Confirmed panelists for Nouvelle Prague 2016.
(Head of Culture Programme Unit DG Education and Culture European Commission)
Karel Bartak (Czech Republic) is currently the Head the Creative Europe Coordination Unit within the Directorate General for Education and Culture at the European Commission, which includes the responsibility for the music sector. He started his career with the Czech News Agency and worked in various media, also acting as a permanent press correspondent in Moscow and Paris. He then became chief correspondent of the Czech News Agency in Brussels, where he was also a reporter for various other media. He joined the European Commission in 2006 as Head of Unit for Youth Policy within the Directorate General for Education and Culture; between 2007-2013 he was in charge of the communication department
(International Talent Booking)
Steve Zapp started booking bands in 1991. He booked tours while working in management in the late ‘90s, then started his own booking agency Reactor Live, before joining his first major agency Primary Talent. He is now a senior agent at ITB, representing artists including Editors, Biffy Clyro, Courteeners, and Rival Sons.
Matias Llort Lorenz
(Strategic Partner Manager EMEA – Music at Youtube)
Former Director of Music at Myspace for the UK, he started his professional career at BMG Music and Sony Music Entertainment. He is specialized in business development, music marketing and social media.
Prof Jens Michow
(German Association of the Promoting Industry – short: ‘bdv’)
Prof. Jens Michow is the founder and senior partner of the Hamburg based media law office “Michow & Ulbricht Attorneys At Law” ( www.michow-partner.de/de ) .
In 1974 Michow startet his professional career as a booking agent and artists’ manager with his company “Michow Concerts + Management GmbH”. In the subsequent years he was also an active concert and tour promoter. In 1978 he founded one of the first independent German labels (Antagon Musik), which signed a lot of internationally known artists.
In 1985 Michow founded the „Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft e. V.“ (German Association of the Promoting Industry – short: ‘bdv’) of which he is the president and CEO for now 30 years. The organisation represents the commercial interests of more than 300 concert-, tour promoters and entertainment companies that have a market transaction volume of approx. 4 billion Euros. As the organisation’s president Michow is also member of the advisory board of the German ‘Artist Social Security Fund’ and board member of the ‘Initiative Musik’, a funding agency set up by the German federal government to promote the music industry in Germany. The bdv is proprietor of the German collecting agency “GWVR”, which takes care of the neighbouring right of the promoter (www.gwvr.de ). This right is the equivalent to the neighbouring right of the movie or record producer. First time in Europe it brings the promoter in the position to benefit from long lasting rights besides the vanishing success of a concert production.
As an expert for the live entertainment industry Michow regularly attends meetings of various Bundestag committees. Michow is CEO of the “LEA – Live Entertainment Award Committee e. V.” and producer of its annual award ceremony that marks the official opening of the “Prolight & Sound fair” at the “Festhalle” Frankfurt since 2011 (www.lea-verleihung.de ). The forthcoming LEA-Ceremony takes places on April 4th 2016.
With his partner Dr. Johannes Ulbricht Michow is the author of a handbook for entertainment law, which was published by C. H. Beck publishing house in November 2013. The book provides 2000 sources of information with complex analysis and a systematic overview of all the legal regulations, court decisions as well as legal literature regarding event law ( http://www.beck-shop.de/Michow-Ulbricht-Veranstaltungsrecht/productview.aspx?product=12183478 ). Since 2010 Michow is a professor for Law at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich.
(Glastobury, Site Design and Layout)
Jackie began her career in the 1990’s as a lighting designer and technician for stage theatre and music and then moved on to site management of festivals in the UK. She has worked on the Site Management of Glastonbury Festival since the early 1990’s and worked as Site Design and Build Manager of the Festival since 2013. The role now primarily focuses on all aspects of the site design, layout and planning of the Festival.
Other events and Festivals in the last 10 years have included Leeds and Reading Festivals, Big Chill, Boardmasters and working as a project manager with LOCOG Broadcast Lighting at the London 2012 Olympics.
(Lollapalooza Berlin, Festival Director)
She was the program & artistic director of the Sziget Festival (H) between 2009-2014. Fruzsina was the funding director of the Hungarian Music Export Office and was also the funding director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Brussels. She established several national and international cultural projects such as the Roots&Routes International Talent Development program in Hungary, the RegiON live! CEE Showcase Club Festival and the RegiON Music Conference.
Fruzsina is one of the main initiators of CEETEP the Central-Eastern European Talent Exchange Program that is part of ETEP the European Talent Exchange Program. Fruzsina is a board member of Yourope – The European Festival Association and she is also a strategic group member of ’A Soul for Europe’ a lobby organisation protecting and supporting the cultural values of Europe in close cooperation with civil organisations and the EU Commission.
She is a lecturer at Universities where she holds classes on art management, creative concept development and festival organisation.
Fruzsina was born in Budapest (H) and grew up in Munich (GER) and started her professional carrer of being the manager of live events and music groups.
Her main goal is to help to build up and establish festivals with a strong artistic and creative content and especially with a heart & soul to provide a longlasting festival experience and positive vibes for the audience. Since many years Fruzsina is working on a well structured link between the Eastern and the Western European Cultural Market and the exchange of a high level of know-how and best practice between cultural and artistic workers in order to strengthen the mobility of artistic repertoire in Europe and the cultural and creative value of Festivals.
- Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres – République Francaise
- Honorary Associate Professor
(International Music Managers Forum)
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt is the Policy Advisor to The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), an organization that brings together artist representatives associations from 40 countries. It represents the business agenda of Artist SME’s; working to create better trading conditions for creators through networking and discussions.
Jake also works as a rights specialist for a selection of recording artists and music copyrights, and manages composer Peter Gregson.
Linnéa E. Svensson
(A Greener Festival)
Linnéa E. Svensson has worked with production, sponsorship and sustainability in events in Scandinavia for nearly 20 years, including 10 years at the Oya Festival in Oslo. Today Linnéa is the Executive Director of the Norwegian foundation Greener Events which mentors and advises organizers of sporting and cultural events in sustainability. The goal is to help events include sustainability measures in their events and thus create better experiences for those involved.
(D SmackU Promotion)
Founder of D SmackU Promotion, an agency which has during the last twenty years become an integral part of Czech music scene. D Smack U brought to Czech Republic some of the bigger names in current pop music including Queens of the Stone Age, Editors, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Pixies and many others. Aprt from that D Smack U was the organiser of the legendary Jelení příkop festival; the agency works closely with Rock for People and Rock for Churchill and is involved in Grape festival in Slovakia. David was the man behind Planet Festival project and represents bands such as Skyline or The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. The agency also represents a number of bands at the Czech market, namely The Subways or Parov Stelar Band. He was was awarded with Nouvelle Prague Awards as Personality of The Year 2015.
(PaF!, Music Glue)
Passionate for music, festivals and events, Dijana Lakus worked as a production manager, project manager,
event manager, booking agent, PR manager, artist manager, promoter, booker, tour manager and consultant all over Europe and for festivals from Outlook & Dimensions in Croatia to Glastonbury to SGP in UK. Currently she lives between London and EU, and among many other things, is involved in Music Glue, the leading global music-to-fan e-commerce platform.
Works as marketing manager of Google for Central and Eastern Europe since 2010, where he oversees the localization of products and their exploitation, takes care of the brand and the acquisition of new advertisers. He participated in many music related projects, such as Czech YouTube Fest, Google’s partnership with music festivals in the region and the launch of Google Play in the region. Speaks English, German and Polish. His hobbies include live music.
(Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna)
After obtaining his degree in law, Jakub started his career as a policy creator, working mainly with local administrations. By 2008 he started working for Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna (owned by vienna Insurance group) where he deals mainly with insuran- ce policies within the business sector.
Today Jakub is the manager of the special risks department and works with event organizers on the insurance of cultural and sports events.
David Koller belongs among the prominent musicians of a middle-aged adult generation of Czech rock music. The songwriter of a number of nowadays classic hits, Koller became famous as a frontman of a rock band Lucie where he played from 1987 to 2005. He also performed and recorded in other rock bands (Kollerband, Pusa, Žentour, Jasná Páka, Blue Effect) and worked as a music producer (Koistinen, Alice, Plexis, Oskar Petr, Walk Choc Ice, Lucie Bílá). Together with Michal Dvořák he composed soundtrack music for Amerika (1994), Poslední přesun (1995) and Mrtvej brouk (1998). He played in films Pražákům, těm je tu hej (1990), Akumulátor (1994) and performed as a guest with numerous bands and artists (Pražský výběr, Turbo, Žlutý pes, Hudba Praha, P. Habera, H. Vondráčková, R. Müllera, Anna K. or Miro Žbirka). He surprisingly left Lucie in November 2005 due to artistic disagreements with the band members Robert Kodym and P.B.CH. He performed as a tour drummer in Chinaski where he substituted Pavel Grohman, a tragically deceased drummer of the band. Grohman had always seen Koller as his model drummer. Together with visual artist David Černý and film maker Alice Nellis David Koller was the initiator of the opening of a cultural centre MeetFactory in 2007.
Adam works alongside The Great Escape team, ensuring the best new talent plays the festival. He also helps booking TGE Presents live events, working with artists such as Khruangbin, Dutch Uncles, Slow Club and Baxter Dury.
Since the beginning of 2016 Adam has been the booker for at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in London, and Patterns in Brighton. Both 300 capacity venues that showcase the best up and coming as well as established bands, which this year have included Hinds, Blossoms, Black Honey and Kaki King.
A career journalist, Gordon has been a specialist in the music industry for the past 16 years. Now Editor of IQ Magazine, he was previously the Live Editor at Music Week and International Editor for Billboard. In addition to his various editorial roles, Gordon has undertaken a number of consultancies for record companies and other music industry organisations. Prior to moving to London, he spent two years in Washington DC where he established a publication for the space and satellite industry, while from 1989-97 he was a reporter for The Courier and Evening Telegraph newspapers, among others, in his native Scotland.
(Majdnem Híres /Almost Famous Music Business School)
György Réz is a communication and marketing expert from Budapest, Hungary. He worked several segments in Hungarian music business scene, like Sziget Festival Management (the biggest festival organizer team in Hungary) or Akvárium Klub (one of the most influental club in Budapest), moreover he was one of the founder of Almost Famous Music Business School. This was the first school in Hungary which focused on the music industry and started to train Hungarian music business professionals. The school has a one-year long music business manager course, besides this they launch courses like musical brand building, digital music distribution and strategic planning in music industry. The school runs more than 8 years now, and have had more than 200 students.
(Austrian Music Funds)
Tatjana Domany was born in Vienna in 1981 and studied political science, journalism and musicology. Since 2008 she has worked for the Viennese electronic music label G-Stone Recordings (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tosca, Rodney Hunter..), as well as a freelancer in music and culture marketing for local records labels, promoters and organisations. Since 2011 she is responsible for export activities at the Austrian Music Fund / Austrian Music Export. Tasks include the support of Austrian artists and record companies in the implementation of international tours and releases as well as promoting and funding of international showcases.
(Eurosonic/ Noorderslag, MusicXport.nl)
1979 – 1988 Founded and worked at a youth centre (Debarak) in Zutphen, a town in The Netherlands. (Booking the bands, the paperwork, the bar, the crew, djing, cleaning the toilets, cooking and the finances)
1984 – 1986 Social and cultural worker in a youthclub in Deventer, The Netherlands, working with problem youngsters.
1981 – 2001 Paperclip Agency in Nijmegen, a town in The Netherlands. Co-owner, senior agent, talentscout, international director.
Large part of my work was discovering and building up new talent, coordinate European and international tours, act as a Dutch promoter for international and Dutch acts, set up and control tour production, budgets and accounts. Visiting festivals and conferences (NMS/BID/SXSW/NETWORK/ILMC/POPKOMM)
Visit, deal and communicate with international record companies, managements, agents, promoters, venues, artists, backline companies, and production companies, merchandise companies and festivals.
As an European agent we proudly worked for and with, to name a few; The Feelies, Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, Nirvana, Hole, Lemonheads, Union Carbide Productions, Soul Asylum, Buffalo Tom, The Doughboys, Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Spain, (Europe and Australia) Andre Williams, Link Wray, (Europe and USA) L7, Babes In Toyland, Yo La Tengo, Motorpsycho, Afghan Whigs, The Flaming Lips, The Gunclub, Alex Chilton, The Saints, The Fuzztones, The Hellacopters, Gluecifer, The Nomads, The Turpentines, Suicide, The Wipers, Dead Moon and many, many more.
- MusicXport.nl /Dutch Impact Parties for the Dutch Export Office organisations (2002 – currrent)
- Eurosonic Noorderslag:
- International marketing (2003 – current),
- Manager ETEP & CE>ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program) (2003 – current), Head of sales (2013 – current),
- Conference coordinator (2015 – current)
- Consultant PSB program, a Buma Cultuur / Dutch Government program for stimulating development of new export countries, for the entertainment industry. (2003 – 2011)
- Consultant for various other international companies and events such as Where is The Music (Sweden) and co-owner of the IFF (London, UK)
(MILK Design Directors)
Martin Jenča (Žltý) is the design director of Milk Design Directors. During 10 years of existence, Milk has earned its reputation and authority for creating highly developed brand identities, visual communication and editorial design for many clients and events, among others for the Slovak biggest and most popular music festival Pohoda.
(President of Assomusica Italia)
Member of the Council of the Performing Arts of the MiBACT (Italian Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities) and a member of the AGIS (Italian General Association for Entertainment) Presidential Council, since 1974 he has worked in the organization of shows, tourist and cultural festivals and major national and international events (China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia).
Over the years he has lectured at the IULM University of Milan and at Architecture Faculty in Genoa. He taught “Technology, organization and legislation of entertainment” in various professional courses organized by the Liguria Region and the Province of Genoa and at the Genoa Santi Institute, the Santi Institute of Sarzana, the Genuensis University of Genoa and the Isforcoop of Genoa.
He has held for two years a course on the same subject at the DAMS of Imperia. He works in radio and television, including Telecittà, RAI TRE, Radio Cità, Radiospaziolibero, Radio Genova Sound; he contributed to the birth of Radio Donna where he was also director.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Serge is a seasoned concert promoter and live entertainment professional, having promoted thousands of events across three continents over a 40 years career, from Michael Jackson to U2 and The Rolling Stones, from Pink Floyd and Metallica to Rammstein and Rihanna, from le Cirque du Soleil to Coldplay, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Miles Davis. In 1992 he founded the first computerized ticketing network in Central and Eastern Europe, Ticketpro, based in Prague. Still active and continuing to specialize in emerging markets such as India, Chile and Malaysia, Ticketpro is nowadays present in 10 countries on four continents. The year 2011 marked the beginning of his new project, Intellitix, a technology innovation company being the first to use RFID for serving the live entertainment world including festivals such as TomorrowLand, Coachella and Lollapalooza, but also The Ryder Cup, the Final of the UEFA Champions League, as well as all sorts of gastronomic events, conferences and trade shows. Intellitix currently has offices in Amsterdam, Budapest, Cincinnati, Ibiza, London, Madrid, Memphis, Mexico City, Montreal, Oslo, Paris, Prague, São Paulo, Stuttgart, Toronto, Washington DC and Zurich. With more than 20,000,000 RFID chips activated, and having processed over $750,000,000 in transactions over the past three years, Intellitix is the only company delivering a full 360-degrees RFID environment providing Fan Access Control, Staff Management, Cashless Payment Systems, Social Media Engagement, Brand Activation and Smart Data. Serge likes speed, everything involving adrenaline as well as game changing scenarios.
(United Talent Agency)
Sean Goulding is an international agent at United Talent Agencies office in London, UK. Over the past 16 years he’s worked at three agencies, William Morris Agency in Los Angeles, The Agency Group in London, and now via the purchase of The Agency Group in 2015, United Talent Agency. During that time he has had the privilege of working with a wide range of artists including Nine Inch Nails, Nofx, AWOLNATION, Taking Back Sunday, Killer Mike & Run The Jewels, House Of Pain, and some new artists that are breaking in the rock world like Black Peaks, and the Youtube space like Walk off The Earth.
Sean is also becoming more involved in UTA’s Nashville operations as their team and roster continues to grow with exporting some new talent like Logan Brill and Smooth Hound Smith.
In addition to the day to day booking of these artists and creating touring opportunities, Sean also finds himself becoming active in many of his clients activism ambitions. Whether it’s using tours as a platform to inform their fans of organizations like Amnesty International, or a homeless charity like Emmaus. Or more specifically his client Dispatch have their own organizations like the Elias Fund and Amplifying Education, and the touring platform is used to also help engage and educate their fans in the communities they visit.
(Sziget Festival mgmt., creative director)
David started his career as a music video director, later became an ad agency creative for 6 years when he started to work for Sziget in 2008, leading the creation of some of the funniest and most iconic advertising campaigns in Hungarian communication history. He is a dj, designer, and new project addict, organizing Botellóns, working on Szigets Art of Freedom project and also co-owner of the uprising design educational startup: Hello Wood.
(Adam Mickiewicz Institute, alternative and jazz music project department)
Michal Hajduk has been involved in the music business ever since 2001. He started as a an independent concerts booker/promoter, gaining experience as music curator at Centre For Contemporary Art in Warsaw, independent music venues manager, tour manager and bands manager, co-programmer for festivals and contributor for indie record labels. Since 2008 he works with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a state cultural institution promoting Polish culture around the world. As an alternative and jazz music curator he created and developed a strategy for an alternative music sector, co-organized number of events and conferences in Poland and all over the world under the label “Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland”.
His Career started off with running his own agency, booking UK/EU from his bedroom whilst studying at University. After his second year he worked at Universal during the summer and decided just to stay in London to pursue his career as a booking agent. Shortly after that he joined Agency Group for a 6 month internship, then he became an agent at X-ray touring. Now going into his 3rd year at X-ray, booking artists all over the world and going into bigger rooms with his artists each year. Example’s from his roster are TOKIMONSTA, The Qemists, Tesseract, Norma Jean, Chevelle and Sikth.
András Bozán Bodrogi
(Digital Music Consultant – Certified YouTube Expert/Google Regional Trainer – Google Ground Budapest, Hungary)
He worked on various fields of the Hungarian music industry (EMI Hungary, Music Export Hungary, WM Music Distribution…) as new business and marketing manager, gained an expertise in digital music, helping many labels and artists in this challenging era of music content creation and performance. Currently he is an expert trainer partner of Google Hungary helping local YouTube partners, agencies, brands and content creators to reach their goals with audiovisual content.
He was the cooperational partner of the Hungarian Music Export Office between 2007-2010. As an expert in a communication, he was a professional in the Hungarian Advertising business for 15 years, he was the head of communication of the RegiON Showcase Festival in 2008-2009.
The bands from Mamazone were always a part of the CEETEP program, that helped the talents from the CEE region appearing on bigger festival stages around Europe, like Eurosonic, Tallinn Music Week, Reeperbahn Festival, EXIT, Great Escape, Sziget Festival
The actual roster of Mamazone: Middlemist Red, Fran Palermo, Barbara Stahl, DJ Bootsie Trio, ANEZ, Flatband, Babel, Képzelt Város, Szabó Benedek és a Galaxisok,
Together with Marton Naray they founded Take Berlin Promotion in 2015. They are the promotional partner of Lollapalooza Berlin, Melt!, Berlin Festival in CEE. The Take Berlin Promotion is keen to building bridges between each others music market in the eastern and western part too. They help talented bands, performers from these countries to get in a new country, organizing a gig, promote them.
(Greece, MESO events)
Involved for almost two decades in different fields and levels of the Music ecosystem, Georges Perot created MESO in 1998 aiming to generate a National network of the “European Music Day” in Greece and he is since then the National Coordinator (38 cities in 2016) and also the Attica Artistic Producer. European Music Day is today the widest live music event of southeastern Europe, a project in which Georges accomplished to reach a concept visibility over millions of visitors, in ten years period.
Since 2004, he has also produced hundreds of major cultural and marketing events and since 2008, he is operating as a partner for various European networks such as Fête Européenne de la Musique, Viva Europa, Euricca, Europavox and Global Entrepreneurship Week. He is dexterous at developing major cultural projects from scratch, working adequately with both public and private organizations, entrepreneurs and artists.
Working perfectly in national and transnational level projects, he has participated in many EU projects and in different R/D projects for Music innovative forms of development, using his strong expertise in the wider chain of the “Music Industries”, to enhance Music entrepreneurship and VET dissemination needs.
(WIP Renewable Energies)
Austrian-born Martha Bißmann (1980) is currently working as Senior EU Project Manager at WIP Renewable Energies in Munich. She holds an advanced academic degree as graduate engineer in Energy and Environmental Management.
In 10 years she was responsibly involved in 11 EU-funded projects and had overall responsibility for the development of 6 successful proposals of 17 million EUR total projects’ budgets. From 2013 to 2016 she was the coordinator of “EE MUSIC – Energy Efficient Music Culture” (ee-music.eu), a campaign for promoting energy efficient and sustainable music events in 27 European countries, by providing tailored training schemes, energy management tools and a large European stakeholder and knowledge-database.
She has always been fascinated about the diversity and variety of global problems that can be solved by increasing energy efficiency and shifting the fossil and nuclear energy based energy system into a renewable energy based system. The music event industry provides a perfect platform to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable energy and inspire others to follow, as unlike any other industry, as due to the event audiences the visibility of the implemented measures is naturally high.
“There is no scarcity in this World. I believe that the Earth provides sufficient resources to enable everyone a comfortable life with all basic needs covered. There is more than enough energy and resources, if produced and used intelligently and distributed equitably.”
(MENT Ljubljana, Kino Šiška )
Actively involved in music world since 1996 as a musician (various noise rock, free improv and experimental bands and projects), radio activist (Radio Študent music editor and dj; started Klubski Maraton of Radio Študent project in 2001; co-coordinator of CrossRadio network of ex-Yugoslavian independent radio stations from 2001 – 2007), club dj, promoter and producer of local and international music events (editor at rx:tx music label 2004/5; established Kataman Music Action in 2005 and run its activities till 2009; Head of Music Programme at Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture from 2009 onwards; co-founder and co-manager of MENT Ljubljana.
(Cracow Music Scene Foundation, Hear The City showcase-conference)
Cracow-based musician, organizer, manager. A founder and a chairman of Krakowska Scena Muzyczna (Cracow Music Scene Foundation) since 2011. Head co-ordinator for 300+ concerts, several festivals and conferences, moderator for 30+ panel discussions, guest-lecturer at Jagiellonian University for “Music manager” course since 2012, an author and a radio-show host.
Krakowska Scena Muzyczna / Cracow Music Scene Foundation – was brought to life in 2011 with a main goal of uniting musicians, clubs, fans and music companies.
Tak Brzmi Miasto / Hear The City – an event designed to be a complete presentation of Cracow’s scene, designed specifically for the young local music industry: bands, organizers, companies and fans. Throughout the years, it utilized different formulas (including trade fairs) to finally evolve into a form of a showcase + conference. Although it focused on the local scene, it always incorporated specialists from all the country. 2016 edition is the first one to open up for international markets.
Promoter, football player, A&R manager, father, event/party organiser, bambus drinker, label manager, booking agent, publisher, fan of basketball team Metalski Zavod Tito. He has been active in the music industry for the last 20 years. He set up the record label and artist management agency Lithium Records, working with the most renowned Macedonian artists. When his wife didn’t give him the permission to name his son Password, he re-branded his company name into Password Production. He is the founder and director of the biggest Macedonian music Festival Taksirat, D festival, Pivolend, Green Beach Festival and Aqua Park Festival. Login has been promoter of more than a thousand local, regional and international concerts, weddings, funerals and has worked as a production manager, mother or a godfather for the biggest regional Festivals.
(Director at Music Estonia)
At Music Estonia I work with all parts of the Estonian music scene – artists, companies and organisations of various sorts – towards making Estonian music heard all over the world. I’m a board member at EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange) network and IAMIC (International Association of the Music Information Centers). Avarus is working with a selection of finest Estonian musicians and composers working in jazz and contemporary idioms with ethnic/world music elements. Avarus organises concerts and tours, initiates artistic collaborations and releases music under Avarus Records. One of its core activities is to manage Avarus Ensemble – an electro-acoustic chamber group featuring all Avarus artists as musicians and composers.
I’ve had a moderately long career of playing guitar in various styles and formats, mostly in improvised music and I’ve been active in music education – as the founding member and first chairman of the Estonian Rhtythmic Music Education Society, author of a music theory handbook and a teacher in several Estonian music schools. Currently I’m a member of the Baltic Media, Film, Arts and Communication Institute (Tallinn University) council. I speak at conferences, panels and talks, mostly related to music export topics.
(ADAL Music & Productions)
Julia is Cultural Producer and entrepreneur at ADAL Music & Productions working with music and cultural projects, events and communication. She is agent of Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble and working for No Problem! Music
Julia writing own music, singing and performing with different musicians and groups. She lives in Prague.
Tomas Prasek runs Eventival, the creator of the world’s most widespread film festival management software that is also used at music festivals, conferences, art centres, etc. Using his experience as hospitality director at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival fifteen years ago, he helped develop the festival’s database system, and then turned it into the first universally used film festival software ever. Eventival builds upon that success.
Tomas co-founded the Prague-based European music series EuroConnections, MOFFOM (an international festival of music films that ran in Prague from 2004 to 2008), Film Festival Academy, and served on Prague’s Cultural Grants Commission for three years. A lawyer by training, he studied cultural anthropology in Amsterdam, taught English at Assumption University in Bangkok, and worked as a freelance writer and translator.
A long-time supporter of the legendary Los Angeles band Sparks, Tomas is currently producing The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, a feature musical about the imaginary adventures of the Swedish director in Hollywood, written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael. He was Executive Producer of a documentary film about the band called Never Turn Your Back on Sparks (2014) directed by Pini Schatz.
Marie Čtveráčková alias Mary C is a music editor and host for Radio Wave. She coordinates music export project Czeching and hosts a weekly show focused on rap and progressive electronic music, curates monthly exchange of DJ sets with polish OFF Radio Krakow called MIXchange and started a label called Post-Label.
Together with well established rapper and producer Martin Tvrdý alias Bonus she hosts a special monthly show Kreaton focused on testing various instruments, hardware and software to advice young musicians not only about new ways of making music but also on the business side of the music. They also organize various music workshops. Music Ports is a special educational event not only for young electronic producers started by Mary C with support from Goethe-Institut. Mary C is a proud member of female:pressure collective and is very much engaged in the topic of gender, music and feminism. She writes a special column focused on the topic of gender and music for Full Moon Magazine. She also plays the violin and perform in live rap act Člověk pokrokový and improvised sessions Hrubik with Bonus.
(musician, songwriter, producer, partner of Move Association, cofounder of Institute Of Modern Music)
1991–2006 founder and program manager of Paláce Akropolis ( Gallup institution qualified as the best club 2001, 4th best concert hall in Prague). Local independent program mixed with top class musicians: The Strokes, Youssou ‘N Dour, Laurent Garnier, Pixies, Rachid Taha, Stereolab, etc…
Interier of the year 1996, Palác Akropolis, František Skála a David Vávra (Grand Prix community of architects)
1998–2006 cofounder of EuroConnections (international project of music mobility )
2005 Move festival (international music platform of independent music for discovery, mobility and export ( London, Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Clermont-Ferrand) and other musical projects.
2007 Opening a creative education program – (first int the country) for Czech musicians ( David Koller, Hentai Corporation, Charlie Straight, Sunflower Caravan, Lake Malawi, Thom Artway, The Fellas and others… ( many of them a Czech Grammy winners).
2010 co founder of Institut of modern music
2013 opening a creative program for kids (first in the country)
Besides of music songwriting, orientation on a music development, international music mobility and a creative music education
Author of stage and movie music, who has been acting as a songwriter and frontman of The Drain over the last 9 year, also has been taking care of the booking and management of the band. He collaborated with a few Czech artists on several recordings as a record producer.
In recent years he has been occasionally involved in booking and promoting activities on the European club music scene with his base in Prague, currently starting a networking project focused on establishing partnership among booking agents and promoters in Visegrad 4 countries, Austria and Germany.
Since last year he has been also working at the Department of Arts Management at the University of Economics in Prague, where he develops a methodology for evaluating the activities of the club music scene in the Czech Republic.
Michal Brenner is the music curator at MeetFactory, an arts centre with 1000 person capacity music venue in Prague, promoting or co-promoting 60 music events per year, ranging from indie rock through techno to ambient. Michal is also the manager of SHAPE, platform for innovative music and audiovisual art working to popularize upcoming artists to adventurous audiences throughout Europe and beyond. Prior to this, Michal was the founder and curator of Sperm Festival, Prague’s premiere contemporary music, art and culture event (2006 – 2011).
Marina Petrović is super excited when talking about innovation and connecting different dots from more creative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her main focus are renewable energy sources and alternative financing models, like Crowdfunding (focus on both investment and donation/reward), P2P finance, cryptocurrencies and innovative mobile money projects that can assist in addressing economic, societal and environmental facets of community growth. She is one of the Crowdfunding Academy founders, which just now entered into its second year. She spends all of her free time in Makerspace where the cross-section of innovators, designers and scientists want to tie in all possible spheres of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. She set up and developed SEYN (“Sustainable Energy Youth Network”), with now counting more than 1000 members, that focuses on creating a future based on sustainable energy through social and cooperative approach, via engagement of young people.
Márton is Hungarian living in Prague and dedicated to music in all forms shapes and visions. Márton has been working in the creative sector for the last 18 years in nearly all the possible music related fields, in Hungary -as festival programmer (Sziget, European Music Day, OZORA etc) booker, conference organizer (Hangfoglalás, regiON) project manager for governmental music export agency (Music Export Hungary) promoter, tour manager, production manager, musician, DJ, roadie, mp3 platform creator, radio-presenter- and gained deep overview of the Central- Eastern European music industry, and furthermore: it’s reality. Since moving to Czech Republic he is the Managing Director at Common Creation, cultural management company. On behalf of Common Creation he is working on the pilot project creating the Czech Music Office, coordinated the Czech presence at Eurosonic Noorderslag festival, organized Overhead, a first-of-its-kind hybrid conference/festival around Drone culture and coordinated many more. He is also one half of Take Berlin Promotions, a promotion team of festivals and cultural events in Central-Eastern Europe, promoting Berlin Festival, Lollapalooza Berlin and MELT!.
He is an active musician since early youth, namely in bands Bez ladu a skladu, later in Neuropa. Film and theater music composer. Michal is one of the main figures in Slovakian music business, by late nineties he founded Pohoda festival and still remains the most important person in the festival team.
Holger Jan Schmidt
(GreenEvents Europe & Sounds for Nature, GER)
Holger Jan Schmidt is board member of the German Sounds for Nature Foundation e.V., that focuses on environmental issues at events and sustainability related communication projects towards a young target group. Sounds for Nature released the first and most important guidelines to greening events in 2004 which were rereleased fully updated in June 2013. Schmidt was co-initiator of GO Group (Green Operations Europe) and is the anchorman for green issues of Yourope (the European Festival Association). He also is the promoter of Europe’s leading conference for sustainability in the live music industry, GreenEvents Europe.
He holds a diploma in media economics from Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne and is a lecturer for “Sustainable Festival- and Eventmanagement” at Hochschule Fresenius (University of Applied Science) in Cologne and Duesseldorf.
Schmidt looks back at more than twenty years with Germany’s biggest admission-free festival RhEINKULTUR being in leading position from 1998 till the festival’s last edition in 2011. Together with his colleagues he invented the ‘Green Rocks’-program that covered all sustainability and environmental issues of the festival, which was one of the greenest in Europe. Today he also is the booker of 70,000-capacity festival DAS FEST in Karlsruhe as well.
(Respekt / CZ)
Although Pavel’s got his PhD in theory of photography and multimedia, he is most commonly known as a music journalist. He is a member of the Respekt team since April 2010. For a significant period of time he had worked for Živel magazine. During his career his articles appeared in Rock & Pop, Reflex and MF Dnes. He closely cooperated with Radio Wave and co-founded Komfort magazine. Between 2007 and 2009 Pavel also worked for Aktuálně.cz
Olya Moldavskaya has been working in creative media industries since 2000 starting in Latvia where she born and bread and then Moscow where she studied and lived until moving to London. Since 2013 Olya oversees Russia and Eastern Europe at The Orchard, a cutting edge digital distributor.
Tomáš is a founding member of the Cross Club, perhaps the most famous Prague independent multicultural centre that won numerous domestic and international awards for its design and program, and has been mentioned by the most prestigious world media. Tomáš is currently standing behind Cross’ programming, PR strategy, and talent scouting. As a chairman of NGO Paradox he is also involved in several socially conscious projects, encouraging the integration of art into everyday life. Last, but not least, Tomáš is also a founder and programmer of Street Food Festival.
Monika Klementová is currently a coordinator of the pilot project Czech Music Office. In 2005 – 2006 she was one of the initiators of opening the music export office. She was the chairman of the project that supported export of Czech musicians. She was working as PR & marketing manager for the music & theatre venue Palac Akropolis, Mute Records, music festival Hip Hop Kemp, music festival United Islands of Prague, MOFFOM (Music on Film/Film on Music) Festival, Prague International Marathon and regiOn Conference.