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Nordic music biz reveals Top 20 under 30 list for 2021

The fourth annual Nordic Music Biz Top 20 under 30 list has been revealed, honouring the ‘young forces driving the Nordic music industry forward’.

According to organsiers Nomex (Nordic Music Export), the winners were chosen by a panel of 15 judges from the Nordic music industry, based on “company growth, career path, recognition in the industry, influence in the industry in 2020, artistic development, innovation, concert revenues, sales, streaming, campaigns, radio and television publicity”.

This year’s Nordic Music Biz Top 20 under 30 list comprises:

Nina Finnerud, head of UK at Music Norway, commented on the list: “With the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen that the recruitment of young people into the music industry is more important than ever.

“It’s crucial to show the new generation of managers, labels, agents, festivals etc that it is a safe and rewarding industry to work in and choose as a career. It is also vital to make sure the artists have talented people to work with them and look out for their best interest in the future.”

This year’s Nordic Music Biz Top 20 under 30 will be honoured with a ceremony during by:Larm festival in Olso, Norway, on the 30 September.

Nomex was set up to facilitate growth and development in the Nordic music sector, and is a collaborative organisation set up by Export Music Sweden, Music Export Denmark, Music Finland, Iceland Music Export and Music Norway.

 


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Norway’s NKA appoints new chairman

Ivar Chelsom Vogt, head of culture at Bergen venue USF Verftet, has been appointed the new chairman of the Norwegian Live Music Association (NKA).

At its most recent annual promoter conference in Stavanger, NKA (Norsk Konsertarrangører) also elected a new board, with members welcoming new additions Therese Østby Haugen, Trym Grydeland and Åsa Paaske Gulbrandsen, promoting Merete Moum Lo and Herman Ekle Lund, and reelecting Alexandra Archetti Stølen.

“The live market is growing and concert organisers are playing an increasingly central role in the music industry,” says Vogt, who also sits on the board of showcase festivals Vill Vill Vest and by:Larm. “At the same time, margins are small and many promoters are under pressure, [so] it is important that we as a sector work together to ensure a broad, diverse and viable field of organisers.

“NKA is an organisation in continuous growth and development”

“NKA is an organisation in continuous growth and development, with a membership growth of 13% so far in 2019. This is testament to NKA’s relevance, position and opportunity. There is still a lot to work on in this field, and I look forward to taking on the position.”

NKA represents some 350 promoters, festivals and other live businesses across Norway. Read IQ’s recent Norway market report, which found a country with one of the most active live music scenes in Europe, here.

Norwegian Mood: Norway market report

 


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