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Saturday 4  September 



09:30 – 10:00 Bar

Breakfast with SOZA

Does the author earn more with or without SOZA? Why is it worth being a member? And do authors even need to be part of such an organization? These and many other questions will be answered by Ľubomír Burg and Slovak authors Katarína Máliková, Dalibor Kocián (Stroon) and Martin “FEFE” Žúži (Hex).

10:00 – 11:00 Club

The Freedom Panel

Host: Oliver Rehák (Denník N, SK)

Speakers: Vaidas Stackevičius (M.P.3. Music Agency, LT), Vlad Yaremchuk (Atlas Festival, Ukraine), Alexandr Chahovski (Chief Operations Officer, Belarusian Council for Culture), Siarhei Budkin (Chief Executive Officer, Belarusian Council for Culture)

Freedom is not something we can take for granted. It’s something we have to fight and stand up for even now that we have democracy in Slovakia and in most of the European countries, too. Freedom (in every sense) is a fragile thing. It is more than worrying to watch what has been happening in our neighboring countries such as Poland or Hungary, let alone Belarus, in recent years, when it comes to art, music, civil or even human rights. In this panel, we will explore the topic of freedom, how it can affect the music scene, music itself and the cultural scene in general. How important is it not to forget about our past and what lessons have we (or have we not) learned from it? And how can we shape the future we would all like to be a part of?

11:00-12:00 Library

The Festival Panel

Host: Michal Hajduk (Adam Mickiewicz Institute, PL)

Speakers: Christian Kühr (TransCentury Update, DE), Marián Tesák (FLAAM, SK), Andraž Kajzer (MENT Ljubljana, SI)

What makes a festival unique or special in the endless sea of festivals? It might be the program, it might be the philosophy, it might be the visitors. It also might be a specific venue or place where it is happening. In this panel, we will explore three outstanding European festivals and we will talk about their identities.

11:00-13:00 Kabinet

Workshop: DIY Touring

For registered only, please sign up here: Please sign up for the workshop here.

Host: Koen ter Heegde (Yugofuturism / Subroutine Records, NL)

This year, concerts and international touring might seem like a distant dream. The perfect moment to start early preparation for potential future endeavors. In this participatory 2-hour workshop, we will discuss the diverse opportunities and obstacles of booking your own international tour: from building the necessary international network to planning & preparation, promotion & paperwork, and from creating the right momentum to becoming an integral part of the European underground infrastructure. This is a workshop, not a lecture, meaning participants will be asked to join the conversation and discuss their situation, making the first steps into booking their own future tours.

Please sign up for the workshop here.

12:00-13:00 Club

The Future is NOW: What can the music industry do face to face climate crisis?

Host: Zuzana Duchová (Festival NASUTI / Creative Europe Desk, SK)

Speakers: Teresa Moore (A Greener Festival, UK), Eva Van Netten (Welcome To The Village, NL), John Robb (The Green Britain Academy, UK) 

What can the music industry do to restore balance facing the climate crisis? The amount of environmental challenges in today’s live music industry is probably countless. What are the latest innovation projects and ideas and how to make them work in reality? Let’s find out with our guest speakers. Eva Van Netten from the Dutch festival Welcome To The Village that, every year, creates a nearly sustainable village for the duration of four days; John Robb – artist, writer and co-founder of The Green Britain Academy and Teresa Moore, the Director of A Greener Festival and co-founder of the annual Green Events and Innovations Conference. 

13:00 – 14:00 Park De Palma (in case of bad weather: Library)

Listening Session: Artists at SHARPE 2021

Host: Viera Ráczová (Radio_FM, SK)
Speakers: Marii Reimann (Intsikurmu Festival, EE), Beckie Sugden (ICM Partners, UK), Andre McLeod (Notion, UK), Tom Travis (Rough Trade, UK)

What do the international journalists, agents and festival bookers think of the recordings by the artists playing at SHARPE? Hear their opinions, constructive criticism or words of praise on the 10 songs by selected artists performing at this year’s edition and don’t forget to catch them live in concert at night!

14:00-15:00 Club

The Future of Record Labels

Host: Alex Čerevka (Slnko Records, SK)

Speakers: Anne Haffmans (Domino Records, DE), Miran Rusjan (Moonlee Records, SI), Tom Travis (Rough Trade, UK) 

What is the purpose of an independent record label in a mainly streaming oriented world? How has the pandemic and transition to digital influenced the ability of record labels to support and work with new artists? Should we worry about the future of record labels? Or, on the contrary, has the Covid era brought up new opportunities and ideas that could serve as an inspiration for the whole music scene? Let’s find out with our guests.

15:00-16:00 Library

The Agents Panel

Host: Andraž Kajzer (MENT Festival, SI)

Speakers: Lucy Atkinson (Earth Agency, UK), Beckie Sugden (ICM Partners, UK), Felipe Mina Calvo (ATC Live, UK) 

Have you ever wondered what the booking agents do? Who’s responsible for those amazing tours of your favorite artists? Yes, agents… but not just this! In this panel, we will first cover the basics, but we will also dive into other questions like percentages, investments in artists, strategies, how important it is to catch the right moment and what the other incomes are. We will also talk about the differences in the West and the East and how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed touring. What can agents do in these times when playing live is almost impossible and what other possibilities are there for artists?

16:00-17:00 Club

Music And The City

Host: Richard Foster
Speakers: Matúš Vallo (Mayor of Bratislava, SK), Mirik Milan (The Night Mayor of Amsterdam, NL), Peter Dijkstra (VERA, NL)

The current Mayor of Bratislava, Matúš Vallo, the first Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Mirik Milan, and the booker of the legendary venue called VERA in Groningen, Peter Dijkstra, will talk about the possibilities of a strong relationship between the city and its music scene. How can they cooperate and support each other and how to make everyone happy, from musicians, cultural centers, clubs and music fans on the one side, to residents and officials on the other side? We will also touch upon the topic of the importance of a long-term philosophy shared by venues and the local government in terms of music or culture in general and how it may help to lift up not just the nightlife in the city, but also to develop local music scene and help promoters and young musicians in terms of creating space for rehearsal rooms, studios or venues.

16:00-17:00 Kabinet

Speed-meeting: Meet The Festivals

For registered only, please sign up here: Please sign up for the workshop here.

Meet the ten music professionals in a 5-minute one on one speed-meeting session. Discover what they do, tell them about your project, make initial contact and take the first step for future cooperation!  

Participating festivals: Pohoda Festival (SK), Hviezdne Noci (SK), Končiny Festival (SK), Guča umenia (SK), TransCentury Update Festival (DE), MENT Ljubljana (SI), Intsikurmu Festival (EE), Welcome To The Village Festival (NL), FLAAM festival (SK), BUSH (HU)

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