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22 MusicWeek 24.01.14 PREVIEW MIDEM 2014 A FRANCE ENCOUNTER We highlight the must-see events on the Midem programme so you can get ahead in Cannes


idem is almost upon us once more. From February 1-4 the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France will become a hive of activity as the

global music industry descends on the coastal strip. LYOR COHEN

When: Sunday, February 2 16:00 - 16:30 Where: Main Room, Hall Riviera

Former head of Warner Music Group Lyor Cohen will address industry professionals for the first time about his new company 300. Unveiled in November last year after Cohen’s sudden departure from Warner, 300 has been described as a music content company devoted to the discovery and development of the artists of the future. Interest in Cohen’s next move was immediately piqued

after the former Def Jam Recordings exec went independent in 2013. As Midem director Bruno Crolot has testified: “[Cohen] has been one of the most influential industry players over the past decades.” 300 has already been backed by a range of investors

including Google, which is said to have stumped up around $5 million – a strong start by anyone’s standards. “We are thrilled Cohen has chosen Midem as a platform to give the music industry a first look at his vision,” added Crolot.

Whether you’re looking to make new contacts, catch

up with old ones, sign a few deals or pick up some sage advice from the industry experts scattered across the conference panels, there’s plenty of opportunity for music

companies big and small at Midem. Still deciding how best to spend your time? Don’t

worry. Here are some of our picks for the 2014 show that will hopefully provide a backbone for your trip.


When: Monday, February 3 17:30 - 18:00 Where: Main Room, Hall Riviera

The electronic music pioneer has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and recently became the president of the leading worldwide network of authors royalty collection societies CISAC – giving him a perspective on the industry as both an artist and executive. Jarre’s interview, titled Fair Share For

Creators, will revolve around his belief that a sustainable future for music in the digital eco-system cannot be achieved without fair remuneration for all stakeholders – especially

artists, who need to mobilise if they are to benefit from the digital economy. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jean Michel Jarre as part of our stellar line-up of

keynote speakers at Midem,” said Bruno Crolot, director of Midem. “We’re living at the tipping-point of a new growth era for music. Let’s embrace optimism and work together to ensure our industry’s recovery expands to every market.”

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