Adam Al-Hilali (Liberty Music PR, UK)
Adam is the co-founder of Liberty Music PR, a team dedicated to producing exciting creative campaigns for artists of all levels, utilising a synergy of Digital Marketing, Social Media, Influencers and Playlisting. He also creates his own ‘future pop’ music with 80s and 90s influences through the project ADAL.
Aly Gillani (Bandcamp, UK)
Aly is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels and artists using Bandcamp to connect with their fans. He is also the founder / A&R for Worldwide Awards Label of the Year – First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau and many more. He ran seminal club nights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in Leeds for many years. He is also an acclaimed DJ with regular spots at a host of European venues and London radio stations Balamii and Worldwide FM.
Andrea Tešanović (Noćne more, RS)
Andrea is a producer and creative director. She focuses her practice on subcultural management through projects such as the event series Noćne More and Hali Gali, an initiative for the promotion of the new Serbian art and music scene. She is a long-time collaborator of the famous Belgrade club Drugstore and recently opened Dim Art Hub.
Anna Mašátová (journalist, manager, CZ)
Anna is a freelance music journalist, head of communications at Ameba Production (Rock for People festival, Nouvelle Prague), a member of the grant committee for the Ministry of Culture for Alternative Music and a founding member of the Music Managers Forum Czech Republic. She also manages the Belarussian-Czech duo Zabelov Group and singer-songwriter David Pomahač.
Balázs Soós (A38, HU)
Balázs operates in the Hungarian live music industry since 2005. Currently, he is a promoter and booker at A38 Ship and various Hungarian summer festivals. As co-owner at Skalar Music Hungary and Phoenix Music, he is one of the leading domestic club promoters. Balázs is an expert on European music business with more than fifteen years of touring and booking experience. Being the historical promoter for acts like Ignite, Dropkick Murphys, Enter Shikari and Parkway Drive, also successful in other genres with acts like Walk Off The Earth, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Umbilical Brothers and Caro Emerald, he is considered an influential figure of the Hungarian heavy music scene.
Bee Adamic (Liberty Music PR, UK)
Bee is the co-founder of Liberty Music PR, a team dedicated to producing exciting creative campaigns for artists of all levels, utilising a synergy of Digital Marketing, Social Media, Influencers and Playlisting. She also founded MAMI, a collective of mums in the music industry encouraging and empowering the next generation of women in the music industry. Bee is the artist manager of synth-pop artist ADAL and curates live events and stages at various festivals including The Great Escape.
Ben Kamsma (Paradiso, NL)
Ben has been a booker/promoter at Paradiso in Amsterdam since 1992. His first programme was the showcase indoor fest London Calling, which he still promotes. Nowadays, he books about half the concerts booked at Paradiso. Within the Paradiso programme, Ben also started the ‘communities’ Indiestad (indie) and Sugar Mountain (roots & Americana) in order to get a potential audience for specific music styles. Paradiso is an independent venue in Amsterdam, existing since 1968. It is an old church, which holds 1500 people in the main hall and 250 in the upstairs venue. Since 2008, the number of venues/churches where they promote shows has grown considerably. In 2019, they had 1400 programmes with around 700.000 visitors.
Chris Cooke (CMU, UK)
Chris is co-founder and MD of CMU (Complete Music Update), a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy units CMU Insights and CMU Pathways; and future talent programme CMU:DIY. He also programmes core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and wrote the book Dissecting The Digital Dollar. CMU is part of Chris’s media and communications business 3CM UnLimited.
Chris Eckman (Glitterbeat Records, SI)
Chris, an American musician, composer, producer, educator and label owner, started navigating the music business as a member of the mid-80’s Seattle music scene. His band The Walkabouts was one of the first acts signed to the legendary “grunge” label Sub Pop and later went on to record for Virgin Records. He has also been in the producer’s chair for over 30 albums working with global music artists like Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim and Bassekou Kouyaté. In 2013, he co-founded the award winning Glitterbeat Records, a label dedicated to “vibrant global sounds.”
Clémence Renaut (ATC Live, FR)
After half a decade as a promoter at the Paris-based agency SUPER!, ten years ago Clémence became a booking agent at Elastic Artists, only to join the team of ATC Live in 2016. Her current roster includes Mac DeMarco, Aldous Harding, Alex Cameron, Black Midi, Natalie Prass, No Age, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Black Country, New Road…
Christian Kirmes Kühr (Powerline Agency, DE)
After running his own agency for more than 5 years, Christian (better known as Kirmes) is now working at Powerline Agency since 2017, a booking agency and concert promoter based in Berlin. At Powerline, he is active as an agent and his current European roster includes bands like Jonathan Bree, Crack Cloud, Kikagaku Moyo, Omni, Princess Chelsea, Decibelles, Wand and many others, he is also representing the following bands as a promoter for Germany: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Oh Sees, Alex Cameron, Black Midi, Lubomyr Melnyk, KOKOKO!, Squid, Ty Segall, etc.
Daniel has worked as A&R and head of booking at Eastaste.net and Budapest Showcase Hub for the past eight years. He has collaborated with hundreds of bands and has an extensive network of key music industry players all across Europe. About a year ago, he joined the team behind Banding, the upcoming matchmaker app for bands and DJs to do exchange gigs with each other, which he will present at MENT 2020.
Darjo Rot (Nika, SI)
Darjo is an important figure in the Slovenian recording business. In 1989, he became the co-founder of Nika Records, which is still one of the most successful labels in the country. Nika soon started representing foreign labels such as Roadrunner, Alternative Tentacles and Nuclear Blast, and then further expanded to represent Croatia Records and Warner Music in Slovenia with which they still collaborate to this day. The company is also a major producer of phonograms for Slovenian artists like Laibach, Klemen Klemen, Big Foot Mama, Siddharta and many others. In recent years, Nika unveiled its smartphone app, helped found the IPF collective rights management organisation, and participated in campaigns to stop digital piracy and raise awareness regarding intellectual righ
Désirée J. Vach (Snowhite Records, Ingrooves, DE)
Désirée had worked for the Berlin-based independent label Kitty-Yo (Peaches, Gonzales…) until she left in 2006 to manage the independent label Weekender Records Germany. In early 2009, she left Weekender and founded Snowhite Records & Artist Management (Zoot Woman, JATA…). She is also co-founder of Music Industry Women at VUT (Association of Independent Music Companies Germany), whose goal is to achieve gender equality on the music scene. Désirée currently works as a manager GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) for Ingrooves Music Group in Berlin.
Edo Plovanić (Muzika.hr, HR)
Edo is an innovative music pro. He is founder and editor of the leading music media outlet in the region Muzika.hr, involved with global projects and boards, from mentoring innovators at the United Nations in New York to producing TV shows and music tech hackathons. He is a storyteller and growth-focused strategist working with great talent, startups and major entertainment companies. He currently works and lives between New York City and Zagreb.
Eva Kristina Filipčič (MENT Ljubljana, SI)
Three truths, one lie: 1) Eva Kristina started her music bizz career as a volunteer at the very first edition of MENT and became part of the core team in 2017. She is currently acting as a general management and booking assistant. 2) She has been active as a band manager, concert promoter, freelance booker, journalist and tour manager, but is now mostly focusing on festivals. 3) She is doing her Master’s in Metaphysics. 4) Eva loves trap.
Filip Košťálek (Colours of Ostrava, CZ)
Filip is a booker and a member of a programming team of Colours of Ostrava festival, the biggest international festival in the Czech Republic. He also cooperates with other projects of Colour Production Company, such as Czech Music Crossroads (international music conference and showcase festival) and Festival in the streets (non-profit multidisciplinary festival in a public space).
Frank Dietrich (Gleis 22, DE)
Frank’s passion for booking began in 1988 when he started organising punk and indie live concerts completely ‘DIY-style’ in the university city of Münster. Together with some good friends, he went on to establish the Gleis 22 Concert Team in 1991. Since then, beside his main job as café manager at the local cultural centre Fachwerk, he is responsible for concert booking at the renowned municipal venue Gleis 22. He also curates concerts at the State Museum of Art and Culture in Münster and supports young artists with professional booking workshops.
Georges Perot (Athens Music Week, HEMI, GR)
Involved for two decades in different fields and positions of the music ecosystem, in 1998 Georges created MESO Events with the aim to generate a national network of European Music Day organisers in Greece. European Music Day is today considered the widest open air music event of south-eastern Europe. He has participated in numerous transnational projects, and since 2008 he also operates as a CCI Knowledge Broker for EU projects. He is co-founder and curator of Athens Music Week, founding member of EURICCA and ELMA, and project coordinator of HEMI.
Gordon Masson (IQ Magazine, UK)
A former astronaut and stunt driver, Gordon has been a journalist for 30 years, currently as editor of IQ Magazine. Prior to his much-publicised swim across the Pacific, Gordon was Billboard’s international editor. In addition to his various United Nations ambassadorial roles, Gordon has also undertaken a number of consultancies for record companies and other music industry organisations. Before moving to London, Gordon developed ground-breaking breeding programmes for several endangered species. He spent two years in Washington DC publishing protocols for the space and satellite industry, while in the early 1990s he was a reporter for various newspapers in his native Scotland.
Gorjana Jordanovska (Password Production, MK)
As a great admirer of literature, art & cinema, Gorjana partook in the creation of Paratissima Skopje, an international contemporary art fair in Skopje (2013–2017). Since 2017, she dedicates most of her existence to Password Production, handling logistics and coordination of the country’s most loved festivals like D Festival, Taksirat and Green Beach Festival, not to mention PIN Music Conference & Showcase, which in 2019 became a member of the INES Network.
Hannes Tschurtz (Ink Music, AT)
Hannes is the founder of the music agency and label Ink Music in Vienna, which books and promotes more than 400 shows/year in Central and Eastern Europe and focuses on artist development. He teaches Music Business, is a well-booked speaker for music business events and a board member of the Austrian Music Fund. He writes articles on music business for magazines and papers and is the co-owner of a ticketing start-up (NTRY Ticketing).
Ines Midžan (Radio Študent, SI)
First as bartender, later as programme assistant at one of Metelkova’s clubs, Ines gradually learned about the different aspects of the music environment – from organising and promoting shows to cleaning the place afterwards. She currently works as a broadcast technician, music journalist and social media manager at Radio Študent.
Ira Kolbezen (Glitterbeat Records, SI)
As a dedicated music buff, Ira started her career 2014 as a producer and head of office at Druga godba festival where she is currently a member of the programming board. Today, she works as Digital Manager at the Ljubljana-based Glitterbeat Records and is new member of the MENT Ljubljana team.
Ivana Jelača (INmusic Festival, HR)
Ivana, an active member of the culture sector since 2007, worked on various art projects and for the contemporary art association Kontejner until 2011. Between 2010 and 2014, she was one of the curators of Gallery Mochvara in Zagreb. Since 2011, Ivana is a permanent member of INmusic Festival’s core team – from 2011 to 2013 on the position of project manager for the EU Culture collaboration project Multiculturalism in Music, and since 2013 on the festival’s artist booker position.
Jacob Hagelaars (Le Guess Who?, NL)
Jacob is one of the programmers of the annual Dutch international Music and Arts Festival Le Guess Who? in Utrecht. Le Guess Who? is an independent festival with a strong focus on underrepresented artists. The festival programme is partly booked by curators, who are invited to create their lineups, and by the festival itself to balance the curated programmes.
João Santos (Lisbon Music Supervision, Europe in Synch, PT)
João, founder of Lisbon Music Supervision, works as a music supervisor in film and advertising. He worked on the Portuguese film Variations (Variações). He is a musician and composer in the band The Happy Mess, but his career also includes other projects such as Mirror People and Lusitanian Ghosts. João is a founding member and Executive Coordinator of Europe in Synch.
Jovana Coka Stanković (Odličan Hrčak, Kontakt, RS)
After almost 15 years behind live show curtains, she definitely got addicted to it. By “it” she does not mean “music business” – by “it” she means life. In Coka’s life, there are many loves, for example Odličan Hrčak – a Belgrade-based record label and concert agency where she runs the PR and event management department. Odličan Hrčak is the partner of many Serbian festivals and venues where Coka also deals with stage management. She is one of the co-founders of Kontakt showcase festival in Belgrade. Above all, she is a human alarm clock! While musicians sleep, Coka wakes up Belgraders as Rock Radio Belgrade’s morning show host.
Katarina Deskovič (Gala hala, SI)
Kaja has been running Metelkova’s biggest club Gala hala since 2001, meaning she now has 19 years of experience in the music biz. Since running a club is too small a challenge, she is also constantly involved in the organization of concerts and event series, youth workshops, formal and informal trainings, Kapa Records, various international collaborations and different bands. Unofficially, she is just about to graduate with a degree in “How to do what you love without burning out”.
Koen Ter Heegde (Subroutine Records, Yugofuturism, NL)
As an independent promoter, agent and label manager, Koen has been active in the local and European undergrounds for two decades. In 2005, he co-founded label Subroutine Records, which has released music of over 40 Dutch acts. His booking platform Yugofuturism introduces acts from CEE and Russia (e.g. Repetitor & Shortparis) to The Netherlands and vice versa (e.g. The Homesick & The Sweet Release of Death). He is curator at Welcome to the Village festival and promoter at WORM Rotterdam and OCCII Amsterdam.
Lucija Ivšić (Cereal Booking, HR/AU)
Lucija is an artist, manager, booking agent, independent event producer and creative entrepreneur originally from Croatia, now based in Melbourne. When she was 14, Lucija formed the band Punčke with whom she toured the whole world and released five albums. While getting her MA in Geomatics, Lucija worked at Los Angeles agency and independently produced major art festivals. After years of working with alternative artists worldwide, she established Cereal Booking – an independent music management and booking company where she represents artists Haiku Garden, Sonia Calico and Jonathan, and from time to time does tours for bigger names like Algiers, Zepherin Saint and Surf Curse.
Lucy Atkinson (Earth Agency, UK)
Having worked in agencies and developing a live roster for the past 5 years, Lucy’s current range of artists are cutting edge diverse but orientated towards progressive and alternative pop with a mainstream potential, hosting acts such as Dorian Electra, Skinny Pelembe, Iglooghost, and Dawn Richard amongst others.
Magda Chołyst (Artist in Bloom, PL)
Magda is founder of Artist in Bloom, a creative workspace based in Warsaw and traveling pop up school. As an Ericsson coach, she works with artists in translating bold visions and creative ideas into concrete projects, goals and strategies. As an educator in the innovative Danish Kaospilot methodology, she designs workshops and educational events supporting competency development for the industry of today and tomorrow. She has worked with many cultural institutions, festivals and art universities in Poland and abroad. Amongst her partners are Hungarian Oncoming Tunes, Don’t Panic! We’re From Poland, Warsaw Music Week and many more.
Marcus Fitzgerald (gigmit, DE)
Marcus has, since 2001, developed his career as a concert and festival promoter and a consultant and manager for musicians. In 2012 he founded gigmit and has since lead the company as CEO. Online music booking platform gigmit serves to connect promoters and musicians for an easier booking process. In 2017 he founded the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES) with 8 showcase festivals in Europe, in 2018 a new marketing initiative for digital concert marketing called Live Music Accelerator Berlin (LMAB) and in 2019 the project LASER – Live Artist Search Engine and Recommendations to use data analytics for booking.
Marijn Westerlaken (BLiP Agency, NL)
Since 2014, Marijn has been working as a booking agent at BLiP Agency, an Amsterdam-based independent agency that combines booking and management. The agency roster is a mix of artists from all over the world and artistically focused somewhere in between jazz, non-western, indie and electronic music: Altin Gün, The Mauskovic Dance Band, King Ayisoba, The Ex…
Marjan Dewulf (4AD, BE)
Art historian Marjan shifted to the current music industry back in 2003. A strong DIY philosophy and a heart for culture and nature turned out to be the perfect base to linger there. Currently, she is a business manager and head of European projects at Muziekclub 4AD, a small and internationally profiled music venue in Belgium. She is dedicated to cross-border and cross-sectoral topics as cultural heritage, sustainable development, artist support and international venue cooperation.
Marko Radojković (Kišobran, RS)
Marko has been promoting alternative art and underground culture since 2008 through the activities of the Kišobran collective. The biggest ongoing projects include: Kišobran party, Zaokret and Sprat bar, club Elektropionir, Hali Gali, Picnic and Huteneni festivals, Kontakt conference, Piano Sky initiative, Pop Depression / Kišobran label and booking agency, and Kišobran radio show on Radio Aparat. In addition, he is actively involved in the visual arts scene as a VJ and arguably has the best band in the world called Benjd.
Markus Linde (Thag’s Agent, Europe in Synch, DE)
With a long professional history in the record business, publishing and artist management, Markus has been running Thag’s Agent for some 16 years now. Their services include music rights research and clearances, creatively drawing from a wide range of selected sources. Markus has a track record for music placements in national and international advertising campaigns and he also contributes to films and TV productions. He is a founding member and Project Manager of Europe in Synch.
Martin Hossbach (Pop-Kultur, DE)
Since 2014, Martin has been working as co-curator of the Berlin-based music festival Pop-Kultur. For 15 years, he has been acting as a music supervisor for more than 60 German art-house feauture films. On his music label Martin Hossbach, founded in 2012, he releases music of German or Berlin-based musicians. In 2019, he founded two sub-labels: ‘Cover’ releases cover versions of songs by Pet Shop Boys only whereas ‘Demo’ puts out demos only. Martin manages and releases the music of Irish-Norwegian singer-songwriter Tara Nome Doyle, who has already been streamed more than two million times.
Michal Kaščák (Pohoda Festival, SK)
Michal is a musician (Bez ladu a skladu), film and theater music composer, promoter, and the founder and director of Pohoda Festival. Starting as a local event (8 bands in 1997), it has become the most prestigious festival in Slovakia, which annually hosts about 200 bands and DJs from more than 20 countries. Apart from music, other forms of art such as dance, theatre, movies, photography, literature and fine arts are heavily represented at the event every year, which makes the festival an exceptional artistic encounter with a broad range. Michal is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and widely respected music professionals in Slovakia.
Massimo Reali (FUGA, IT)
With more than ten years of experience in music promotion, marketing and distribution strategies for the music industry, Massimo has worked with multi-platinum artists and labels, focusing on the growth and empowerment of the Italian independent music scene. Since 2018, he takes care of the promo and marketing activities for FUGA for Italy and Southern Europe.
Márton Náray (SoundCzech, Nouvelle Prague, CZ)
Márton has been working in the creative and cultural sector for over 20 years. During this time, he had the opportunity to explore the music industry through a 360° viewpoint as a record store manager, festival programmer, booking agent, project manager for the music export agency, city programme manager, conference organiser, club promoter, tour manager, musician, radio presenter, and of course a music addict. Although he started his career in Hungary, he has lived and worked in the Czech Republic for the past 9 years. He currently works as the director of SoundCzech/Czech Music Office and director of Nouvelle Prague Showcase – Conference.
Michal Parizek (Full Moon Magazine, Scrape Sound, CZ)
Michal is a music and arts journalist and an event promoter at Scrape Sound Inc. In 2010, he co-founded Full Moon Magazine and has been its Editor-ln-Chief since 2014. Full Moon is both a printed monthly magazine and a vast online platform based in Prague covering mostly (but not only) independent artists who push the boundaries of music in one way or another, both local and international music scenes as well as what is going on in the fields of film, literature and art. Full Moon also collaborates with a number of important European festivals. In 2018, the magazine was awarded the Press of the Year award at the Nouvelle Prague showcase.
Mihajlo Đorović (Zicer Inc, RS)
Mihajlo aka Summer Deaths is a Serbian music producer and audio engineer, who graduated at SAE Institute in Belgrade. He is the main producer and manager of the hip hop-oriented label and collective Zicer Inc. He gained first production credits in 2016 while working with Nihil and later with other Zicer Inc. members – Yan Dusk, Spejs Noksi, Milković, Lavan, tam. Mihajlo is part of a collective that organises music-related events in Belgrade. As Summer Deaths, he also produced music for other local artists such as Ensh and kene beri, and foreign artists such as Marcy Mane (USA) and Donatello (Japan).
Monika Marušić (The Garden, LAA, Cereal Booking, HR)
Monika realized at an early age that she wanted to be involved in music. Her first steps soon evolved into working in PR in the music industry. She is currently in charge of communications for the renowned The Garden Resort, which hosts festivals such as Love International, Dekmantel Selectors and Defected Croatia, and The Garden Brewery, a craft brewery and event venue. She also works for LAA, a booking, promoting and management agency, and cooperates with festivals such as Outlook, Dimensions and Sea Star. She is a PR associate at the independent agency Booking Cereal and continues to work for different outlets in music and tech.
Miran Rusjan (Moonlee Records & Booking, MENT Ljubljana, SI)
Miran has been active on the independent music scene in different roles for more than two decades, which gives him broad insight into and understanding of the music habitat. In 2004, he founded Moonlee Records, one of the most important record labels in the former Yugoslavia region (Repetitor, Borghesia, Bernays Propaganda, ŽEN, Seine…), which later expanded into Moonlee Booking agency. Since 2015, Miran is the conference manager of MENT Ljubljana. He is also a board member of RUNDA – Regional Association of Independent Discographers Balkans.
Miriam Leah Brenner (Kokako Music, NL)
Miriam is an independent artistic director, manager & agent and consultant. In 2012, she founded her own talent development agency Kokako Music and has since then organized tours on 4 continents – from Roskilde to Lowlands, from Chicago to Malaysia, from theatres to underground venues. She manages artists like Cabo Verdean Miroca Paris and her roster includes Dr. Jordan Institute, Victoria Hanna, Ragga Grundal and more. In 2012, she co-founded Global Club Music Network and has been an active advocate for a women’s mentoring initiative. Besides, Miriam is currently also the Coordinator of the NGO World Music Utrecht, which stimulates the inclusion of diverse music throughout the city.
Nadya is the founder of the most popular Russian online magazine about the underground music scene “Storona”, which organizes self-titled festivals with secret lineups, fighting against big names. Thanks to this initiative, many novice artists from Russia got a kick-start of their careers, including publications in the media and organization of their solo performances. Nadya is also the programme director of Moscow Music Week showcase festival and drummer of the Russian band Lucidvox.
Nika Brunet (MetalDays, SI)
Somewhere between project and event manager by title, Nika has a lot of experience in the music industry business, social sciences, marketing and communication, IT and even aeronautical science. Today, she is responsible for the organization and promotion of the biggest music festivals in Slovenia: MetalDays, Bluesland, New Metal Festival and Winter Days of Metal and a new festival in Croatia – Headbanger’s Holiday. She is vegan by heart and photographer by quest, passionate about ecology, sustainability and environment. In her free time, she also becomes a mini-chef of a plant-based food home-cooking kitchen with a clear vision of the future where sustainable, low carbon foot-print, zero-waste events are not fiction anymore but a reality.
Nikola is the owner of the Kontra rights record label and management agency, which gives advice and guidance to artists and labels. He is Vice President of RUNDA (Regional Association of Independent Labels Balkans) and a guest lecturer at SAE Belgrade University where he teaches Music Business. Previously, he was MTV Adria’s Talent and Music manager overseeing the company’s music department in the Adriatic region, and CEO and co-founder of Lampshade Media record label. Nikola is the manager of Buč Kesidi, the Serbian music sensation that will play at MENT 2020.
Nis Bøgvad (Copenhagen Film Music, Europe in Synch, DK)
Nis is founder of Copenhagen Film Music, a 360° music supervision company for film & TV. Nis has worked on more than 150 commercials, TV series and films. He has shared knowledge at A&R Worldwide, Midem Cannes, Sync Summit Paris, Les Arcs European Film Festival, and as artist mentor for the Music Estland VOLÜÜM mentoring program, to mention a few. Lately, Nis has been working on the Danish TV drama Follow the Money (Bedrag). He is a founding member and Synch Expert of Europe in Synch.
Nuno Saraiva (Lusitanian Music Publishing, Europe in Synch, PT)
Nuno, the founder director of Lusitanian Music Publishing in Lisbon, began his 20+ years experience in the music industry in Canada where he opened his first label and became publisher in 1995. Returning to Portugal in 2008, Nuno became the founding president of AMAEI, the Portuguese Independent Music Trade Association. He is also the executive director of WHY Portugal, the Portuguese Music Export Office, and a founding member and Project Supervisor of Europe in Synch.
Peter Åstedt (MusicHelp, Live at Heart, SE)
Peter has been working in the music industry for over 30 years. He has started several companies in different fields. The newest company is Discover Sensation under the MusicHelp umbrella. In his career, Peter has spoken at the biggest and most influential international music conferences around the world. Some of the songs he worked with have over a billion streams on Spotify alone. He manages 3 acts, looks for talent for his publishing agency and books artists for over 10 different festival stages around the world. Peter also writes the popular Music Help blog.
Peter Baroš (SIGIC, SI)
Peter is Secretary General of SIGIC – Slovenian Music Information Center. In 2019, SIGIC founded the brand Music Slovenia as a consortium of different internationally active Slovenian organizations. From 2010 to 2014, he was a counsellor for music at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. From 2018 to 2019, he was president of IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centre. He is also a musician playing for Slovenian groups Zaklonišče prepeva and Malamor.
Relja Milanković (Bassivity Digital, RS)
Relja is the co-founder of the first and largest hip hop label in the Balkan region Bassivity Music. He is also CEO of the later formed Bassivity Digital and Bassivity Music record label, co-founder and CEO of Loudpack Zone radio, CEO of marketing agency Soulflower and first hype streetwear shop in the Balkans Minus1 store. Also, Relja worked as head of A&R for Warner Music chapel licensee in Serbia as well as Marketing and Product Manager at Warner Music Serbia Licensee. Relja also runs Bassivity Studio 7 in Belgrade, which is also the official Warner Brothers dubbing studio for Serbia and Montenegro.
Ren is the founder of Eastaste.net the Eastern EU focused music marketing and licensing agency. The company has built up an extensive portfolio licensing music for Film & TV shows for Netflix, FX, HBO, advertising campaigns from China to the UK working with clients such as GAP, Elle, Pepsi, Telekom, Skoda; created full scale music focused marketing campaigns for Milka, Coca-Cola, OTP Bank and other brands. Ren also co-founded BUSH (Budapest Showcase Hub) and Banding.
Rob Challice (Paradigm Agency, UK)
Rob has over 36 years experience in the live music industry as agent, promoter and festival organizer. Rob was one of the founders of Coda Agency in 2001; Coda merged into Paradigm Agency in 2019. Rob sits on the UK Music Live board and is a director of Larmer Tree Festival. He is an avid road cyclist. Acts represented by Rob include Avi Kaplan, Ben Folds, Billy Bragg, Bon Iver, Briston Maroney, Calexico, Charlie Cunningham, Cuco, Ezra Furman, KT Tunstall, Moses Sumney, Novo Amor, Rolling Blackouts CF, Soap&Skin, Sturgill Simpson, Sufjan Stevens, and Warpaint.
Rok Košir (R.O.K. booking & management, SI)
Rok first got involved in the music business working for the international festival Druga Godba where he was a member of the programming team for more than a decade. For four years, he was also the Acting Administrative Director of Druga Godba. Since then, he collaborates with various event series and festivals, and is a member of the managing board of the Slovene Music Information Centre (SIGIC). With his knowledge and network, he helps Slovenian and foreign artists through his agency R.O.K. booking & management.
Sally-Anne Gross (University of Westminster, UK)
Sally-Anne is both a music industry practitioner and an academic. She has been working in the music industry for nearly three decades as an artist manager, record label director (in 1993, she was the first woman to work as director of A&R at Mercury Records UK) and international business affairs consultant. In her current role at the University of Westminster, she is the programme director of the MA Music Business Management where she teaches Intellectual Property and Copyright Management, Artist & Repertoire and Music Development. Sally-Anne is the co-author of ‘Can Music Make You Sick’ – the largest ever study on mental health in the music industry.
Slobodan Milunović (MetalDays, SI)
Boban is best described by three things: plant-based food, guitars and music festivals. He is mostly recognized as the owner and promoter of the biggest Slovenian festival MetalDays where he is in charge of the entire management and booking. But actually he is “the boss” of other festivals too: Winter Days of Metal, Bluesland, New Metal Festival and Headbanger’s Holiday. He has been involved in the music industry his entire life, from playing in various bands and being a tour manager to establishing a recording and mastering studio where he took care of mastering and production. In his (not so) free time, he is also a guitarist in the rock band Stray Train.
Stefan Kazaryan (Bol Festival, Moscow Music Week, RU)
Stefan is a Moscow-based concert promoter and art director. He organises the music conference/showcase festival Moscow Music Week. The aim of the event is twofold – to educate Russian musicians and promoters, and to offer young Russian bands the chance to perform in front of international music professionals. Stefan is co-organiser of Bol Festival, the biggest Russian festival devoted to underground music of all genres. In addition, he is the CEO of his own music agency Connected and promoter at the boutique showcase festivals Afrodiziak and Islamic Beats, dedicated to African and Islamic/Arab-influenced music.
Suzanne Ranovich (Banding, HU)
Suzanne started her professional career at Budapest Showcase Hub and quickly moved forward to work in synching at Eastaste Music. Lately, she has been dealing with marketing and communication at Banding. Born in Russia and based in Budapest, she has worked with acts long enough to learn a skill in hearing each production’s faults and potentials. Suzanne is an enthusiastic storyteller for the millennial and Gen Z.
Tejka Vasiljević (Password Production, MK)
Tejka is a one-woman show. She plays drums in YÖU, drives bands on tours, does tour management, works as a backliner sometimes, promotes independent bands and loves stage diving. Today, she is a production manager at Password Production and Head Representative for the Balkans in Women in Live Music. In her free time, she loves eating pizza, drinking coffee and attending every possible concert. Tejka is the CEO of Skopje Drum Talks, an organization for educating and supporting drummers.
Titus Carole (Electric Castle, RO)
In the event industry since 2008, Titus started with general event management and the organisation of corporate events, parties and conferences. In 2012, he joined the “electric family” as event manager where he now oversees all the stage productions and related infrastructure at Electric Castle. Titus specialises in big events, infrastructure, production and stage management and music line-up programming.
Tomaz Apohal (Yootree Creative, SI)
Tomaž is a composer, guitarist, creative director and co-founder of Yootree Creative – the Independent Central EU focused design, advertising and marketing communications agency. During his 14-year career at the agencies Ogilvy, Grey and Yootree, Tomaž was awarded with more than 50 national and international awards (New York Festivals, Golden Drum, Red Dot, Golden Hammer, SOF, Outstanding, EACA Care Awards, etc.) for his creative works. At Yootree Creative, he is specialised in developing brand strategies, integrated campaigns, experiential and digital platforms, including a full scale music focused communication platform “Your Cockta, your thing”, the musical art project The Music From Steel Masterpieces and others.
Tony Duckworth ([PIAS] Poland and Eastern Europe, PL)
Tony has been a music professional since 1981, working in various areas of the industry – music distribution, sales and marketing, digital, label management, etc. In 2004, he moved to Poland where he established his own company Kartel Music, which in 2009 joined forces with Mystic Production, the leading independent music distributor in Poland. In 2015, he was appointed General Manager of [PIAS] Poland and Eastern Europe. Based in Warsaw, they offer services to labels such as Play It Again Sam, Harmonia Mundi, Bella Union, Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Ninja Tune, Mute, Partisan, to name but a few. [PIAS] Poland and Eastern Europe also has its own recordings arm, releasing Polish acts such as Brodka, BOKKA and Tęskno.
Vasil Gjuroski (RakettNatt, Winterland, NO)
Vasil, a Balkan boy, found love and moved to the fucking North Pole. The crazy, never-let-go-village of Tromsø, Norway, is now his place called home. He is the programming director for northern Norway’s coolest festival Rakettnatt (fasten your seatbelts, astronauts!), as well as for the Student House Driv. Living in the cold asks for heavy dancing, therefore Vasil also forces people to move at the urban dance festival Winterland. If you listen really carefully, you might hear him howling against the snowstorm: “Hut dokker på besøk, jævla gærninga,” which translates to: “My oh my, dearest friends, come visit – I welcome you always!”
Veljko Milinković (Vizelj, RS)
Veljko is most known as one of the singers/songwriters of the Belgrade band Vizelj. He is one of the organisers of the Hali gali festival and a student of sound engineering at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Besides, he is regarded as one of the leading names of the emerging Serbian alternative music scene where he helps and promotes Serbian bands as much as one can.
Victor Conradsson (Believe Digital, FR)
Victor Conradsson is the Sales-Support & Training Specialist at Believe Digital, where he’s in charge of supporting the development of staff “expertise”, as well as helping with the on-boarding of all new staff worldwide. After developing an expertise and love for metadata at Consolidated Independent for the likes of Beggars & PIAS, Victor took part in the launch of the Believe Digital London office in 2010. Following the growth of Believe UK, he’s taken a corporate role as Global Training Manager in order to replicate established markets’ success-stories across the globe. He manages the Training department which helps with the on-boarding of new staff, notably in frontier territories where the digital market is burgeoning.
Vladica Mladenovski (MKC Skopje, Zdravo mladi, MK)
Vladica Mladenovski – Grga is a music promoter and concert organizer, who has been working for the Youth Cultural Center – Skopje (MKC Skopje), Macedonia, since 2009. Between 2003 and 2009, he worked at Lithium Records (now Password Production). In 2011, he established the Zdravo Mladi festival of new music in YCC, which this year will see its 10th edition.
Žiga Pucelj (Radio Študent, SI)
Žiga has been writing on and working with music in a public manner since 2005. He joined Radio Študent in 2011 as a music journalist, presenter, interviewer, music critic, and radio playlist selector. From 2012 to 2016, he presented his own weekly radio show Muzikalíja on Radio Študent. In 2016, he was elected Head of the Music editorial board of Radio Študent, which is still his position. Meanwhile, he has been also publishing music reviews and opinion pieces for the Slovenian online magazine Odzven, which is published by SIGIC – the Slovenian Music Information Centre.