New speakers revealed for the Tallinn Music Week conference

07 April 2022 Conference

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) reveals the next wave of speakers for the music industry conference taking place within the event in the Estonian capital Tallinn and easternmost city Narva on 6 – 7 May. The new conference panellists include Managing Director of Iceland Music Sigtryggur Baldursson, Head of Programme at Eurosonic Noorderslag Robert Meijerink and Head of European Affairs and Gender Equality at Centre national de la musique Corinne Sadki. 

  • TMW conference will take place on Friday, 6 May in Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn and
    on Saturday, 7 May in OBJEKT multimedia hub, Narva
  • The music industry programme of the conference is co-created with the music industry development centre and export office Music Estonia

TMW is thrilled to welcome Icelandic legend Sigtryggur Baldursson to the conference line-up. Managing Director of  Iceland Music and veteran musician is best known abroad for his work with Björk’s first band, the Sugarcubes. He is also the co-owner of Bad Taste (Smekkleysa) label, has recorded under the name of Bogomil Font, his own crooner alter ego, and produced “Hljómskálinn”, an award-winning television series on Icelandic music.

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2022 will be highlighted in collaboration with the French state organisation dedicated to the music industry, Centre national de la musique (CNM).   CNM’s International Project Manager Benjamin Demelemester and Head of European Affairs and Gender Equality Corinne Sadki will speak at the conference. 

Other new speakers for the upcoming event are Robert Meijerink, Head of Programme at Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS), Owner of talent promotion agency Charmenko Nick Hobbs, Consultant at The SuperSwell Collective Paul Cheetham, Owner of More Zvukov Agency Natasha Padabed, President at Finnish Internationaali Säätö Oy Richie Mattila, Director of Programming at Hungarian talent office Hangveto Balazs Weyer, Senior Producer at The WOW Foundation Shereen Perera and Georges Perot, Founder of MESO EVENTS and Project Coordinator at HEMI – the Hub for the Exchange for the Music Innovation. 

The Estonian industry features musician and producer Maris Pihlap, A&R manager at Tier Music Management Sandra Perens as well as Music Estonia’s Head of Programmes Marii Reimann and Head of International Projects Jaanika Lillemaa

Representing the innovators of the international gender equality movement Keychange are Imke Machura, Founder of RAKETEREI – the most popular female musician community in the German-speaking world and Kim Wagenaar, Owner and Music Manager of  Iceland’s Peer Agency.,  

Previously announced speakers for the TMW 2022 conference include Founder and Owner of Bella Union Simon Raymonde, Britpop instigator Jane Savidge, Head of Mute Song David McGinnis.

The final programme and schedule of the TMW 2022 conference programme will be announced shortly.

TMW 2022 PRO delegates’ programme

Thursday, 5 May, Tallinn

Keychange Creative Labs
Estonian-Latvian networking event
16:00 TMW 2022 Opening Concert: Ivan Dorn (UA) at Telliskivi Creative City Square
17:30 – 19:00 TMW Welcome Reception for TMW PRO delegates and partners at Fotografiska Tallinn
17:00 – 20:30 Tallinn Thursday art gallery tour
18:30 Music festival of 9 showcase nights across Tallinn. Schedule 
19:00 Maria W Horn and Tallinn University of Technology Academic Female Choir “Dies Irae” at St. Catherine’s Church 

Friday, 6 May, Tallinn

09:30 Conference Opening at Nordic Hotel Forum
10:00 – 17:00 Conference at Nordic Hotel Forum
HEMI networking brunch (daytime)

Receptions and networking events
17:00 – 19:00

Music festival of 13 showcase nights across Tallinn. Schedule   
19:00 – 02:00 

Saturday, 7 May, Narva

07:55 – 10:30 Morning coffee, networking and speed meetings on Tallinn – Narva train
08:30 – 11:00 Shuttle buses Tallinn – Narva

12:00 Opening of TMW conference in Narva

12:00 – 16:00 Conference at OBJEKT multimedia future hub
16:00 Arvo Pärt “Da pacem Domine”, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste at The Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral
14:00 – 19:00 City Stage concerts, excursions, talks and art programmes around town
16:00 – 05:00 Music festival in Narva. Schedule

01:00 – 03:00 Night Train: Narva – Tallinn*
stay at Nordic Hotel Forum

Sunday, 8 May, Narva

Brunch, park concert and tours in Narva
Travel from Narva to Tallinn: 2,5 hours
Flights home

*PRO delegates can choose either to travel back to Tallinn at night or, if flight schedules allow, stay until Sunday in Narva.

Taking place in Tallinn’s Nordic Hotel Forum on Friday, 6 May and in Narva’s multimedia hub OBJEKT on Saturday, 7 May as well as online on the PRO platform, TMW 2022 conference features leading industry speakers who will take part in in-depth discussions on better policies, smart touring, regional markets and global networks. Among the topic tracks are also the impact of music on social empowerment, human rights, diversity and sustainable cities.

TMW 2022 will take place in Tallinn and Narva as a statement of solidarity. Estonia’s capital Tallinn which from this year bears the title of UNESCO City of Music will send a musical greeting to the eastern border of Estonia.

Narva is the third-largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, on the Narva River. The historic border has been located there since the Middle Ages. It was an important trade port and an aspiring second capital of the Swedish Empire during the 16th – 17th centuries, as well as an important industrial hub from the 19th century when the famous Kreenholm Textile Factory, the largest factory in the Russian Empire and all of Europe at that time was built on the shore of the waterfall.

Currently, no COVID-19 related restrictions apply to travel or public events in Estonia.

TMW 2022 passes are on sale at PRO Pass for 175 euros grants in-person and online access to the conference and in-person access to the music festival in both Tallinn and Narva. DigiPRO Pass for 60 euros provides online access to the conference and to the DigiPRO networking platform.   

TMW 2022 edition unites the teams, partners and funders of Tallinn Music Week and Station Narva festivals.

The joint festival is supported by the cities of Tallinn and Narva, the Government Office, the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment, Integration Foundation, Nordic Hotel Forum and Visit Estonia.TMW’s diversity partner is Telia Eesti, strategic partner in the field of music is Music Estonia, partners and supporters Telliskivi Creative City, Viru Center, Go Travel, Ida-Viru Tourism Cluster, Tallink, Go Hotel, Meresuu and British Council. Media partners are Postimees, Kanal 2, Põhjarannik, Raadio 2 and Raadio 4.

More info about the TMW 2022 conference and speakers