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31. August 2022

The Waves Festival and the entire team stand for appreciation, diversity and respect. We would like to put diversity in the spotlight during the festival. For us, diversity is the conscious handling of diversity in society. We understand it as an organizational as well as socio-political concept that propagates an appreciative, conscious and respectful approach to diversity and individuality and equality. 

The reduction of discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities are the central goals. The core dimensions of diversity, which represent the variety of people, are usually considered to be: Age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual orientation and physical and mental condition. 

We assume that you as a visitor, artist, partner, sponsor, subcontractor or supplier of the Waves Festival, like ourselves, are committed to this:

  • Respect and value diversity and individuality. 
  • Promote inclusion, both in terms of personal qualities and professional skills.
  • Treat others with sensitivity, courtesy, respect and team spirit.
  • Actively oppose discrimination of any kind.
  • Avoid crossing boundaries by practicing restraint and being aware that statements or actions may be perceived as offensive or hurtful even if they are not intended to be.
  • Refrain from condescending and disrespectful statements or actions, especially those related to gender, age, religion, creed, nationality, culture, ethnicity or ancestry, sexual orientation, social origin, disability or family situation.

We have a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination and assault! If you feel uncomfortable, experience or observe discrimination during the festival, please contact our awareness team or the nearest Waves team member! 

Our awareness team will be out and about at the festival on all three days and will be clearly visible and recognizable.


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3. August 2022

From September 8th – 10th, 2022, the WAVES FESTIVAL CONFERENCE, organized by Waves Vienna, mica – music austria and Austrian Music Export, presented by Wirtschaftsagentur Wien will take place for the 12th time, with national and international music and media experts, pioneers and activists, label owners, bookers and musicians will meet in person for lectures, discussions and networking events. Once again, the Waves Festival Conference will not only happen on site, at and around WUK, but will be streamed online, as well. This year, the festival and conference aims to deal with the topic of “Micro Activism” as part of the general focus on diversity. Scroll down to discover all of the exciting panels, pop-ups and sessions you can take part of at the conference!

Friederike Tesch at Waves Vienna 2021
What’s up, Germany? Music Festivals beyond the Mainstream, hosted by Initiative Musik (c) Alexander Galler

CONFERENCE FOCUS

FOUNDING IDEA & “EAST MEETS WEST”

The Waves Festival & Conference will take place for the 12th time in 2022. It sees itself as a festival of discovery and aims to bring exciting musicians and their works from all over the world to the city.

The initial founding idea of the festival was to create a platform or structure under the motto “East meets West”, through which initiatives of the music scene from Eastern and Western Europe can exchange ideas.

In Vienna, in the heart of Europe, Waves Vienna positioned itself in 2011 as a networking hub for the music scenes and has been working continuously on building bridges between East and West ever since. The basis for a successful cooperation, in which discussions take place, the respective state of knowledge is examined in workshops and, last but not least, horizons are broadened, has been laid; the establishment of a sustainable future perspective is the goal.

NEW FOCUS FOR FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

In addition to the orientation as a hub between Eastern and Western Europe, which is deeply inscribed in the DNA of Waves, the festival will also deal with socio-political topics and problems from 2022. Every year, individual aspects or areas from the comprehensive field of diversity, the conscious handling of diversity in society at all levels, will serve as a thematic focus within the festival and the conference. This year we want to deal with Micro Activism as part of the general theme of diversity.

DIVERSITY

We understand diversity as an organisational and socio-political concept that propagates an appreciative, conscious and respectful approach to diversity and individuality.

With our focus, we want to contribute to the reduction of discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities and represent the diversity of people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, social background, appearance or sexual orientation, both in the festival and at the conference.

We want to try to recognise people’s diverse achievements and experiences and to understand and use them as potential.

In order to be able to comprehend and depict the extensive field of diversity on as many levels as possible, we want to dedicate ourselves to a sub-theme each year that communicates with the overall theme.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

THURSDAY SEP. 8, 2022

10.00-11.00 PARENTHOOD IN MUSIC HOSTED BY MEWEM @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2

10.00-11.00 TV TALENT SHOWS & CONTESTS @ GRAND CAFÉ ALSERGRUND closed meeting, apply here

10.30-11.30 SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1 closed meeting, apply here

11.00-11.30 VIENNA 2042 –  A HOT NEW FUTURE? @ CAFÉ WEIMAR

11.30-12.30 MUSIC IN TIMES OF WAR AND SOCIAL INSTABILITY @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2

11.45-12.45 HOW TO ENTER THE CANADIAN MARKET @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1 closed meeting, apply here

12.45-13.45 NO MUSIC ON A DEAD PLANET HOSTED BY VTMÖ @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2

13.00-14.30 FEEDBACK LISTENING SESSION 1 @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1 submit your track here

13.00–17.00 POPULAR MUSIC, EQUITY, DIVERSITY: THE STRUGGLE FOR CREATIVE JUSTICE @ GRAND CAFÉ ALSERGRUND

14.00-15.00 SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNING @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2 closed meeting, apply here

15.00-16.00 NETWORKS FOR FLINTA IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1

16.00-17.00 CHILL OUT SESSION: MY FAVORITE SONG @ PALME submit a track here

16.00-17.00 YOGA SESSION @ ARNE-KARLSSON-PARK, apply here

17.30-18.30 OFFICIAL OPENING @ WUK HOF please register here

FRIDAY, SEP. 9, 2022

10.00-12.00 HOW TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS FOR PARENTS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS? @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2

10.00-11.00 MUSIC IN THE METAVERSE – PRACTICAL FIELDS OF APPLICATION @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1

10.00-11.00 SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT @ GRAND CAFÉ ALSERGRUND closed meeting, apply here

11.15-12.45 FEEDBACK LISTENING SESSION 2 @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1 submit your track here

11.15-12.15 HOW TO WORK A SHOWCASE FESTIVAL @ GRAND CAFÉ ALSERGRUND closed meeting, apply here

12.45-13.45 YAMAHA MASTERCLASS @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2

12.45-13.45 SOUNDCZECH @ GRAND CAFÉ ALSERGRUND

13.15.-14.15 HARM REDUCTION AT MUSIC EVENTS PRESENTED BY VCC @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1

14.30-16.00 FEEDBACK SESSION: WEBSITES @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 1 submit your website here

14.45-15.45 DIGITAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION IN EASTERN EUROPE @ WUK CONFERENCE ROOM 2

16.00-17.00 YOGA SESSION @ ARNE-KARLSSON-PARK apply here

17.00-17.45 UKRAINE RECEPTION @ CAFÉ WEIMAR

Stay tuned for more details and information as they appear…

TICKETS

For tickets to the Waves Conference 2022, as well as the Festival, go here.

PARTNERS & CO-HOSTS


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3. August 2022

The Ticketmaster New Music team supports artists at every stage of their career and in achieving their goals. To achieve these goals together, Ticketmaster works closely with managers, bookers, labels, promoters and venues.


Ticketmaster and Goodlive Artists welcome artists, partners and colleagues on September 8th for drinks & food in a cozy atmosphere at the Reception at Chelsea (Lerchenfeldergürtel). In the following showcase Goodlive Artists and Ticketmaster New Music present the upcoming acts Philine Sonny, Moncrieff and Tigermilch, and as a special highlight the exclusive live premiere of the joint single by Kahlenberg x Anna Mabo.


We are happy to welcome you at “Goodlive Artists X Ticketmaster New Music present”!

Web Links:
Philine Sonny: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBEuKgo8d50qly3LGD7bzJA
Moncrieff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvB2YyMvbC-X1GxhBF8IpVQ
Tigermilch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBvV-ZYPGUQzdD3Xu-qRD1w?
Kahlenberg: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4_hS3EvCUR7SeW2VFE8F4A
Anna Mabo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq7MLPF0HUI7xs9sJunioA


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7. July 2022

After hotels in Amsterdam and Stuttgart, Jaz in the City has been mixing up Vienna’s 6th district since 2021 with a euphoric local mash-up of design, art and culinary delights, and this year as our new hotel partner also the Waves Festival.

If you haven’t had enough of music after the live concerts, you’ll find a Bluetooth-enabled sound system in each of the 163 rooms, or you can end the evening with a cocktail in the mariatrink rooftop bar.

Viennese charm, Grätzel culture and a steady, optimistic beat – the heart of Jaz in the City pulses with the sounds of the city and is made for you.


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7. July 2022

We are very happy to announce CANAL+ as this year’s main sponsor.

Already since 1983 CANAL+ successfully stands for entertainment and premium quality and since spring the door to new content worlds has been opened also in Austria.

CANAL+ offers exclusive European series, documentaries and films, international blockbusters and many local in-house productions in full HD quality – both as part of a streaming service (also via app), and with the linear TV channel CANAL+ FIRST (currently receivable via A1 Xplore TV and HD Austria – other network operators will follow shortly). CANAL+ is thus the first to bring a streaming app with its own TV channel to Austria.

All information about CANAL+ can be found at www.canalplus.at

Main Sponsor 2022: CANAL+

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17. June 2022

The Lufthansa Group airlines bring people together – every day, all around the world. The global route network of Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings offers optimal connection and combination options, so you will benefit from quick and direct flights to the event.

You will reach the booking platform via this link https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/meetings-and-events-delegates and with the event code ATAUMKD. The reduced fares are automatically displayed.

Valid travel period: September 1st, 2022 to September 18th, 2022

NB: Please enable pop-ups permanently in your browser while booking, otherwise the window in the booking platform will not open.


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5. April 2022

Due to renovation and refurbishment work in venues and buildings that have been used for the Waves Festival in recent years, the festival will be split into two festival spots this year.


Besides to the festival headquarters in the WUK, there will be a total of three stages in the hall, the foyer and the Beisl. In addition, the Clash, located just a few metres from the WUK, will be another stage, as well as the Café Weimar with the Palme dance bar and the Grand Café Alsergrund as conference and showcase venues.


Another new festival spot is on the Gürtel, where the Chelsea, the Fania Live and the Weberknecht will each have a stage, and the Loft another two. In the immediate vicinity there will be another information and ticketing centre as well as a separate artist area.


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5. April 2022

This year’s conference programme will feature some new formats that call for more personal involvement from delegates and are more tailored to their individual needs. No one should go home without fresh ideas and new contacts.

On the one hand, there is an increased focus on peer-to-peer learning, learning at eye level in exchange with international colleagues. On the other hand, an extended networking programme supports personal participation and getting to know future business partners. As an additional innovation, there will be some “Mental Health” stations.

In terms of content, Canada, one of the top 10 music markets worldwide, will be strongly present as “Guest of Honour”. The topic of making the music industry as family-friendly as possible will be taken up again and explored in depth in panels and workshops. Ecological action for music labels is on our agenda, as are technological innovations and new music marketing trends.


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