12 Feb

MMB Listening Sessions

How would you like to get instant live feedback for your songs from some of the best professionals in the world?

The 2018 edition of Mastering the Music Business has a new feature: the listening sessions. During these sessions we ask our music producer and composer guests to listen to your song and give you instant feedback on the production.

Our guests: Dan Byron (RO), Serban Cazan (RO), Alex Cotoi (RO), Matt Lawrence (UK), James Lewis (UK), Alex Mihulin – Versus (RO), Victor Panfilov (RO), have kindly agreed to be part of the listening sessions.

How does it work? Easy: send a link (YouTube or Soundcloud) to one of your songs to ask@masteringthemusicbusiness.ro with the subject ‘MMB Listening Sessions’. Please do not attach the song to the email. Put the name of the person who will attend the listening sessions inside the email. Send the email by February 28 March 12.

By March 15 we will announce the songs that were picked to be analised during the sessions.

IMPORTANT! You can send a song for the listening sessions only if you already have a valid ticket for the conference (at least for March 20 and 21st).


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24 Jan

MMB Live Showcase 2018 now!

Here are the bands performing at MMB Live Showcase 2018:

Tuesday, March 20:
JINXY VON D’ERS (RO), Shane Ó Fearghail Music (Ireland), Fried Friend (RO), Thom Artway (Czech Republic), Lucia (RO), Dimitri’s Bats (RO), JazzyBIT (RO), Trupa SPAM (RO)

Wednesday, March 21:
TREES orchestra (RO), Gramofone (RO), Rockabella (RO), Ana & The Changes (Serbia), CeZar (RO), Kosmic Blues (RO), FUNKorporation (RO), Mathias Heise Quadrillion (Denmark) Am Fost La Munte și Mi-a Plăcut (RO)

Similar with last year’s showcase, there will be two guest star bands, but we’ll announce their names in a few days.
All delegates attending Mastering The Music Business will have free acces to both Live Showcase nights, based on their conference badge.

For people who are not going to the conference, but would like to watch the showcases, tickets will be put on sale very soon.

MMB Live Showcase 2018 will be held in EXPIRAT club, starting with 20:00 hrs every day.


Mastering the Music Business is the first music business conference in Romania, now at its third edition (March 20-21, 2018 in Bucharest). Our main focus is to offer a framework for independent artists, both up-and-coming and established, to engage in meaningful interactions with key players from various fields in the local and international industry.

Through a series of panels and workshops with more than 50 speakers from Romania and abroad we seek to empower participating artists and their teams by discussing various topics of interest – monetization, music distribution, online marketing, sync placement, indie success stories, festivals, radio airplay, music journalism, good practices and many others.

With this year’s edition, we have a renewed focus on the international market, and we’re organizing the second edition of MMB Live Showcase as an opportunity for up-and-coming local and international acts to develop a presence on the fast-growing Romanian music scene, establishing contacts and performing in front of local and international industry professionals.

We are looking for original music only, no tribute/cover artist/band will be selected.

We have a total of 10 slots open. Selected bands will get to perform a showcase set at one of Bucharest’s top live music venues as part of the conference, as well as 3-day passes for all the panels, presentations, workshops and seminars included in the third edition of the MMB Conference. Additionally, accommodation for the duration of the conference (2 nights) can be arranged by request.

Please fill in the fields below and send your application to ask@masteringthemusicbusiness.ro latest by February 18, 2018.

We will announce selected artists by February 22.


Artist / Band name*:

Band Members:


Facebook Page*:

YouTube Channel*:



Short bio*:

Links with live performances* (at least 3 links):

Official single(s) and/or video(s):

Artist/Band photo:

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

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22 Dec


Although Mastering the Music Business conference is approaching only its third edition, it already registred a few success stories. Basically, as a result of conference participation, some of its delegates could start new collaborations.

Two of the artists that attended the 2017 live showcases received the invitation to perform in contexts generated by their recitals: Byron band was invited to perform at B.U.S.H. – Budapest Showcase Hub and Larisa received her first two concert contracts of her career – both for performances at Street Food Festival.

Byron band performed at Instant, one of the oldest live clubs in Budapest, with other bands from Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Latvia and Slovakia.

You can watch here live video recordings from the concert: https://www.facebook.com/byronmusic/videos/10155347572854545/

The guys recorded the concert from B.U.S.H. in a vlog about a long weekend. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2wpXnCbe4c/ 

Dan Fintescu, the MC of MMB 2017 edition (and one of its organisers) was discovered by Daniel Somlo, B.U.S.H. representativent in Bucharest, and was invited to moderate two key moments of Budapest’s conference. The first one was a panel with members of a video production agency – Kinopravda – with a multinational team (Spain, Russia, Hungary). The other was an interview with music producer Matt Lawrence, who has a wide artist portfolio: Adele, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Ellie Goulding, Eric Clapton, George Michael, Groove Armada, Keane, Lady Gaga, One Direction, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, The Who, U2.

Last but not least, taking part in MMB Extended (music production workshop organized in Hahaha Production studios) meant for Iuliana Dobre (former contender at Vocea Romaniei – The Voice) the opportunity to sign a contract with the label; currently she is finalising her first musical album.

The third edition of Mastering the Music Business will take place in March 2018, between 20th to 22nd and will consist in two full days of presentations, discussions and showcases and one exclusive workshop day.

You can still benefit of the presale period until the end of 2017.  Up to then, the ticket is only 35 euro and can be purchased here.

Mastering the Music Business is a professional event dedicated to the music industry in Romania but not only, organized by Star Management and Star Education in partnership with Agentia de Vise and Overground Music. Co-organizer: National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (INCFC).

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14 Nov

Music2Deal, the music business professional networking platform, joins #MMB2018

Mastering The Music Business helps you to connect and deal with over 10,000 music professionals

Mastering The Music Business helps you to connect and deal with over 10,000 proven music professionals like Michael Bisping, A.S.S. Concerts (Dave Steward, Bob Geldof):
“Much better than LinkedIn & Co! On Music2Deal I can be sure I’m only doing business with approved professionals from the music industry.”

Music2Deal gives you also the unique opportunity to be informed about music offers and requests from your business friends. In addition, your friend circle is also informed about new offers & requests from you. So you will have more chances for making deals.

As a delegate of Mastering The Music Business, you will get a 3-month Premium Membership on Music2Deal for free.
Register on www.music2deal.com and enter this code “MMB2018” in the proof field for a free 3-month Premium Membership.


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13 Nov

Mastering The Music Business – 3rd edition.

The first music business conference organized in Romania, addressed mainly to independent artists but to their support teams as well: managers, booking agents, PR, tour managers, specialized lawyers, promoters etc, has reached its third edition. The event will take place in March 2018, between 20th to 22ndat the Ministry of Culture – Aula Room (Bucharest, 22nd Unirii Avenue).

This year’s edition will continue to bring to the attendees many opportunities to meet and connect with music industry professionals and people from other related industries. For the first 2 days of the conference they will share their experiences, ideas, innovative technologies and success stories. A whole series of workshops will be organized on several topics during the 3rd day of the conference. More details about the workshops schedule will be available in January 2018.

Among the next edition’s topics that will enter the debate we can mention: online distribution and streaming, artist management, collection societies, success stories of artists from various generations. Last year’s edition brought to the stage Carmen Croitoru (General Director) and Anda Becut (Research Director) from INCFC (National Institute for Cultural Research and Training), and in 2018 we will follow that tradition, inviting conference attendees to find out about online musical consumption patterns according to INCFC studies.

Also, the series of showcases featuring emerging Romanian and international bands will not miss from the official schedule. During evenings, they will have the opportunity to perform in front of local and international music professionals.

Last year, the conference gathered 50 Romanian and international speakers who presented case studies, took part in debates and workshops. Along with Smiley, the keynote speaker, many artists joined our speakers’ list: Damian Draghici, Nicu Alifantis, Dan Byron, along with representatives of some of the most powerful global music online platforms: Lucas Iliev (Music Gateway), Sam Taylor (TuneCore), Chris Cooke (SMU Insight) and many more.

“Presale” tickets will be available starting November 13th 2017.

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