The conference sessions of Canadian Music Week taking place in Toronto May 9-12 include expansive discussions of the concert business during a two-day Live Touring Summit, with a focus on opportunities in Mexico. During 2017, concerts in Mexico grossed over $178 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Sergio Arbelaez Ospina, co-founder and organizer of Mexico’s FIMPro Conference for the Latin American music industry, will moderate an export business-development session involving 15 Mexican music and touring executives on May 10. “Towards a Connected Industry: The Future of North and South American Latin Music” is on the agenda for May 11, hosted by Felix Contreras of NPR’s Alt.Latino.
Neill Dixon, founder of Canadian Music Week, acknowledges the growing importance of programming devoted to the touring business. “Live is definitely where the money is,” he says. “There are a lot more festivals now, and that has been in the last five years. Venues are multiplying as well.”