Who is who 2013

Confirmed delegates for Nouvelle Prague 2013. Please note this list is being updated regularly.

Adam-Lewis photoAdam Lewis (USA) – co-owner of Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based in Boston and LA. It focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and blog promotion. Adam has worked with acts like Bloc Party, Peter, Bjorn & John, Apples In Stereo, Kings Of Leon, and The Jezabels. In the past Adam was the Northeast Sales and Promotion Manager for TVT Records and worked with Sevendust, Guided By Voices, The Black Crowes and Snoop Dogg. Adam’s latest projects are spearheading tours to China (15 tours), India (2 tours) and Singapore for Independent artists.
Angus Baskerville photoAngus Baskerville (UK) – agent at 13 Artists, an agency representing a broad range of artists such as Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Maximo Park, Duffy, Bloc Party, Paolo Nutini and Kate Nash. Before working as an agent Angus worked in music licensing and also enjoyed an extremely unsuccessful career in A+R at WEA London Records.
Millie Millgate photoMillie Millgate (Australia) – former booker for iconic Sydney venues The Annandale and The Hopetoun. She now works as Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia. Jointly funded between industry (APRA|AMCOS) and government (Australia Council for the Arts), her role overseas the management and implementation of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA. This national export platform has been specifically developed to represent the contemporary Australian music industry at key music markets. It also promotes Australian musical repertoire to the world at events such as MIDEM, SXSW, The Great Escape, CMJ Music Marathon, Music Matters, Americana, Folk Alliance International and Canadian Music Week.
Kem Lalot photoKem Lalot (France) – the artistic director for Eurockeennes Festival in Belfort (France) since 2001. Eurockeennes is one of the biggest rock festival in France (33000 persons per day during 4 days). It happens on the first weekend of July each year. Kem is also doing the artistic director for the Generiq Festival and also the Impetus Festival. He is also djing (Dj Kemical Kem) from time to time…
Christof Huber photoChristof Huber (Switzerland) – is festival director and booker of the OpenAir St.Gallen, one of the most important music festivals in Switzerland. He is owner of an event agency and books and promotes several club festivals, concerts and tours all over Switzerland. He is board member of European Festival Association Yourope since its founding in 1998 and its general secretary since 2003.
Ben Challis photoBen Challis (UK) – General Counsel of Glastonbury Festivals Limited, the person responsible for all contracts and legal documents for Glastonbury Festival. His job, among other things, includes negotiations regarding TV rights and streaming live shows. Ben also works as a lawyer for European festival association (Yourope) and is the author of all Yourope contract templates that involve artists and booking.
Fruzsina Szep photoFruzsina Szep (Hungary) – Director at Sziget, probably the most respected music event within the countries of the former Soviet block. Fruzsina is also very active in the cross border artists exchange program (CEETEP), which she co-founded.
Martin Elbourne photoMartin Elbourne (UK) – For 20 years Martin was the main programmer of Glastonbury Festival (he is still booking two stages now). In 2006 he co-founded one of the most important European showcase festivals, Brighton´s The Great Escape. Martin is a consultant of numerous festivals around the world and advisor to several governments in music issues.
Shain Shapiro photoShain Shapiro (Canada) – Shain Shapiro is the MD of Sound Diplomacy, a music export consultancy. Through this role, he is the UK and EU representative for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), the UK Community Manager for HootSuite and works with over a dozen music festivals worldwide, including Osheaga Festival, Canadian Music Week, Lleida Sessions Day, Circulart and a number of others
Claire O'Neill photoClaire O’Neill (UK) – Co-Founder of A Greener Festival formed in 2006 and since 2008 General Manager of the Association of Independent Festivals . Working with festivals in various management and co-ordination roles since 2004, Claire formed Et Voila Events from which to operate those aspects of her career, and also representing spectacular event attractions. As an aerialist Claire also has experience from the performers side of the industry as a erialC Circus Performer including the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies.
Jana Grygarova photoJana Grygarová (Czech Republic) – editor-in-chief of Full Moon music magazine, publisher and event organizer (k.y.e.o.). Born 1983, studied political science and journalism. Recognized for her work at Freemusic.cz and in Lidové noviny. Contributor for various Czech music mags (A2, Rock & Pop, Reflex, Respekt, HYPE, Živel, etc.)
Jonas Vebner photoJonas Vebner (Norway) – comes from a background in international cultural management and project management in the creative/cultural industries. He has been working at Music Export Norway (MEN) since 2006, a service and resource centre for exporters of Norwegian music across all genres and formats. In 2008 he established and managed MEN’s first international office in London to facilitate better access to the UK market. In 2012 Jonas relocated to Berlin to head up Music Export Norway’s second international office responsible for its GSA operations. January 2013 Music Export Norway merged with the Music Information Centre and became Music Norway. Jonas is currently head of their Central European Office. Jonas also co-founded (2010) the Ja Ja Ja platform; encompassing a regular Nordic showcase night in London, an editorial music website and festival, funded by the five Nordic export offices (NOMEX).
Julia Gudzent photoJulia Gudzent (Germany) – Julia started organizing shows in her hometown Munich at age 16 and working as a tour manager just a couple of years later. In 2003, she joined the booking agency 2FORTHEROAD and became a full-time music business professional. Since 2005 she has been working for Melt! Festival as the head of artist liaison. In 2008, they also started Melt! Booking, promoting artists such as Skrillex, Robyn, M83, WhoMadeWho, Matthew Herbert and many more in Germany. On top of that, she also promotes Splash! Festival, Berlin Festival, MTV Mobile Beats, showcase festival First We Take Berlin and books artists for a corporate agency called Gemeinsame Sache.
stepan suchochlebŠtěpán Suchochleb (Czech Republic) – graduated from Cultural Anthropology at Charles University, later worked as a CEO for Outward Bound Czech Republic. Owner of Capricorn Promotion, a booking and promotion agency responsible for bringing Elton John, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Moby, Joan Baez, Lou Reed, Status Quo, Hugh Laurie, Manu Chao, Wayne Shorter and many others to Czech Republic. Štěpán is a member of the Rock for People team (since 1999) where he is responsible for the sustainable festival program/green operations. Passionate cross-country skier, keen (and poor) ice hockey player, and a dedicated beekeeper.
chriscookephotoChris Cooke (UK) – co-founded CMU in 1998, and continues to contribute to the title as Business Editor. Having written about the music business daily for over ten years, he is a leading expert on the sector, and often comments on developments in it for other media, most notably the BBC. With degrees in English and Law, he is a particular expert on music rights, and has closely documented the online piracy story. Chris also heads up training and consultancy unit CMU Insights, which operates a series of in-depth courses for music business professionals; programmes the conference side of The Great Escape.
Chris is also co-owner and MD of CMU publisher UnLimited Media; provides media and PR training and consultancy through UnLimited Insights; and heads up the UnLimited Creative media services agency.
premysl cernikPřemysl Černík (Czech Republic) – graduated from English and American Studies at Charles University. Co-founded HPK-Production, responsible for an important Czech outdoor festival named Mighty Sounds. Between 2009 – 2012 Přemysl worked for C.A.R.P. Entertainment (a subsidiary of Nova Music). His portfolio contains over 200 concerts, nine seasons of Mighty Sounds festival and two seasons of Sonisphere festival.
petr chouraPetr Choura (Czech Republic) – is the head of one of the oldest Czech music clubs Divadlo pod lampou in Plzeň. Petr is also responsible for technical production and stage management of the České Hrady.cz festival; stagemanagement at Rock for People festival; booking of several Czech bands and production of Žebřík music awards.
vojta kalinaVojta Kalina (Czech Republic) – Active musician and manager of Pipes and Pints, one of the few Czech bands which are actually touring Europe. Vojta is also a business manager of Bandzone.cz and owns Fly High Artist Booking Agency.
michal novákMichal Novák (Czech Republic) – at the age of 16 he starts Czech crossover band The.Switch. After getting his diploma in economics and a couple years of practice in a web agency he founded Bandzone.cz to make sure Czech bands get a better tool for communication with their fans as well as between each other. Michal is involved in music production for which he got the Czech Grammy Award for best production of the year. Soon he will be launching a ticketing network named SMS Ticket. For his knowledge of the Czech music scene he is often helping festivals with their programming or works as a juror in several music competitions.
david urbanDavid Urban (Czech Republic) – 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 Curchill 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.
Michal Kaščák Michal Kaščák (Slovakia) – graduated at Komenského University in Bratislava. 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.
ludek motyckaLuděk Motyčka (Czech Republic) – works as marketing manager of Google for Central and Eastern Europe since 2010, but is in the top management sector for over 10 years now. Previously worked for McKinsey & Company, HSBC Bank or Beneficial Finance. Luděk has huge experiences both in the IT/TELCO as well as in the financial sector. Graduated at the Prague School of Economics and has a Ph.D. in marketing. Speaks English, German and Polish. Among his other interests Luděk ranks his family, sport and live music.
IMG_1418Lukáš Stara (Czech Republic) – works in music production for the last 15 years. He used to run smaller clubs and organise one-day events before finally coming to Fléda club in Brno in 2004. Lukáš is a co-founder of Level-B production, a company that is the sole owner of Fléda today. Under his guidance this music club gained reputation of one of the best programmed and most respected venues in the country.