Paris, 8 November, 2018 – Midem, the home of the global music community, today unveils the programme for its debut Latin American Forum. Adriana Restrepo, President of CODISCOS and Chair of IFPI’s Latin America & Caribbean Regional Board, will deliver a keynote at the conference to be held 26 – 27 November 2018 in Rio.
This inaugural (invitation-only) edition of the Midem Latin American Forum, in association with partners Estrombo and Sebrae, will welcome Latin American artists and key industry executives from or working with the market to a one and a half day intensive conference and live music programme. Part of Midem’s High Potential Markets Programme, the event will focus on how to develop the pan-Latin American music ecosystem in an already buzzing global music hub.
Adriana Restrepo, a leading figure in the region’s music business, will provide a unique perspective at the crossroads of both indie and major companies and on Colombia’s regional and global outlook. Her keynote, entitled, “Making the most of the globalization of Latin American music”, will focus on how the regional industry can optimise digital by constantly adapting to technology and new consumption habits.
Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot, looks forward to welcoming Restrepo to the Forum, saying, “We are honoured to be benefitting from Adriana’s valuable insight on the Latin American music landscape in the “post-Despacito era”. Latin American music is breaking boundaries and breaking through borders, reaching new audiences worldwide. Cross-genre international collaborations have become the new norm and we’re excited to explore where the industry is headed with Adriana’s guidance.”
At a time when digital is multiplying Latin American artists’ reach and new markets across the continent are becoming more and more active, Restrepo will share her vision on what lays ahead for Latam music. She will discuss both local and global trends and the challenges for the region’s artists and music industry as a whole, thanks to the unique perspective offered by her dual role within CODISCOS and IFPI. As a leading player in the Colombian music business, one of today’s most dynamic and creative markets, Restrepo will illustrate how CODISCOS was able to diversify its activities and adapt to new audiences and consumption models, whilst remaining an example of best practice in terms of creativity and talent development, with an eye for artists such as Wolfine and Nicky Jam.
Restrepo sees the Midem Latin American Forum as a celebration of the region’s growth, explaining, “I see with great interest that Midem is being held in Latin America, since the industry in this region has been growing over the last five years above the rate of world growth. It is our moment and Midem is a great event for it.”
Details of the Midem Latin American Forum full programme can be found here
Below is a selection of the confirmed speakers:

  • José Abreu, Senior Director, Digital Strategy Latin Iberia Region, Sony Music Entertainment (USA)
  • Sebastian Carlomagno, COO, Move Concerts (Argentina)
  • Flavia Cesar, Manager, Strategic Commercial & Film Sync Licensing, Warner/Chappell (Brazil)
  • Yvonne Drazan, VP Latin Division, peermusic (USA)
  • Grant Dull, CEO, ZZK Records (Argentina)
  • Rafael Fariñas, Regional Director, CISAC (Chile)
  • Zach Fuller, Media Analyst, MiDIA Research (UK)
  • Angie Martinez, General Counsel, Ozuna Entertainment (USA)
  • Paulo Lima, President, Universal Music Group (Brazil)
  • Mary Nuñez, VP Music Licensing & Creative Services, Sony Music Entertainment (USA)
  • Juan Francisco Saavedra Plata, CEO & Founder, Kuack Media (Colombia)
  • Daniel Zawadzki, Partner & Head of New Business Development, M3 Music (Colombia)

Alexandre Deniot says, “There is so much we can learn as a wider industry from the example of this region. I am thrilled to be welcoming these leading music executives from across Latin America and beyond to contribute to our conference programme. They will share their expertise and inspire each other to create opportunities for Latin American artists regionally and internationally. As Adriana Restrepo says…now is the time.

Notes To Editors:

Midem’s High Potential Markets Programme:
The Programme was established to help global music professionals by encouraging business development and fresh talent discovery. It aims to foster bilateral exchanges between national and international music executives across all sectors, working to facilitate the structuring and professionalization of the high-potential markets.
The inaugural Latin American Forum follows the success of the Programme’s 2018 events, when the focus was Sub-Saharan Africa. A packed four-day ‘African Forum’ during Midem and four events across Africa in Johannesburg, Lagos, Abidjan and Brazzaville, to meet local artists and industry players, garnered widespread support, paving the way for this year’s Rio event.
Midem Latin American Forum Partners: Apex Brasil, Gouvernement de Rio & Crab Sebrae, Canal Brasil, ICMP, ECAD, IFPI, Industria Musical, Prensario Musica and UBC
About Adriana Restrepo & CODISCOS:
Adriana Restrepo is a leading figure in the Colombian music industry. As President of CODISCOS, a front-running independent Colombian record company, she has been instrumental in its transformation into a fully integrated digital business, by placing innovation at the very heart of her strategy and in the label’s DNA. As President of Codiscos, she has led the digital transition of this iconic Colombian label. She is also Chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Board of IFPI, the organisation representing the recording industry worldwide. CODISCOS – based in Medellin, Colombia, was founded in 1950. It is one of the oldest and largest record labels and publishers in South America. Their catalog includes Wolfine’s hit “Bella” and it also encompasses their past catalog of Spanish language hits, including songs performed by Maelo Ruiz, Peter Manjarres, Felipe Pelaez, and Nicky Jam.
About Midem:
Home of the Global Music Community, Midem is the world’s leading music event which brings
together, connects, serves and supports the global music community to exchange, create, play, forge relationships and shape the future of music. With a rich 4-day programme of conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances, music makers, cutting-edge technology companies, brands & talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections.
Midem is part of Reed MIDEM, a global leader in the organisation of international professional markets in music, television and digital content industries (MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR, MIP China and MIP Cancun) and real estate sectors (MIPIM, MIPIM PropTech and MAPIC).
Reed MIDEM is a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2017 Reed brought together over seven million event participants 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 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.
About Sebrae:
Sebrae (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service) is a non-profit private entity with the mission of promoting the sustainable and expert competitive development of small businesses in Brazil. Their aim is to foster entrepreneurship, providing guidance to help small businesses to grow and generate more employment, supporting the growth of the Brazilian economy. 8,5 million small business = 99% of total Brazilian business
Sebrae has a network of almost 700 onsite service centers throughout the country, counting on more than five thousand small business experts and a large pool of external consultants, working towards transferring knowledge and know-how to those who own or intend to start a company. www.sebrae.com.br