
The Challenges of the Eastern European Region: Creating Opportunities for Artists and Music Professionals in the Region
Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 15:30 – 16:30 [Hall 2]
The Balkans are home to many talented musicians and music professionals. At the same time, the Balkans present a unique set of challenges. In this closing panel we will compare notes, talk about our successes, and chart a course for future growth and development.
with: Anca Lupes – MMB (RO), Vladimir Vodalov – EXIT Festival (RS), Login Kochishki – Taksirat / D Festival / Green Beach Festival / Pin Conference, Boyan Robert Pinter – SPIKE (BG)