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BIME Announces Full Conference Programme

  • 28-31 October, Bilbao Spain
  • New BIME PRO programme additions: Sónar, Channel 4, BBC 3, INgrooves, Lollapalooza Berlin, PRS For Music Foundation, Inside/Out, Fifth Avenue PR, Music Tech Fest
  • The Next Big Sound, Kobalt Music, Coda, The Agency Group, Sony PlayStation, Merlin, Beggars Group, WARP Publishing, Bella Union, The Orchard and Pledge Music are also confirmed.
  • Guest country: France.

“Three days of panels on music and gaming, Spanish music business law, and the Latin American market“- Billboard

 “Insight from leading industry execs.” - Music Week

“A bridge between the music and cultural industries” –Musikmarkt

 “If music be the food of games, play on” -

Back for a third year, BIME is Europe’s leading conference festival for the music and games industries and most importantly, new ideas. Hosted in the versatile BEC Exhibition Centre in Bilbao, this year’s event will see over 110 speakers from 15 different countries, including representatives of The Next Big Sound, Kobalt Music, Coda, The Agency Group, Sony Playstation, Merlin, Beggars Group, WARP Publishing, The Orchard and Pledge Music to name a few.

New programme additions include: Alan Davey (BBC 3), Vanessa Reed (PRS For Music Foundation), Mark Mulligan (Midia Consulting), Chloe Melick (Inside/Out), Sarah Lowe (Fifth Avenue PR), Sharon Matheson (INgrooves), Stacey Mitsopulos (Channel 4 / Box TV), Fruzsina Szep (Lollapalooza Berlin), Georgia Taglietti (Sonar) and Michaela Magas (Music Tech Fest).

Full 2015 Speakers list:

Alex White (The Next Big Sound)

Charles Caldas (Merlin)

Paul Hitchman (Kobalt Artist & Label Services)

Denis Ladegaillerie (Believe Digital)

Alan Davey (BBC 3)

Vanessa Reed (PRS For Music Foundation)

Mark Mulligan (Midia Consulting)

Chloe Melick (Inside/Out)

Sarah Lowe (Fifth Avenue PR)

Sharon Matheson (INgrooves)

Stacey Mitsopulos (Channel 4 / Box TV)

Stephen O’Reilly (Gramofon)

Fruzsina Szep (Lollapalooza Berlin)

Georgia Taglietti (Sonar)

Michaela Magas (Music Tech Fest)

Ralf Lüsdorf (Deutsche Telekom)

Philippe Cohen-Solal (Ya Basta Records / Gotan Project)

Rebecca Lammers (Laika Network)

Lee Cohen (Jessica Pratt / Ex manager Dandy Warhols)

Theo Seffusatti (Warp Publishing)

Jeremy Norkin (The Agency Group Miami)

Rob Challice (CODA)

Joe D’Ambrosio (JD Management)

Ruth Barlow (Beggars)

Christof Ellinghaus (City Slang)

Paul Bedford (Ingenious Media)

Jeremy Silver (SEMETRIC / Innovate UK advisor)

Lara Goldsworthy (MS Dockville Festival)

Martin Hewett (Sony Computer Entertainment)

Simon Raymonde (Bella Union)

Dr. Charles Kriel (12 Stories Tall)

Jim Carroll (Irish Times / Hard Working Class Heroes Ireland)

Rebecca Lammers (Laniakea Music)

Mia Margetic (This Is Music LTD)

John Broomhall (Games Music Connect)

Mark Jowett (Nettwerk Records and Publishing)

Chris Cooke (CMU)

Benji Rogers (Pledge Music)

Scott Cohen (The Orchard)

Stephen Budd (Stephen Budd Management)

In this year's edition our guest country will be France. France is the fifth largest music market in the world: in 2014 its digital sales grew more than 6% and the export of French music generated €600 million - with over 500 artists touring worldwide.  There are 1,425 French music festivals and over 240,000 people are employed in the country's music industry.

"We're very excited about this year's host country - France. We will also continue focussing on new ideas and ways of collaborating across music and tech and how to facilitate cooperation between South American and European music professionals. I really look forward to meeting and learning from all these executives and visionaries from across the globe," said Christophe Cassan, BIME’s Director.

“I’m very much looking forward to BIME this year, I’ve been interested in attending for the past several years but excited it’s finally worked out,” said Alex White, CEO Next Big Sound

After a successful second edition last year boasting more than 1,400 delegates from 17 different countries, BIME is back to host executives and visionaries from across the globe to meet more industry delegates whilst focusing on the conference’s two core goals:

  • To be the primary meeting place for European executives to meet partners from Latin and South America.
  • To explore new ideas and ways of collaborating across music and tech to discover and capitalise on new revenue opportunities.

This year’s BIME panel titles include:  Investing in music: Is worth it for VC´s?, The Artist as a Startup, Music in games: Moving Forward Together, How to build New Entrepreneurs to Strengthen Companies, What is a record label nowadays?, The Globalisation of Music" and "What awaits the Music industry in the Future?"- as well as France, Spain, Germany and Latin America-focused panels. 

BIME has been featured in Music Week Magazine, Billboard, The Lefsetz Letter, Musikmarkt, Musik Woche and across Spanish press, quickly becoming in the most important international music conference in Spain its first two years.

Alongside the event, as in keeping with previous year’s tradition, BIME hosts one of Europe’s largest indoor live Music festivals which will run parallel to the event from 30th Oct to 1st Nov. Imagine Dragons and Crystal Fighters are confirmed as the headliners. Further acts include: Stereophonics, Richard Ashcroft, !!!, Michael Kiwanuka, Everything Everything, Savages, The Go! Team, Matthew E. White, Zola Jesus, Iron and Wine & many more.

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