1st edition of Visa For Music (VFM) Africa and Middle East Music Meeting From 12th to 15th November 2014.

1st edition of Visa For Music (VFM) Africa and Middle East Music Meeting   From 12th to 15th November 2014.

Rabat – Morocco

An unprecedented event in Morocco and in the continent that you should not miss... 

As the first professional music meeting gathering Africa and the Middle East, Visa For Music establishes itself as the unique international marketplace for World and New Music of these regions, and as the inter-professional platform for the music industry in Morocco and countries of the South.


The main mission of Visa For Music is to promote the constitution of a music marketplace in Africa and Middle East. Today, this market is insufficient where as the local musical creation is extremely rich and diverse. Thus, Visa For Music has the ambition of creating a platform for greater visibility as well as an environment favoring creativity and professionalization in the cultural sector.

If there is one country in Africa, which can claim the right to organize this event, then it is Morocco. In recent years the country has experienced an important growth in the development of its cultural and musical landscape. Its great music festivals, whose reputations are spreading worldwide, are just one obvious proof of it, in addition to the important number of festivals dedicated to heritage and contemporary creation organized throughout Morocco.

Visa For Music: the program

Visa For Music will gather professionals of the music industry: artists, professional organizations, and groups, independent and major labels, cultural institutions and foundations, media and distributors, managers, agents… etc.

The meeting will be punctuated by many activities, such as the showcases whose goal is to put the spotlight on major talents from Africa and the Middle East. In order to do so, 24 artists / bands will be selected and will have the opportunity to perform in front of professionals and a prestigious jury. A tribute will also be given to some of the figures that have left a mark on the recent music history in Morocco, on the African continent and in the Middle East.

NB: The richness of African music doesn’t limit itself to the African continent. Thus, applications of artists from the Diaspora and the Afro-Caribbean artistic scene are fully legitimate and welcome.

A series of others activities will animate this meeting in order to make it an event full of interactivity and exchange: conferences and documentary films projection, professional trainings, speed meeting, networking, professional sittings…

On the fringe of Visa For Music 2014, the 4th edition of the International Conference on Creative Economy in Africa, an annual meeting organized by ARTerial Network, will be held from 13 to 15 November,. This event will gather almost 300 participants from the cultural and artistic sector of the whole continent and beyond in order to tackle current fundamental issues and to formulate development and durability strategies for a dynamic African creative sector.

Visa For Music is organized:

  • In collaboration with:
    •  The Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco
  • With the support of:
    • The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF)
    • The Foundation HIBA
    • Maroc Festivals

Others institutional partners have expressed their interest to support this event.

More information on: www.visaformusic.com www.facebook.com/visaformusic @visaformusic 

Contact: Brahim El Mazned contact@visaformusic.com


VISA FOR MUSIC 2014 : Calls for applications Artists, Documentary Films and DJ/VJ.

Visa For Music (VFM), the first professional meeting gathering African and Middle Eastern musics, will be held in Rabat from 12th to 15th, November, 2014.

Visa For Music is an essential and major meeting place for professionals of the whole music industry and wants to be a sharing platform for the defense and promotion of the musical sector of African and Middle Eastern countries.

The programme will be substantial : exhibitions, showcases, projections, conferences, speedmeeting, networking, training, debates. A tribute will also be given to some of the figures that have left a mark on the recent music history on the African continent and in the Middle East.

For its first edition, Visa For Music have launched two calls for applications :

-          A call for artists for the showcases program. Twenty-four artists will be selected to perform in front of professionals and a qualified jury.

-          A call for documentary film submissions for the projections program. Films have to be music documentaries.

-          A call for DJ or VJ for the second part of the showcases progarm.

The deadline to post your application was 15th May 2014. Is has been extended of a month to 15th June !

Conditions and information are available here.

(https://visaformusic.com/appel-a-candidatures-dartistes/) .

Information and requests:

www.visaformusic.com (http://www.visaformusic.com/) /  contact@visaformusic.com

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