Paris, November 14 2019Midem, the home of the global music community will open with an exclusive keynote conversation devoted to artist and label services, led by Fred Davis, Partner, The Raine Group, alongside Downtown’s CEO Justin Kalifowitz and SoundCloud’s CEO Kerry Trainor. Midem takes place 2-5 June 2020, Palais des Festivals, Cannes.
The unique keynote discussion on 2 June will underline the role and development of the future of Artist & Label Services. Reflecting a strong focus on the topic at Midem 2020, the conversation will dive deep into this essential element of the music ecosystem, helping artists release, promote and monetise their music around the world. The eminent speakers will look at the rise of ‘direct artist’ services companies, and a whole host of other commercial models, allowing unsigned artists to have more choice and flexibility than ever before, offering them the opportunity to create their own virtual record label.
Speaker Fred Davis claims that this focus is an essential discussion point. “With DIY and independent artists representing the fastest growing segment of the industry in terms of revenues, growing 35/40% year-on-year, the music industry is facing a new turning point. There is an exciting opportunity to further empower these artists and rightsholders and allow the entire industry to generate significantly more revenues. In this context, metadata is more than ever a critical issue we need to unify around. Midem is uniquely positioned to host such an important conversation as it welcomes all its stakeholders.”
With this in mind, Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot, is passionate about launching the Midem Artist and Label Services Forum – the first global platform for artist and label services at Midem 2020. He is also excited for the first announcement of the 2020 edition to be this keynote discussion, thus strengthening Midem’s commitment to put artists at the heart of the event, saying, “We’re delighted to host this amazing line-up of keynote speakers, which resonates with our artist-centric strategy and highlights the main evolutions currently reshaping our industry. By creating the first ever Artist & Label Services Forum at Midem, we aim to further serve the global music community and provide concrete solutions for new artists, entrepreneurs and the industry´s needs. The Forum will unite existing services for artists & labels across production, marketing, sales & promotion, rights management and more. Combined these elements can help boost artists’ careers and provide solutions for labels to support their artists around the world.”
The Midem Artist & Label Services Forum
Midem launches the first global platform for artist and label services: the Midem Artist and Label Services Forum.
Midem has always been at the forefront of innovation, monitoring and accompanying the evolution of the industry and creating solutions to address the needs of the global music community.
By creating the Midem Artist & Label Services Forum, Midem recognises the essential role these services are playing and provides a global platform to answer the new needs of the stakeholders of this booming ecosystem: artists, managers, digital distributors, labels, DSPs, as well as the artist & label services themselves.
At the very heart of the Palais, the Midem Artist & Label Services Forum brings together leading services – production, funding, marketing, sales & promotion, rights management, and many others – from all around the world, which can help boost artists’ careers and provide solutions for labels to support their artists and catalogues.
The Midem Artist & Label Services Forum includes:

  • A marketplace where artist services / label services and digital distributors showcase their solutions
  • A demo stage to promote their services
  • A workshop space dedicated to artists, managers & indie labels, hosted by service providers
  • A job board for service providers available to all Midem delegates
  • Networking events with happy hour cocktails to bring together all the stakeholders
  • And more to be announced

Notes To Editors
Fred Davis, Partner, The Raine Group (USA)
Fred is a Partner at Raine. Since joining the firm in July 2014, Fred has focused on both advising and investing across the global digital media sector for high growth and earlier stage companies, including SoundCloud, Spotify, AVL Digital (CD Baby), Amuse, Troy Carter’s Q&A, LA Reid’s HitCo and Fuga. Fred divides his time between Raine’s London and New York offices. Before co-founding CODE Advisors in 2010, Fred was a senior Partner of the leading Entertainment/New Media Law Firm of Davis Shapiro & Lewit. Fred is on the board of directors of SoundCloud, a Raine portfolio company.
Formerly an Executive Vice President at EMI Records, Fred has received the ACLU’s Bill of Rights Award and the UJA Music Visionary of the Year Award, and was a member of the board of directors for the 9/11 Fund. He received his BA from Tufts University in 1981 and his JD from Fordham Law in 1985.
Justin Kalifowitz, CEO, Downtown Music Holdings (USA)
Justin Kalifowitz is founder and CEO of Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown), an integrated music
company that owns, develops, and manages businesses with a vision for a more innovative and
equitable global music ecosystem. Downtown manages millions of music copyrights across its portfolio of companies, with a catalog that spans roughly 100 years of popular music, including music for film and television, and the single largest independent sound recording catalog in the industry. The company owns and operates Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust®, AVL Digital Group, and Downtown Music Studios. With operations across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, Downtown is the world’s leading provider of end-to-end services to artists, songwriters, labels, music publishers and other rights holders.
Kerry Trainor, CEO, SoundCloud (USA/Germany)
Kerry Trainor is the Chief Executive Officer at SoundCloud. He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company and driving SoundCloud’s continued success in its ongoing mission to fuel the platform’s one-of-a-kind, creator-driven listener experience.  Prior to joining SoundCloud, Trainor was Chief Executive Officer at Vimeo, where he oversaw development of the video-sharing site into a leading global platform. Throughout his career, Trainor held roles at AOL, Huffington Post Media Group, founder of FlipGloss Media, and! Music. In addition to his professional roles, he currently serves as a Board Director for Fender Musical Instruments and a Board Advisor to The Artists Den.
About Midem – Home of the Global Music Community, Midem is the world’s leading music business event which unites, connects, serves and supports the global music ecosystem to exchange, create, play, forge relationships and shape the future of the industry. With a rich 4-day programme of conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances, music makers, cutting-edge technology companies, brands and talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people and music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections.