Waves Vienna Conference 2018
In September 2018 the Waves Vienna Music Conference, organized by Waves Vienna and Austrian Music Export, will take place for the eighth time. Hundreds of national and international music experts, organizers, label owners, bookers, and musicians will meet during the day for discussion and networking at Vienna’s WUK.
Music career and family, monetizing sync rights and music blogs
The conference programme will address current issues in the music industry: How do artists place their music in film, television and video games and what best practices from the field of sync rights exist? How is a career as a musician or a job in the live music industry compatible with family life? What social responsibility does the industry itself bear and to what extent does this influence a decision between career and family? How important are music blogs for young artists´ careers, does radio still play an important role? These and other questions will be answered by international representatives of the music industry in panels, workshops, networking sessions and speed meetings from 27 to 29 September.
For the second time this year, the music export “XA Award” will be presented as a part of Waves Vienna. A panel will use last year´s winner, the Austrian band Cari Cari, as an example to examine the effects of the award.
Portugal and Slovakia as focus countries in 2018
True to the motto “East meets West”, the focus this year is once again on two partner countries: Portugal and Slovakia. Portugal in Western Europe shines with numerous well-known summer festivals, globally successful folk music and a strong pop/rock and electronic music scene. In 2017 Portugal, like Austria, could be pleased about being the focus country at the Eurosonic Festival as well as winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Waves Vienna has been working closely with the second host country, Slovakia, for years. In addition to geographical proximity and a diverse musical landscape, whose most exciting representatives can be experienced live in the music programme of the festival, Slovakia also has an interesting live music scene including the Pohoda Festival, which has received several international awards.