November 2-3 2023
Iceland Airwaves is a globally recognised brand with an outstanding reputation for shining light on new music talent.
This year’s conference welcomes music industry delegates and press from all over the world with great speakers and opportunities for networking.
The conference is held in collaboration with Iceland Music, Reykjavík Music City and Business Iceland.
Press and photographers should visit the press page here.
Please note, we reserve the right to make changes in rates and schedule. The industry pass does not guarantee access to potential invite only events, other limited-capacity workshops and networking events or concerts after the capacity is filled. Some of the networking sessions may require enrollment.
Kick off the conference with breakfast, coffee and networking.
Iceland placed itself on the world map due to its creative output, with music in a star role. Built on the legacy of our music giants, new artists benefit from being able to stand on their shoulders. Can other places learn anything from the Iceland way?
Sajje Solbak (Riddu Riððu), Ruth Daniel (In Place of War), Sigtryggur Baldursson (Iceland Music), Cesar Andion (The Spanish Wave Export)
Luke Bainbridge (The Guardian)
Iceland invests heavily in the arts – in films, literature, and now increasingly music. Our question for this panel is why? Public funding in the creative sector is often met with scepticism; is it for the ‘common good’ in some way, or is this a sound investment strategy?
Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir (Minister of Culture and Business Affairs), Þorbjörg Daphne Hall (Musicologist), Shain Shapiro (Center for Music Ecosystems) + Scott Fetters (2112)
Robert Levine (Billboard)
How come 2023s festival line-ups read like a 90s chart while emerging artists are cancelling tours and appearances in droves. Is this temporary post-covid setback, or is the live industry as we’ve known it breaking?
Geoffrey Huntingdon-Williams (Prikið), Keith Miller (Bad Vibration Promoter), Sólveig Matthildur (Kælan Mikla)
Kathrine Ahrend (Club Comission Berlin)
Join us for tasty treats and great chats at the networking lunch.
The success of Icelandic indie artists in film music is leading to an emergence of a new category of rockstar: ‘the film composer’. Is this trend exclusive to Iceland or indicative of broader patterns? Is scoring a film simply a sweeter gig than touring?
Inga Magnes Weisshappel (Wise Music Iceland), Sarah McMullen (NETFLIX), Herdís Stefánsdóttir (Artist) + TBA
Stephanie Rushton (Music Supervisor)
Artists are expected to not ‘just’ make music anymore, but create a multi-media experience presented by an enticing persona that’s always on. It would be a misunderstanding to think they do this all alone. Let’s dig into what goes into creating this cinematic universe, and meet its players.
Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir (Dream Wife), Viðar Logi (Creative Director), Sarina Clark (Inside Out Agency) + TBA
Rhian Emanuel (Because Music)
Meet the delegates and speakers and enjoy a tasty beverage at the IA Center.
The now annual tradition of welcome drinks to kick off the festival in style!
A very warm welcome to day two with a Nordic-style breakfast and networking with delegates.
Some of our most cherished and inspiring success stories include both tales of failure and success. In this panel, we will hear about some of these journeys and what it takes to turn it around.
Heather Kolker (Dreamshop Management), Samuel McGlynn (Red Light Management), Marlene Tsuchii (CAA), Sam Mobarek (Warner)
Josie Gaitens (Freelance Journalist)
Music sets the stage for everything in our lives – whether it be the morning shower, the weeklong road trip, the score to your favorite movie or the night of your life in your favorite city. How do muscians, music lovers, and people who work in music interact with the soundtrack that never sleeps?
Nur Ozdamar (YouTube), Natasha Kilibarda (Universal Music Group (Island Records)), Ebba Guhnby (FUGA), Steve Schnur (EA Games)
Dan Koplowitz (Friendly Fire Licensing)
Streaming and live music are the main income streams for most artists, but the race to streaming success is hard won as we increasingly rely on algorithms to choose the next big thing. How do you succeed in a world where it’s easier than ever to share music with the world, but harder than ever to translate that into meaningful income?
Katie Rynne (Village Sounds) José Ramos (MIT) Haraldur Þorleifsson (Ueno), Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson (Software Engineering Consultant), Sarah Joy (ATC) Parag Bhandari (UG Strategies, Bull City Summit)
Brian Hiatt (Rolling Stone)
Join us for tasty treats and great chats at the networking lunch.
Fifty years ago, a group of men gathered in smoke-filled rooms made decisions about what music would reach the masses. Today, thanks to technical evolution, the masses have a seat at the table. How does this practice of music curation embody the socio-cultural evolution of our society and how does it successfully incorporate our ideals of human and sonic diversity?
Emma Vikström (Spotify), Ariana Morgenstern (KCRW), Kle Savidge (Music Supervisor), Jeremy D. Larson (Pitchfork), Stefan Gejsing (Roskilde), Tom Windish (Wasserman)
Oskar Strajn (Eurosonic)
If you would ask 10 people what it’s like to work with Icelanders – you’ll get 10 different answers. Are we the creative powerhouse fairytale creatures of your dreams, or the stuff of nightmares?
Eliza Reid (First Lady of Iceland), Colm O’Herlihy (INNI), Kevin Cole (KEXP), Kim Wagenaar (Peer Agency/IA), Nick Matthews (Wasserman/Laufey)
William Larnach-Jones (London Records)
As usual, this year 1.000 ISK from every Airwaves Plus ticket upgrade purchased is added to the Airwaves Plus fund that awards new artists with a grant to assist them with recording, marketing, and touring.
We’ll announce the winning artists of the Airwaves Plus Award as well as the winner of the Iceland Airwaves Lifetime Pass right before happy hour. Let’s party!
Drinks are on us! Let’s tie a knot in conference day two and start our Friday evening refreshed and happy.
The Airwaves Conference welcomes everyone from musicians to music executives, and everything in-between.
Booking Agents, Composers, Culture Funds, DSPs, Export Bureaus, Festival Programmers, Funding Bodies, Media, Music Managers, Music Publishers, Music Supervisors, Musicians, Public Relations companies, Radio stations and programmers, Record Labels, Tour Promoters + more.
ATC Live, ATC Management, AWAL, BBC6 Music News, Big Dipper Management, By:Larm Festival, Brooklyn Vegan, Coda Agency, Disney/Freeform, Domino Music Publishing, Eurosonic Nooderslag, Flow Festival, KEXP, Keychange/PRS, Kobalt Music, Les Inrockuptibles, MIT, Netflix, NME, Paradigm Agency, Pitch and Smith, Reeperbahn Festival, Roskilde Festival, Sony Music, Spotify, Stereogum, The Current, The Line of Best Fit, The Orchard, United Talent Agency, Universal Music, William Morris Endeavour + more.