Mario: Luciana, you are the new exclusive representative of Music2Deal Brazil. Please tell us more about your background in the music business and why represent Music2Deal in Brazil?
Luciana: I’ve been working in the music industry in Brazil for over 20 years now. Since my graduation year I’ve experienced many areas of this industry, from being a musician (flute player), to producer, label manager at a major record company, label owner at Delira Musica, trade association leader, etc. Today I focus on building capacity to the Brazilian music ecosystem through Music Trends Brasil International Conference, a get together to discuss, learn, and network event that I organize and curate. MTB takes place in Rio de Janeiro every October. Brazil is one of the most musical countries in the world, top 10 global market, home of amazing and numerous musicians and music professionals from all areas. I’m joining Music2Deal because I see the lack of an effective online network to be able to connect and increase the opportunities for musicians, composers, artists, producers and the likes within our music industry and from our industry to the worldwide environment. I see Music2Deal as a complement of the mission I already fulfil with the conference and will make efforts to attract Brazilian members to the platform and make our country represented in this amazing worldwide network that connects the music industry.
Mario: Sounds really great. As you mentioned MTB, what exactly is the MTB and how did it come into existence?
Luciana: MTB is a conference that gathers 700+ professionals from the most different areas of the music business. From musicians and performers to DSPs and PROs, distributers, publishers, producers and record companies. It takes place in the historical downtown Rio, in an amazing 18th Century building. The main room is fully dedicated to high level discussions of the status and future of our business. CEOs, artists, authors and other executives from Brazilian and foreign companies discuss their best achievements and plans, with focus on developing the market in the best way possible. One other room is dedicated to workshops. New comers, artists, producers, receive the best training from top quality teachers. For those already in the market the workshops mean an important recycling of knowledge and new skills. For new comers it’s education, new skills and network implementation. We encourage foreign companies to come. They will learn a lot about this thriving market, top 10 in the world. It’s the perfect market place to interact and do business with the local companies. There is also the fun part. Party every night during the happy-hour, full of Brazilian Music, beer, homages and joy.
Mario: What are the plans for the next coming MTB in October and what can we expect?
Luciana: The next MTB will happen from Oct 23-25. Major and indie companies are confirmed, as well as most of the PROs and DSPs such as Deezer, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and many others. We’ll have an extensive program with the most up to date discussions on the most important issues of our business. Artists will be trained on DSP’s and marketing tools, copyright and much more. It will probably be the best edition ever.
Mario: You said, that Music2Deal is a complement of your mission. Do you have already some plans to integrate MTB & Music2Deal Brazil?
Luciana: We will open a MTB Group on Music2Deal and every delegate will be able to interact online with the other delegates and speakers. Also, we will grant the participants with a free premium trial until the end of this year. We will collect testimonials after that and will start to build the network from there.
Mario: Why is it an absolute must for every professional to attend this event?
Luciana: There is no other conference in Brazil that places people face to face to the most influential and decision makers executive in the business. The network and the learning in this event is outstanding. Some statements from foreign people that attended in previous editions:
“Sessions I went to were of a really really high level, very good, kind of business to business, type of conversations and I actually got a lot out of this, a lot to learn about, specially on the Brazilian market, that I had no idea about before. So very informative”. Joel High (music supervisor Los Angeles)
“For people coming from overseas, give us a unique opportunity to actually get to know the Brazilian market, make contacts and some good business. Highly recommend it”. Goran Anderson (Swedish executive)
“The whole market has become global and that means it’s more important than before to know what is happening in all the countries around the world. Brazil is especially important, it’s size, the rate that it’s growing, particularly it’s digital growth means it’s incredibly important for us to be here to understand the market”. Steve Mayall (Music Ally UK)
Mario: Last question… How do you want MTB & Music2Deal Brazil to develop and are there already any specific plans for MTB 2025?
Luciana: MTB & M2D are complementary together. They both aim to connect people and help them develop their businesses. I expect MTB and M2D to keep fulfilling their intents until the end of times.