Grammy-winning producer Jason Miles and Director of the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation Johan Magnusson revealed among first TMW conference speakers

09 February 2023 Conference
  • Tallinn Music Week (TMW), the premier music industry festival in the Nordic-Baltic region, reveals the first speakers for the conference taking place on 12th – 13th May. 
  • The panellists include Grammy-winning producer and arranger Jason Miles, CEO of the world-famous Wisseloord Studios Malik Berrabah, award-winning changemaker and CEO of In Place of War Ruth Daniel, Programming Director at Atlas Festival Vlad Yaremchuk, Director of the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation Johan Magnusson and the founding member of Laibach Ivan Novak. 
  • The conference programme is developed in cooperation with the national music industry development centre and export office Music Estonia.

What do Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, George Benson and hundreds of other legendary artists have in common? They have all worked with Grammy Award-winning producer, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and synthesist Jason Miles. For 46 years, he has contributed his vast array of talents and musicality to the success of these and countless other superstars and independent artists. Jason celebrates his multifaceted career at TMW by presenting his memoir The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography and hosting a synthesizer programming masterclass. 

Who better to speak about studios as spaces for co-creation, education and inspiration than Malik Berrabah, composer-producer and the CEO of the world-famous Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, Netherlands? Besides sharing stories about the studio’s clients like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, and many more, Malik will tell about his work as the manager of the Wisseloord House of Music, and the Wisseloord Academy where each student follows a personal route to their life in the industry. 

While there have been numerous reports on the increased utilization of digital solutions during the pandemic, this says little about how we have really reconfigured our digital strategies. Johan Magnusson, a professor at the University of Gothenburg and Director of the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation offers a thought-provoking presentation “Misunderstanding Digital”.

Aware that digital technology has transformed music, David Guetta’s label manager and the founder of Kahin@gency Kahina Khimoune helps artists find their way in the jungle of new codes, whether administrative, digital, legal or economic.

Robert Meijerink, the Art Director of Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) represents the recently launched Federation of Music Conferences (FoMC) and hosts the first Music Moves Europe dialogue session that takes place in a framework of the European Commission’s initiatives to support the European music sector.

But how to make a change, when you have little to make a change with? Vlad Yaremchuk was booking acts like ASAP Rocky and The Chemical Brothers for Atlas Festival, the biggest music festival in Ukraine. Now he is saving lives, representing the aid mission Music Saves UA. Vlad tells about the efforts his team has initiated during wartime, what his country needs most these days, and the current status and future hopes of his festival.

Additionally, Ruth Daniel, a multi-award-winning activist and CEO of Manchester-based In Place of War (IPOW) explores resourcefulness and alternative ways to challenge the status quo, inspired by people in places affected by conflict and inequality. 

Ivan Novak, a founding member of the Slovenian cult group Laibach, the Neue Slowenische Kunst movement and the NSK State, will transcend the boundaries of the common understanding of art, war, politics, authority and the hidden trappings of safe spaces 

Other panellists for the upcoming conference include Tamara Kaminska, President of the Board at Music Export Poland and Coordinator of European Music Exporters Exchange, Founder of Latvian Positivus Festival Girts Majors, Festival Director of Greenland’s Arctic Sounds Jacob Froberg, Executive Director at Center for Music Ecosystem Shain Shapiro, Managing Director of Hamburg Music Timo Wiesmann, CEO of Estonian fair trade streaming platform Fairmus Reigo Ahven and Director of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy Juko-Mart Kõlar. More info

The TMW 2023 conference focuses on current breakthroughs and future scenarios in music and culture through three main thematic tracks: Co-creation, Connected World and Sustainable Future. Among the topics to be addressed are human and AI relations, digital literacy, the future of radio, music education trends, the new solutions for live touring, and the role of curators as cultural mediators. A closer look will be taken at the Baltic region and Poland, and local interpretations of global trends. More info

TMW will host the first dialogue in a series of Music Moves Europe meetings at major music conferences in Europe to strengthen the exchange on EU-related matters (policies impacting music, funding opportunities, etc.) within the music sector and with its professionals. More info

The full programme and speakers’ line-up for the TMW 2023 conference will be published gradually from February to April.

TMW 2023 passes are on sale at the TMW webshhop

The PRO Pass, which grants access both to the music festival and the conference, is available for 175 euros, raising to 200 euros during the festival week. The TMW PRO programme offers inspiration, practical activities and networking opportunities to over 1000 international music industry professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers.

The selection of passes also includes Festival Pass which grants access to the music festival events and DigiPRO Pass, which provides online access to the conference.  

About Tallinn Music Week
Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is one of the most acclaimed new music and city culture festivals and key networking events for music and creative industry professionals across Europe, held annually in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn since 2009. The festival consists of three main programme elements: music festival, conference and city festival. 

TMW 2023 is organised by Shiftworks with various partners and co-organisers. The conference programme is completed in collaboration with the national music industry development centre and export office Music Estonia.

The festival is supported by Nordic Hotel Forum, the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment, the city of Tallinn, and UNESCO City of Music Tallinn.TMW is a co-founder of The Federation of International Music Conferences (FoMC), and a member of the European talent exchange programme ESNS Exchange, the global gender equality network Keychange and the European showcase platform for world music UPBEAT.