2022 Talks

Friday, May


10:00am-11:00am, hall 1

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!

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)

11:15AM-12:15AM, hall 2

The Business of Music:

Making Things Happen for the Artist

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


Short Presentation

International Music Business School Barcelona

with: Ekaterina Bazhanova and IMBS graduate Ria Naydenova


Short Presentation

HEMI Music Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation
2:15PM-3:15PM, hall 1

Money, Discovery and Fan Engagement While You Sleep:

How Licensing Generates Fans and Income

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

3:30PM-4:30PM, hall 2

Mariya Kaperska in Conversation

with Ersin Mustafov from the Band Jeremy?

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?


Saturday, May


10:00am-11:00am, hall 1

How Did You Manage THAT?

What It Takes to Be a Successful Manager in Today’s Music Economy

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

10:00AM-11:00AM, hall 2

Peek Behind the Digital Curtain

Spotify Income and Youtube Monetization

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 Åstedt – MusicHelp, Distrosong, Future Echoes

11:15AM-12:15PM, Hall 1

Women in Music

Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Landscape

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


Short Presentation

IMMF – International Music Manager’s Forum

with: Jake-Beaumont Nesbitt and Boyan Robert Pinter


Short Presentation

2:15PM-3:15PM, Hall 1

Artist Development

The Artist Team and Driving Artist Development and Business Growth

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

3:30PM-4:30PM, Hall 2

The Challenges of the Eastern European Region

Creating Opportunities for Artists and Music Professionals in the Region

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), Boyan Robert Pinter – SPIKE (BG)