Ibiza will again host the International Music Summit (IMS), the electronic music industry conference that launched this year. It takes place on May 27 to 29.

Around 300 delegates attended the inaugural event in 2008 and the number of places has increased to 400. The organizers stress it will continue to focus on being an intimate gathering with high-level delegates and speakers.

The 2009 event program of panels, events and workshops will address the dance music industry's position in relation to the economic downturn. There will be an exhibition space for 30 companies and there is a discount deal for delegates with the five-star Ibiza Gran Hotel.

Ben Turner, director of London-based Graphite Media and co-founder, told Billboard.biz: "IMS launched as a wake up call to the electronic industry - to get back to business, to learn and listen again, instead of going to conferences and partying all day in posh hotel suites. Times have changed, IMS leads the change."

IMS will also lead into the official opening weekend of the Ibiza season and will conclude with an outdoor event featuring live acts and DJs, including Pete Tong.

Pete Tong, summit co-founder, said in a statement: "What happened in Ibiza [in 2008] will impact our future and the way the music industry moves forward. The response was overwhelming; people walked away with ideas for the future, with new relationships forged from different aspects of electronica and the film and brand industry. In 2009, we aim to build on this with some exciting new initiatives to be announced in Ibiza."

Turner says the program will include representatives outside dance music.

"Electronic culture is sophisticated and light on its feet, a great advantage," says Turner. "It does need to learn a lot from the mainstream music world, and at the IMS:09 we will put together some major names to challenge our major names to see if they can learn from each other."

Sponsors include Pioneer Pro DJ, Sol beer, club brand Pacha and marketing and advertising agency The Shop.