“The potential of streaming and the Digital Storm in Asia is phenomenal, and the electronic music industry needs to be ready to embrace the opportunity,” says IMS co-founder Ben Turner.
International Music Summit [IMS] is partnering with Budweiser STORM Festival for its fourth IMS Asia-Pacific slated to take place 21 – 22 September in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund. Its recent announcement released initial programme detailing company representative speakers and topics to be discussed.
Companies represented by their top executives include China’s live dance music pacesetter A2LiVE, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), global talent agency Paradigm, Point Blank Music School, major label reps from Sony and Warner Music, industry-standard hardware manufacturer Pioneer DJ, distinguished music publication Billboard, and Spinnin’ Records, the label that gave rise to superstar Martin Garrix.
And what may be the hottest issues affecting the dance community at large? Alongside a presentation by NetEase Music Report: Asia Pacific, the panels and keynote will dive into topics like the preservation of dance music culture, how it can grow commercially, emerging markets within the region and the assessment of its market value and the industry as a whole in Asia.
“…These are also testing times in the live market and best practices at events in Asia remain a huge concern. As always, there is plenty to debate at IMS Asia-Pacific,” Turner added.
Last year IMS Asia-Pacific hosted two of the world’s biggest artists Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Pete Tong, representatives from CAA, AM Only and WME, Universal Music and Sony Music. Boiler Room also returned to the city of Shanghai with a special debut from Skrillex, which was one of the most viewed and highest streamed Boiler Rooms ever.
Attendees will also get to attend Point Blank Music School Masterclasses, and hear the winners of the Pyro Top 100 China DJ & Club Winners.