Music Exchange Cape Town #MEX18
Get up close to industry professionals at Music Exchange Cape Town

Music Exchange Cape Town (#MEX18), South Africa’s only entertainment-economy-focused conference, returns for the eighth time from 1 to 2 September 2018.

Thanks to the incredible support from some of the world’s biggest names in production, song writing, composition, management, PR, digital strategy and live performance #MEX18 is now well-established and respected, and this year once again offers great value to the industry.

Abbey Road Studios Christian Wright

Martin Myers, founder/convener of Music Exchange remarks, “This year MEX is delighted to have the key decision-makers of some of the most important music bodies in South Africa attending – including RISA and SAMRO. Thanks to extraordinary partnerships and key relationships, MEX18 also welcomes Abbey Road Studios Christian Wright to the fold.”

Christian Wright has mastered many award-winning # 1 albums for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Blur and Gabrielle Aplin, along with soundtracks to movies, such as Gravity, Prince Of Persia and The Master, from both sides of the Atlantic.

Mahogany Sessions Mark Murdoch

Another exciting first-time inclusion to the line-up is Mahogany’s Mark Murdoch. As the founder and owner of one of the world’s most exciting YouTube channels (Mahogany Sessions), Mark is a true digital native who curates multiple music platforms that boast more than 580 000 active subscribers.

Based in London, Mark flies in to deliver a keynote addresses, as well as host a rare masterclass. Not only will he unpack his journey in music over the past decade from Vodafone’s Omniphone music platform, through to supporting global brands in bridging the musical divide, he’ll share invaluable insights into his brand’s extraordinary success.

“I am honoured and equally excited to share and immerse myself in what’s coming out of South Africa,” Mark Murdoch says. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for artists, producers, everyone who’s plugged into taking music to the world. Mahogany’s success is testament to that.”

From a focus on digital monetisation in the new music economy, through to masterclasses dedicated to key disciplines, MEX18 will once again offer it all. With more speakers and events to be announced over the coming two weeks, in the build-up to MEX18, follow the conference on Facebook to get breaking announcements as they happen.

Whether you’re an established or ambitious young artist, publicist, producer, DJ, manager, venue owner, record label, agency or corporate brand looking to gain invaluable insight and learning’s every delegate can actively apply and benefit from, MEX18 is the creative hub responsible for bringing it all together.

Two venues over two days

MEX18 will be hosted at the Academy Of Sound Engineering studio complex in District Six and Sun Square Cape Town Gardens in Mill Street. Limited delegates tickets for MEX18 are available at Quicket.

MUSIC EXCHANGE 2018 Programme, topics, times

Saturday, 1 Sept Sun Square – Gardens, Mill Street Cape Town
8.30 to 9.30 Registration
9.30 Welcome by poet Siphokazi Jonas
9.45 SAMRO presentation – Manqoba Kubheka – ‘The future of music for composers, what SAMRO is doing to build that future’
10.15 RISA presentation from Nhlanla Sibisi (CEO) on the role of I.P. in the recording industry of South Africa – RISA
10.45 Mark Murdoch from Mahogany Creative (London)
11.15 Ben Oldfield Vice President at The Orchard (Paris) speaking on ‘The New Musical Treasure Hunt’
12.00 JOOX South Africa – COO Thabiet Allie will present their streaming service, and how they assist SA artists
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Digital Panel – JOOX South Africa, DEEZER, THE Orchard – ‘What is Digital?’
Moderated by Bradley Shaw
15.00 Steve Werner (program manager KFM) Radio in the digital age, music, coaching high profile personalities and teams, keeping a keen eye on commercial interests
15.30 David Alexander (CEO Sheer Publishing) – ‘If you’re not synching, you’re not winning’
16.00 RJ Benjamin, musician – ’16 years in the business, what I have learnt’
16.30 Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – Questions to the legend
17.00 Christian Wright, Abbey Road, London – ‘Getting it right’
17.30 Networking session with all speakers
18.30 Performance – RJ Benjamin, Chad Alexander

Sunday 2 Sept Room ASE – CT Academy of Sound Engineering

8.30 to 9.30 Registration
10am Music mastering workshop – Christian Wright
10.30 DEEZER & NEXT – Talent of tomorrow – Gillian Ezra, Sotiris Moldovanos, Bianca Blanc
11.00 How to earn royalties in digital age – Nick Matzukis – Director of ASE, CAPASSO/ Advocate/Music Industry Consultant
11.30 Playlist, streaming with Sotiris Moldovanos – ‘How to get your song playlisted and how best to work with a streaming service’
12.00 Chantal Stanfield – ‘TV star to stage to music – My Journey’ hosted by Siphokazi Jonas
12.30 Trends in the European music market – Q&A Mark Murdoch, Christian Wright
13.30 Lunch
14.00 Community radio – what we do with Ian Ward – ONE FM
14.30 Shaun Cloete – Managing tours in Germany
15.00 Artist management – Roy Harman, Respect Music
15.30 Artist panel – RJ Benjamin, Chantal Stanfield, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad
Ricketts, Chad Alexander
16.30 Closing

For Cape Town gig guide:

What: Music Exchange Cape Town #MEX18
When: 1 to 2 September 2018
#MEX18 tickets: One-day tickets R300, full conference for both days R500
Book MEX18 tickets: Quicket
Music Exchange Cape Town booking:
For interview opportunities: Martin Myers @ MEX on 083 448 4475
Social media: #MEX18