Attendance at Midem 2008 was down slightly from the previous year, organizers said today. The 42nd annual trade fair counted 9,100 participants, compared with the 9,452 delegates reported in 2007.

Speaking at a breakfast function for media guests, Midem director Dominique Leguern was unphased by the shortfall, and said the result holds ups well considering the changes currently sweeping through the industry.

Small labels, she noted, had been the worst hit. "But the quality of the attendance was very good," she commented, "and we had a great line-up of VIPs."

The management (+2%), live (18%) and digital (+19%) communities proved to be Midem's most notable growth sectors, and a strong delegation from the Far East gave organizers confidence for the years ahead. "Our aim is to have every section of the value chain in attendance," she said.

The total number of companies attending Midem slipped slightly to 4,550 from 4,606, while there were 2,238 companies exhibiting, compared with 2,376 in 2007.

Leguern also praised the success of the expanded MidemNet program, which gathered almost 1,400 participants, up from the 1,322 guests counted in 2007. There are no current plans to extend its format into the regular Midem program, she added.

Midem concludes tonight with Paris-based dance label Pschent's traditional closing party at the Martinez Hotel.