Prague Music Week will fill all three floors of Národní dům na Smíchově for three days. Between 9th and 11th November 2023, each floor will offer a differently focused programme, with a unifying element of music without genre restrictions for everyone, from fans to music professionals. Music enthusiasts and professionals alike can look forward to a trade fair on the ground floor, a conference area on the first floor and concerts in the adjacent Futurum Music Bar.
The main stars of the concert programme at Futurum (rapper KhakiKid and female DJ collective Girls Don’t Sync) will be complemented by the rising talents of the Czech scene. Thursday, November 9, will belong mainly to rap – we will hear rappers Tokju Fokju and Hellwana or a group of three Prague rappers Drum’n’Rap. The energetic band The Silver Spoons will be the headliner of Friday evening, the Emotionally Spoonfed duo, the indie-folk project Jiný Metro and the rock band Cold Meat Party will start the evening programme. Saturday’s concert programme will be opened by the Purpl Boi project of the well-known musician Nèro Scartch, Dmitrievna and the talented producer and musician badfocus will also perform. The Slovak scene will also be represented by DJ Young Aesthete. In addition to the concerts at Futurum Music Bar, music fans can look forward to ten concerts during Prague Music Week in cooperation with partner clubs and promoters such as Rock Café, Malostranská beseda and Rock for People Concerts.
The conference will cover a broad spectrum of the music industry with panel discussions and workshops, and will welcome several global professionals from different spheres of the music industry. Invited speakers include Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury), Cindy Castilo (Mad Cool festival), Stephen Budd (Music Managers Forum), Aminè Ramer (States of Sound) and others. The programme will touch upon the topic of cultural support both from the perspective of the state administration (in a panel on public support for culture or discussions on the planned Year of Czech Music 2024 and with representatives of the export office SoundCzech) and from the private sector in a debate on corporate responsibility. Managers, promoters and event organisers can look forward to panel discussions on topics such as the issue of tours for Central European artists, the rising costs of organizing productions or the challenges of security at concerts and festivals. There will also be workshops – be it on topics such as PR & marketing (with American manager Fiona Bloom), digital distribution (with Oleg Rozov from The Orchard), issues of home recording or master class songwriting with leading Czech songwriters from the teams of Ewa Farná, Pam Rabbit, Sofiana Medjmedje and others. We will also touch on socially resonant topics in discussions about the status of women in music or the ecological aspect of organizing festivals. Part of the conference programme is held under the banner of PLATFORMA Music Day 3, which has been put together by the association of independent music publishers PLATFORMA of Czech Independent Record Labels, and will feature several panel discussions on topics related to music publishing, digital distribution, synchronization of works and artificial intelligence in music production and from the perspective of copyright law.
The attraction of the trade fair part of the Prague Music Week programme will be a demonstration of several vehicles of various sizes used by artists on tour or the Wygroom mobile recording studio.