Speakers

Starting from the end of year 2015 Agnė Biliūnaitė is working as Lithuanian Culture Attaché in China and South Korea. Before this posting she was working as Dance Critic, Head of Creative Practitioners in the national project “Creative Partnerships”, Assistant Producer in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet theatre.

Agnė Biliūnaitė (LT/CHN)

Starting from the end of year 2015 Agnė Biliūnaitė is working as Lithuanian Culture Attaché in China and South Korea. Before this posting she was working as Dance Critic, Head of Creative Practitioners in the national project ''Creative Partnerships'', Assistant Producer in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet theatre.

Agnese Cimuška (LV)

I am a typical young adult, who is searching for herself, though not in a typical way. Instead of university diploma I chose a gap year, which started with waiter's job in Vilnius, later on continued with thousands of kilometres cycled in Amsterdam, than I found myself trying to understand the concept of creativity in advertising in The Atomic Garden school, collaboration with ore.lt, lately ''touring'' with band called Abudu while photographing their concerts and making concert posters and in general, constantly documenting Lithuanian music scene.

Aneta Urbonaitė (LT)

From 2011 has been working as a booking manager for the biggest and most beautiful open-air event - Woodstock Festival Poland (now POLandROCK), responsible for researching and booking bands from all over the world for the festival's promoter - Jurek Owsiak, who is also the Chairman of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation and festival's founder. Stolarek is also responsible for holding the biggest live music competition show in the country - Preliminaries for Woodstock Festival Poland, where bands compete for a spot at the Woodstock line-up. He is a music lover, forever searching for new sounds and rhythms. 

Bartek Stolarek (PL)

Bertram Frewer is the program director of The Kulturbüro (Cultural Office of the City of Bochum) - the central contact point for ensuring there is a diverse cultural offer in Bochum. The fourteen-member team encourages, advises, and supports the creative artists of the independent scene in Bochum, and local cultural institutions, through consultation and service for culture lovers and culture producers. It achieves this through the networking of cultural activities and cultural institutions as well as the promotion of regional cooperation. The program director of the Kulturbüro promotes culture and artists, develops new offers and event concepts as well as organising international cultural exchanges and undertaking wider cultural work. Particular areas of focus and promotion are Jazz, Worldmusic and Popular Music.

Bertram Frewer (GER)

Bill Zang (Zang YanBin) started his music career when he joined the Shanghai Audio-Video Pressing (SAVP) in 1987. In 1992 Bill became the Vice President of SAVP. At the early stage, SAVP focused in licensing titles with the major labels (Warner, Sony, Universal, EMI, BMG), Disney, and Rock. Under Bill’s leading, SAVP became China No. 1 music label in 1995 and retain top-selling with over 200 million RMB net sales income per year. With Bill and his team, they consolidated SAVP as the leading music label in China. In 2000, Rock Record from Taiwan invited Bill to head their China operation. Immediately he expanded Rock Record into music production, products marketing & national distribution system. In five years with Bill’s lead, Rock Record became the fifth record label in China. In January 2007, Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group (SMEG), one of the largest media entertainment groups in China, invited Bill to become the Vice President of Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group (SSCEG). His task was to reform the SSCEG that were merged from previous Shanghai Audio-Video Press, Shanghai Audio-Video Co., Shanghai Disc Production and 13 other units. This new venture is to develop international music presence in China, discover Chinese talent for international market and set up the advance digital technology to bring Chinese music scene into the modern status. In 2008 Shanghai Synergy Group becomes the no.1 distribution company in China. In December 2009 Bill was invited by the China Central Government to become the Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the “China Audio-Visual Recording Industry Association,” a China-wide industry association responsible for the economic and creative development of China’s music, visual and film industries.

Bill Zang (CHN)

Cecilia Soojeong Yi manages music and performing arts projects such as festivals and artist management. She used to work at the Korean Cultural Center in Spain and now she works as the executive manager for Zandari Festa, Korea's premier independent and international showcase festival that attracts more than 130 bands and music professionals from all over the world. In 2018, she joined to organize the first edition of ''DMZ Peace Train Music Festival'' taking charge of programming and international relationships.  

Cecilia Soojeong Yi (KOR)

Dovilė is an accountant, auditor and director of her own company, providing accounting services for public, non-governmental, financial sectors, business companies and individuals for 20 years.

Dovilė Balsevičienė (LT)

Dainius Čėpla is one of the best concert photographers in Lithuania, actively working in this field already over 7 years. His pictures decorate several dozen music album covers, he works with the best producer companies and the most famous performers. According to Dainius, the most pleasant feeling is when you manage to ''stop'' a moment, that the eyes of viewers can’t see.

Dainius Čėpla (LT)

David Pichilingi has a lifetime of experience in the international music business. Over his career he started as an artist signed to RCA/BMG. For over 10 years he worked with Tony Wilson (Factory/Hacienda) on the acclaimed In The City conference and festival. Following the sad and untimely death of Tony in 2007 it was then that David founded Sound City.Sound City was formed in 2008 and is now the largest and most important metropolitan music festival and business conference in the UK. Sound City annually attracts a business audience of 3,500 delegates from all areas of the international music business and a music festival audience of 30,000 people.

David Pichilingi (UK)

Music consultant for various Belarusian live events, who helps to bring artists from neighboring countries to Belarus. Promotion manager working with a variety of projects from local top artists and festivals to international ones, from indie/alternative club events to big arenas. Since 2013 working on international promotion of Belarusian music. Representative of Tallinn Music Week, What’s Next In Music, Music & Media, Ment Ljubaljana festivals in Belarus. Founder of the independent website Experty.by – the biggest source on Belarusian albums with ratings, reviews and free full album streaming.

Dmitri Bezkorovainyi (BY)

Program director at ''Radiocentras'' radio stations group.

Donatas Bučelis (LT)

Gediminas Bartuška has over 15 years of experience as a professional photographer. At the moment he works as ELTA photographer and has previously collaborated with many Lithuanian web portals and newspapers. Many years ago he brought an old Zenith film camera to the concert and began taking pictures of music. Later, it became a part of his work and a hobby.

Gediminas Bartuška (LT)

Founder and program director of the radio station „Lietus“ (since 1999), songwriter and producer (30 years of experience).

Gintaras Zdebskis (LT)

Ian Kane worked in the UK music industry for almost a decade, first as a promoter arranging high profile commercial and underground electronic music events, then as an artist agent and manager working with some of the biggest names in the world EDM scene. Now Ian lives in Lithuania and works for the Blockchain Centre Vilnius on their communications and event coordination. He is passionate about blockchain solutions for creative industries and believes firmly in artists being paid and receiving appropriate appreciation for their work. 

Ian Kane (LT/UK)

Ivana is booker and project coordinator of INmusic festival, Croatia, since 2011. In charge of artist bookings, sponsorship and marketing, as well as project coordinator for the festival's European projects, like Europavox project and European Talent Exchange Progamme.

Ivana Jelača (HR)

Jouni Pesola is the CMO of the leading singing app Singa. He's in charge of all things marketing, and also performing Bon Jovi's Always multiple times at every karaoke party. Before joining Singa he has worked in various positions in the music industry all the way from managing Deezer in the Nordics and working with festivals to being an artist and owning his own label. 

Jouni Pesola (FI)

Ivy is a Hong Kong based promoter with Magnetic Asia. With over 6 years industry experience, she works in the music team across all of Magnetic Asia’s projects, including: the Clockenflap Festival www.clockenflap.com, Sonar Hong Kong www.sonarhongkong.com and the YourMum regular touring series www.yourmummusic.com. Her focus is on fostering the territory’s live music scene.

Ivy Yuen (HK)

Director of the Lithuanian association of the regional radio stations. Founder, director, editor and radio host of the radio station FM99. Member of the Lithuanian journalists union.

Liudas Ramanauskas (LT)

Owner and director of one of the biggest concert agencies in Poland (Go Ahead), responsible also for Spring Break Showcase Festival.

Lukasz Minta (PL)

Mantas is a 19 year old photographer from Vilnius, actively working in Lithuania and abroad. He started his career 3 years ago from music / concert photography. Meanwhile Mantas is taking pictures also at various sports events. He has been shooting at the main Lithuanian festivals like „Granatos Live“, „Galapagai“ and the biggest festival in the Baltics – „Positivus“.

Mantas Repečka (LT)

Maarja Merivoo-Parro is the executive editor of Radio 2 - Estonia's pre-eminent new music station, part of the Public Broadcasting. She has also worked at American radio and has her own show on Latvian Radio NABA. Maarja has published research on the history of popular music and teaches at Tallinn University.

Maarja Merivoo-Parro (EE)

Chief specialist at the State Tax Inspectorate Under the Ministry of the Republic of Lithuania

Mantas Mickevičius (LT)

Chief specialist at the State Tax Inspectorate Under the Ministry of the Republic of Lithuania

Martynas Montvidas (LT)

Oskar is a booking assistant at ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), Europe's largest live music industry event based in Groningen, Netherlands. In the past, he worked as a radio music editor, journalist and event promoter.

Oskar Strajn (NL/SL)

For many years Rytis Šeškaitis used to work as a lawyer, helping musicians with their rights. But things changed. Now Rytis is a professional photographer best known for his music photography. 

Rytis Šeškaitis (LT)

DJ Rudd (Rūdolfs Budze) is Latvian music producer and DJ specialising in pop, hip-hop and electronic music. His productions for local artists such as ''Dons'', ''Astro'n'out'' and ''VIŅA'' have received Annual Latvian Music Recording Awards in such categories as ''Radio hit of the year'', ''Song of the year'' and ''Album of the year''. As a DJ he has performed at all the major local festivals and toured accross the Europe and the US. His band ''Bandmaster'' performed at ''Eurosonic'' and ''Europavox'' festivals in 2017, also receiving the award for ''Best electronic / dance music record'' Annual Latvian Music Recording Awards. Also he has been working for Latvia's national public-service radio broadcasting network as head of music of youth channel Pieci.lv. For the past three years Rudolfs has been a part of Latvia's ESC national selection jury, heading it in 2018.

Rūdolfs Budze (LV)

Sigtryggur Baldursson is the managing director for the Iceland Music Export office, called Iceland Music, IM. He is also a veteran musician. Outside of Iceland he is best known for his work with Björks first band, the Sugarcubes, from ´86 - ´92, and one of the owners of their music label, Bad Taste (Smekkleysa). He has also worked extensively with Emiliana Torrini. IM runs two websites, www.icelandmusic.is and www.uton.is It also does various projects marketing and promoting Icelandic music worldwide. IM is a member of the Nomex network of nordic music offices.

Sigtryggur Baldursson (IS)

Stefanie Schmidt is a chairwoman of Upop e.V., the partner organisation of Popmodern Entertainment GmbH. She is one of the organisers of the Juicy Beats Festival in Dortmund / Germany since 2008. Juicy Beats Festival is annual pop music festival in the Westfalenpark, one of the biggest gardening parks in Europe, with around 50000 people, happening on the last weekend of July. Genres: electronic (techno, techhouse, deephouse, drum´n bass, trap), hiphop, alternative, indie, reggae & pop. 
150 DJ’s and 50 live acts on 6 live stages and 14 different dancefloors.
National headliners and lots of smaller international acts.
The audience is very young, 60% female and very interested in new music.
Our festival is known for bringing the new upcoming acts on a festival stage. 
www.juicybeats.net

Stefanie Schmidt (GER)

Two main themes are guiding Tomas' career: communication and creativity. From publishing an influential youth magazine PRAVDA to getting released on Fatboy Slim's record label as METAL ON METAL. From becoming Chief Creative & Marketing Officer at MTV Networks Baltic to launching an independent cinema theatre. Since 2011 Tomas works for himself in creative advertising agency NEW!, content agency SUPERYOU and branding studio GODSPEED. He's debuted as a film director with animation short ''After Death, Before Hell'', shown at more than 20 film festivals around the globe.  Together with philosopher Kristupas Sabolius he co-wrote a book on creativity ''The Man Who Knew It All'' and became one of the most sought after public speakers. Huge international companies, tiny start-ups, European institutions, curious students and businessmen became disciples of creativity in duo's passionate interactive sessions. In 2018 Tomas and Kristupas have started a unique online project for schoolkids ''The School Of Creativity''.

Tomas Ramanauskas (LT)

Marketing manager of Go Ahead - one the biggest concert agencies in Poland - and director of Spring Break Showcase Festival.

Tomasz Waśko (PL)

Producer and manager of various popular and alternative Lithuanian music acts. Owner of Lithuanian based M.P.3 music agency (established in 2002), which consists from record label and concert agency. Since 2015 director of Lithuanian music business association, which is the organizer of Lithuania’s leading conference and showcase festival What's Next in Music?

Vaidas Stackevičius (LT)

Director at Music Estonia, the Estonian music export office and industry development center. Owner and co-founder of Avarus, a boutique creative music agency based in Tallinn Estonia. At Music Estonia I work with all parts of the Estonian music scene - artists, companies and organisations of various sorts - towards making Estonian music heard all over the world. I'm a board member at EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange) network and IAMIC (International Association of the Music Information Centers).

Virgo Sillamaa (EE)

Zach Fuller is the media analyst at MIDiA Research, a content and
technology analysis company working with both global media companies and
early stage start-ups. His specialist areas include streaming, blockchain,
media consumption and digital wallet share, subscriptions vs freemium
models, as well as media company analysis.

Zach Fuller (UK)