Global music industry leaders to head to Hong Kong for second annual Music Matters forum
Research firm Synovate will announce key findings on Asia’s music industry at the forum
Hong Kong, May 2007
Music Matters - The Asia Pacific Music Forum today announced it will be holding the second annual Music Matters forum from 30 – 31 May at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong. This two-day event will bring together global leaders in the entertainment and technology industries to discuss issues solely pertaining to Asia - arguably the most important region for the music business today. “If the recording industry is to have a thriving future in the 21st century then it must succeed in Asia. Markets such as China must be fully opened up” stresses John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, IFPI. However, Kennedy maintains that Asia is not without its challenges “Physical and digital piracy must be effectively combated. New technologies must be made to work efficiently for consumers and the industry. It is good to have the opportunity to discuss these crucial issues at Music Matters.” Music Matters is currently the only forum in the world with this focus.
Some interesting topics the forum seeks to discuss are:
Key conference highlights are:
According to Mr. Jasper Donat, the founder of Music Matters and Executive Director of organizing company Branded, “Following on from last year’s inaugural forum, this year we are focusing on every business sector that music touches including advertising, gaming, television, mobile, online, live and, of course the people who write, produce, promote and perform. We are honoured to have some of the entertainment industry’s greats with us this year to talk about something that touches everybody’s lives - MUSIC“.
He continued, “Asia’s time is now and the world is looking at Asia to drive future growth through technological innovation and creative business modeling. We are pleased to be able to provide a platform for discussing issues specific to Asia’s music industry within the global entertainment ecosphere. It is certainly a unique landscape with a different set of challenges! “.
Lachie Rutherford, President Warner Music Asia Pacific and Chairman IFPI Asia said, “This is a great event for the Asian music and entertainment industries. In 2006 Music Matters was launched to great acclaim and it’s looking like the entire music industry will be in HK for the second installment.”
Speaking on behalf of the large number of technology companies represented at Music Matters, Ian Chapman-Banks, Vice President Marketing, Asia Pacific Mobile Devices, Motorola Asia Pacific Pte Ltd said, "At Motorola, we believe the future of music is mobile. Participation in Music Matters affords us a critical opportunity to forge the partnerships that will enable us to deliver superior mobile music experiences to consumers that are also rewarding for the music industry."
Prominent names featured in this year’s line-up of speakers include:
Attendee registration numbers are at over 500 from across 200 plus companies in the entertainment business such as Apple, Motorola, Nokia, SonyBMG, Warner, EMI, Universal Music, Coca-Cola Japan Company, Electronic Arts/ Grammy Foundation, Fortune Star Entertainment (HK) Ltd, IFPI, Live Nation, MTV Networks Asia, MySpace, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, Omnifone Ltd, PCCW Limited, PepsiCo Intl. China Ltd, Rock Records Co. Ltd. Rodeostar GmbH, Sire Records, STAR Group Limited, StarHub Limited, Sun Microsystems, Ticketmaster, The Venetian Macao, The Weinstein Company, Walt Disney Television International, Wieden + Kennedy, Sumthing Else Music Works, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Midas Promotions and many more.
To register for the conference delegates visit the event website at www.musicmattersasia.com and complete the online registration form. Press should complete the online media registration form. Registrants are eligible to win one of several Motorola ROKRE6 phones at the event.
About Music Matters
The most important music and entertainment industry event returns to Hong Kong May 29-31, 2007. Music Matters is the only forum bringing the world’s most innovative industry leaders together to discuss the music industry in Asia. The place to forge new business partnerships and opportunities, Music Matters is attended by an abundance of industry heavyweights all wishing to marry music and commerce and gain insights into the future trends within the Asian Industry.
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