MIDEM 2022 cancelled, influential global gathering may not return
After 55 years, global music industry gathering Midem has been cancelled for 2022 and may not return.
“Due to the lasting pandemic and following a review of its activity, RX France has decided to no longer organize the Midem events.” organizer RX France (formerly Reed MIDEM) said in a statement.
RX France and the city of Cannes on the French Riviera where the event was held are said to be in “exclusive and advanced discussions” for the latter to take over the Midem brand.
Once the undisputed place where music industry executives from around the world came to meet and do deals, Midem has over time been replaced multiple more focused gatherings around the world.
Oher large legacy music industry conventions like SXSW are also feeling similar pressures.
For Midem, the pandemic appeared be the final nail in the coffin as the industry learned to make do with far less expensive time-consuming email introductions and video chats
Bruce Houghton is Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and serves as a Senior Advisor to Bandsintown which acquired both publications in 2019. He is the Founder and President of the Skyline Artists Agency and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.
Full text of the Midem announcement
Paris, 15 December 2021
MIDEM 2022 COMMUNICATION
For 55 years, RX France (formerly Reed MIDEM) has had the immense pleasure and privilege of organizing the Midem event in Cannes, and more recently in developing dedicated music events under the Midem brand in Africa and Latin America, as well as offering the Midem Digital experience for the last two years.
However, due to the lasting pandemic and following a review of its activity, RX France has decided to no longer organize the Midem events.
It is with regret therefore that we are cancelling the Midem 2022 edition, scheduled in Cannes from June 7 to 10th 2022.
Furthermore, RX France and the city of Cannes are in exclusive and advanced discussions for the latter to take over the Midem brand. More news on that will come in due course.
RX France wants to express its utmost gratitude to the global music community, all its partners and clients for the continuous support they have demonstrated over the years, and to its Midem team for its unwavering efforts, passion and enthusiasm.
About RX & RX France – RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organisations. We elevate the power of face-to-face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors.
RX France manages a portfolio of world-class, French and international face-to-face, virtual and hybrid events covering 20 industry sectors including MIPIM, MAPIC, Batimat, Pollutec, EquipHotel, SITL, IFTM Top Resa, MIPCOM, MIPTV, FIAC, Paris Photo, Maison&Objet*… and many more. RX France’s events take place in France, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia and the United States.
RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people.
RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.rxglobal.com
*Organised by Safi, a subsidiary of Reed Expositions and Ateliers d’Art de France