The first announced key speakers of the MENT Conference are Helen Smith, Executive Chair of the IMPALA association of over 4,000 independent publishers, and Seymour Stein, a Vice President at Warner Bros. Records and the cofounder of Sire Records, to which he signed Ramones, Talking Heads, Madonna, Ice-T, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths and others during his illustrious career.


The list of confirmed conference speakers also includes Helen Sildna (Tallinn Music Week), Serene Sass (Warner Music), Mirca Lotz (We Make Waves), Andras Bodrogi (New Media Expert), Daniela Grecnerova (Tootoot), Magdalena Jensen (Chimes Agency), Ania Kasperek (Chimes Agency) and Eric Eitel (Music Pool Berlin).

MENT Ljubljana will host meetings of various networks, including the Board of the IMPALA Independent Music Companies Association, the Liveurope network of 14 European concert venues, and the newly established INES platform, consisting of eight European showcase festivals. In addition, MENT 2018 will also be the site of the first meeting of journalists of the most worldly music media outlet, beehype, which will also host its own stage at MENT.