The BIME PRO Conference for Professionals, held this month in Bilbao with top music industry talent from around the world with the theme #máscercaquenunca (which translates to “closer than ever before”), announced today the content of its 2020 edition, an especially awaited and necessary edition, given the crisis shaking the industry.The event will be held onsite on the 28th and 29th, although the online event will begin with different activities on Monday, October 26th.

The program will cover the current context of the music industry, focusing on all the areas that compose it (festivals, live entertainment, recorded music, publishing, legal, technology and innovation, creation…), stressing the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing how the challenges it has presented affect the entire industry. We will attempt to find solutions and hope that what is urgent will not cause us to lose sight of what is important, to encourage the industry to continue to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals we have been working on and in which we have made significant strides in recent years, in terms of the environment, gender equality and education.

It would be impossible to paint a complete picture of the current situation of the industry without handling the topic of creation. Artists are oftentimes one of the most fragile pieces of the music industry, and more so in especially critical times such as the one we are experiencing and more so for those who are beginning their careers. Thus, there is a round table dedicated to them, led by the AIE, “New Challenges and Opportunities for Artists,”, in which the responsible persons at the Association will introduce the policies they are implementing to alleviate the grave situation facing this community.

We will have C. Tangana, who will accompany us at the Euskalduna Conference Center with his entire creative team, to walk us through their success story, which has taken the artist from the underground to becoming one of the biggest names in music today.

From Puerto Rocio, musician and producer Eduardo Cabra, founder of the successful duo Calle 13, and recipient of a hair-rising number of accolades, including 28 Grammys and Latin Grammys, on his own as well as with artists like Jorge Drexler, Cuarteto de Nos and Rita Indiana. He will have a conversation with prestigious producer Rafa Sardina, creator of memorable productions for stars the likes of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga and Alejandro Sanz.

Linda Perry, the creative force behind memorable hits such as “What’s Up” from 4 Non Blonde, “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera and “Superwoman” from Alicia Keys, will sit opposite the active and curious Donita Sparks, the leader of the influential grunge band L7, to exchange their valuable insight and experience in music.

Musician and singer Nacho Vegas, will also be in Bilbao, to provide an overview of his career and his labor as an “artisan of songs” in a face-to-face interview with music journalist Pilar González Ruiz. Finally, Argentinian artist Tini will chat with journalist Alan Queipo about her path as a young Disney star as Violetta to her current position as a reference of urban music in her country.