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Ambon to hold inaugural national music conference in March

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, February 15, 2018  /  03:06 pm
Ambon to hold inaugural national music conference in March

Artists, producers and other stakeholders in the music industry will gather on March 7-9 in Ambon, Maluku, for the inaugural Indonesian Music Conference (KAMI). (Shutterstock/File)

The Maluku capital of Ambon will host the first edition of the Indonesian Music Conference (KAMI) on March 7-9, which will gather musicians, industry observers and businessmen, as well as the government.

The biennial event will discuss general topics related to the music industry in an effort to create a sustainable music ecosystem and to establish new creative economy for Indonesia.

"[KAMI] could be the gateway to Indonesia's music ecosystem," singer and producer Glenn Fredly, a conference founder who also serves as head of the event's committee, told a press conference on Wednesday as reported by

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"Up to 350 delegates have been invited, ranging from promoters, singers, musicians, producers, music labels, festival exhibitors and more. Since this is the first edition, participation is by invitation only. The next conference will be open to the public," he added.

Themed "Raya Nada untuk Indonesia" (National Tunes for Indonesia), participants will discuss key topics, including: developing the music industry as an economic driver; managing the music industry in the digital era; using music to develop culture; music as an instrument of cultural diplomacy and tourism; and music as an instrument of national peace and unity.

KAMI has scheduled a session to read out the results of the discussions. It will also broadcast Indonesian children's songs on the radio on the final day of the conference to coincide with Indonesian Music Day, which falls on March 9. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to attend the celebration. (kes)