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BIME PRO Fests

The congress of Spanish music festivals: the only meeting point for Spanish music promoters, where they can share ideas, spread knowledge, and expand their contacts network.

BIME PRO Fests will become the epicenter of Spanish festival promoters on October 3st1 at BEC !. The program of the event will revolve around the festivals of the next decade, with a total of 8 talks given by experts in the field.

300 festivals

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NEXT DECADE'S FESTIVALS

On this occasion, the general theme will revolve around the identity of the festivals of the next decade, encompassing the investment groups’ irruption in the music market, the contribution to sustainable development goals, the exploration of new trends and business possibilities, or the importance and challenges of management around technological innovation in the world of festivals.

Four keys to understand it

Investor groups’ protagonism

Challenges of managing innovation

Contribution to sustainability goals

Identity of future festivals

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 31

10:30 - 11:30 | The inflow of investment funds to the festival world

International investors have music festivals in their sights. In Spain more and more festivals are partaking of investment funds, however there are those who resist this formula. Is it possible for festivals to maintain their identity and independence in this new context? Does investment groups’ breaking into the music market afford us advantages—or inconvenience? At this round table we’ll take a good look at these and other questions with input from various festival profiles.

With:
Gordon Masson – IQ Magazine, Editor
Alfonso Lanza – Primavera Sound, Co-Director
Carlos Seixas – FMM Sines, Art & Prod. Director
Fruzsina Szép – Lollapalooza Berlin/Yourope, Festival Director/Board Member
Christof Huber – Yourope, General Secretary on behalf

11:35 - 11:45 | Advantages of belonging to FMA. Join us!

The FMA (Association of Music Festivals) serves as a rallying point for bringing forward and promoting those issues affecting and of concern to promoters of this type of event. The association mediates the dialogue between its members and management entities, the SGAE, and the PRS; promotes sustainability initiatives and festivals’ adaptation to Agenda 2030; and discusses legislative amendments to update and adapt the current law with regard to the festival sector in areas such as health and safety during setups, public spectacles and noise, and mobility of foreign artists.

With:

Patricia Gabeiras, Gabeiras y Asociados/ Asociación de Festivales de Música – Socia fundadora / Representante

11:50 - 12:30 | A conversation with...Tom Windish

Tom Windish has developed the artistic careers of names such as Lorde, Billie Eilish, alt-J, The xx, M83, and King Krule, among others. His working with and mentoring these artists and other big talents from their outset has resulted in hundreds of artists going from playing small local stages to dominating those of the world’s main festivals. Today he’s one of the directors of the Paradigm Talent agency, making him one of the most influential people in the global music industry.

With:

Oisin Lunny – Barcelona Technology School, Professor of UX Drive Business
Tom Windish – Paradigm Talent Agency, Music Executive Leadership Group

12:40 - 13:40 | The identity of the festivals of tomorrow

Faced with the constant threat of a bubble burst, the festivals market has responded by growing horizontally. The sector has segmented and multiplied as it’s begun catering to increasingly specific audiences. The identity of each festival as a brand has emerged as a determining factor for success. It may be the key to the future, but it also raises questions: Is there a limit to growth? How are these identities configured? What role will gender equality play?

With:

Chechu Martínez – Asociación de Promotores Musicales, Marketing Director
Carolina Rodriguez – Producciones Baltimore, Co-Director
Rocío Sáiz – Ground Control, Management
François Jozic – Grupo Cetris, Co-founder

13:45 - 14:15 | Presentation: Take a stand

TAKE A STAND is the awareness campaign for the festival, music and creative sector. It was launched by YOUROPE (The European festival association ) in 2017 as a platform for the festival and music industry to strengthen the awareness for the European values such as openness, cultural exchange, social cohesion, tolerance, humanism and peaceful dialogue. Today TAKE A STAND is supported by 140 festivals, associations and other partner from 25 countries. Those who feel connected to the European ideals, who believe in peace, integration and dialogue as opposed to fear and exclusion, are invited to join TAKE A STAND. The initiative is independent and entirely driven by the voluntary commitment of the participants.

With:

Fruzsina Szép – Lollapalooza Berlin/Yourope, Festival Director/Board Member
Christof Huber – Yourope, General Secretary on behalf

15:15 - 16:15 | The challenge of managing innovation

Geolocation and Big Data are tools now available to any promoter and professional of the live show industry. Technological innovation has moved out of the realm of mere speculation and we must learn to manage it. But can we really not live without it? Is it worth the investment? Do all festivals have to advance technologically? To what end? Can we learn from other sectors? The audience’s experience, their engagement with the festival, the quality of the shows, and the event’s sustainability are some of the challenges that should be approached from a committedness to innovation.

With:

Maca Arena – APM, Marketing
Jordi Herreruela – Cruïlla, Director
Amandine Delpierre – Weezevent, Executive VP
Hugo Albornoz – Sharemusic!, CEO and Founding Partner
Joaquín Ruiz – Producciones Baltimore, Sponsorship & Innovation

16:20 - 16:50 | Presentation: Upsshot

Upsshot is a systematic multivariate comprehension method, specializing in live music festivals and urban events, which is used to make predictions, back decisions, optimize processes, measure impact, and systematize quality for all the actors taking part in and bringing the music event to life.

With:

Otto Ballaben – Arepa Music, CEO

16:55 - 17:30 | Music festivals and their contribution to the European sustainable development goals

Contemporary popular music festivals are a place of gathering, leisure, and work, making them a cultural activity requiring the consumption of different resources generating a significant social, environmental, and economic impact. Therefore, the FMA is developing a Plan of Action to adapt music festivals to the 2030 Agenda and to comply with the Paris Agreements on climate change.

With:

Patricia Gabeiras – Gabeiras y Asociados/Asociación de festivales de música, Socia fundadora/Representante

17:40 - 18:40 | Will all music festivals be carbon neutral in ten years?

Pioneering music festivals have seized the opportunity to experiment and innovate leading the way in reducing their carbon footprint and changing audience and stakeholder behaviours. In this session, this panel of pioneers will future-gaze the green festival. Will we have eliminated recognised environmental impacts from the likes of transport, power, waste, food, and water and how? What new technologies and solutions are we likely to see? Can we achieve a carbon neutral festival and what will it look like? All these and many more questions will be discussed.

With:

Teresa Moore – A Greener Festival, Director
Najma Souroque – We Love Green, Head of Sustainability & Think Tank
Fiachra McDonagh – Rototom/Exodus, Coordinador de Solidaridad y acciones verdes/Presidente
Artur Mendes – Boom Festival, Co-Manager
Natalie Ryan-Williams

Speakers

ALFONSO LANZA
Primavera Sound
Co-director

AMANDINE DELPIERRE
Weezevent
Executive VP

ARTUR MENDES
BOOM FESTIVAL
Co-Manager

CARLOS SEIXAS
FMM Sines
Art & Prod. Director

CAROLINA RODRIGUEZ
Producciones Baltimore
Co-Director

CHECHU MARTÍNEZ
Asociación de Promotores Musicales
Marketing Director

CHRISTOF HUBER
YOUROPE
General Secretary on Behalf

FIACHRA McDONAGH
ROTOTOM/EXODUS
Coordinador de Solidaridad y Acciones Verdes/Presidente

FRANÇOIS JOZIC
Grupo Cetris
Co-Founder

FRUZSINA SZËP
Lollapalooza Berlin/Yourope
Festival Director/Board Member

GORDON MASSON
IQ Magazine
Editor

HUGO ALBORNOZ
Sharemusic
CEO/Founding Partner

JOAQUÍN RUÍZ
Producciones Baltimore
Sponsorship & Innovation

JORDI HERRERUELA
Cruïlla
Director

MACA ARENA
APM
Marketing

NAJMA SOUROQUE
We Love Green
Head of Sustainability & Think Tank

NATALIE RYAN-WILLIAMS
Lugernic AB
Promoter

OISIN LUNNY
Barcelona Technology School
Professor of UX Drive Business

OTTO BALLABEN
Arepa Music
CEO

PATRICIA GABEIRAS
Gabieras y Asociados/Asociación de Festivales de Música
Socia Fundadora/Representante

ROCÍO SÁIZ
Ground Control
Management

TERESA MOORE
A Greener Festival
Director

TOM WINDISH
Paradigm Talent Agency
Music Executive Leadership Group

Past editions

The main topic of the congress changes year-to-year, seeking to fit in the specific needs of the market in each moment.

2014
Funding

2015
Festival as a brand

2016
Fan engagement

2017
Booking artists

2018
Music Tourism

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