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Peter Smidt will step down as creative director of ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag). Unfortunately, after 33 years, the founder of the European music platform will resign due to health reasons. Peter will, within his capabilities, remain as an advisor to ESNS.

In 1986 Peter Smidt, initially through Stichting Pop Groningen and later as a programmer of the Groningen venue De Oosterpoort, organized a showdown between Dutch and Belgian bands: Holland-Belgium, later renamed to Noorderslag. This event has grown over the years into the European music platform, one of the leading music events, we now know as ESNS.

Peter has always been the driving force behind this development, plotting the creative course and giving the platform an ever increasing significance and scope. ESNS is now a conference and festival where more than 4000 music professionals from all over the world come together every year to discover new European talent.

Peter is also the founder of ETEP (European Talent Exchange Programme), an international partnership between the most prominent festivals, EBU radio stations, export offices and ESNS. Among others, ESNS and ETEP have given Peter the opportunity to become one of the most important promoters of Dutch and European pop
music.

The event has kickstarted countless careers and, in addition to many (inter)national prizes, such as EBBA (European Border Breakers Awards) and Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, the prestigious Popprijs has also been awarded since 1991.

On behalf of ESNS, Dago Houben (managing director) and Pierre Ballings (chairman of the Supervisory Board) said: "Peter was unmistakably of the greatest importance for the development of the event. Without his enthusiasm, vision and determination, we would never have been where we are now. We are very, very grateful for everything he has done and we are very happy that he will continue to advise us in the coming years. This allows us to look forward with confidence and we believe that his ideas, his vision, experience and network will also be sufficiently secured in the future. "

Robert Meijerink succeeds Peter as Head of Programme. He will be responsible for the creative course of ESNS. Ruud Berends is head of the conference and Joey Ruchtie is responsible for the Dutch acts at ESNS.

Peter Smidt: "Looking back on great years with beautiful results, I am unfortunately forced to say goodbye to my beloved work for ESNS because of the deterioration of my health. I remain available as an advisor while a fantastic team of capable colleagues is ready to take over my duties. I leave ESNS in their hands with confidence ".

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19 Feb 2019 | Press release

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19 Feb 2019 | Press release

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18 Feb 2019 | Press release

UK Music unveils expert panel of senior MPs and business leaders to discuss post-Brexit music industry at SXSW 2019

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18 Feb 2019 | Press release

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18 Feb 2019 | Press release

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18 Feb 2019 | Press release

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15 Feb 2019 | Press release

EU copyright text agreed, now requires final approval

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14 Feb 2019 | Press release

Clint Mansell signs with Decca Publishing

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14 Feb 2019 | Press release

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13 Feb 2019 | Press release

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13 Feb 2019 | Press release

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13 Feb 2019 | Press release

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13 Feb 2019 | Press release

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13 Feb 2019 | Press release

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13 Feb 2019 | Press release

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12 Feb 2019 | Press release

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12 Feb 2019 | Press release

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11 Feb 2019 | Press release

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11 Feb 2019 | Press release

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11 Feb 2019 | Press release

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11 Feb 2019 | Press release

Suzanne Smith steps down from PPL PRS Ltd

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08 Feb 2019 | Press release

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08 Feb 2019 | Press release

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08 Feb 2019 | Press release

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08 Feb 2019 | Press release

BMG and SESAC Digital Licensing join forces in India

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07 Feb 2019 | Press release

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19 Feb 2019

  • Media analyst rates Universal Music Group as fair value at €44bn. (see Business)

18 Feb 2019

  • Ariana Grande album breaks UK and US chart records. (see News, Analysis)

15 Feb 2019

  • Universal Music Group report strong figures for 2018. (see Business)

14 Feb 2019

  • European copyright directive text finalised. (see News)

13 Feb 2019

  • Universal acquires Ingrooves. (see Business)

12 Feb 2019

  • Suzanne Smith steps down from PPL PRS. (see Business)

  • Article 13 moving ahead, but many dissatisfied. (see News)

  • Nile Rodgers to curate Meltdown festival. (see News)

11 Feb 2019

  • Grammys: Childish Gambino wins four; Dua Lipa wins two. (see News)

  • HMV hopes to save stores that have closed. (see Business)

  • UK Council of Music Makers call on negotiators to proceed with the Copyright Directive. (see News)

08 Feb 2019

  • ICMPIFPI and IMPALA call on negotiators not to proceed with the Copyright Directive on the basis of current proposals. (see News)

  • HMV may keep more than stores open than planned; aims for profitability this year. (see News)

  • AEG Facilities and SMG to merge. (see Business)

07 Feb 2019

  • Spotify reports strong year-end results; buys two podcast companies. (see Business, Digital, Comment)

  • Article 13 back on the agenda - possibly with more concessions. (see News)

  • Rajar Q4 2018 figures announced. (see Radio)

  • P!NK to receive Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the BRITs. (see Showbiz)

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