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Fernando Ladeiro-Marques takes over from Daniel Colling as the new owner of Paris conference and festival MaMA

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MaMA, France’s music conference and festival held annually in Paris during the autumn, is undergoing the most significant structural transformation since its inception 15 years ago, with changes in its ownership and its conference programming team.

Daniel Colling, a prominent figure in France’s live music industry, Director of the Zenith venue in Paris and founder of MaMA, has decided to retire from the organisation he led since its creation in 2009. Fernando Ladeiro-Marques, co-founder of MaMA alongside Colling, has taken ownership of the organisation.

MaMA’s Fernando Ladeiro-Marques

Ladeiro-Marques commented: “For the past 15 years, MaMA has been an unmissable event in the French and international music industry’s agenda under the leadership of Daniel Colling. We will continue to honour the legacy of MaMA as a key industry gathering. We also want it to be the leading forum to explore the future of our industry and the place where we will invent tomorrow’s music business. In addition, MaMA festival will continue to feature up-and-coming artists at a time when they need, more than ever before, windows of exposure.”

A new team of conference experts

The organisation has announced that, for the next edition of MaMA, taking place in Paris on 16-18 October 2024, Ladeiro-Marques will be joined by a new team of conference experts, including Emmanuel Legrand as the coordinator of the “Grands Débats”, MaMA’s main conferences programme. Legrand is also the Editor of the news platform Creative Industries News and has been covering the music sector for the past three decades. He has worked with MaMA for the past 10 years as a consultant.

Emily Gonneau continues as the curator of MaMA Invent, MaMA’s dedicated conference stream focused on innovation and the transformation of the music industry. Gonneau is a serial entrepreneur — Unicum Music, Nüagency, Causa, La Nouvelle Onde, Change de Disque —, author, mentor and educator.

Flavien Appavou is confirmed as the coordinator of Le CosyLab, MaMA’s forum on new ideas and social trends. Appavou is a journalist, improv comedian, TV programme producer, trainer and facilitator. Elise Yacoub is the coordinator of the MaMA convention.

Get more adventurous and creative

Legrand said: “MaMA’s debates will continue to address the challenges faced by the music sector, offering new perspectives and opinions to help participants better grasp the challenges ahead, in an informative and entertaining way.”

Emily Gonneau added: “MaMA Invent has been the platform for music innovation. We will double down to make it even more cutting-edge with the world’s foremost movers and shakers. It’s time to get even more adventurous and creative.”

Appavou said: “Since we started CosyLab, we have literally carved a corner at MaMA where we open the mic to people with unconventional ideas and perspectives. We will continue to welcome out-of-the-box thinkers and agitators, and have fun!”

The 2023 edition of MaMA brought together 7,000 professionals and 2,600 companies and organisations, who attended 170 conferences with 400 speakers and 160 concerts.

Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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BMG signs US producer and performer Mustard to a global recordings agreement

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American producer and artist Mustard, a.k.a. Dijon Isaiah McFarlane, has signed a new global recordings agreement with BMG, which will distribute his fourth studio album, 'Faith of a Mustard Seed', on July 26.

Mustard said, "I’m happy to join forces with BMG, a company known for its dedication to nurturing artistic independence, integrity, and innovation. Together, we’ll continue to push the boundaries of creativity and deliver groundbreaking music that resonates with audiences worldwide." ...

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ACT elects new Board as Sky’s Cécile Frot-Coutaz is reappointed as President; Niklas Lagergren joins as Advisor

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The Members of the Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe (ACT) have elected a new ACT Board at the Annual General Assembly that took place in Brussels on 19 June 2024.

The new Board Members, elected for a period of two years, are: Carolina Lorenzon (Mediaset S.p.A.) as Chair of the Board; Christophe Roy (CANAL+); Joanna O'Sullivan (ITV plc); Claus Grewenig (RTL Group); Jean-Baptiste Amilhat (Sky plc); Marie Marzin (TF1 Group); Mélanie Amilhat (Paramount...

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Carín León’s Socios Music inks partnership with Virgin Music Group and Island Records

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Socios Music, the record label set up by Mexican Singer and songwriter Carín León, has entered into a partnership with Virgin Music Group and Island Records to release new music.

León is known for songs such as 'Como Lo Hice Yo', as well as 'Ni Me Debes Ni Te Debo', 'Te Lo Agradezco', 'No Es Por Acá', among others. The new partnership’s first release is León’s Boca 'Chueca Vol. 1', album out on May 30. 'Boca Chueca Vol. 1' features 19 songs, with 'Despídase Bien' as the new single, as well ...

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