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Werner in, Madsen out at Nordic Music Export

Ludvig Werner, managing director of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden, has been named chairman of Nordic Music Export (Nomex), replacing Gunnar Madsen.

Madsen, general manager of the Danish Rock Council (Rosa), has stepped down after leading Nomex – an umbrella organisation representing of the music export offices of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – from a year after its founding, in 2010.

Also out at Nomex is former programme director Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir, who is leaving to establish a film production company, Tattarrattat.

It is not known whether Werner (pictured) will continue in his role at IFPI Sweden, but his presence has been scrubbed from the organisation’s website. IQ has contacted Nordic Music Export for clarification.

“We are delighted to welcome Ludvig as the chairman of the network”

“Nomex will continue to be a Nordic hub for collaboration, inspiration and joint efforts when exploring new music export possibilities for our five countries,” comments Werner.

Tuomo Tähtinen, a board member and executive director of Music Finland, adds: “Nomex has played a crucial role in the success of the Nordic music sector. We are delighted to welcome Ludvig as the chairman of the network.

“I would also like to thank both Anna and Gunnar for their huge contributions towards making Nomex the success it is today.”

 


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20+ European export offices partner

The European Music Export Exchange Network (EMEE), a new pan-European association uniting over 20 of the continent’s music export offices, launched at music industry conference Midem at the weekend.

Led by chairwoman Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir (Nordic Music Export Programme), EMEE will be governed by a board elected by its members and meet three times a year. The first board comprises Hildur, vice-chair Peter Smidt (Buma Cultuur, Netherlands) and secretary Virgo Sillamaa (Music Estonia).

The new network aims to increase consumption of the repertoire of its members, who met informally for the first time in 2014. “Our network aims to develop [a] further approach to how best to achieve this and contribute to political dialogues and processes in that context,” said a statement from EMEE.

“Music remains one of Europe’s most prized cultural and economic assets, and the creation of this network is hugely significant given that support and approach to our sector is being reassessed at EU level,” said Hildur ahead of the Cannes conference. “The European Commission has chosen the music ecosystem as the best example of a sector strongly influenced by the digital shift, built on small- and medium-sized businesses, and with a strong potential for growth and job creation. This goes hand in hand with EMEE’s common goal to increase the circulation of European repertoire.

“EMEE welcomes the initiative from Creative Europe and fully supports a new music programme in 2020.”