Tallinn Music Week reveals new conference speakers and topics. Europe’s largest live music organisation Live DMA to hold the network’s forum at the upcoming event

TMW is presented by Telia
09 September 2021 Conference


The international music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) reveals 32 new speakers for the Creative Impact Conference, taking place at Nordic Hotel Forum and techno club HALL on 1 – 2 October.

For the first time ever, in collaboration with Live Music Estonia, the TMW conference will host the Live DMA Forum, welcoming around 40 music venue representatives from all over Europe for panels, meetings and talent spotting. Panels in collaboration with Keychange and IMPALA have been added to the conference programme to discuss a balanced music industry and the state of Baltic indie labels, as well as themes of music and film, music and technology, sustainability and more.

Live DMA is a European non-governmental international collaboration network aiming to support and promote the live music sector. Panels in collaboration with Live DMA address the importance of cooperation and solidarity amongst European venues and organisations and re-building a new and fairer post-Covid live industry. The flash presentations of the Try-Angle method, Digital Safaris  on Sustainability and the recent European live sector survey report will focus on finding ways of building new audiences to make live music accessible to as many people as possible. The Live DMA delegation includes professionals such as the General Secretary of European Music Council Simone Dudt, Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Unit of European Commission Susanne Hollmann and coordinator of Clubcircuit Marc Steens.

TMW is proud to welcome back partners from the global gender equality initiative Keychange. The co-founder of Keychange Ragnar Berthling and the Global Lead for Diversity & Inclusion at Telia Company Clara Bodin will join the “Equality as a business advantage” discussion and “Programming gender-balanced festival line-ups” workshop, and to host dedicated Creative Lab sessions.

IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) will present the “State of Baltic Indies” panel. Exciting advances in music and technology will be addressed by Howard Monk, director of the music industry education platform WRD and Dagfinn Bach, CEO of the broadcast monitoring service MusicDNA. The timely panel on Health & Safety at events is joined by the President of the Event Safety Alliance Jim Digby. The Production Manager of Flow Festival Katariina Uusitupa will present a case study on one of the biggest festivals in Finland and holding sustainable events. “The Sound of Local in Global Connectivity” panel is hosted by Michael Pärt, Producer, Music Editor, and co-founder of the Arvo Pärt Centre. Death By Audio founder and A Place To Bury Strangers leader  Oliver Ackermann takes on our in-depth questions about DIY culture from musicologist Alex Maiolo.

Newly announced panellists (in alphabetical order):

Aili Maruyama (BE), project manager of PULSE, Live DMA (DigiPRO)

Alex Maiolo (US), Tape Op Magazine, Themes For Great Cities

Annette Gentz (DE), Talent Agent and Manager at Annette Gentz / Music & Film Arts

Arne Dee (NL), Survey coordinator of Live DMA, Dee Music

Balazs Weyer (HU), Programme Director of MOST and Head of Programming at Hangvető

Charlotte Bendiksen (NO), musician, DJ, producer, member of Keychange 

Clara Bodin (SE), Global Lead for Diversity & Inclusion at Telia Company (DigiPRO)

Clio Flego (IT), cultural manager, DJ and art programmer of MetaDiapason, Keychange

Dagfinn Bach (NO), CEO of MusicDNA

Daniel Nordgård (NO), Professor at the University of Agder, MusicDNA

Federico Rasetti (IT), Managing Director of KeepOn, Live DMA

Gonçalo Riscado (PT), Co-founder & Managing Director of Circuito/MusicBox, Live DMA

Guna Zucika (LV), Founder-owner of Every Little Thing and manager of Carnival Youth

Hannes Tschürtz (AT), Founder of Ink Music

Helen Sildna (EE), Founder of Shiftworks and Tallinn Music Week

Howard Monk (GB), Director of the WRD

Ingrid Stroom (EE), Head of Live Music Estonia, Live DMA

Jim Digby (US), President of the Event Safety Alliance (DigiPRO)

Johann Merrich (IT), musician and independent researcher, member of Keychange

Juliette Olivares (FR), Project Officer of Live DMA 

Katariina Uusitupa (FI), Production Manager of Flow Festival

Kathy Bajaria (CH), DJ and cultural manager of Helvetia Rockt, Live DMA (DigiPRO)

Kees Van Weijen (NL), President of IMPALA

Ken Veerman (BE), freelance consultant, coach, leader and manager for not-for-profit organisations, Live DMA

Lena Ingwersen (DE), Project Manager Music Cities Network, Cultural Manager & DJ, Keychange

Marc Steens (BE), Coordinator of Clubcircuit, Live DMA

Marii Reimann (EE), Head of Progammes at Music Estonia, co-founder and manager of Monday Morning Management

Michael Pärt (EE), Producer, Music Editor, and co-founder of the Arvo Pärt Centre

Oliver Ackermann (US), Founder of Death By Audio and A Place To Bury Strangers

Ragnar Berthling (SE), Managing Director Musikcentrum Öst/Sweden and co-founder of Keychange

Simone Dudt (DE), Secretary General of the European Music Council

Susanne Hollmann (DE), Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Unit of the European Commission (DigiPRO)

The TMW 2021 conference will take place on 1 – 2 October at Nordic Hotel Forum, recently reopened as Estonia’s corona-safest hotel, and techno club HALL. The conference topics will focus on the interaction between local and global, from club culture to regional live music markets. The 30th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence will be marked by conversations about the role of the Singing Revolution and music as a tool for social change.

The main topics of the TMW 2021 conference:

  • Think Global, Act Local
  • Reshaping the Music Industry
  • Careers in Music
  • Music and Activism
  • Sustainable Development

Additional info: tmw.ee/conference 

The conference takes place both on-site and online and will be organised in accordance with the rules applicable to public events, which will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

TMW PRO Pass for 175 euros is on sale at shop.tmw.ee. PRO Pass grants both on-site and online access to the TMW conference and networking events together with priority access to the music festival events as well as access to the TMW PRO digital platform. DigiPRO Pass is on sale for 50 euros. Additional info: tmw.ee/passes-and-tickets

TMW 2021 is organised by Shiftworks with various partners and co-organisers. The conference programme is completed in collaboration with the Estonian music export and development office Music Estonia.

The presenter of TMW is Telia, the strategic partner in the field of music is Music Estonia, the main supporters are Nordic Hotel Forum and Visit Estonia. The partners are Telliskivi Creative City and Viru Center, media partners are Postimees Group and Radio 2.

The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the city of Tallinn, the Tallinn City Enterprise Department and the Cultural Endowment.
TMW’s international activities, the aim of which is to introduce Estonia as an attractive destination of music and culture, are supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Press photos of TMW 2021 panellists
Conference programme overview