The fifth edition of Tallinn Music Week presented 233 artists and hosted 17 038 music fans and 748 delegates. The conference was sold out. In the upcoming weeks TMW delegates and public will select this year’s Skype award winner who will receive 3500 EUR to develop its career. The voting lasts until 18th April on the festival website www.tmw.ee.
The festival concerts took place in most prominent music clubs and concert halls in Tallinn – 233 artists and bands from 19 countries performed, 167 of them from Estonia. The Citystage programme that was started last year had another successful edition, bringing the festival buzz to bookshops, music stores, galleries and cafés with free afternoon concerts.
Tallinn Music Week music industry conference was opened by the president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the minister of culture Rein Lang, director of Nordic Hotel Forum Feliks Mägus and head of TMW Helen Sildna. In his opening speech the president suggested to rename Tallinn Music Week as „North by Northeast“, referring to the world’s biggest music event South by Southwest (SXSW).
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opening the TMW conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4g26aFD9ts
The festival welcomed a true legend of music industry, Seymour Stein, who was presented with an Award for Cultural Diplomacy by the ambassador of the United States in Estonia Jeffrey Levine, who commented: „We created this award to honor those individuals and groups whose outstanding work in the field of culture advances the Embassy’s goals of mutual understanding and the deepening of friendship between the United States of America and our friends overseas. With the profound influence Mr. Stein has had on the musical culture of the United States, I can think of no one more deserving of this award.“
748 music entrepreneurs and representatives of music organizations participated at the conference, 381 of them from abroad and 367 from Estonia. There were participants from 30 countries, a large number from Finland, Latvia, Germany, UK, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Denmark.
There were representatives of festivals like Spot, Music & Media Finland, Tampere Biennale, Turku Music Festival, Helsinki Festival, Flow Festival, Ilosaarirock Festival, Berlin Music Week, Nordlichter Festival, Iceland Airwaves, Positivus, Festival Galapagai, Eurosonic Noorderslag, and International Chamber Music Festival present at TMW. Also present were record companies like FatCat Records, Matador Records, Svart Records, Sony, Fonal, Soliti, Inverse Records, Exogenic Music Group, Stupido Productions Ltd, Rockadillo Records, Full House Records, Jiffel Music Group, Fullsteam, Universal Music, Playground Music, Eastblok Music, BOOST Music, Anova Music, I Love You Records, Bomba-Piter inc., and Baltic Sub. International media was represented byDanish Broadcasting Corporation, YLE, Radio Helsinki, Soundi, Helsingin Sanomat, Classica, Bayerischer Rundfunk, MusikWoche, Resident Advisor, Burda Media, Der Spiegel, The Reykjavik Grapevine, Diena, Latvian Television, Lietuvos rytas, Polskie Radio Dwójka, PopUp Music, The St. Petersburg Times, GAFFA, Musicity, Dazed Digital, The Line of Best Fit, MOJO magazine, POLLSTAR, Clash, KCRW-FM and many others.
The “TMW Talks” side programme, launched this year, hosted public discussions on music related matters in a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant festival “TMW Tastes” offered special menus and discounts for festival pass holders in TMW’s favourite restaurants in Tallinn.
The vote is on for the prestigious Skype’s Go Change the World Award. One of the Estonian acts of this year’s TMW will be chosen by TMW delegates, press, Skype’s team and the public. The awarded artist/band has to show fresh ideas and an innovative DNA, be original, outstanding and professional enough to succeed in the international arena. The Skype award is presented with a very specific goal in mind – to offer the winning act a chance to advance their career in a real manner, and is accompanied by 3500 EUR. The vote is open on TMW website www.tmw.eeuntil 18th April.
Tallinn Music Week 2009 Skype award winner was Popidiot, in 2010 Iiris, in 2011 Ewert and The Two Dragons and in 2012 Talbot.
Photos for press: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tallinnmusicweek/sets/
TMW in numbers:
233 artists from 19 countries
167 artists from Estonia
17 038 festival visitors
748 delegates, of whom 367 from Estonia
381 international delegates
65 043 unique visits on the website from 122 countries
183 artists from 13 countries
150 artists from Estonia
11 200 festival visitors
589 delegates, of whom 283 from Estonia
306 international delegates
61 549 unique visits on the website from 110 countries
Comments of delegates:
Nils Bernstein, Matador Records (USA):
I was very impressed with my first visit to Tallinn Music Week, the perfect mix of ideas, conversation, and music. It is one of the most professionally-run festivals of its kind, but with the convivial attitude of SXSW. Before coming to TMW, I didn't realize what a modern and creative capital Tallinn is (and what great restaurants!), and events like this illustrate what an important tool music can be for cultural diplomacy. Some of the Estonian artists I was pleased to discover included Jakob Jukham, Mari Kalkun, Kannabinõid, Odd Hugo, Argo Vals. Can't wait to come back!
Kieron Tyler, MOJO magazine, theartsdesk.com, Billboard (UK):
Six years ago, the idea of Tallinn Music Week - not even a Tallinn Music Week that's just celebrated its fifth year - was no doubt weird and maybe seemed even pointless to a lot of people. But as has been proved repeatedly, showing the music of Estonia off is well worth doing. And for the simplest reason of all - loads of it is great. Proper great. World-class great. TMW also stands apart as no judgements are made about genres or styles. Folk, jazz and classical are welcomed. So is the rest of the world, here to show themselves off to Estonians and non-Estonians alike. But the presence of the world in Tallinn can't drown out the seductive, lilting, emotive core of the best of Estonia's music. It's unique. As is Tallinn Music Week.
Peter Jenner, Sincere Management (UK):
Tallinn was built as a trading post, where East and West could meet, that is what Tallinn Music Week is doing now for the Music Industry. The range of music is wide, the production, sound and lights at the venues are terrific, and reflects the quality of the music. The concerts in the book-shops and galleries opens the festival for the whole town - a terrific idea. I loved my visit, and maybe we can open some doors for music and not just for Estonia. Having a President who loves music is a gift not only for the music community in Estonia, but it could also be for the rest of Europe!
Ilya Bortnuk, Stereoleto Festival (RUS)
For sure, TMW is the best and nearest place for meeting between Russia, Baltics and other Europe for music professionals. There is a great possibility for Russian artists to be known as well - this time there were 6 bands from Russia - hope this number will grow in future! TMW could be (and is already becoming) a reason for Russian youngsters to go to Estonia and discover not only a vivid and diverse music scene, but the whole country - with its culture, cuisine, design, people.
Stephen Budd, Stephen Budd Music (UK):
I think TMW is becoming an essential date in the music conference calendar.
Guntars Racs, MicRec Publishing (LV):
For several years Latvian artists were more active in exporting their success internationally, but since Tallinn Music Week is on the map, Estonian music industry has made a big jump that now overtakes the leadership of the Baltic Music Market. To be at the Tallinn Music Week is like being in the middle of everything what’s important in the music world of the whole region.
Jonas Holst, A&R, marketing creative Sony ATV Publishing (SWE):
After spending another (great) weekend in Tallinn at Tallinn Music Week it gets obvious how important such events are. And fun, not the least. This is a platform that is very valuable for the industry as a whole, to be able to get together and network, access to local businesses and most of all, local bands.
Bruno Roze, I Love You Records (LV):
Undoubtedly TMW has put our region on world's music map as ones to watch out for. It is amazing how many talented and unique bands we have. For me personally TMW highlight was our own MaiNekk performance at Kino Sõprus. Also Finnish Kiki Pau and Big Wave Riders, Estonian Argo Vals and I cannot keep from mentioning our label artists Alise Joste, Sibyl Vane and Zebra Island.
The festival thanks our partners and supporters:
Powered by: Skype, Nordic Hotel Forum, EMT
Supported by: Red Bull Music Academy, Tuborg Music, Tallink
Partners: ERR, Raadio2, Delfi, Rada7.ee, Viru Keskus, Hansabuss, EMAK, garage48, ISIC, Müürileht, RGB, Eventech, Papyrus, ETEP, CEETEP
Supporters: Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communications, Estonian Culture Endowment, Embassy of the USA, Enterprise Estonia/ European Regional Development Fund, NDPC
Festival design: AKU
Festival website: Velvet
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The project is supported by Enterprise Estonia from European Regional Development Fund, that supports the member states in order to achieve a coherent development of different regions and strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union.