Conference

TMW is presented by Telia

TMW hybrid conference 2020. Helen Sildna opening speech, connection with Anthony Semaan in Beirut and Dmitri Bezkorovainyi in Minsk. Photo: Aron Urb.

10 – 12 June

The TMW Creative Impact Conference looks into the impact of arts as an engine for the economy, while offering both inspiration, practical activities and networking opportunities to music professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers from different areas.


The TMW 2021 conference will take place in a hybrid format, enabling both online and onsite participation and activities. The programme will be announced in stages from March 2021. 

TMW 2021 PRO Pass (on-site and online access to the festival and conference) along with DigiPRO Pass (online conference access) and Supporter Pass are on sale at shop.tmw.ee



The conference addresses music-related topics from practical workshops and seminars to inspiring pop-culturology talks and cross-sectoral future visions.
Throughout the festival’s existence, the TMW conference has hosted numerous high-profile music experts and mavericks, including the legendary founder of Sire Records Seymour Stein, polymath musician Barry Adamson, influential managers Simon Napier-Bell, Marie Fredriksson, Edward Bicknell, and Peter Jenner; protest punk rock act Pussy Riot, artists-turned authors Viv Albertine (The Slits), John Robb (The Membranes), Bob Stanley (St Etienne), and acclaimed pop culture scholars like Simon Reynolds and Adam Harper.

Since 2016 the TMW conference has expanded from music industry topics towards a wider social agenda, inviting speakers like the entrepreneur and philanthropist Hamdi Ulukaya, artist and activist iO Tillett Wright, geneticist Lili Milani, MEP Julia Reda, city developer Gunvor Kronman, pioneering post-punk designer Malcolm Garrett, and many other visionnaires from different disciplines and walks of life.

TMW conference 2015. Viv Albertine interviewed by John Robb. Photo: Tõnu Tunnel