agenda 2022

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18:00 – 2300

Meet up & Record Store Tour

Our first event for the week is a meetup for early arrivals & local followers of FMF. Time for some record digging, drinks & catching up.

20:00 – 00:00

FMF Rising

Special live showcases featuring some of the hottest rising talent from Barcelona.

11:00 – 17:00

FMF Holistic Day @ Bridge48 In partnership with Sony Publishing

11:00 – 12:30

Qi Qong Session

From Qi meaning « energy » and Gong, « work », Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice aiming to move vital energy Qi through the body, in order to improve health.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Buddhism, Qi Gong relies on several breathing exercises, associated to slow-motion moves.

When practiced on a regular basis, Qi Gong generates:

– more balance and flexibility

– an improved body consciousness

– a higher resistance to stress

– a better capacity of concentration

…and many other benefits.

During the 5 Animals routine, we will regulate our emotions and activate the Qi energy in our internal organs.

Workshop facilitated by Isabelle Naud (Izzy Naud Wellbeing)

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking

13:30 – 14:10

Creating a success mindset in music: a conversation

In this open dialogue with renowned music professionals, you’ll hear tips and personal experiences around how to create a mindset that leads you to success. Working on your mindset is essential, because it’s at the foundation of your results. If you want to grow your music career and achieve your goals, you’ll love this conversation.

Rome Lucio: Music Artist/Influencer/Show Host

Rosana Corbaco: Music Industry Psychologist, M.I. Therapy

DO Gibson: Rapper / Author / Entrepreneur

Moderated by Ariane Paras: Founder : Olympia Coaching

14:40 – 15:20

Use of psychedelics & how they can help artistic expression

15:20 – 15:50

Coffee & Networking

15:50 – 16:00

MIC Drop featuring Wellbeing Products for the Music Industry

Three 10mins presentations on new wellbeing products serving the industry

Laura June Clarke : Founder, Moonai

16:40 – 17:30

Drinks beats & networking

18:00 – 23:00

Opening Party @ Pulitzer Hotel Roof Terrace

Join us for our traditional opening party at the most beautiful roof top terrace in Barcelona. Just off Plaza Catalunya, The Hotel Pulitzer has been our home for the FMF opening party for many a year. Join us for live music, drinks & a mega over due catch up.

First Showcase starts at 18:30

Room1: Sala Maquinas

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome back note & event brief from FMF Founder Niall Doorley

10:05 – 10:35

Mark Mulligan: Keynote / State of the Union

Each year it’s one of the most anticipated presentations of the Future Music Forum. Mark’s juggernaut keynote has other speakers scrambling through their notes & adjusting presentations as his data is just that good!. Always a highlight to the FMF. We are delighted to welcome Mark back yet again.

10:40 – 10:45

Verifi Micdrop: A basic intro to Verifi Media and metadata efficiencies

10:45 – 11:05

Verifi Workshop is ¨What is the Verifi Rights Data Alliance¨

In February 2022, Verifi Media launched the Verifi Rights Data Alliance, or VRDA. Dedicated to enabling easy, permissioned data sharing across the music industry’s digital value chain, the VRDA has already welcomed four inaugural members — major music label and publisher Warner Music Group (WMG), Spanish rights management entity Unison, digital service provider (DSP) Deezer, and music distributor FUGA, on behalf of its B2B clients who have chosen to opt in. How does it work?

Attend this workshop to learn how they are using VRDA to collaborate and easily update one another on ownership information, all while maintaining the integrity of their own data.

Ken Umezaki: CEO, Verifi Media

Eric Jordi: Head of Legal Affairs, Unison

Diederik d´Engelbronner: Head of Content Operations, Fuga

11:05 – 11:35

Coffee & Networking: in collaboration with Free Music Archive

Wide open roof patio, sun, friendly faces, old acquaintances, and gourmet coffee from Nomad, our favorite coffee shop. What’s not to love about our networking sessions?

11:35 – 12:15

Maximizing Catalogue Through Metadata

The value of music assets continues to increase due to increased digital revenue growth, and as evidenced by the recent music catalogue acquisition market. However, backend systems responsible for monetization remain deficient – data is translated into different standards and back again, resulting in incorrect information and unmatched royalties.

Meanwhile, transferring payments from one owner or administrator to another is a paperwork intensive process. What if the entire value chain could easily talk to each other at once to create a definitive source of truth for music works that can be updated in real time?

In this panel, representatives from across the music digital supply chain will discuss how they collaborate with each other and discuss potential solutions for the entire industry.

Diederik d´Engelbronner: Head of Content Operations, Fuga

Irene Bauza: VP of Operations, Unison Rights

Gonçal Calvo: Head of Innovation, BMAT

Moderator: Allen Bargfrede: Chief Business Officer, Verifi Media

12:15 – 12:25

MIC Drop – How AI is Shaking Up the Music Industry

Description: Artificial Intelligence is altering the business models for many industries around the world. The same shifts are underway in the music industry. This will be a discussion of some examples of the shift and how it affects the stakeholders in the  industry. Topics include: music creation, music discovery and monetization.

Michel Zgarka, President & CEO, HITLAB inc

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Networking: in collaboration with Free Music Archive

Join us for lunch on the beautiful rooftop terrace of the Fabrica Estrella Damm. Mingle, catch-up, or just enjoy the fresh food we´ll have on offer. Did we mention we have an open bar to boot?

14:10 – 14:20

MIC Drop: Music NFT´s Don´t Exist

Join two of the most popular voices in the Web3 space, Yash & Maarten as they break down and demystify all things Web3.

Yash Bagal, Founder: Appetite for Distraction

Maarten Walraven, Head of Operations at Symphony & co-editor at MUSIC x

14:20 – 14:50

Web3 and its place in the music industry

With the ongoing conversations about Web3 and its place in the music industry, people are bound to have questions. What are the benefits? Are there even benefits? How will artists and fans take advantage of this?

With the goal of decentralization, Web3 is an optimal fit for the music industry. Artists and fans can participate in supporting each other in a way never seen before. Web3 allows fans to invest in artists and artists to invest right back into their fans. The onset of token-based communities and rise of DAOs allows for artists and fans to truly collaborate. Participants in these fan-based, decentralized communities not only have the ability to financially invest in their favorite artists, they can control the path an artist takes based on their contribution to the community. In turn, the artist retains ownership of their work and creates a more meaningful relationship with their fans.

Fifi Rong: Artist/Producer, MusicNFTwomen

Arnau Sabaté: CEO & Co-Founder, GUZZU

Conor McNicholas: Consultant,The Doods

Moderator – Yash Bagal, Founder, Appetite for Distraction

14:40 – 15:20

The Power of a Network and Building a Community for Career Growth.

As a musician, having a great network is beneficial to your career. And as a someone in the business, you’re always looking for ways to get ahead and land that dream job. The music industry is a competitive field, and there are certain things you can do to increase your chances of success. One of those things is to participate in the music industry city community to build your network and grow your community. Join this engaging presentation with Peter and special guests.

15:20 – 15:50

Coffee & Networking

Nomad Coffee / selection of Estrella’s finest beers. You only have 30mins!!

15:50 – 16:20

Mic Drops:

In this session you will from three separate, proven NFT artists platforms

Anne Mckinnon: Cofounder & COO, Ristband

“How I Sold Over €500k in Music NFTs”
Nifty Sax: Founder / Nifty Music

Real World Fan Engagement – Gateway to the metaverse
Maria Hayden: Director of Partnerships Landmrk

16:20 – 17:00

The metaverse is music’s new playground

How do we keep what makes being in a band and attending a concert exciting in a new era? As the technologies that drive the metaverse gets better, it also becomes more human. Let’s explore what innovators are building and creating as we touch on the cornerstones of the metaverse: interoperability, continuity of data, synchronicity, individual presence, and massive vs small scale interactions. 

James Sutcliffe, VP Global Partnerships:  Pixllynx 

Anne McKinnon: Cofounder & CEO, Ristband Inc

Rishi Patel: Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners

Moderator: Maarten Walraven-Freeling: Head of Operations at Symphony & co-editor at MUSIC x

17:05 – 17:45

Fire Side Chat: John Acquaviva interviews Ventura Barbara (CEO Sonar)

¨The minds of builders. Sharing stories in the music life cycle¨

Ventura Barbar: CEO, Sonar

John Acquaviva, Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners


Sala Maquinas Room Ends

17:45 – 18:20

Drinks & Networking on The Terrace

10:35 Room 2: Sala Básculas

The Musicians Track Introduction

 In this track we will delve into how musicians can position themselves in all the right places.

10:40 – 11:10

How to fund creation & be visible in such a packed market

With more than 60,000 new songs uploaded to Spotify every day, has the recorded music industry reached a point of overproduction? It will likely continue to increase now that streaming has reached maturity. We ask how sufficient social media is, how to fund creation, be visible & share value in such a saturated market.

Jesper Skibsby: CEO: Warmmusic

Hessel van Oorschot: CEO & Founder, Tribe of Noise / Free Music Archive

Lara Della Gaspera: Creator Partnerships Manager: Patreon

Moderator : Dider Zerath (President, The DZ Factory)

11:40 – 11:45

Coffee & Networking: in collaboration with Free Music Archive

Enough coffee yet?

11:45 – 11:55

MIC Drop: Artists as entrepreneurs

Rome Lucio will talk about his journey of completing his first full-length album as a young entrepreneur.

Rome Lucio: Music Artist/Influencer/Show Host

11:55 – 12:25

Labels & Distribution: How to Get Your Music to All the Right Places

Getting a good song out there is not enough anymore. Finding your own identity as an artist and bringing together an audience around your project is a long-term process. In this panel we will discuss best strategies around your next music release, do you need a distributior? if so what distributor is right for you, how can creator platforms help, how should you go about implementing your positioning and development strategy? We have brought together professionals from three specific sectors of the indsustry to help you answer these questions.

Dider Zerath: President, The DZ Factory

Anneke Stulp: General Manager Benelux: FUGA

Luis Perez, Spain & LATAM Ambassador, Groover

Moderator : Ricardo Alvarez: Director, La Cupula Music


Musicians Track Ends

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Networking: in collaboration with Free Music Archive


Live Track Starts

Live music is back and bigger than ever although uncertainty still remains. During this track we look at various topics including how Night Life Tsars across Europe are changing attitudes to how night life is treated by local governments, how touring has changed post pandemic, how hybridization is impacting the industry..or not? & a look at new technologies improving our live experiences

14:00 – 14:10

MIC Drop:  Nightlife Czars Presentation

14:10 – 14:40

Hybridization & the future of live entertainment

Although we are still living in the Covid-19 pandemic, people are more and more returning to the lives we once knew. Cities are opening up, restrictions are being eased, and live entertainment is returning in a massive force. Music festivals and small venue tours are making their comeback after having to be online for the past 2 years. Yet what is the future of this industry, now knowing the power and revenue streamed concerts can have? Join us for a dynamic panel discussion on this subject featuring professionals from across the live entertainment industry as they talk about the future of live music and how hybridization can help and/or hinder it. 

We will take a look at an example case study of International Live Beats Channel which will be hosting its grand finale live in Barcelona during the FMF.

Ara Kevonian: CEO,

Matt Black ( One half of duo Coldcut / Founder of Ninja Tune)

Joost de Boo: Thunderboom Records: Creative Director

Moderator: Elysha Zaide, Music Producer & Educator

14:40 – 15:10

New Generation Ticketing

Improvements in technology have allowed ticketing to enter its next iteration, blockchain ticketing. With improvements in security, next level measures against bots, and new methods for commemoration, this new tech opens the doors for event goers of all kinds. In this panel, learn from the people at the forefront of this new technological frontier and understand just where it’s going and how you can be a part of this next generation of ticketing. 

Rosa Lopez: Senior Music Lead, Dice

Renzo Puccini: Head of Web3 & Ticketing: ElRowFamily

Guillermo Granell: Country Lead – Spain, TicketSwap

Moderator: Jose Blasco: CEO, Oratrex

15:10 – 15:40

Coffee & Networking

15:40 – 16:20

Mic Drops : The Current Wave of NFT festival adoptions:

2: ElRow Monegros Festival:
Vincente Marti Diaz: President, El Row Family

3: Live Music Recovery:
Monyca Motta: Entertainment Lawyer:
Entertainment Lawyer & founder of MM Rights Management Monyca Motta who has advised festivals like Tomorrowland Brazil and Afropunk comes to share with us her thoughts on how technology in general and blockchain specially can help the Live Music recovery. She will explain how music festivals, live music venues, touring artists and the whole live music supply chain can benefit from using more technology and smart contracts in the B2B side of things, to optimize time, save costs and create new opportunities for all.

14:00 Room 3: Sala Brassatge

14:05 – 14:15

Behind LATAMs Music Boom

Join us for a very special MIC Drop as we uncover the truths behind Latin music’s recent boom.

  • When did Latin music started being so popular? Macarena and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” as the starting point.
  • Why is it so succesful? Danceable sound with provocative lyrics. The US Latino community as a trigger for international success and the role of Puerto Rico as a US territory.
  • What’s next? There is life after reggaeton.
    • Mexico and the impact of Regional Mexicano.
    • Avant garde genres in Latin music, re-inventing traditional latin genres like bolero or bachata: Rosalía, C Tangana or Rvfv.

Alejandro Hernandez: Head of International: ALTAFONTE

14:15 – 14:45

LATAM Industry: a discussion on the music production side of the LATAM explosion. The different styles of production, sounds, rhythm, and DAWS that drive the latin urban industry today

14:45 – 15:15

The Influence of Urbano outside of LATAM

Far removed from the streets of San Juan, the hilltops of Bogota and the avenues of Miami, are fresh pockets of culture growing organic and homegrown scenes within hispanic communities outside of Latin America.
During this panel we explore the roots and current trends in these scenes, we also look into the intersections & soundscapes that are connecting the dots and drum patterns of UK Drill, Afrobeats and Dancehall within youth culture in cities such as Toronto, Barcelona, Madrid and London as these genres join their more established cousins, Reggaeton and Trap on the world.

Rome Lucio: Music Artist/Influencer/Show Host, Rome Lucio

Walter Pazos (Mad Bass) Sr.Manager /Music Producer / Dj, Promoter

Walter Gallego

Moderator:  Anthony Larbi: Co-Founder, On Da Beat Studio

15:15 – 15:50

Coffee & Networking

LATAM Session ends


LATAM Session Finishes

10:50 Room 1: Sala Maquinas

Welcome to Day 3

11:00 – 11:10

MIC Drop: It’s harder for artists to have mainstream moments -> but niche communities are more engaged anyways

Tatiana Cirisano: Music Industry Analyst & Consultant: MIDiA Research

Join Tatiana as she presents brand new research around the splintering of culture and the changing role of scenes in music marketing and fandom.

11:10 – 11:20

Mic Drop: The changing narrative of fan engagement in web3

11:20 – 11:50

The Future is Now: Fandom & Web3

The Future of Fandom, we will take a look at where it is headed. How will Web3 change the behavior of fan communities? Have fandoms already begun embracing this new technology or have they pushed back due its unfamiliar territory? Join us and our expert guests, as they discuss fandom, Web3, and how the components of it will come together to build a better community space. 

Jaquelle Amankonah Horton: Founder and CEO of Fave

Kevin Brown:  CEO of Fan Circles

Gareth Deakin: Chief Marketing Officer, Let The Music Play

Moderator: Tatiana Cirisano: Music Industry Analyst & Consultant: MIDiA Research

11:50 – 12:20

Coffee & Networking

Clear those fuzzy heads with Nomad Coffee’s fine selection of artisanal coffees

12:20 –

The Creator Economy Track

With the new wave of capital investment coming to the creator space, which is super exciting, the range of long tail creators (there are thousands) & what they are doing & tools they are using to do what they do is going to completely reshape & redefine what the music industry is. Join us for our Creator Economy Track where we try decipher just how deeply the creator economy is changing the industry landscape.

12:20 -12:30

MIC Drop: The future of artist income in the creator economy

13:10 – 14:10

Lunch & Networking

14:10 – 14:15

Keynote – “Songwriter Track” in collaboration with Bridger

14:15 – 14:45

Songwriter Workshop

During the masterclass we will cover:

      • The economic model of the digital music industry.
      • How copyright royalties are collected on streaming platform.
      • The spectrum of solutions for artists to collect their copyright royalties.
      • And how Bridger can help with music rights management.

Jocelyn Seilles: Founder & General Manager, Bridger

Nicolas Roebben: Chief Product Officer, Bridger (Belgium)

14:45 – 15:15

Web3 & NFT Monetization for Artists

Everybody talks about Web3 and NFT saying that this is a huge opportunity for artists. Yes it is. At Bridger, we want to bring to the attention to the industry that rules should be made before going crazy.

For example, who will be in charge of collecting the royalties of an artists that delivers a performance in the metaverse since there are no borders in this world?

When DSPs started to launch 10 years ago, the entire industry thought that there won’t be anymore issues to pay artists thanks to metadata. With digital, we couldn’t go wrong and every songwriter would be able to get the deserved earnings. It didn’t happen. That’s why we should try not to reproduce the same mistakes of the past with the metaverse.

Jocelyn Seilles, Founder, Bridger

Jeff Bacon: Founder 73Barrios 

Anne Mckinnon: Cofounder & COO, Ristband

Moderator: Ken Umezaki: CEO, Verifi Media

15:45 – 16:20

Coffee & Networking

16:20 – 17:00

Grand Finale Interview: The Producers Corner: Special Guest: Dj Krust

The Producers Corner A series of interviews with the knob twiddlers, movers and shakers behind some of history’s most iconic releases and modern classics. This year is no different.

Our 2022 guest is none other than Bristol-born b-boy Kirk Thompson is best known as DJ and producer Krust. With an indelible legacy as a key figurehead in the Bristol sound, A founding member of Full Cycle, and Reprazents, one of the first D&B acts to win a Mercury Music Prize.

Dj Krust: DJ and Producer

Host: Ross Harvey: Human Potential Coach for the Music Industry, Keep It Real Coaching

Sala Maquinas Rooms Ends

17:30 – 17:35

Closing remarks

17:45 – 18:30

Drinks & Networking on The Terrace

Room 2: Sala Basculas

Career Academy Track

This is a new track designed for students & young professionals new to the industry. We have created content that we feel will further educate this demographic around some of the industries most pertinent topics, practical & insightful with the added incentive for speed mentoring sessions & networking with our senior delegates & speakers.

10:45 – 10:55

MIC Drop: How to avoid the DIY Artist burnout and get things done

To be a DIY artist in the new music market can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming. Often I hear : “What should I do? Create content for my Social Media? Create NFTs? How can I start to get booked for concerts and festivals? But that takes a lot of time and I don’t know where to start!”

In this 10 minute talk we’ll put things in perspective and prioritize tasks giving you a one-thing-at-a-time roadmap that will allow you to to be able to do all what you need to do to improve your music career without dying while trying.

Marina Keer: Singer – Songwriter

10:55 – 11:25

SAE: Presentation, Data Insights from the Spanish Music Industry

11:25 – 11:55

Coffee & Networking

11:55 – 12:25 

It’s the consumer, stupid – a case study on how Symphony finds, attracts, and retains subscribers.

Symphony is a new video streaming platform for classical music. The team has accrued years of experience working in various fields and learning about attracting new consumers. And yet, it’s like we have to reinvent the wheel. What we’ve learned doesn’t equate to 1-to-1 success in our new ecosystem. This is an important lesson: whatever you build, it’s hard to find the right people to use it. How can you optimize this search by using network effects and community guidelines?

Maarten Walraven, Head of Operations at Symphony & co-editor at MUSIC x

12:25 – 12:55

Artist blue print: how to create  your signature imprint and Ten steps to your next Career: Insider mindset and tools to take your career to the next level

Career Academy Ends:

13:10 – 14:10

Lunch & Networking

Focus on African Industry. In collaboration with Beutara

According to the IFPI, Recorded music revenues in the Africa and Middle East region grew by 8.4% in 2020 with streaming revenues up by 36.4% “from a small base but increasing rapidly”. However, South Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) accounted for 86.7% of the region’s revenues.

With an mind boggling stat that the medium age across Africa is 19.7 years old compared to 42.5 in Europe & an entrepreneurial activity rate that is through the roof, combine this with the global serge of consumption of Afrobeats / Ampiano & Afro-Pop, what we can expect to see in the near future with regards an African industry boom?

14:15 – 14:25

Mic Drop: On the arc of African music from animism to amapiano?

14:25 – 14:55

Afrobeats/Amapiano/UK Drill

It’s impossible to ignore the new wave of music coming out of the Diaspora. Afrobeats is filling Madison Square Gardens, UK Drill is connecting youth culture in London, New York Nairobi and Accra. Amapiano is the hot topic on the dancefloor and the airwaves.

During this panel we explore the here and now, the origins and the future of the dynamic Afro, Rap and Dance music scenes criss-crossing the globe and connecting the dots across the diaspora. How are these exchanges between the Global community shifting the popularity and spread of Afrobeats Amapiano, and UK Drill?

Oseka Jibril: Artist, Voodoo Music

Steve Mill: Artist Services Manager, Producer, Artist, Beatport

Moderator:  Anthony Larbi: Co-Founder, On Da Beat Studio

14:55 – 15:25

Digital Monetization of African cultural and artistic Works, why conquer this market

15:25 – 15:55

Focus on The African Music Industry in Barcelona with various artists in collaboration with Voodoo Club Barcelona

African Focus Session Finishes

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