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President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Billy Bragg and Artemy Troitsky at TMW 2021 Creative Impact Conference. Photo: Aron Urb

The TMW Creative Impact Conference 2022 programme will be announced in spring 2022. Until then, browse the 2021 programme and find out more about the TMW PRO digital networking platform.

The TMW Creative Impact Conference will look 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 conference addresses music-related topics from practical workshops and seminars to inspiring pop-culturology talks and cross-sectoral future visions.

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 during summer 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

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2021 Key Topics:

Think Global, Act Local
Support your local music scene – live will rise!
Night time culture
From Baltics to Balkans and from Nordics to Russia
Global business, local roots
The sound of “glocal”

Reshaping the Music Industry
Megatrends: future work, education and economic patterns
New business models: from song management to digital services 
Sync and connect: film, gaming, tech and design
Health and Safety
The digital turn – the consumer takes it all?

Careers in Music
Equality as a business advantage
Building a team
New talent – on stage, backstage
Running a business

Music and Politics
City policies: between restriction and promise
Music shaping social change – 30 years of Estonian independence!

Sustainable Development
Read more about TMW’s agenda: Sustainable Development Goals

Background and past years

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