Participation Rises As Names Meet At MIDEM
For the third consecutive year the number of participants at MIDEM has risen. The 40th edition of the world's music market attracted 9,798 participants (+5% on 2005) and 4,634 companies (+6% on 2005) from 93 countries. Numerous music industry leaders and personalities attended MIDEM which was held in Cannes, France, from 22 to 26 January 2006.
The MIDEM 40th anniversary gala dinner saw the founders of Live Aid and Live 8, Sir Bob Geldof, Harvey Goldsmith CBE and John Kennedy OBE named "MIDEM Personalities of the Year." The trio were also awarded the French cultural honour "Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters" by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the French Minister of Culture and Communication. MIDEM Director Dominique Leguern was also named a "Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters." MIDEM Classique Special Awards were made to the renowned conductor/composer Lorin Maazel and also to the eminent composer György Kurtàg.
The MidemNet conference programme, which was held for the first time over two days, was sold out with 1,200 professionals coming together to hear leading industry executives, including the prestigious keynotes given by EMI Group's Chairman, Eric Nicoli, and Starbucks' President, Ken Lombard.
Three exceptional events were the French avant-premiere of the James Mangold film "Walk the Line," which depicts the life of Johnny Cash, the world premiere screening of Lorin Maazel's opera "1984," and the pyrotechnic extravaganza the "Mozart Music Cloud," which was presented by Austria and celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart.
Live music was once again high on the agenda and the concert program was packed. Some of the most memorable moments included the 40th Year Live Show featuring the Spanish sensation Bebe; British chart-busters Nizlopi; and Cuba's Raul Paz and the renowned Anglo-Indian musician Talvin Singh. Young talent was in the spotlight during "Come. Hear. Finland," the Opening Night Party, and featured strongly at "The British at MIDEM," "Sonicbids presents MIDEM Buzz Bands 2006," and "CQFD" events. Electronic and club music stole the show during the "Pschent Party" and the Electro Happy Hours and had dedicated venues in the Electronic Club and the Swiss Music Club. Highlights for classic and jazz music were the anniversary concert for György Kurtàg, the Independent Label Festival, the recitals for the Lauréats de Concours Internationaux, the two International Revelation evenings, the MIDEM Jazz Clubs, and MIDEM & IJFO Jazz Clubs.
The many international award ceremonies also drew the crowds and media attention: the seventh edition of the NRJ Music Awards, the second MIDEM Classical Awards, the European Border Breakers Awards, and the International Revelations of the Year.
Underlining MIDEM's importance as a meeting place for the international music industry, seven European culture ministers and delegations from a further eight European culture ministries met in Cannes for closed-door discussions on the key issues facing the industry.
Three listening sessions attracted hundreds of participants: 300 for the Zync Music session in which the 20 finalists were able to play their music to a panel of music supervisors from Hollywood. Seventy tracks were presented during two other sessions and a winner voted from each: Kevin Sakoda from the American label Legendary Music was selected in the Activision session, and will be featured on the forthcoming "True Crime" video game. The Swiss singer Jacqueline Blouin, on the label oliver m.usic inc., was selected in the EuropaCorp/Recall session and will feature on the sound-track of the Alek Keshishain film "Love and other Disasters."
MIDEM was also the place where important music industry announcements were made: Alison Wenham was elected president of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network); Universal launched their new pan-European label Apollo; EMI Music Publishing reached a settlement with British MCPS-PRS and German GEMA for a pan-European licensing agreement; French telecom company SFR announced the first unlimited "package" to download music; and RealNetworks launched their RealMusic portal...
MIDEM 2007 will be held in Cannes from the 21 to 25 January.
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