Midem launches Talent Exporter

The leading international music industry event has evolved its Artist Accelerator programme into the Midem Talent Exporter for the global expansion of talent.

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 10 Jan 2020
  • min read
The leading international music industry event has evolved its Artist Accelerator programme into the Midem Talent Exporter for the global expansion of talent.

Following five years of success with the Artist Accelerator, Midem is reinventing its guidance from a mentorship programme to a business approach.

The Midem Talent Exporter is set to spotlight 22 international emerging artists, who will be selected through a free and open-to-all call for entries.

The programme will then connect the artists with international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&Rs.

The artists will then be assigned 10 music supervisors to build concrete business partnerships.

The Talent Exporter will give the chosen acts the opportunity to meet talent buyers and music supervisors from around the world and will also offer learning, networking and discovering solutions.

Subsequently, the programme will also offer candidates privileged access to special programmes, such as the songwriting camp and exclusive workshops organised by leading music industry brand like Spotify.

The Talent Exporter is open to artists/bands, managers, publishers, labels, agents and promoters globally who would like to submit an artist/band for the programme.

Candidates must be export-ready, present original music creation, have a dedicated team of at least one person, have a minimum of five professional performances booked between 2019 and 2020, demonstratable media coverage and social media presence and have a career development strategy.

The call for entries is now open and closes on 1 March 2020. In mid-March the initial selection will take place and mid-April will mark the second round of selection.

List of Talent Buyers Confirmed To Date
Adam Lewis, Founder, Planetary Group (USA)
Anika Mottershaw, A&R, Bella Union (UK)
Cyril Bahsief, Founder & Promoter, Öctöpus (France)
Christian Allex, Founder, Timon Samplar (France)
Damien Chamard Boudet, VP Promoter, Live Nation (France)
Etienne Ziller, Head of Booking, Asterios Spectacles (France)
Joe Chialo, Senior Vice President A&R Universal Music Central Europe & Africa (Germany)
Mark Savage, Music Journalist, BBC News (UK)
Michael Frohoff, Co-Founder, Kruger Media (Germany)
Parul Chokshi, Senior Director of Talent, Vevo (USA)
Patrik Larsson, Head of A&R, Playground Music Scandinavia (Sweden)
Peer Steinwald, Senior A&R, Budde Music (Germany)
Rachel Cartier, Music Editor, Deezer (France)
Rob Hallett, Founder, Robomagic (UK)
Severin Merad, Head of Music Programming Europe Middle East Africa, Napster (France)
Virág Csiszár, Head of Booking, Sziget Cultural Management (Hungary)
Willy Ehmann, Founder, Shaullauge (Germany)
Wyclef Jean, Artist & Producer (USA)

Alexandre Deniot, Director, Midem, says: ‘The initiative is a chance for artists to boost their careers internationally and for professionals seeking new talents to discover the best selection from all around the world! This is a real door-opener for up-and-coming artists, offering unique opportunities for showcasing their talent and connecting with valuable music professionals in the unique environment of the Midem Beach.

For more information and to apply, please visit