Midem 2020 Canceled In Cannes, But Keynotes Will Move Online

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The next Cannes edition will be held June 1-4, 2021.

Organizers have cancelled Midem 2020, the music business conference and festival originally set for June 2-5 in Cannes. But there's a silver lining: Many of the event's planned keynote sessions, talks and presentations will move online.

The online version, dubbed the Midem Digital Edition, will livestream globally during the conference's original planned dates (June 2-5). It will partly shift focus to the coronavirus crisis' impact on the music industry, allowing virtual attendees to "discuss, collaborate and share solutions with a focus on the most impacted music stakeholders," according to a press release.

"The situation related to the coronavirus is changing daily, as are government announcements and restrictions. These impact the way that we all lead our lives and conduct business. Given the uncertainty surrounding the virus and companies’ concerns for the safety of their people, it is not possible to hold Midem in June in Cannes," said Midem director Alexandre Deniot. "The Midem team is working hard to support the industry during this challenging time, especially artists and companies that have been hardest hit and when global music unity is more important than ever."

Previously-announced keynote speakers had included Akon, The Raine Group partner Fred Davis, Downtown Music Holdings CEO Justin Kalifowitz and SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor.

More details on the digital event will be announced in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the next in-person edition of Midem is set for June 1-4, 2021, in Cannes, marking the event's 55th anniversary.

"Until then, on behalf of all the Midem team, I hope you stay strong, stay connected and above all, stay safe,” Denoit added.

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