Music Dealers Heads to Brazil for International Music Conference
The Brazil Music Exchange Encounters Project, which aims to promote Brazilian music internationally, flew Music Dealers’ very own Kavi Ohri down to Rio de Janeiro for an international music conference last week. The Project, developed by the Brazil Music and Arts Association, helps educate local musicians and industry personnel on how to bring their art to the international community through a series of conferences and networking opportunities.
During the 3-day conference, participants discussed emerging trends in the music space and how independent artists and labels can best position themselves to be successful. The conference focused on taking advantage of these new opportunities while overcoming some of the challenges facing content owners. The U.S delegation included members of the industry across various disciplines including Kyle Hopkins (Head of Music Supervision at Microsoft), Tracy Maddux (CEO of CD Baby), Melinda Lee (Director of Music at Getty Images), Leticia Montalvo (Founder, Tempest Entertainment), Matt McDonald (Senior VP at CMJ), Ariel Hyatt (President & Founder Ariel Publicity), Robert Singerman (Brazil Music Exchange, NY) and Music Dealers’ own VP of Business Development (US East), Kavi Ohri.
The delegates spent time listening to music submissions by approximately 150 local artists, and then a select number of artists were invited to present themselves. They talked about what they hoped to achieve and how they would like to steer their music careers. Participants also engaged in various one-on-one meetings with the visitors as well as several mentor sessions. These meetings helped artists match their goals with actual opportunities. These “Encounters” fostered a better understanding of the international market for Brazilian talent and simultaneously showed the visitors how to better engage with artists and creative entities in this growing economy.
Needless to say, the upcoming 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games were a common topic of conversation…Stay tuned for more!
Check out some pics from the conference below: