Eastern Beats Music Society, a socio-cultural organization working for promotion of Northeast culture, is organizing a first-of-its kind “Northeast India Music Conference” on February 28 and 29 as part of the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival.
The Conference will witness participation of some of the biggest stakeholders of the global music industry who will provide mentorship to the musicians from the region who were selected through auditions at Dimapur, Shillong, Ukhrul and Aizawl in the last two months.
State-level music auditions were held across the Northeast in a unique Pan-Asia music project, Rhythms and Aromas of Northeast India, which was held in collaboration with North Eastern Council, Government of India.
The Northeast India Music Conference, which is open for all musicians and those interested in understanding the music business, is expected to be a catalyst in developing the music ecosystem of the region. It is also expected to help musicians of the region understand the business part of music and the latest developments in the fields associated with the same.
The speakers for the music conference include Tarsamme Mittal (artist & management expert), Akshay Kapoor and Aditya Ghosh (digital music promotion channels), Anurag Tagat from RollingStone India, Roy Dipankar (music programmer and filmmaker), Ritnika Nayan (music Aaggregator), Padmanabhan NS (Head of Artist and Label Marketing at Spotify), Vijay Basrur (Founder of OK Listen), Shrinkhla Sahai (music journalist), Theja Meru (adviser, Task Force for Music and Arts, Government of Nagaland) and Koushik Datta (musician and music promoter).
Eastern Beats Music Society will also be signing a few agreements with the participating organizations for speedy development of the region’s music industry.
“We will be signing more than six MoUs with global giants of the music industry, like RollingStone India, Spotify, CD Baby, Indian Music Diaries, etc, which will greatly benefits the musicians and stakeholders of the music industry of Assam and Northeast India,” said Eastern Beats Music Society founder secretary Aiyushman Dutta.
The unique music conference will be a prelude to the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival which will be held at Silpgram in Guwahati on February 29 and March 1.
The musicians taking part in the music conference were selected through auditions held across the eight Northeast states.
Bands from Nagaland and Assam took part at the auditions in Dimapur in the end of December, 2019 as part of the Pan-Asian music project ‘Rhythms and Aromas of Northeast India’, which was supported by the North Eastern Council, Shillong.
Likewise, the bands from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura took part in the Shillong auditions. Later, auditions were also held at Ukhrul – for Manipur and Sikkim and at Aizawl for Mizoram.