Today marks the start of the ReConnect conference. Its main theme is the post-COVID music scene. SoundCzech is hosting the event together with BACH (Brněnská Asociace Clubové Hudby – the Brno Association of Club Music) and the Music Managers Forum of the Czech Republic.
What could a reboot of the music scene look like after COVID? Answers will be sought at an event officially called ReConnect, which takes place in Brno from 15 to 17 September 2021. The event brings together club officials, managers, musicians and other music professionals for three days. Musical agency SoundCzech is hosting the event together with BACH (Brněnská Asociace Clubové Hudby – the Brno Association of Club Music) and the Music Managers Forum of the Czech Republic.
“It is a perfect connection. We planned two different events independently of each other, but in the end we joined forces and decided to organise one joint event,” Márton Náray, director of SoundCzech, says regarding the reasons for connecting with BACH (Brno Association of Club Music). “We have faced – and will face – tough decisions in connection with the COVID-19 epidemic, and we think the only way out of all this is to stick together. This is also the motto of this event,” he adds. “We are happy that we can introduce our beautiful city of Brno to music professionals from all over Europe and present the high level of the local club scene,” says BACH chairman Vít Kalvoda.
For the first day of the event, SoundCzech invites local and international professionals to share their views on the recovery of the music sector and the support of regional music scenes. The agenda will also focus on the possibilities of digital distribution and presentation, new forms of entrepreneurship in music and the interconnection of music labels. BACH will arrange for the second day of the conference and will focus on topics related to the club scene.
The whole event will start through its day zero. It will include a meeting of the Music Managers Forum, which is organised by Music Managers Forum Czech Republic. “We are very pleased that this year's meeting of IMMF, as a manager association, will be in the Czech Republic. We wanted to introduce the city of Brno and its concert venues to our foreign colleagues, and that is why we connected this event with the conference of the BACH association and CEEntral Sound of the SoundCzech platform,” says Petr Blažek, chairman of MMF CZ. “We have prepared a rich programme for our domestic colleagues from the MMF CZ association, where they can get a lot of information and suggestions from their foreign colleagues and invited speakers, and they will also have the opportunity to get to know each other informally during the evening activities,” he adds.
The conference is co-organised by Česká Obec Hudební (Czech Music Community), Kreativní Evropa (Creative Europe) and HEMI Music Hub.
BACH’s members are: ArtBar, Alterna, Fléda, Vegalité, Kafara, Melodka, Eleven, Ponava, Kabinet múz, Music Lab, Sono and Stará Pekárna.