International Music Summit 2017 is coming


by Maurizio Capaldi

International Music Summit is an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for electronic music and the artistry related to DJing and all related art forms, through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to art and culture worldwide. IMS annually hosts major events globally in Ibiza, Los Angeles, and China.

With less than two weeks until start of the global conference, the International Music Summit, aka IMS 2017, now add 20 more speakers to the impressive and diverse roster. As more voices join the discussion, IMS may very well turn out to have the strongest speaker line-up to date.

IMS has been educating, inspiring and encouraging the sharing of new ideas for exactly ten years now. This year it celebrates the past decade of dynamic change by exploring the most pressing aspects that the music industry is currently facing. Taking the total to more than 50 speakers (read here and here for previously announced speakers), the latest guests of the 10th edition of IMS bring in a vast breadth of analysis. Promoters will be tackling the ever changing face of Ibiza and the direction it is taking. Three major players on the island, CEO and artistic director of Ushuaïa Ibiza and Hï Ibiza Yann Pissenem, head of Cocoon Ibiza Johannes Goller and the booking manager of HEART Ibiza, one of the most innovative clubs on the island, Brigitte Armengol take on the subject.

Discussing the next generation of talent, Charlotte Lucy Cijffers the digital and Ibiza editor of DJ Magazine will be joining talent manager of AMM Management Michael Weicker. World renowned DJ and long time DC10 resident Loco Dice will be taking part as well.

One of dance music’s most respected DJs, Nicole Moudaber together with Ulrike Schönfeld, promoter and curator of Music Goes Further/Into the Valley, will look into the current position and status of world clubbing.

Talent scouting and the development of recording artists are also on the menu. One of the most powerful women in the EDM industry, head of A&R and general manager of Big Beat Records Gina Tucci will be on this panel. With her we have president and founder of Ultra Records Patrick Moxey, whose pioneering vision contributed to brinigng hip hop and EDM into the mainstream, and the founder of R&S Records Renaat Vandepapeliere, another pioneer who has run one of the indudstry’s leading labels for close to four decades.


The streaming debate also continues to figure prominently. As media specialist and co-chair of his organisations Global Entertainment and Media Industry Group, partner of Reed Smith Gregor Pryer will be providing his views of the matter. The DJ Skills Masterclass will see Point Blank presenter Carly Hordern interview Berghain resident DVS1 on his unique mixing style, record collection of 35,000+ and experience at the infamous Berlin venue.

From 24 to 26 May, you know where those who work with, around or behind the scenes of the electronic music industry will be. Get yourself down there or stay tuned for more details. To learn more or purchase your badge, go here. The badge includes entrance to IMS Dalt Vila, one of the most picturesque parties ever as well as the (un)official beginning of the summer season.

The International Music Summit presented by Pete Tong was created in 2007 to inspire debate, discussion and to help implement progressive change in electronic music. Since, the conference has become widely regarded as “The Premier Platform for Thought and Leadership in Electronic Music.”

IMS was created a time when electronic music was at rock bottom and in desperate need of a productive community setting for its leaders. Ibiza was the place where the industry had always congregated every summer, so naturally, it was the starting point for our vision.

IMS continues to pave the path in the electronic music industry. Described by media as “the TED of music conferences,” IMS has grown its reach across continents and is now an award-winning conference as voted by The DJ Awards with multiple panels claiming awards as the Top Electronic Music Debates of All Time by Beatport.

The IMS calendar year begins in April with IMS Engage in Hollywood, California as the precursor to our flagship event, IMS Ibiza in May. Following, IMS heads to China in Fall with the final edition of IMS Asia-Pacific which takes place at the end of the year. IMS’s ambition is to continue our global expansion in effort continue the debate and help the genre innovate all over the world.

IMS Ibiza is a comprehensive three-day event featuring live seminars and debates amongst the leaders of the international music community. Through keynotes, interviews, panels and technology master classes, our industry network comes together for thoughtful discussion about the direction and future of electronic music. The IMS Business Report, which has become the industry’s leading data study, is also presented at IMS Ibiza for a global snapshot of vital statistics about the industry. The event has become a major source of industry deals, press launches and is a talking point for worldwide media. Major brands like Corona, Pioneer, Nokia and Coca Cola have used IMS as a platform to launch important initiatives in the electronic music space.

The IMS Legends Dinner is a celebratory banquet that invites our community together in honor of a leading pioneer of our genre. Past artists that have received the esteemed award include Nile Rodgers, Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong and Carl Cox.
The IMS Grand Finale Festival on Thursday and Friday night is hosted in a treasured Ibiza UNESCO World Heritage Site, the breathtaking and historic Dalt Vila location.