The Nouvelle Prague music conference will be held online this year and free of charge

28 October 2020, 1:00
The Nouvelle Prague music conference will be held online this year and free of charge

The eighth annual session of the Nouvelle Prague music conference and show will take place online this year. You will be able to watch lectures, workshops and mentoring meetings with representatives of festivals, clubs, publishing houses and music media safely from home.

"We are aware that the situation in the music industry is immensely difficult. That is why we decided to make the conference accessible free of charge. This year we are focusing more on the Czecho-Slovak scene, possible solutions and ways out of the crisis and financial support to the sector, but also, for example, environmentally-friendly approaches to organising musical events, ways musicians and organisers can improve communication on social networks and YouTube, or where and how to claim financial support", says the programme director of the conference Anna Mašátová.

Nouvelle Prague will open up several topics this year. The directors of the Rock for People and Pohoda festivals, Michal Thomes and Michal Kaščák, will discuss with the guests their outlook for the 2021 season, while Dan Dudarec (Minority Records), Petr Ostrouchov (Animal Music), David Landštof (Tranzistor) and Shina (Slnko Records) will focus on publishing, distribution and synchronisation issues. The online conference will take place on 31 October 2020.

Jakub Šíma (Full Moon Magazine, Radio Wave), Hugo ToxxxDaniel Nádler  (Kolektiv X) and Annet X will reveal what the current Czech rap scene looks like and what trends will lead the way. Musician and producer Margo will conduct interviews with representatives of leading music media – Jana Kománková, Michal Pařízek, Honza Vedral and Zdeněk Lichnovský.

Nouvelle Prague together with David Čajčík (Heartnoize Promotion, Roxy), David Urban (D Smack U), Balázs Soós (A38) and Steve Zapp (ITB), will see how the coronavirus crisis has changed the booking of artists. How clubs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are doing will be discussed by Vašek Kokeš (Fource Entertainment), Martin Kozumplík (Brno Club Music Association) and Tibor Zelenay (Association of Music Clubs). Musicians are in for music guides to Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Austria, Andrea Hurychová will lead you through the world of YouTube, Jen Zápotocký (Scale) through social networks, possibilities of financial support and grants for musicians and organisers will be discussed in detail, and the JUMP European Music Market Accelerator platform will be introduced.

Due to current government measures, it is not possible to organise the traditional concert part of Nouvelle Prague; despite that, the organisers have selected the ten most interesting items out of more than 130 registered projects – Aiko, Annabelle, Bára Zmeková, Billow, Bookie Baker, Papyllon, Sinks, Tea Sofia, Vanua2 and White Place. These will be given space not only on the website and social networks, but also during listening sessions with personalities of the music scene. The complete conference programme and online broadcast can be found here.

Photo from archive of the conference

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