Our mentoring sessions are a good combination of learning and networking.

If you have questions in mind or ideas you want to reflect on and you find the right person with similar experiences from our list of mentors, sign up for our mentoring sessions. These small group sessions with up to 5 participants and a mentor, are a great way to get some advice on your own matters and also hear and learn from your peers.

We present a rich choice of sessions covering topics like management and career development, branding, building a live career and more, by a diverse line up of professionals. 


This is how it works:

  1. Pick the session(s) you like.

  2. Fill the application form that asks for your name, email, basic bio points, a few sentences about your motivation to participate and – most importantly – up to 3 questions that you would like the mentor to address. These will be forwarded to the mentor in advance.

  3. Wait for a confirmation email.

  4. Show up in the room at least 5 minutes ahead of time.

  5. Assume a relaxed and yet proactive attitude and ask your questions in the session. This is an informal discussion and very much led by what the participants are interested in – use it!

  6. Be quick to register, the sessions are on the first come, first served basis.


NB! To register and attend the mentoring session(s) you have to be a registered delegate! All of the mentoring sessions (exept EMMA mini-mentorings) will take place at Estonian Academy of Arts.


Friday, 28.08


Mentoring session with Oskar Strajn, ESNS booker
Time:
 11.00–12:00
Room: A502
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Oskar Strajn is one of the bookers at ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), Europe’s largest live music industry event based in Groningen, the Netherlands. He works closely with the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, the yearly music awards given during the festival every year, as well as the ESNS charts coordinator. In the past, Oskar has also worked as a radio dj, journalist and event promoter.

This session is for everyone wanting to understand better how showcase festivals work and want to learn more about ESNS.

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Mentoring session with Natasha Padabed, More Zvukov Agency booking agent
Time: 12:15–13:15
Room: A502
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Natasha is an agent, festival programmer and music curator who lives in Berlin. She works as a program director of the oldest Russian contemporary music festival, Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival (SKIF) since 2005, electronic music festival Electro-Mechanica and the world music festival Ethomechanica in Saint-Petersburg. Shortly after she moved to the Netherlands in 2000, she launched More Zvukov Agency, booking mostly Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian artists around Europe and overseas. She also works as a curator of Russian music programs abroad, shares her experience at music conferences, connects the West and the East of Europe. In 2004 together with two more Dutch colleagues from Rotterdam she started Stichting Kultprom, and together they organised a festival Dutch Punch, which took part in Russia (2005-2008), Kiev Ukraine (2009) and Istanbul Turkey (2010), presenting Dutch music, short experimental films and visual arts. In 2013 Natasha was a producer and music programme curator of the Dutch Days in Gorky Park in Moscow and in 2014 music programme curator of Manifesta 10 Night at the General Staff Building of Hermitage in St.Petersburg Russia. Natasha was a jury member of WOMEX, Russian World Music Award, Jager Music Award Russia.

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Mentoring session with Anne Runge and Mareen Paap
Time: 13.30–14.30
Room: A502
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Anne Runge
Anne Runge is based in Berlin. She has a bachelor of arts in science of communication and journalism. She graduated from company training for Event Management at MS Stubnitz. She has worked for several Festivals and Clubs (mainly in Berlin and around) in management, production, accounting or artist care and as talent agent for Das Imperium Talent agency. She has held the programming position at Fusion Festival and artist care management at at.tension festival.

Mareen Paap
Born in 1985 and based in Berlin, Mareen Paap has been in a permanent position at Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V. since 2009. Her role spreads across different work areas which mainly deal with the organisation of Fusion Festival and at.tension theatre festival. For Fusion Festival: her work is mainly focused on the programme and at.tension Festival, on evaluation budgeting and implementation of decorative building concepts.

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Mentoring session with Effi Summers, Creative Director of Effi Summers Creative
Time: 14.45–15:45
Room: A502
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After studying fashion media & promotion and music business & management, Effi embarked on a unique and colourful career path. She has previously designed for a global fashion brand, styled a video for The Noisettes and founded two successful small music tuition businesses. Currently working in Copenhagen as a freelance music industry creative director, her focus is on helping indie artists up their social media game and visually brand themselves like the big guys do.

This mentoring session is a follow-up of the workshop “How to create a visual brand and up your social media game”. Participating in the workshop is a prerequisite.'

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Mentoring session with Liina Rislakki, PR Agent, One Step Ahead Promotion
Time: 16:00–17:00
Room: A502
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Liina Rislakki has worked as a Marketing and Promotion Manager at Universal Music (2002-2008) and Sony Music (2008-2015). 2015 she started her own PR company and continued working as a consultant at Sony Music until 2019. She has worked with nearly 300 local and international artists such as Nightwish, Amorphis, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Arch Enemy, P!nk, John Legend and Janet Jackson. She also ran a metal label Century Media in Finland. Along her own PR company he is now working at Fullsteam Agency which organizes Provinssi and Sideways festivals, promotes big international acts like Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Rammstein and is an agency for many local artists like JVG, SANNI, Pariisin Kevät, Beast In Black and Stam1na.

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Saturday, 29.08


Mentoring session with Martyna Markowska, Head of programming of the Institution of Culture Katowice City of Gardens
Time: 11:15–12:15
Room: A502
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Since 2013, Martyna Markowska has been the head of programming of the Institution of Culture Katowice City of Gardens, where she programmes the Katowice JazzArt Festival and the world music festival Gardens of Sounds. In addition to writing for numerous publications dedicated to interdisciplinary forms of art, she specialises in curating interdisciplinary and social projects within the programme of Katowice – UNESCO Creative City of Music such as Polish aspect of Czech Music Crossroads in Ostrava. She was a member of the team that organised WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, is a current board member of Europe Jazz Network, and in 2019 was part of the programme committee for European Jazz Conference in Novara.

Main topic of the session would be programming and curation of festivals (jazz, world music) with different art forms.

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Mentoring session with Mirza Radonjica-Bang, Prime Collective CEO & Artist Manager
Time: 12:30–13:30
Room: A502
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Prime Collective is Mirza Radonjica’s brainchild. Mirza has a diverse background in the music industry, and has been working with some of the biggest and most exciting names in including Volbeat, Agnes Obel, Editors, MØL, CABAL and many more. Prime Collective was established in 2016, and has since then risen to become one of the most influential music companies in Scandinavia. In just 4 years, Prime has signed more than 10 Danish artists to labels such as Century Media, Long Branch, Holy Roar, and to agencies such as Avocado, Atonal and many more. Besides being a management, Prime Collective also runs a label service providing all the aspects of a record company to bands who are keen on keeping the rights to their music to themselves. Prime Collective also have their own festival in Denmark, called Prime Fest.

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Mentoring session with Jenni Kivikoski, Sony Finland A&R manager
Time: 13:45–14:45
Room: A502
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Jenni Kivikoski has almost 9 years of experience in the music industry and record labels. She’s been working at EMI, EMI/Universal and currently at Sony Music Finland. She started from digital marketing roles, working closely with both local and international artists taking care of streaming and digital sales, analyzing data, planning social media strategies and creating visual assets. Three years ago she started to work as an A&R manager at Sony Finland with a particular focus on urban music. Her job as an A&R is to scout new talent, sign artists, keep an eye on trends, keep in touch with a wide network of producers, publishers and songwriters. She’s also overseeing all aspects of the artist development journey as a project lead inside the label.

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Mentoring session with Sebastian Voigt, Booker, Promoter, Music producer & resident DJ at Wilde Renate Berlin, Else Berlin, Capslock São Paulo
Time: 15:00–16:00
Room: A502
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Seamlessly blending the soulful and the raw, cold futurism and sweat-drenched euphoria, Sebastian Voigt's journey as an open-eyed DJ and producer has taken him from the Black Forest of Germany to some of dance music's most respected spaces: from East London, where he promoted and was resident at the lauded Lokee warehouse parties, to Berlin where he is now a key figure and resident at the internationally renowned Wilde Renate and Else clubs, where he also runs his night called Hi-Res. In 2018, Sebastian also became a resident for the legendary Sao Paulo warehouse rave Capslock, where the larger floors are matching an evolution in his selections and productions, the lysergic bump of his earlier productions twisting into a fast-paced version of electro and techno as inimitable as the artist himself.

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Mentoring session with Sophie Roberts, booking agent at United Talent
Time: 16:15–17:15
Room: A502
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Sophie Roberts is based at the London office of leading talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency (UTA). Roberts books tours for clients globally, mostly within in alt-pop and indie genres, including such acts as Ailbhe Reddy, DITZ, The Marias, Juniore, Odd Morris and Sinead O'Brien among others.

Roberts previously worked as an Agent at 13 Artists in Brighton, where she progressed from Assistant to Booker and then Agent. During this time, Roberts worked on tours for clients such as Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Blossoms, These New Puritans, Interpol, Gaz Coombes, whilst developing her own personal roster. Her roster at 13 artists included The Amazons, Juniore, Bailen, Teeks, WOOZE and Pip Blom. Prior to working at 13 Artists Sophie worked as Programming and Production Manager at Green Door Store in Brighton, where she also ran an in-house promotions brand. Roberts also worked as a session singer and a freelance singing teacher. She currently lives in Brighton.

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Additional mentoring option

Thursday, 27.08


Mini-mentoring with EMMA managers
Room: online
READ ABOUT MENTORS AND APPLY

Are you an artist manager? Do you have a question about ... well, anything you have to deal with in your work life? Feel a bit lonely and not sure if you’re on the right track? Why don’t you ask a colleague? Sign up for a 20-minute one-on-one consultation with an experienced artist manager from the European Music Managers Alliance. We are all about community, sharing experiences and peer-to-peer learning! Part of the EMMA programming.