UKTI to host music trade missions to Japan and Norway

News: 20th May 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Finance, Law & Music Business, Record Labels

If you would like to get involved in either of UKTI's trade missions to Japan or Norway then get your skates on as the closing date for applications is 28th May. Full details below...

Japan Trade Mission

The 7th annual Tokyo Mission run by the BPI and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will take place between 2nd & 6th August 2010.
On this mission, you’ll have the chance to visit Japan to meet and network with some of the leading individuals in the Japanese music & entertainment industries, who can further your business in this important trading territory – one that in straight forward monetary terms is the biggest music market in the world (outside of the United States) and where UK music traditionally sells well.
We would like to invite you to participate in the opportunity to learn about this most intriguing of music markets, and get a head start in doing business for your company, and your music there.

• Programme includes a full schedule of briefings by UKTI British Embassy officials in Tokyo detailing the Japanese market.

• A series of presentations, seminars and workshops by senior industry figures from Universal Music Japan; EMI Japan; Avex; Plug; Imperial; leading independent distributor and marketing company Hostess Entertainment Japan; BMG & Sony Publishing; MySpace; mobile phone companies; live music promoters including Creativeman.

• Opportunity to formally present your repertoire to an enthusiastic audience of Japanese music industry movers and shakers; including licensors, labels and distributors.

• The mission is bookended either side by the Fuji Rock festival ( (30th July to 1st August) and the Summer Sonic festival ( (7th/8th August).

Headline acts appearing at Summer Sonic include Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, The Offspring, Pixies and many more.

This is an unrivalled opportunity to find out about how you can monetise your titles in Japan. In less than one week, you can learn and take back with you an invaluable set of contacts that would normally take several years (and possibly several thousand emails) to collect. Don’t delay, get on board and enrol now!

Registration fees for the mission programme are £150 + VAT (total £176.25). We will provide details of a group hotel, but delegates will be required to cover their own travel expenses and accommodation fees.  There is some funding available through UKTI, please contact [email protected] for more information about this.

If you are interested in going on the mission and would like an application form, please email [email protected] Deadline for completed application forms & payments, Friday 28th May.

Nordic Trade Mission

The BPI would like to announce a new trade mission to help labels and related companies develop their business opportunities in the Nordic markets. Collectively this region currently delivers over $500 million of recorded music sales per annum and has a very active and growing digital market.

Due to the volcanic ash saga and it's knock on effects we have had to postpone the Nordic Trade Mission until 28th and 29th September.

The mission takes place in Oslo, Norway over a two day period in September.

Day 1 -   individual presentations on each of the five Nordic markets by the respective Music Export offices (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway & Iceland) with a comprehensive introduction to and overview of each market. Topics to be covered include local labels, publishing, distribution (digital and physical) mobile and the live sector. In the evening, there will be a reception party at the UK Embassy for delegates and invited guests.

Day 2  -  Specialist panels covering distribution, both physical and digital, licensing, marketing and PR and the live market. The panels will include senior executives from the region dealing with international repertoire and will be open to questions from delegates. The afternoon sessions will include the opportunity to meet and network with a mix of companies from the region. The event will be rounded off in the evening with a 10th anniversary reception for delegates staged by the Music Export Norway, featuring live showcases.

The Nordic countries have always been an excellent market for UK independent music and this is a great opportunity for those coming on the mission to develop contacts, partnerships and activity in this region. To keep costs down, we are condensing the programme into (a packed) 2 days, but are highly confident that a lot of ground will be covered and you will leave Oslo with both a stack of business cards and first-hand knowledge of doing business there. 

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] to register for the mission and/or further details. Space is limited and you are advised to register without delay. There will be a £100 + VAT registration charge and delegates will be expected to pay flight & hotel costs .  Hotels in Oslo are around £100 per night and current BA flights from Heathrow to Oslo are around £160 return. There is a fast direct train from the airport to Oslo city centre (average speed 210 km/h!) which takes around 15/20 minutes and costs £20 each way.

Julian Wall, Director of International Events at the BPI, who is organising the event, says;
 " The track record of outcomes from our existing BPI missions to the US & Japan has encouraged us to look further how we can help our independent label members in other markets. As a first step we have taken the Nordic and Scandinavian region with its easy accessibility, familiarity with UK music & culture and relatively developed markets as a target for indie labels to attack. We hope (as always), to deliver a very high level programme on this inaugural mission covering the digital, live, marketing and distribution sectors, as well as a mass of opportunities for our members to meet other companies from the region and lay the foundations of business in this region for years to come. "

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