On 7 and 8 February 2020, Kyiv will host the Selector PRO international music industry forum organised by the British Council in Ukraine teamed up with Music Export Ukraine. The forum is an invaluable resource for those looking to find their place in the international live concert scene.

On 7 February, during a closed professional networking session, Ukrainian concert agencies and independent promoters will meet music agents from the UK as well as promoters from Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

On 8 February, the forum opens its doors to the general public for a music conference at Osvitoria HUB (Moskovska Str 2). The conference will start with a panel discussion and talks by UK music professionals: Rick Morton, from Blow Up Live, Paul McGivern from Pitch & Smith, Rebecca Prochnik from Earth Music Agency Ltd., Hannah Shobgola from Echo Location Talent and Jane Beese, Head of Music at London’s legendary Roundhouse venue. They will share their hard-won experience gained in the music industry and talk about the connections between artists, agents and the live music sector.

A second panel discussion will look at the organisation of joint concert tours in Europe and Asia. Promoters from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan and more will offer their insights into the business and advice about working in different musical genres in their markets.

The final panel will explore the potential for industry growth, and specifically, on how to build sustainable business models for small concert venues and what granting opportunities for music industry are available through national and international programmes such as Creative Europe, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the House of Europe. This session will also consider a case-study of the Katowice - City of Music project which has rapidly and significantly altered the dynamics of the music industry landscape in Poland.

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Are you a Ukrainian musician who would like to present your work to industry professionals?
The Selector PRO Forum will close with a non-public showcase featuring emerging contemporary Ukrainian artists who will perform to an audience that includes industry professionals from the UK, Poland, Ukraine, the Balkans and Central Asia. Applications to appear as a performer at the forum’s Showcase are being accepted until 27 December 2019 (inclusive). Participant selection will be completed by 10 January 2020.
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