The first international music conference in Jerusalem for music business
professionals will be taking place from August 27 to 31. Sponsored by the
Jerusalem Municipality and JVP Media, as well as Zappa Jerusalem 2B Vibes, The
Foreign Ministry and Oleh! Records, the aptly-named Jerusalem Music Conference
will feature over 40 Israeli artists and bands who will showcase their work for
an expected 300 key industry movers, including representatives from noted
international music festivals Glastonbury, Exit, Primavera, and the CMJ Music
Marathon. Among the artists who have already been scheduled to perform are Adomi
with Berry Sakharof, Red Band, Ninet, Hayehudim featuring a special English
musical project, and many more.
The participants will also attend the
Zion Reggae festival taking place that week in Jerusalem with Alpha Blondy and
Barrington Levi, a street party with Infected Mushroom and a show by premier New
York klezmer rockers The Klezmatics.
Jeremy Hulsh, the director of Oleh!
Records, touted as “Israel’s music export,” said that the goal of the conference
was to create “real value for the local music sector as we aim to develop
Israeli music for export abroad. We worked really hard to secure speakers and
representatives of the highest caliber, and among the attendees will be
representatives of major booking agencies from the US and Europe, festival
promoters, talent buyers and journalists.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
noted that having Jerusalem host the conference demonstrated the cultural
revolution that has taken place in the city.
“We’re proud to host in the
capital the leaders of the international music industry and open the
international doors for Israeli artists,” he said.
Erel Margalit, the CEO
of JVP, added that the conference followed in the 10- year path of JVP Media to
integrate technological, cultural and artistic innovation.
moving up another level and granting an international stage to Israeli artists,”
Artists can register to showcase at the conference via their
website at www.jlmmc.net