Tallinn Music Week (TMW), one of Europe’s premier music industry gatherings, is gearing up for its 16th edition in April 2024. The TMW conference, a highlight of the event, will feature an illustrious lineup of international speakers from diverse sectors of the creative industries.
Among the first 11 experts announced are Bertis Downs, esteemed R.E.M. adviser; Rob Challice, Vice President at Wasserman Music; Kle Savidge, BAFTA-winning music supervisor; and Anna Hints, an Oscar-campaigning filmmaker. TMW is honoured to host these world-class professionals, who will deliver keynotes, interviews, and deep-dive sessions.
The TMW conference is set to host the spotlight event for the global gender equality network Keychange. It looks forward to welcoming music and creative industry professionals, companies, and delegations from around the world for a rich exchange of insights and experiences.
Bertis Downs (US) is an entertainment lawyer who has handled R.E.M.’s career since the band’s formation in Athens, Georgia and is credited as being highly influential in the group’s rise. He has served as a longtime adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and has taught the Recorded Music part of the Counselling Clients in the Entertainment Industries for the Practising Law Institute seminar. He has also participated in the Music and Personal Appearance Division of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
Anna Hints (EE) is a film director, scriptwriter and composer who won the directing award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival for her documentary debut Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (which focuses on women who come together in the protective darkness of the smoke sauna, an essential part of the Estonian cultural heritage). This multi-awarded film is the Estonian National Entry at the 96th Academy Awards and is nominated for the European Film Award in Best Documentary.
Kle Savidge (UK) is a BAFTA-winning music supervisor who has also worked at the seminal indie label Creation Records. Her recent projects include House Of Gucci, My Policeman and Operation Mincemeat as well as the forthcoming North Star, starring Scarlett Johansson.
Rob Challice (UK), Senior Vice President at Wasserman Music, has over 40 years of experience in the live music industry. He is a co-founder of Coda Agency, whose London office is now part of the Wasserman Music Group. Acts represented by Rob include Beirut, Billy Bragg, Bon Iver, Charlotte Cardin, HAEVN, Sturgill Simpson, Toro Y Moi and Warpaint.
Kristjan Järvi (EE), Founder and CEO of Sunbeam Production, is a conductor, producer, composer, arranger and entrepreneur. He has created orchestration for the current touring project of Brian Eno, called “SHIPS”. As a conductor, he is at home on the big international stages, directing classics from Wagner to Radiohead as well as his own original compositions.
Elena Natale (EE), Founder of Club HALL, Estonia’s foremost clubbing institution. Recognised internationally for its curated artistry, HALL champions local talent and hosts international stars. Elena spearheads an international team of electronic music culture festival unda that debuts at the European Capital of Culture, Tartu 2024. She also holds the distinction of being a founding member of the Estonian Nightlife Union, an organization committed to advocating for the interests of local clubs and concert venues at the state level.
Lilli Keh (FI), Co-founder & CEO of All Day Management, whose work with artists like Lxandra, F, Malla, and Slani emphasises value-driven decision-making and nurturing growth. Recognized as a ’20 under 30 Nordic Music Biz’ winner and ‘Manager of the Year’ in 2023, Lilli’s leadership and commitment to cultural diversification are making a positive impact in the industry.
Peiti Huang (TW), is an accomplished A&R professional and music project coordinator with a Master’s in Musicology from National Taipei Art University, Taiwan. Huang is serving as Head of the International Brand Innovation Operations Group at Wind Music and Programme Director for the World Music Festival in Taiwan.
Sungchun Lee (KR), Chief Producer at SoundPuzzle. He is also the Secretary-General and Executive Director of Seoul Music Week, an international showcase festival and the producer of several festivals and music events in South Korea.
Edison Prithiviraj (IN) is the Director of Unwind Center and the visionary founder/director of Exodus, a prominent music and event management organisation in Chennai and Mumbai renowned for creating and managing acclaimed festivals, such as the Global Indie Festival, Mumbai Jazz Festival, and Madras Jazz Festival.
Juliana Voloz (EE). booking agent and artist manager whose agency JV-Promotion represents artists based on tradition yet crossing genres. She is also the founding member of the Association of Global Independent Music Agents.