Tallinn Music Week 2023 key topics revealed

13 January 2023 Conference

TMW Conference audience. Photo: Aron Urb

The international music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) reveals key topics for the conference.

Taking place at Nordic Hotel Forum in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday, 12 May and Saturday, 13 May, the upcoming conference focuses on current breakthroughs and future scenarios in music and culture through three main thematic tracks: Co-creation, Connected World and Sustainable Future.

Important topics will be addressed such as what humans and AI tech can accomplish in collaboration with each other and whether we have stayed on top in navigating the digital world. There will be forecasts on the future of radio and music education, the role of curators as cultural mediators and the new solutions for live touring in an era of soaring energy prices and the post-COVID landscape. The conference also aims to take a closer look at the Baltic region and Poland, explore local interpretations of global trends and recording studios as multi-purpose spaces for co-creation, and examine the range of practical strategies to support the sustainability of the industry – from mental health to carbon-conscious production and consumption. 

The conference will host a Music Moves Europe dialogue session, as a framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions in support of the European music sector.

The Founder and Director of TMW Helen Sildna comments:

“There is great power in connecting with people from diverse walks of life – artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, policymakers and visionaries from around the world – to improve our sector and quality of life through music and culture. The last three years have created turmoil in the world. A new term – permacrisis – has been coined. Facing the complex effects of the climate crisis, pandemic, inflation and war in Ukraine, it’s starting to dawn on us that the new normal can not be turned back, but can be managed and steered if we update our navigation methods and set new goals. We will learn to find new pathways by becoming the best at collaboration. The overarching themes of TMW 2023 are co-creation, connected world and sustainability strategies. From mental health and new funding models to tackling the complex permacrisis. Join us!”

TMW 2023 topics are:

  • Human-AI Co-creation
  • Global-Local Connections
  • Understanding Digital
  • Rethinking Touring
  • Curator vs Consumer
  • Studios on the Rise
  • Future Radio
  • A Look Ahead: Music Education
  • Breaking Into New Markets
  • In Focus: The Baltics, Poland and Ukraine
  • Sustainability Strategies

The TMW conference and PRO programme offer inspiration, practical activities and networking opportunities to over 1000 international music industry professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers each year.

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

TMW 2023 takes place from 10 to 14 May 

Recommended delegate schedule:

Arriving in Tallinn on Thursday, 11 May  
Travelling back on Sunday, 14 May 

Thursday, 11 May
Arrival in Tallinn
Opening of TMW 2023
Music showcases around Tallinn

Friday, 12 May
Music industry conference in Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn
Music showcases around Tallinn

Saturday, 13 May
Music industry conference in Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn
Music showcases around Tallinn

TMW 2023 passes are on sale at the TMW webshop. Until the end of January the PRO Pass, which grants access both to the music festival and the conference, is available for 150 euros, rising to 175 euros in February. The selection of passes also includes Festival Pass and Supporter Pass.   

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

The festival is supported by Nordic Hotel Forum, the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment, the city of Tallinn, UNESCO City of Music Tallinn.

TMW is a member of the European talent exchange programme ESNS Exchange, the global gender equality network Keycahnge and the European showcase platform for world music UPBEAT.

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