Conference Programme 2022

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.

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