APAC’s independent industry will gather in Tokyo to bring about new paradigm of cooperation

  • Asia Pacific Music Summit to take place in Tokyo from October 23-24
  • WIN’s APAC Alliance working group to hold its first in-person meeting

APAC Alliance delegates from 10 Asia-Pacific countries will hold their first in-person meeting in Tokyo on October 24, during the Asia Pacific Music Summit. The working group, promoted and coordinated by WIN, was officially launched in 2021 and aims to identify challenges, promote dialogue, and create opportunities for independent music companies and their trade associations in the Asia-Pacific region.

APAC’s independent music industry will come together to discuss how to foster greater collaboration between Asia-Pacific territories, expand the region’s independent network and connect it to the world. Representatives from WIN member associations in Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand, and guests from territories without grouped representation such as China, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines, will advance the APAC Alliance agenda and strategy, with a focus on streaming, neighboring rights and exports.

This unprecedented gathering is part of the Asia Pacific Music Summit, organized by the Japanese trade association IMCJ with the support of WIN and Merlin. This event is an important step in creating a more unified and vibrant regional independent market to introduce the best of the Asian music industry to the world. Held on October 23-24 in Tokyo, it will feature a series of panel discussions and networking opportunities to promote a new paradigm in cross-border cooperation between Asia-Pacific music markets.

Panelists from WIN member associations LIAK (South Korea), SIMCA (India), AIR (Australia) and IMNZ (New Zealand), representatives from some of Asia’s most important music companies (Kanjian Music, GigLife Pro), and delegates from changemakers in emerging music markets (Goethe Musiklabor Ulan Bator of Mongolia, Kroma Entertainment of the Philippines) will dive into the Asian region trends and have long-ranging dialogues about the local streaming market and DSPs, opportunities in emerging Asian markets, the post-COVID live environment, and cross-border collection of performance rights, among others. The summit will also host a meeting between a Korean delegation and the Japanese independent industry.

WIN CEO Noemí Planas, IMCJ President Yushi Yamashita and other WIN members will also participate in the Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) from October 25 to 27 to promote the value of independent record labels and its trade associations in the APAC region and abroad.

The Asia Pacific Music Summit will be hybrid and streamed online, enabling attendees to join from anywhere in the world. Interested companies and professionals can register here. For more information, please contact: brendan@imcj.or.jp

Participation in the APAC Alliance meeting is by invitation only. For more information, please contact us.

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