Today, May 25, marks the launch of the Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS), which returns to the Mediterranean Spanish Island for the fourth consecutive year. The three-day conference brings together industry leaders, record labels and guest speakers from across the electronic dance music (EDM) universe.
The confab strikes a balance between business oriented panels during the day and vigorous clubbing at night culminating in the Grand Finale Festival, which concludes at the summit of the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site in Dalt Vila. 2ManyDJs, Dubfire, Pete Tong and Jason Bentley are headlining the event.
The IMS, co-founded by BBC Radio Host/DJ, Pete Tong, expects this year to draw 450 delegates, including David Levy, one of the first agents exclusively representing DJs, Daniel Miller, founder of Mute Records and George Ergatoudis, head of music at BBC Radio 1.
"The IMS' annual report is a mapping of the electronica business around the world from the point of view of music sales, DJs and live acts, and media channels, across all the major territories," says IMS partner Ben Turner.
This year's slate of panels includes "Meet Team Swedish House Mafia," where participants can learn from one today's most popular DJ groups; and "Brasil On the Rise: An Electronic Future-Soccer, Samba, Sonica," which focuses on why the emerging Brazilian market has become attractive destination for artists and promoters.
For those looking for more information about the conference, a multi-platform app just launched. It includes IMS live news, twitter feeds, program and conference details.
"The IMS," says Turner, "is a place to discuss every aspect of the business."
For the complete IMS schedule click here.