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BIME Pro celebrates 5th anniversary with most expansive conference to date

Laura  Barnes
BIME Pro celebrates 5th anniversary with most expansive conference to date

BIME Pro has announced its attendee figures for 2017, revealing that a total of 2,000 musicians, managers, entrepreneurs and businessmen of the state, European and Latin American music industry to part in the 5th anniversary of the conference.

The three-day show was the most popular edition of BIME Pro to date. Attendees held up to 680 meetings with experts and delegates from some of the leading companies in the sector to expand their business and make their way to new markets.

The gender gap in the music industry was one of the topics most discussed in the conferences. After welcoming the MIM Association (Women of the Music Industry) for the first time in 2016 as a first contact, BIME Pro welcomed on this occasion a more extended program by that association in the field of the fight for equality of opportunities. In addition, BIME is part of Keychange, a European initiative that aims to highlight cases of successful women in the industry to serve as an example and inspire other women to follow their path.

The Congress of Festivals brought together representatives of 200 Spanish festivals, many of which also attended the Premios Fest Ceremony, which awarded the best festivals of the year.
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BIME Startup Summit has experienced a remarkable growth offering the opportunity to 8 entrepreneurs of the more than 80 who applied to present their projects in front of more than 85 investors. As a novelty, this year has been the first of BIME Campus, a one-week academy attended by 32 selected students out of 1,500 registered.

The professional conferences were not exempt from controversy. Gabi Ruiz, director of Primavera Sound, predicted the disappearance of music festivals, as we know them today due to the desire for conquest of large multinationals.

On his side, Luis Felipe Palacios, general director of the SGAE, unravelled the current state of the largest collecting society in the country, as well as its future plans in search of a sustainable and respectful model that ensures the correct remuneration of the authors. In addition, the politicians also sat in the debate at the Forum for Music Business Law: Members of the Culture Committee of the Congress talked about cultural policies and gave the keys to the current drafting of the Statute of the Artist.

It was also noted the interest of the industry to participate in such an international meeting point since the vast majority of the main players in the Spanish music industry were present.

The most promising talents of the local, Spanish and international music gave life to the Bilbao night with the programming of BIME City: 41 bands from 11 countries brought 5,500 people. Among the best-known artists are the Dutch DeWolff and Max Meser, the Spaniards The Limboos, the Colombians Mitu, and the French Fakear and Agar Agar.

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