Introducing our guests: Peter Smidt (EuroSonic Noorderslag & BUMA Cultuur)

“Music Life Is Live” is the main topic of the 9th Vienna Music Business Research Days from Sep. 12-14, 2018. In presentations and discussions music business representatives and music business researchers focus this time on the political economy of music festivals and the economics of the international concert and touring business. Find the program here.

Peter Smidt is the founder and organizer of the EuroSonic Noorderslag music festival and organiser of EuroSonic Noorderslag Conference. He is a discussant of “The Political Economics of Music Festivals” morning panel on September 14 along with Hannah Crepaz (Osterfestival Tirol, Austria), Martin Cloonan (University of Turku , Finland) and Detlef Schwarte (Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Germany).

Peter Smidt studied art and art management at the Groningen university in Holland (RUG). Smidt worked as a musician, composer and started music management and booking office Buro GoGO and worked as concert and festival promoter for over 20 years for Grand Theatre Groningen, Bevrijdings Pop Haarlem and De Oosterpoort Groningen

Smidt started working for Buma Cultuur as manager Pop and Rock in 1995. Buma Cultuur is the BUMA funded organisation for promotion of Dutch music and repertoire in and outside of Holland.

Buma Cultuur is partner and co-organiser of EuroSonic Noorderslag and is organising EuroSonic Noorderslag Conference, The annual Musicians Day, Amsterdam Dance Event, Buma Beats, InJAZZ conference, The Buma Awards, Music in Motion and many other events to promote Dutch repertoire in and outside of the Netherlands.

Buma Cultuur does export of Dutch repertoire and organises stands, trade missions, shows and events at conferences worldwide and started Dutch Music Export (DMA).

Smidt is also responsible for the export policy and the European policy at Buma Cultuur. Smidt was initiator of the European Tour Support Plan (ETS) and European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP) programme and is since 2009 organiser of the EU music Prize EBBA Awards and initiator of the European Border Breakers Charts.

Smidt was board member of European Live Music Forum, Groepenraad Amsterdam, Muzieklab Brabant and European Music Office and is founder and board member of EMEE.




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