TMW conference speakers include Dublab programme manager Rachel Day, music digitalisation pioneer Vickie Nauman and queer artist Bendik Giske | Tallinn Music Week

TMW conference speakers include Dublab programme manager Rachel Day, music digitalisation pioneer Vickie Nauman and queer artist Bendik Giske

The new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) has revealed new speakers for the conference taking place at the Estonian Academy of Arts on 27 – 28   March. Among others, the speakers will include Vickie Nauman, founder of the US-based consultation agency CrossBorderWorks; Rachel Day, programme manager at the Los Angeles radio station Dublab; and Norwegian queer artist Bendik Giske.  

TMW 2020 is presented by Telia. The music industry panels, workshops and mentoring sessions of the conference are prepared in cooperation with the music industry development centre and export office Music Estonia.

The TMW 2020 Conference + Festival pass is available for €175 euros and the Festival Pass for €65 at web shop.

Vickie Nauman, one of the keynote speakers of the conference and the founder of the US-based consultation agency CrossBorderWorks, will talk about a more sustainable future for the music industry and user-friendly streaming services. As a pioneer in music digitalisation, around the turn of the millennium Nauman was also part of the creation of MusicNet, one of the first official digitalisation services. Pioneering digital music services and the opportunities they present is also the topic for Product for Zedge senior vice-president Tim Quirk, who took part in developing and launching Rhapsody, one of the first music streaming services, and worked as the head of global content programming for Google Play.

As an expert in urbanism and pop music, and a member of the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, in his presentation Giacomo Bottà will focus on urban nightlife, gentrification and relations between music communities. The role of music clubs in small towns will be discussed by professor Martin Cloonan, Director of the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies and founder/director of Live Music Exchange, an online portal for live music research. Kaila Stone, head of communications and partner relations of the UK campaign a Good Night Out, whose daily work involves among other aspects facilitating music event access to people with special needs and the LGBTQ+ community, will talk about preventing and reporting problems that arise in nightlife settings.

Janpier Brands, general manager at Rotterdam’s alternative culture centre WORM, will share his experiences about how to include and present those art forms that have gone under the radar of state institutions and about a collaboration of parties ranging from queer communities to Polish hip hop. The conflicting role of sexual and gender minorities as “cultural others” as well as an artistic expression through revealing flaws will be tackled by Berlin-based Norwegian queer artist Bendik Giske.

Currently working as a programme manager at the world-famous LA radio station Dublab, Rachel Day’s mission is to develop community life through thorough and meaningful coverage of the local music scene. Founder of St. Petersburg’s online radio and label TESTFM Stanislav Kalivasin will share his experience on how a community initiative can broaden the horizons of its audience beyond the scope of fixed state and genre borders.

Eija Oravuo, project manager of the Tampere bid for the European Capital of Culture 2026 team, will take on the topic of how to ensure equality in culture and business, and how to merge different art forms and collectives into an integrated whole. With an MA in international political science as her background, one of Oravuo’s hit projects is the staging of the play “Moominland Midwinter” at Tampere Hall in cooperation with the Moomin Museum.

Opportunities in launching a business in the music industry will be discussed by music and creative industry expert Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact (FMC) in Ireland. How independent artists could use their social media and branding to reach levels equal to the top names in the industry is a subject on which Effi Summers, fashion and marketing expert from Denmark, will shed light.

New speakers at the TMW 2020 conference also include Mikko Dufva, future trends specialist at the Finnish innovation fund Sitra; Triin Pikk, curator of the Tartu 2024’s programme line “Tartu with Earth: Ecology Before Economy”; Hadas Vanunu, producer and artistic director of the Israeli International Music Showcase; and Ari Palhamo, CEO of the leading Finnish ticketing company Lippupiste Oy.

Collage of TMW conference speakers

Taking place on 27 – 28 March at the Estonian Academy of Arts, the central topic of the conference—challenges facing the music industry in the new decade—will be looked at through the prisms of night-time economy, new festival markets, future cities and cultural heritage. The conference also looks into mental health issues in the music business, as well as changes in personal habits and convictions in light of the global climate crisis.

The results of the two conference days will be presented on 28 March, in the form of a presentation of the manifesto Music Industry 2.0, which the analysts and experts of the field will have compiled together.

TMW 2020 is presented by Telia.

The TMW festival is organised by Shiftworks OÜ in cooperation with numerous partners and co-organisers.

The international activities of TMW, aimed at introducing Estonia as an attractive destination for those interested in music and culture, are supported by funds from the European Regional Development Fund.

The TMW 2020 Conference + Festival pass is available for €175 and the Festival Pass for €65 at and at Piletilevi. TMW 2020 single event tickets are also available at Piletilevi. Telia clients get 20% off the regular price of TMW passes and tickets purchased before the events.

TMW 2020 conference confirmed speakers.

TMW 2020 conference on Facebook.