14:50 - 15:30

Panel Session: Ethical Festivals & focusing on goals / how to manage it

Moderator: Camila Dizy: Partnerships & Advertising, WOMEX & Classical:NEXT/Piranha Arts

Sophie Trew: Co-Founder, Trew Fields / Stefano Maccarone – Director Sharefest / Jordi Herreruela Salas – Director: Cruilla / Jo Vidler: Creative Director: elrowFamily

In a 2015 article from Billboard magazine, it was estimated that 32 million people attended a music festival that year alone (to put that in context, that is greater than the entire population of Texas), and considering the average cost of music festivals ranging in the hundreds of dollars, it is no small jump to see the potential profits. Recently news has been going around again (after the 2017 revelation) that the owner of Coachella’s parent company, Philip Anschutz (ranked the 38th wealthiest person in the United States by Forbes Magazine in 2017), has continued to fund right-wing causes such as anti-LGBTQ legislation and other purposes characterized as anathema to most of the entertainment industry.

The unfortunate truth is that the two major players in the entertainment business are AEG (Anschutz’s company) and LiveNation. Myles Tanzer of Out.com goes so far as to compare the two as the difference between Coke and Pepsi – that’s how ubiquitous they are. This makes ethical concert going extremely difficult – as much for fans as it is for the artists. Now, Coachella is estimated as having grossed $114.59 million in 2017. Of course, that is only one of Anschutz’s holdings, but odds are that if you attended Coachella or any other AEG sponsored event your money has gone to benefit causes you do not agree with and maybe even vehemently oppose.

The kicker is that we trust the festivals/venues where our favorite artists perform because we trust the artists we love. But this is one of the fundamental problems associated with consumerism – and sorry, but there are fewer things more establishment than attending a multi-million-dollar-grossing festival.

In this panel session we meet three independent festival organiser’s doing things their way, we talk about their philosophies that guide heir ethical stance, who the stakeholders are & they benefit, does it make business sense & what tangible social results are coming from their beliefs.


Quick Info

  • September 12, 2019
  • 14:50 - 15:30
  • Sala Basculas


Camila Dizy

Partnerships & Advertising, WOMEX & Classical:NEXT/Piranha Arts

Sophie Trew

Co-Founder/ Festival Director: Trew Fields Festival


New York/Barcelona, October 14, 2021. The Future Music Forum: Barcelona has merged with Music Industry City. The two firms will pool their resources to form Nybac Media Inc., which will supervise digital broadcasting, live events, and digital communities for its Music Industry City division.

Founded by music industry veterans, Peter Schwinge, former Partner and General Manager of New Music Seminar, and Founder of Moving Target Group, Mike McCready, Co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, and Niall Doorley, founder of Future Music Forum: Barcelona, Nybac Media provides an international platform that includes a broadcast network with the flagship, Music Industry News at Noon; audio drop-in talk shows and podcasts; year-round digital events; community building on the Music Industry City (MIC) website; and live events including the Future Music Forum: Barcelona.

According to Peter Schwinge, CEO and President, “This merger is a great opportunity for both companies as it will allow them to work together on projects more efficiently while expanding their reach to other areas globally where they would not have had access before. We are able to provide more opportunities for our users and partners and provide them with an opportunity to reach new audiences through the network.”

Nybac Media will rely on their deep industry connections to provide musicians access to industry experts through the MIC platform; equip the next generation of the music industry with tools, education, and networks; foster high-level discussions to affect positive change; and increase partners' access and visibility to the industry. 

“I'm delighted to announce our new partnership. I've spent the last 12 years building the Future Music Forum into what it is today, and perhaps the last 5-6 years actively seeking the ideal partner. It's ironic that it emerged at a time when the events business was perhaps in its most fragile state in living memory. I'm excited to see what we can do to help so many people advance in their careers as the industry begins to bounce back.” said Niall Doorley, Vice President and Head of Global Events.

The Music Industry City website has features for artists and people in the industry to interact in real time through communities and forums, live events, and a metaverse. The site also provides educational resources, online courses, and talks from industry leaders; health and wellness topics specifically tailored to the music industry; a personal and professional development section; a music discovery zone; and a local media outlet showcasing members and partners.

Nybac Media has offices in New York and Barcelona. The next, in-person Future Music Forum conference is set to take place in Barcelona on September 20-22, 2022.