Conference | Tallinn Music Week


27 – 28 March 2020

TMW’s conference addresses music-related topics from industry ABC workshops and seminars to inspiring pop-culturology talks, creative entrepreneurship trends and cross-sectoral analysis of alternative futures.

TMW’s 2-day conference offers both inspiration and practical activities to music professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers from different areas.

TMW 2020 conference aims to contribute in shaping a future of more equal, balanced and innovative times, concentrating on the following topics:

– Music Industry 2.0
– Neighbours: sectors, countries, regions, continents, identities, values
– Sustainable Development Goals: mental health, equality, climate change challenges

The music industry ABC programme of TMW conference offers discussions, workshops and mentoring sessions prepared in cooperation with Music Estonia.

TMW 2020 conference takes place at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA).

Panellists and programme are announced gradually from December.

The combined Conference + Festival passes of TMW 2020 are on sale in the TMW online shop

Throughout the festival’s existence since 2009, the TMW conference has looked into the impact of arts as an engine for the economy and the functioning of an innovative society while offering inspiration to music professionals, art promoters, entrepreneurs and policy makers from different areas. Important keywords throughout the event have included future skills, gender equality, civil activism and sustainable development. TMW’s conference was the first international conference in Estonia to reach a gender balance among speakers in 2018.

The conference has hosted numerous high-profile music experts and mavericks, including  the founder of Sire Records Seymour Stein, polymath musician Barry Adamson, legendary artist managers Simon Napier-Bell, Marie Fredriksson, Edward Bicknell, and Peter Jenner; protest punk act Pussy Riot, artists-turned authors Viv Albertine (The Slits), John Robb (The Membranes), Bob Stanley (St Etienne), and influential musicologists 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 US-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Hamdi Ulukaya, artist and activist iO Tillett Wright, gene researcher Lili Milani, MEP Julia Reda, Silicon Valley’s business angel Fadi Bishara, city developer Gunvor Kronman, pioneering post-punk designer Malcolm Garrett, and many other visionaries from different areas.

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid / Kris Süld

“Tallinn Music Week festival boasts one of the most diverse, inclusive, and eclectic lineups of any event in Europe, but music is simply one part of what they do. As a hub for progressive thinking, TMW conference includes panels on “Competing With Machines”, “Public Space and Democracy”, and “Design To Change Behaviour”, with delegates ranging from Harvard Professors to CEOs and entrepreneurs. new ideas and initiatives are shared and dissected, the air fizzing with energy.”

–  The Independent (UK)

The Independent (UK)

“In Tallinn, it was clear that music and the arts are alive, valued, nurtured and supported. It was heartening to see such a broad spectrum of creative leaders come together to shape the purpose-driven economy of the future, for all the right reasons.”

– Oisin Lunny, Forbes

Oisin Lunny, Forbes