International Music Summit (IMS), in partnership with Budweiser STORM Festival, recently revealed their initial programming details and company representative speakers for the fourth IMS Asia-Pacific, taking place Sept 21 – 22 in Shanghai, China at the Hyatt on the Bund.

IMS AP will gather global artists, thought-leaders and industry figureheads to explore the growing influence of electronic music and the issues, challenges and opportunities that face the industry globally and, notably, in Asia. The 2017 IMS Asia-Pacific is sub-titled ‘The Digital Storm’ and will focus on the ever-evolving digital landscape of the music industry.

The first speakers for this year’s IMS come from 20 companies that drive the Asian-Pacific electronic music market today, including A2LiVE, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), Paradigm, Point Blank Music School, label reps from Sony and Warner Music, hardware manufacturer Pioneer DJ, music publication Billboard, and Spinnin’ Records.

The discussions will be on hot-button issues that affect the community at large and Asia-Pacific, tackling topics like the preservation of dance music culture, diversity, locality and corporatism, emerging markets within the region, nurturing the underground in a very commercial region, creating a greener music festival, assessing fair market value in the dance music space, and looking at the big picture of the dance music industry in Asia.

Last year IMS Asia-Pacific hosted two of the world’s biggest artists Skrillex and Alesso, as well as Pete Tong, representatives from CAA, AM Only and WME, Universal Music and Sony Music, for a wide-ranging series of discussions about the Asian market.

Budweiser STORM Festival’s flagship Shanghai event STORM now hosts 9 regional events around China and in 2017 will be the first Chinese electronic music event to host an event outside China, with shows in Australia. STORM’s attendance in 2017 is expected to surpass 200,000, hosting some of the world’s biggest DJs including Kaskade, Galantis, Skrillex and more.

FIRST TOPICS ANNOUNCED

THE DIGITAL STORM – IMS ASIA-PACIFIC THEME 2017

PROTECTING OUR CULTURE: DIVERSITY, LOCALITY, CORPORATISM

EMERGING MARKETS WITHIN ASIA-PACIFIC

PYRO TOP 100 CHINA DJ & CLUB WINNERS REVEALED

NURTURING THE UNDERGROUND IN ASIA-PACIFIC

WESTERN PRODUCER, EASTERN ARTIST – COLLABORATIVE CASE STUDIES

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL MASTERCLASSES

NETEASE MUSIC REPORT: ASIA-PACIFIC

HOW TO CREATE A GREENER FESTIVAL

LABELS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

MAKE ASIA GREEN AGAIN

ARTISTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

ASSESSING FAIR MARKET VALUE

BIG THINKERS: BIG PICTURE

KEYNOTE INTERVIEWS WITH STORM HEADLINERS

 

FIRST LIST OF COMPANY SPEAKERS

A2LIVE, CHINA

AFEM: ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC, UK

AVEX ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN

BILLBOARD, ASIA

CMC CAPITAL PARTNERS, CHINA

LIVESCAPE GROUP, MALAYSIA

NETEASE, CHINA

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY, NORTH AMERICA

PIONEER DJ, ASIA

POINT BLANK MUSIC SCHOOL, UK

PULSE GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA

PYRO, CHINA

RAINTRUST, PHILIPPINES

SLICK!, INDIA

SONY MUSIC, ASIA

SPINNIN’ RECORDS, NETHERLANDS

THELOOP INC., TAIWAN

WARNER MUSIC, ASIA

WME, ASIA

WONDERFRUIT, THAILAND

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