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The organizers of the music conference and showcase festival Nouvelle Prague are inviting you to its 8th edition and an online version this Saturday, October 31.

“We are aware that the situation in the music industry is extremely difficult. Therefore, we decided to make the conference available for everyone and free of charge. This year we are focusing more on the Czech-Slovak scene, where we will discuss possible solutions to the crisis or financial support of this sector, but also for example ecological approaches to organizing music events, how musicians and organizers can improve communication on social networks and YouTube or where to look for financial support,” says the program directress of the conference Anna Mašátová.

Nouvelle Prague will open many topics this year. The directors of Rock for People and Pohoda festival, Michal Thomes and Michal Kaščák, will discuss with guests what is their outlook for the 2021 season. Dan Dudarec (Minority Records), Petr Ostrouchov (Animal Music), David Landštof (Transistor), and Shina (Slnko Records) will focus on publishing, distribution, and sync. Jakub Šíma (Full Moon Magazine, Radio Wave), Hugo Toxxx, Daniel Nádler (Kolektiv X), and Annet X will reveal what the current Czech rap scene looks like and what trends are setting the direction. Musician and producer Margo will interview representatives of the current leading music media Jana Kománková, Michal Pařízek, Honza Vedral, and Zdeněk Lichnovský. Nouvelle Prague together with David Čajčík (Heartnoize Promotion, Roxy), David Urban (D Smack U), Balász Soós (A38) and Steve Zapp (ITB), will discuss how the coronavirus affected booking artists. Vašek Kokeš (Fource Entertainment), Martin Kozumplík (Brno Club Music Association), and Tibor Zelenay (Association of Music Clubs) will discuss the club scene in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Music guides to Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Austria will be available for musicians. Andrea Hurychová will guide you through the world of YouTube, and Jen Zápotocký (Scale) through social networks. The possibilities of financial support and grants for musicians and organizers will be reviewed as well, and the JUMP European Music Market Accelerator platform will be introduced.

Due to current government restrictions, it is not possible to organize the traditional showcase part of Nouvelle Prague. Although, out of more than 130 registered projects, the organizers selected the ten most interesting ones – Aiko, Annabelle, Bára Zmeková, Billow, Bookie Baker, Papyllon, Sinks, Tea Sofia, Vanua2 and White Place. They will be presented not only on the web and social networks but also during the listening session accompanied by professionals from the music scene. The whole conference program and online broadcast can be found HERE.

This year’s online edition will be available on the Nouvelle Prague youtube channel and the Nouvelle Prague Facebook profile completely free of charge on 31 October. However, you will be able to contribute via Donio platform, thanks if you do upfront. If you donate a voluntary entrance fee of CZK 100 or more, you will get access to the archive, lectures, and discussions so you can start at any time. Besides, videos are going to have English and Czech subtitles.