Paris, 31 May 2017 – The second International Midem Awards will this year honour a quartet of industry figures who have all made a significant contribution to the music ecosystem. Awards will also be made to the winner of the Midem Artist Accelerator programme and the winner of Midemlab.

Hosted by Paul Zilk, CEO of Midem’s organiser Reed MIDEM, the award ceremony will be part of a gala dinner on 7 June in the Majestic Hotel, Cannes. Midem takes place in Cannes, France, from 6 to 9 June 2017.

The 2017 International Midem Awards will be presented to:

Sarah Stennett, one of the UK’s most successful recording artist managers and Co-Founder of First Access Entertainment. A former entertainment lawyer, Stennett transitioned into A&R and then management, launching the careers of some of the biggest-selling UK acts in recent years, including Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, and Rita Ora, whom she still manages. Rita Ora is part of the roster of First Access Entertainment, a global entertainment company specializing in music and talent management, recorded rights, publishing, film and TV production, sport, fashion and branding as well as app and tech development. Sarah Stennett entered the US market with the launch of hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea, and most recently oversaw the hugely successful solo career launch of Zayn. Stennett will also be delivering a Midem keynote on 8 June at 5:30pm.

Ralph Peer, Chair and CEO of peermusic, a global network of music publishing companies operating in 29 countries with well over a quarter of a million titles in the company’s catalogue across all genres, making it the largest privately-owned company of its kind in the world. A respected authority on copyright, Peer is VP and Director of the National Music Publishers’ Association and a former director of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
He is also a past Chairman and a Director of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) and served on the board of MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, U.K.).

Emmanuel de Buretel, CEO and Founder of Because Music. De Buretel was appointed CEO of Virgin Publishing France in 1986, where he signed artists such as Youssou N’Dour, and Mano Negra. He became head of Virgin Continental Europe in 1998, then setup his own publishing company, Delabel Editions, signing acts including Louise Attaque and Daft Punk. He became President of EMI Continental Europe in 2001. He founded the Because Group in 2004, an independent music group based in London and Paris involved in all aspects of the music business including recorded production (Christine and The Queens, Metronomy, Justice), publishing (Daft Punk, Foals, Stromae), live production (AIR, Radiohead, Eric Clapton, Rammstein) including management and events, and concert halls (La Cigale, Paris).

Andrew Fisher, Executive Chairman of the music identification app Shazam. Fisher joined Shazam in 2005, serving as Chief Executive Officer until 2013 when he became Executive Chairman. Shazam has been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and is among the top 10 most popular apps in the world.

The International Midem “Coup de Coeur 2017” Award will be presented to the winner of the Midem Artist Accelerator, the booster programme for upcoming talent worldwide. This year’s winner is M.anifest, a lyricist, rapper and songwriter from Ghana, whose music has been described as having “the flavour of Kanye West”.

The gala dinner will also be the occasion to highlight the next generation of music digital entrepreneurs, as the most innovative startup of the Midemlab international pitching competition (voted by the Midem audience among the four 2017 Midemlab winners) will receive the final International Midem Award of the evening.

The evening will feature an exclusive screening of a 12-minute reel from the much awaited forthcoming movie “All Eyez On Me” about hip-hop legend and cultural icon Tupac Shakur, from Lionsgate/Code Black, including behind the scenes footage and an unseen trailer. The biopic chronicles the life and legacy of Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and his controversial time at Death Row Records. The screening will be presented by John Katovsich, VP, Theatrical Music, Lionsgate.

“The 2017 International Midem Awards will once again be a privileged moment to honour those who have contributed to the music industry through their talent and dedication, and those who will be the trailblazers of tomorrow. I am also thrilled that Midem is hosting the exclusive screening of footage from the forthcoming biopic about Tupac Shakur, which promises to be one of the event films of the year in its genre,” said Alexandre Deniot, Director of Midem.

About Reed MIDEMFounded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

About Reed Exhibitions – Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com