Tölpt will start her position at Music Estonia on the 7th of September. Virgo Sillamaa, the current Director of Music Estonia, is moving to Belgium, where he will continue his work with European Music Exporters Exchange.

Music Estonia’s next Director Ave Tölpt is currently the CEO of Jazz Estonia, where she has been responsible for the management of the organisation, team building and both local and international representation. Among other things, she contributes to the field of music as an author and radio host for Estonian Public Broadcasting, Classical Radio, as well as a freelance music journalist. In addition, Tölpt has successfully led various projects in the cultural sector, such as various cooperation projects in the National Library of Estonia as Head of the Exhibition Department and the oldest Estonian jazz festival Student Jazz. Recently she took part in the exchange project of Europe Jazz Network. She is also the first Estonian Ambassador for Keychange, a global network and movement working towards gender equality in the music industry.

„Joining the Music Estonia team is an extremely exciting challenge. I am very much looking forward to co-operating with various representatives and companies in the field in order to continue working on the already planned strategic goals and to initiate future-oriented projects,” commented Tölpt„National and international co-operation in this field is certainly something we need to do more and more to keep up with today's developments and changes in the music industry. Critical times in the world have shown that co-operation and innovation should receive even more attention since they are crucial for the survival of the music industry. Estonian music sector is on solid ground and deserves sustainable development, mapping and co-operation between different sectors both at the local level and in the export direction.”

Virgo Sillamaa will continue his duties as the Director of Music Estonia until the beginning of September.


Photo: Anke Ellik

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