More than 100 activities, including talks, workshops, masterclasses, showcases, speedmeetings, family activities, presentations and a festival, make up the 4 days of BIME’s programme.

More than 1,000 professionals from all over the world are expected to attend and it will also be available online, live and on demand, through our online platform.

The meeting will culminate with the BIME LIVE festival on Saturday 7th May at the Palacio de los Deportes, led by Nathy Peluso and Nanpa Básico.

The great International Music Industry Meeting, which has been held in Bilbao for a decade, is celebrating its first edition in its new headquarters in America, in Bogota. BIME is from its origin a bridge of cooperation and internationalisation between two continents, between Europe and America, the space of reference where to meet all the people who work in the music sector and the cultural and creative industries.  

The doors of BIME will open tomorrow, Wednesday 4 May, at 9am in Zula, the main venue for the professional meeting, and will close in the early hours of Saturday 8 May at the Palacio de los Deportes with the culmination of the BIME LIVE festival. Usaquén is the neighbourhood that will host most of the programming aimed at professionals, one of the most welcoming and culturally vibrant in the city, which stands out for recognising culture as a strategic component of sustainable development and a factor of local, national and international integration. The 4 venues – Zula, Escenario Usaquén (Parking 119), Cinema Paradiso and Mr. Bum – located less than 500m away and a 6-minute walk from each other, are ready to facilitate the mobility of the more than 1,000 professionals and more than 100 media that have already been accredited from all over the world and that will have a busy agenda of business rounds, presentations, workshops and panels. Live music will be extended to other areas of the city, in the Cumbia House venues in Gaira, Kaputt and the Palacio de los Deportes.  

More than 120 speakers with leading figures on the international scene

BIME maintains intact the essence and innovative spirit that have positioned it as an international community of reference. This is reflected in the programme made up of a complete selection of talks and conferences with international references from all areas of the industry: Albina Cabrera and Chris Kellogg -KEXP, USA-, Amy Peck -Endeavor XR- USA-, Bill Reichert -Pegasus Tech Ventures, USA-, Cabra (Producer-Puerto Rico), Carlos Abreu – United Talent Agency, USA-, Carlos Galán (Subterfuge-Spain), Cesar Acevedo -director of Gibson Brands US Hispanic-, Claudia Elena Vasquez -executive director of Universo Vives, Colombia-, Diana Rodriguez -Criteria Entertainment, USA-, Fabio Acosta -manager of J. Balvin, USA-, Isabel Paz- The Latin Recording Academy Latin Grammy®, USA-, Javier Lafuente -director of El País América, Mexico-, Javier Niño – Google, USA-, Kacho López Mari -film director of Filmes Zapatero, Puerto Rico-, Leila Cobo -director of Billboard Latino, USA-, Maria Fernández -director of Sony Iberia, USA-, Tomas Cookman -director of Industria Works, USA- and artists Draco Rosa -Puerto Rico / USA-, Francisca Valenzuela -Chile-, Gepe -Chile-, Susy Shock -Argentina-, among others will share the expertise gained throughout their successful careers and give their vision on the present and future of the music industry.

On the institutional side, Adriana Padilla, Vice-Minister of Creativity and Orange Economy of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and Adriana Moscoso del Prado, Director General of Cultural Industries, Intellectual Property and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Spain, will speak about public policies for the development of culture and music as an economic and social engine. In addition, an extensive programme will be developed in collaboration with IDARTES and the Mayor’s Office of Usaquén, integrating international and local participation in an organic way. Representatives of national and regional institutions from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Peru, United Kingdom and Uruguay will be present at BIME, and there will also be participation from international organisations such as SEGIB and IDB/IADB.

The breadth of the topics that will be addressed during the meeting are divided into large sections: FESTS! where important national and international festivals will participate, including Primavera Sound, Rock al Parque, Detonante, Petronio Álvarez, Bilbao BBK Live, La Línea, Ruido Fest, Tomavistas, Summerstage, Estéreo Picnic; CAMPUS, the intensive training cycle taught by top professionals and supported by the Universidad Javeriana, Ean Universidad, Arbol naranja, ICESI and DNA Music; START UP! the meeting and promotion space for startups in the industry, whose competition selects the 8 most disruptive startups in the sector and awards the most innovative project with access to venture capital from Silicon Valley such as Pegasus Tech Ventures or Founders Floor, as well as a trade mission to BIME PRO Bilbao.

Within the framework of this event, there will also be meetings of MMF LATAM (Music Management Forum), the first Civil Association that brings together managers and music agents in Latin America and is part of the IMMF (International Music Management Forum). Within the framework of the Music Equality Forum, several talks on gender equality in the industry will take place and the first face-to-face meeting of the LATAM network of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) will also be held.

BIME CITY: 27 showcases, the vinyl congress, audiovisual screenings and family activities in the free and open access programme

As part of this event, the BIME CITY programme will bring to the city more than 27 showcases of emerging artists to the city, the most promising emerging talents from Europe and Latin America that can be enjoyed on the stages at Zula-Usaquén, Gaira Cumbia House, Mr. BUM and Kaputt. In addition, there will be the Latin Vinyl Industry Congress, audiovisual activities at Cinema Paraíso and the BIME PEQUES festival organised by IDARTES on Saturday 7 during the day, with activities for the whole family.

The BIME LIVE festival brings the powerful live performances of Nathy Peluso, Nanpa Básico, The Change, Recycled J and Rap Bang Club.

The festival will be held on Saturday 7th May at the Palacio de los Deportes with performances by 5 Ibero-American artists: Nathy Peluso and Nanpa Básico headline the line-up which also includes The Change, Rap Bang Club, Recycled J. Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased at entradasamarillas.com.

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