Conference | Tallinn Music Week


28 – 29 August 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 2020 Creative Impact Conference, taking place in the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA)  focuses on the transformative power of culture and creative industries, following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as outlined by the United Nations General Assembly. Besides discussing the role of culture in public policies and illustrating how creative industries contribute to the realisation of the development targets, the upcoming event will also dive into the more specific needs of the new decade ahead within the statement topic entitled Music Industry 2.0. The conference offers both inspiration and practical activities to music professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers from different areas.

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

Due to TMW 2020 being postponed from March to August, the conference programme and panellists line-up will be updated from March to July 2020. 

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

Pre-purchased TMW 2020 Conference + Festival Pass and Conference Pass are valid on the new conference and dates (28 – 29 August)

TMW 2020 panellists

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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)

“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