This year's annual Wavelengths: Global Music Conference, one of the largest gatherings of world music professionals in North America, took place virtually over Zoom on Friday, January 29 + Saturday, January 30. It highlighted important conversations on urgent issues facing the international music ecosystem, from agents/managers and presenters to artists and media. We reconnected with intention, moving away from the hypothetical and into the real and practical.
Each day include an opening reflection as well as panels, breakout sessions, and fast-paced one-on-one meetings to catch up with familiar faces or make new connections in our community. During Friday's session, we also took a moment for celebration in an otherwise difficult year, recognizing outstanding individuals and efforts within our global music field with a virtual globalFEST 2021 Awards Ceremony.
Friday, January 29, 2021
12:00 - 12:30PM EST | Welcome Welcome + Opening Reflection from Emil Kang
program director for Arts and Culture at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
12:30 - 1:45PM EST | Power Together: networking now more important than ever
The challenges of this year revealed the need for us to come together despite keeping our physical distance. In the face of COVID-19 closures, economic hardship, systemic racism and injustice, different constellations of arts workers and professionals emerged to create new systems of support, share resources, organize and advocate. Our panelists share how they build and maintain these networks and discuss the work still to do.
Panelists: Taneshia Nash Laird (Newark Symphony Hall / NIVA), Jennifer Newman (CIPA), Niama Safia Sandy (The Blacksmiths), Tanya Selvaratnam (Wide Awakes)
Moderated by Bill Bragin (The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi / globalFEST)
1:45 - 2:30 PM EST
Wavelengths Community Meet + Mix
Opt in to be mixed and matched for quick one-on-one video meetings or spend time in smaller lobbies catching up and making new connections.
2:30 - 3:45 PM EST | Think Differently: programming for the future
With shifting political landscapes and a post-pandemic world still on the horizon, the 2021-22 season will be one of transition. Let’s discuss how we are reimagining live event experiences, developing new artist-centered practices and contracts, and being the change we want to see in the performing arts field.
Panelists: Kathryn Aberlin (Bowery Presents / AEG), Amy Davidman (TBA Agency), Simone Eccleston (The John F. Kennedy Center)
Moderator: Diane Eber (THE OFFICE performing arts + film)
3:45 - 4:30 PM EST | Pivot Stories: submit your own COVID pivot
Necessity is the mother of reinvention. This year, many of us imagined new ways forward together, changed lanes, or launched new endeavors. Hear pivot stories from the Wavelengths community, including what worked and what didn't.
4:30 - 5:00 PM EST | globalFEST Awards Ceremony
Join us in celebrating this year's globalFEST Award recipients and recognizing our peers in the field who have done exemplary work.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
12:00 - 12:30 PM EST | Welcome + Opening Reflection from Morley
12:30 - 1:30 PM EST | Alternate Streams: monetizing your work beyond concerts
With touring on hold and steady income from streaming royalties out of reach for the majority of working artists, what are other ways to monetize your work and fund upcoming projects? Learn more about how artists are finding supplemental income streams and creating successful projects and campaigns on platforms like Ampled, Bandcamp, Kickstarter, and Patreon and what new programs and changes are being rolled out to help.
Panelists: Meredith Graves (Dir. of Music, Kickstarter), Joe Holt (Co-founder / Engineering Dir. Bandcamp), Austin Robey (Co-founder, Ampled), Raye Zaragoza (Musician on Patreon)
Moderated by Marcela Murillo Trujano (CD Baby)
1:30 - 2:00 PM EST | Wavelengths Community Meet + Mix
Whether this is your first conference or you’ve never missed a year, dive into the Wavelengths community! Opt in to be mixed and matched for quick one-on-one video meetings or spend time in smaller lobbies catching up or making new connections. We promise it will be fun and the next best thing to being together! (Please indicate your interest in joining when you register via Eventbrite.)
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST | Interdependent: when independent artists come together
Artists are creative problem solvers and bridge-builders. It's no surprise that from pushing for economic + racial justice to creating relief funds to turning out the vote, artists have been on the front lines. Hear from musicians on how they organize and find power in numbers to advocate for the artistic community and build towards a more just future for us all.
Panelists: Ani Cordero (Musician / PRIMA), Jay Rodriguez (Musician / Music Workers Alliance), Josephine Shetty (Musician / Union of Musicians and Allied Workers)
Moderated by Alicia Zertuche (Producer + Cultural Entrepreneur)
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST | Soundtrack: how to get your music in TV + film
A music supervisor oversees all aspects of music in a project. This can include everything from working with a composer to pitching songs to managing a budget to negotiating deals — the list goes on. Should music publishing be a part of your outreach strategy? It’s an area that our field has not paid enough attention to, but is now more important than ever to understand as a possible revenue stream. We’ll discuss what music supervisors are looking for, discuss the ins and outs of music publishing and get tips on how to get your material in front of the right ears and into TV shows and films.
Panelists: Carter Armstrong (peermusic), Barry Cole (Sweet Spot Music), Kerri Drootin (Universal Studios Group), Blake Leyh (HBO’s Treme, The Wire) and Seigo Takeshima (Domino Publishing)
Moderated by Lauren Ross (Terrorbird Media)
Special Thanks to Jeff Pachman (Domino Publishing)
4:00 - 5:00 PM EST | Fireside Chat with Bob Boilen and Felix Contreras
Tune in for a fireside chat with Bob Boilen, creator of NPR's online music show All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk series, and Felix Contreras, co-creator and host of NPR’s Alt.Latino, on their curatorial lenses and favorite avenues of musical discovery.
Moderated by Catalina Maria Johnson (Journalist / Beat Latino)
The globalFEST Assist Fund
Wavelengths: Global Music Conference at APAP|NYC is the largest gathering of world music professionals in North America. Produced by globalFEST, the two-day world music forum is held at the Association for Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in New York each January, and is free and open to the public. The conference includes lively discussions and workshops on the latest issues in the world music field, and is geared towards all industry professionals including artist, agents, managers, presenters, press, and more.
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