For the next few days, I’m in Cannes, France at the most tech-focused edition yet of long-running music industry conference Midem.
The music industry is changing – its old model just doesn’t work any more and finally, top-to-bottom, the industry has realised the need for change. Startups and app developers have flocked to Cannes for this year’s event, and between now and Tuesday we’ll be meeting the established names and new companies that will shape the future of music.
You’ll find all our Midem coverage at a specially branded channel thenextweb.com/midem – although our coverage will of course be completely independent. Expect audio and video interviews as part of our coverage, and we’ll be live-streaming Visionary Monday, when the industry’s future will be discussed by everyone from Facebook’s Dan Rose to Rovio’s CEO Mikael Hed.
We’ll also be looking at the Midem Hack Day – a 48-hour hackathon which aims to surface innovative solutions to music industry problems. Everyone from small startups to major labels have been pitching ideas to the assembled developers at the Innovation Factory stage.
So, keep an eye out for The Next Web’s coverage of Midem – and if you’re a startup or established tech company at the event, drop me a message on Twitter and let’s meet up.