The first edition of Visa For Music (VFM) in November 2014 was a huge success. More than 1000 professionals from all around the world gathered in Rabat, Morocco. The salon welcomed hundreds of artists and bands from Morocco, Lebanon, Colombia, Egypt, Benin, Mali and Cape Verde. Some 950 speed meetings, four tributes, five film screenings, six conferences and six training sessions were some of the highlights of this first edition.
Visa For Music is the first professional platform for Africa and Middle-East musics. VFM aims to foster the development of a music market in the region, increasing the visibility and the professionnalisation of the cultural and artistic sector. The salon gathers professionals of the music industry: artists, professional organizations, agents, record companies, cultural institutions and foundations, media and edition, managers, trainers etc. It is also a mean to revitalize cultural and creative industries of the concerned regions to boost their economy.
From 11 to 14 November 2015, this international music salon is going to be held again in Rabat, Morocco.
This professional event in its second edition is an initiative to strengthen the music sector in Africa and provides many opportunities to attend conferences, showcases, productions, speed-meetings and other highly focused networking opportunities.
A series of cultural events is planned, including showcases to cast a spotlight on established and emerging artists. A selection of 24 artists will have the opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals. A call for applications, which ends on 15 April, has been published already. It invites musicians and DJ/VJ showcases, documentary movies and video clips to be included in the programme, along with the numerous conference sittings, roundtables, documentary showings, professional training sessions and speed meetings already booked.
The closing date for application is 15 April 2015. Any interested musician/artists, documentarians, music filmmakers and DJs should visit the VFM website.