IMS 2023 "Face The Future"


The first details of the programming for the fourteenth edition of International Music Summit Ibiza, a leading thought-leadership platform in electronic music has finally been announced. The three-day event will take place at the Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort, which will be exclusively privatized for attending delegates for the second year running.

Co-hosted by BBC Radio 1 broadcasters Pete Tong and Jaguar, the summit will bring together innovators, creators, visionaries, and disruptors from across the global electronic music ecosystem to analyze the most crucial business challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.

IMS x Beatport

Beatport, the world’s largest electronic dance music (EDM) platform, has made a major move in the industry by acquiring a majority stake in International Music Summit (IMS), the global conference and networking event for the electronic music industry. The announcement was made on February 28th, 2023, and the deal will see Beatport take over control of IMS, with co-founder Ben Turner remaining as managing director.

The acquisition marks Beatport’s first major foray into the live events space and consolidates its position as a key player in the electronic music scene. For IMS, it presents an opportunity to tap into Beatport’s vast network and resources and expand its reach beyond its current annual event in Ibiza. The electronic music industry is currently experiencing significant growth, with EDM artists and festivals continuing to draw large crowds and generate significant revenue. According to a report by the International Music Summit, the global electronic music industry was worth $7.3 billion in 2022, up from $4.4 billion in 2010.

The report also noted that streaming was the dominant revenue source for the industry, accounting for 55% of total revenue in 2022. With Beatport’s acquisition of IMS, the company is in a prime position to capitalize on this growth and become a leader in the electronic music industry. Robb McDaniels, Beatport’s CEO, stated that the acquisition “represents a significant milestone in Beatport’s journey to become the premier destination for electronic music fans and professionals.”

International Music Summit Jaguar
Jaguar, BBC Radio 1 DJ and IMS Ibiza co-host

The event will feature a range of speakers, including Max Lousada (Warner Music Group, CEO, Recorded Music), Ben Mawson (Co-Founder, TaP Music), and Jennifer Justice (Founder/CEO, The Justice Dept.). The summit will cover a range of topics, from AI and music rights management to diversity and inclusion, and the ever-changing dynamic between agents and promoters.

In addition to the speaker lineup, IMS Ibiza will host a range of workshops and masterclasses, including a workshop led by LP Giobbi (Artist) on sound production, engineering, and design for women, queer, and non-binary folk. Elijah (Founder, Make The Ting) will lead a workshop on cutting through the noise on social media to build resonant brands.

International Music Summit x Max Lousada
Max Lousada (CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group),
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The summit will also provide opportunities for delegates to explore best practice and innovation in technology, diversity and inclusion, education, and wellness, presented in engaging formats across the sprawling seaside Destino Pacha Resort site. The Art of Areté will once again be fully integrated into the IMS Ibiza experience, offering daily programming supporting the mental health of the industry.

IMS College, presented in partnership with Point Blank Music School, will offer a complete schedule of artist-led workshops and DJ & production masterclasses. IMS Tech X will showcase the latest in technology, providing a carefully curated selection of the world’s most innovative brands, including Pioneer DJ, TribeXR, and more. The YouTube Lounge will create an all-purpose co-working space for delegates to host meetings, network, and enjoy refreshments.

IMS Partners

IMS Partners

While the acquisition of International Music Summit by Beatport has raised concerns among some industry insiders about the potential homogenization of the electronic music landscape, many are optimistic about especially because the collaboration between International Music Summit and Beatport is much longer lasting than this acquisition which simply consolidates one of the partnerships that has really given a lot to the electronic music industry in recent years.

Speakers, Topics & Regulars

Max Lousada (CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group) – Keynote Interview
Sherelle w/ Fabio & Grooverider – In Conversation
Ben Mawson (Co-Founder, TaP Music) – Reclaim Your Rights: A Case Study with TaP Music Publishing
Jennifer Justice (CEO, The Justice Dept.) w/ TOKiMONSTA – Takin’ Care of Lady Busine$$ (Live Podcast)
Fat Tony – Keynote Interview
LP Giobbi – Planet In Progress by FoundationFM (Production Masterclass)
Elijah presents Yellow Squares (Founder, Make The Ting) —  Social Media As A Canvas (Workshop)
Anna Neville (Co-President, TaP Music Publishing)
Cristiana Simon (Artist Manager, Alegria Agency) — Trust The Process (Discussion)
Tom Schroeder (Executive VP, Wasserman) – Agent vs Promoter (Presidential Debate)
David Sinopoli (Founder, iii Points; Co-Owner, Club Space) – Keynote Interview
Andrea Gleeson (CEO, TuneCore) – Diversity & Inclusion: A Deep Discussion
Becky Tong & Frankie Wells (Co-Founders, Foundation FM) – Planet In Progress Woman Production Workshop
Hannah Shogbola (Music Agent, United Talent) – The Annual Agent AMA
Jessica Capaz McCarthy (Artistic Director, pacha Group) – The Annual Agent AMA
Katie Bain (Director, Billboard)
Silvia Montello (CEO, AIM) – Matters of the Mind: Understanding Neurodiversity
Stephanie LaFera (Head of Electronic Music, WME) – The Annual Agent AMA
Sidney Blue (Artist) – Diversity & Incusivity: A Deep Discussion
TAALIAH (Artist) – Diversity & Inclusion: A Deep Discussion
Tracey Fox (A&R, Helix Records & Ultra Music Publishing) – Everything You Need To Know About Publishing
Dan Chalmers (Director, YouTube Music) – Keynote
Grace Russo (Talent Manager, Skretz Entertainment) – Trust The Process: Taking a Leap of Faith
Heléna Star (Artist) – Planet In Progress Woman’s Production | Workshop by foundationfm
Inder Phull (Co-Founder & CEO of PIXELYNX) – Web3: Where to Now?
Jean-Charles Carré (Co-Founder, What A Music Ltd.) – Understanding the Unstoppable: AI Unravelled
Jen O’Neill (Business Affairs Consultant, Hoare Associates Limited (ALSP)) – Matters of the Mind: Understanding Neurodiversity
Maria May (Senior Agent, CAA) – The Annual Agent AMA
Oleg Stavitsky (CEO, Endel Sound) – Understanding the Unstoppable: AI Unravelled
Richard McGinnis (Promoter & Booker, Circus/Warehouse Project) – Agent vs. Promoter (Presidential Debate)
Sanjay Nandi (CEO, Pacha Group) – Pacha at 50 and the Future of Nightclubs
Adam Beyer (Artist) – Pete Tong DJ Academy: How To Build a DJ Career
Anna (Artist) – The Art Of Areté
Camelphat (Artist) – Keynote Interview
Damian Lazarus (Artist) – Keynote Interview
Danny Howard (Artist) – IMS College: Broadcast Masterclass
Fabio & Grooverider (Artist) – In Conversation with Sherelle
Jellybean Benitez (Artist) – In Conversation with Jellybean Benitez
Jennifer Cardini (Artist) – Ageing In Club Culture
Layla Benitez (Artist) – In Conversation with Jellybean Benitez
Marshall Jefferson (Artist) – IMS College: Making Of A Classic
Orbital (Artist) – Keynote Interview
Scuba (Artist) – Not A Diving Podcaster

Understanding the Unstoppable: AI Unravelled (Half-Day)
Web3: Where to Now? (Half-Day)
Diversity & Inclusivity: A Deep Discussion
Ageing in Club Culture hosted by Jennifer Cardini
Reclaim Your Rights: A Case Study by TaP Music Publishing w/ Ben Mawson & Anna Neville (TaP Music Publishing) & John Truelove (Truelove Music)
Matters of the Mind: Understanding Neurodiversity hosted by AFEM (Association for Electronic Music)
Agent vs. Promoter (Presidential Debate)
AI: For & Against (Presidential Debate)
The State of Electronic Music Journalism hosted by Shawn Reynaldo from First Floor
How To…Sell Your Career Catalogue hosted by Maximilien Jazani (Founder, Catalogue Associates Limited)


IMS Business Report 2023 + Analysis Q&A (Wednesday)
IMS Legends Dinner presented by YouTube (Thursday)
IMS & Pioneer DJ present: Pioneer Award 2023
IMS Visionaries Contest 2023: Entrepreneurial Competition
IMS Dalt Vila + After-Party presented by Pioneer DJ & YouTube (Friday)
IMS presents The Art of Areté in partnership with Pioneer DJ (Wellness Space)
IMS College in partnership with Point Blank Music School (Education Space)
IMS Tech X (Technology Space)
Networking Drinks presented by Ultra Music (Wednesday)
Lounges presented by YouTube; Beatport; Deezer; Party Degenerates

More to be announced…

IMS Dalt Vila

The International Music Summit has also announced its highly anticipated annual IMS Dalt Vila event in Ibiza, marking the close of the three summit days and the flagship event of IMS. The event features a unique and diverse lineup of emerging DJs and established talents, including CamelPhat, ANNA, Kölsch, Pete Tong, Ida Engberg, Marshall Jefferson, Layla Benitez, Jellybean Benitez, Jaguar and TAAHLIAH. This seven-hour musical celebration takes place in historic Dalt Vila, a 2,500-year-old former fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers spectacular views of Catedral de Eivissa and the Mediterranean Sea. The event opens with the winner of the Pete Tong DJ Academy Future Talent Awards.

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