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MIDEM Student Takeover – 2 trends we observed

By Thomas Chardin and William Kiendl

Thomas Chardin, Marta Trapella and William Kiendl at MIDEM

This summer BerleeICE provided us with 3 student passes to attend MIDEM music conference in France. Internationally recognized as one of the most significant music gatherings in the world, we quickly jumped a flight from Boston to Cannes with high hopes of taking full advantage of the events 50th anniversary. MIDEM began as a trade show with the intention of fostering global distribution channels. Historically it has served as the international platform for music discovery and networking opportunities. The industry gathering, even despite major downsizing in recent years, still serves as an important medium for artist managers, music publishers, and label executives, and delegates to do business together. Furthermore, innovation and technology programming has only recently been introduced in an effort to showcase some of Europe’s most promising music startups. In between artist showcases on the Carlton Beach, here are the 3 key trends we spotted at MIDEM this year:

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SXSW Hackathon Helps Music Catch up to Technology

By Matt Mannino

Matt Mannino at SXSW

Matt Mannino (right) at the SXSW Hackathon

When I was selected by BerkleeICE to represent Berklee in the SXSW Hackathon and Incubator, I was honored, but also unsure of what to expect from SXSW. I had heard of the hype surrounding SXSW, but I was not expecting to meet such an overwhelming creative energy flowing through Austin. For a week and a half, the city becomes a breeding ground for ideas as bright minds both young and old examine the current state of the music, film, and tech industries, and try to pave a better future for the way we experience entertainment and the world around us.

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