Electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Midem trade fair in Cannes, where he will sit for a special Q&A on the subject “Fair Share for Creators.”
The Frenchman can speak with some authority. During a career spanning four decades, his catalog of albums – which include "Oxygène" “Équinoxe,” “Magnetic Fields” and “Zoolook” -- have sold more than 80 million units. Earlier this year, he was appointed president of authors and composers society CISAC.
Speaking to Billboard on his CISAC appointment, Jarre said, “Every kind of work deserves remuneration and being approached with a link to an economical system. That is far beyond just a matter of finance. It’s a matter of rights and identity. I’d say by that it’s facing global issues like the giants of the Internet.”
Bruno Crolot, director of Midem, welcomed Jarre’s participation, noting, “We’re living at the tipping-point of a new growth era for music. Let’s embrace optimism and work together to ensure our industry's recovery expands to every market, from emerging ones to more mature economies.”
Midem will take place Feb. 1-4 at the Palais des Festivals, with Jarre’s "Midem Talks" session to be held on Feb. 3.
The 2014 trade fair will embrace the optimistic theme “Back to Growth? Make it Sustainable.” Confirmed speakers include Seymour Stein, VP of Warner Bros. Records and co-founder of Sire Records, and Alison Wenham, chair/CEO of the Association of Independent Music & chair of the Worldwide Independent Network.
As previously reported, Midem Talks will be headlined by Olivier François, chief marketing officer of Chrysler Group & Fiat Group and head of Fiat brand. Additionally, as part of the first session of Midem Talks, British singer-songwriter Rita Ora, Nadia Khan, MD at Ora's management company Turn First Artists, and Rio Caraeff, president and CEO of Vevo, will discuss Ora's partnership with music video platform Lift.