The delegates’ registration with a special “early bird” rate of 100 euros and artist application round for Tallinn Music Week 2015 is now open at www.tmw.ee. The seventh edition of Tallinn Music Week festival will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 25-28 March 2015.
Tallinn Music Week is an annually held music industry conference and showcase festival gathering an impressive number of regional and worldwide musical talent and industry players since 2009. TMW brings together around 800 music industry professionals, more than 200 local and international acts and an audience of around 20,000 to the capital of Estonia for three days of music.
TMW continues to present a multi-genre approach, offering a balanced mix of local headliners and up-and-coming names, cutting-edge acts and trendsetters from all contemporary genres, from avant-garde to pop and classical music. The festival programmeis put together on the basis of artist applications by a broad team of local music experts. Applications from all music genres and scenes are welcome.
The festival’s role as a significant platform for emerging acts around the world has grown steadily. In 2014 TMW presented 78 international artists from 21 different countries to an enthusiastic audience of around 20,000. Among the acts who have successfully tested their breakthrough potential at TMW and moved on to bigger stages are Danish dark rockers Get Your Gun and Belarusian cold-wave group Super Besse, to mention a few, whilstsomemore established acts, likeBerlin artpop trio Ballet School, Danish electro electro extraordinaires Rangleklods, or Kongolesian-Finnish hiphop act Gracias, have secured a solid local fanbase and found their way back to the region on several occasions.
TMW’s two-day music industry conference with its top international and local speakers, traditionally covers a wide range of topics from local cultural policy and regional cooperation to hands-on artist management tips and global music business models. Each year’s conference also hosts a “celebrity talk” with a music industry legend. Estonian president’s, Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ traditional opening speech of Tallinn Music Week is always a special treat to look forward to.Throughout TMW’s existence, an impressive number of well-known international experts have participated in the conference panel discussions, among them Seymour Stein, the legendary founder and president of Sire Records (Madonna, Ramones), influential managers Petri Lunden (Cardigans, Europe), Edward Bicknell (Dire Straits, Scott Walker, Bryan Ferry), Peter Jenner (Pink Floyd) and many others.
TMW conference programme will be published in February 2015. Take a look at last year’s seminar schedule here: http://tmw.ee/est_seminar_2014.php
TMW 2014 got coverage in around 200 international articles and news channels: Focus Germany, BBC Travel, YLE, Helsingin Sanomat, Radio Helsinki, Der Spiegel, Diena, Latvian Television, Lietuvos Rytas, The St. Petersburg Times, GAFFA, Dazed Digital, MOJO Magazine, Clash and many more. Each year the festival is attended by representatives of influential international media (MOJO, Drowned in Sound, The Guardian etc), record labels (Sire/Warner, Universal, Matador Records, Captured Tracks etc) and festivals (Sonar, Eurosonic, Great Escape, Glastonbury etc).
Tallinn Music Week also includes the following sub-programmes:
TMW City Stage programme– free intimate pop-up concerts and special sets from festival acts in Tallinn’s various cafés, galleries, bookshops and other public places.
TMW Talks– series of music-related public interviewsand discussions in cozy cafes of Tallinn.
TMW Tastes– a handpicked selection of the town's best restaurants, cafés and eateries that offer special menus and discounts to festival guests.
Artist applications will be accepted and the special “Early Bird” offer for the delegate’s pass runs until 1st December 2014.
Tallinn Music Week 2014:
227 artists from
21 countries, including 149 artists from Estonia
22 858 festival visitors
813 conference delegates,
307 delegates from Estonia, 506 from abroad
74 694 unique web page visits from 124 countries
Our delegates have said:
Juha Kyyrö, Fullsteam (FIN)
“TMW makes you feel like Tallinn is the new Berlin. Everyone is here, and everything is easy and amazing.”
“Perfectly organized, informative and truly entertaining, the Tallinn Music Week has become a landmark of Estonian cultural life and is a visible spot on the map of international conferences and showcases. There've been many attempts to fill the gap between the arrogant western music biz and the mysterious Eastern European market, but so far only the TMW seems to be effective in this respect. Inspiring atmosphere, great clubs, vibrant local scene and expert selection of bands make TMW showcases really worthwhile and never disappointing. And on the top of that you get the city of Tallinn itself – the hottest property of Nordic European cool. Amazingly, it works great even at zero degrees.”
Jazz Monroe, Drowned in Sound (UK):
„Evidently Estonia has pulled out the stops to establish Tallinn as a post-Soviet culture hub. This festival has sophisticated restaurants, champagne conferences and an opening speech from the president.“
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. Can't wait to come back!"