This year’s conference takes place in the famous Fészek Artist’s Club of Budapest!

It was established in 1901 by the public subscription of artists, to join forces of the broadest range of professional artists, to create an opportunity for an interchange of creative ideas, and to serve their artistic and personal relationships. According to its first statute, its goal is to promote social contacts of artists, so that the groups up till now dispersed can meet in a common, warm nest (Fészek: “nest”), and they could serve the Art by means of communication and by an enriching interchange of ideas. Let this intimate bond give the moral weight of the association towards the external world.

Location: Budapest, Kertész u. 36, 1073

Nov 13

15:0018:30Kreatív Európa pályázatok és a Music Moves Europe lehetőségei (Hungarian Workshop)

Érdemes-e pályázni EU-s forrásokra, és ha igen hogyan? A Kreatív Európa kifejezetten a magyar piacra irányuló felkészítése, leendő pályázóknak és akik eddig féltek belevágni. Pályázatírási trükkök, elbírálási szempontok és sikersztorik a kalapban. Is it worthwhile to apply for EU funding and if so how? Creative Europe is specifically geared towards the Hungarian market, for prospective applicants and those who have been afraid to get started. Application writing tricks, evaluation criteria and success stories in the hat.
Nov 14


Granturismo is a tool that helps bookers connect to band representatives. It’s a great networking option in a kind of speed meeting form. The first Granturismo was held in 2017 and it was a major success. We invited bookers and agents from eastern EU region only. In 2018 we had Germany as our highlighted guest with bookers from major German agencies. This year we are focusing on festivals, so you will be able to meet with representatives of the coolest festivals from the region. Apply to meet for 5-minute meetings with any of these professionals bellow! COUNT ME IN
Czeglédi Szabolcs Bánkitó Fesztivál / Akvárium Hungary
Jakab Natália Valley of Arts Festival Hungary
Maja Starcevic EXIT Festival Serbia
András Süli Campus Festival Hungary
Titus Carole Electric Castle Romania
Marian Tesak Flaam Festival Slovakia
Bóna Márk Sziget Festival Hungary
Michal Sladek Pohoda Festival Slovakia
David Nguyen Rock for People Czech Republic
Brenda Dobrovics Manifesto Market Czech Republic
Dan Vamanu Atelier Panorama Romania
Vladimir Petković MIKK Murska Sobota, Festival MIKK Slovenia
Špela Cvetko SONICA Festival Slovenia
Jaša Bužinel Tresk Festival Slovenia
Eva Kristina Flipcic Ment Ljubljana Slovenia

10:3012:00Best practices for festival dummies – the unseeable challenges of a festival organiser

Introducing EXIT (RS), InMusic (HR), Electric Castle (RO), Pohoda (SK) and Rock for People (CZ) How can you stand out amongst all the other festivals? What makes a music festival unique, and exciting? Beyond the rock and roll, what else can a music event have to offer? The organizers of the biggest festivals in the region share their tried and tested methods. It turns out that besides money, persuading headliners to join, and creating the perfect program structure, it will also be about things that seem less alluring but more important, like ticketing and identification, RFID and check-in. And of course, the major concern everyone has these days: how can we reduce the eco-footprint of festivals?

10:3012:00Banding Real-Life Matchmaking Workshop

Banding is a matchmaking app made for bands and DJs to empower them to discover their potential fans by exchanging gigs and playing in front of each other’s audience. At the real-life matchmaking workshop, the Banding team will find the best matches for your act and individually discuss all the important prospects and obstacles. Limited places available (Deadline: 9th November).


Hosts: Daniel Somlo (BUSH, Banding, Eastaste) & Suzanne Ranovich (Banding)

12:0013:30Listening session with Philippe Weiss (UK), mixer of Kendrick Lamar, Madonna & RHCP

Philippe Weiss, the mixer behind Kendrick Lamar, Madonna and RHCP arrives in Hungary for the first time. He will be offering a session, listening to and evaluating Hungarian music. The application is open to any artist who purchases a BUSH ticket & of course the BUSH participants.



Philippe Weiss

13:0014:00Music Moves Europe? What’s in it for me?

Back in 2016, the European Commission started to develop its policy with the ambition to contribute to build up a diverse, competitive and sustainable European music ecosystem. The initiative Music Moves Europe, now widely known within the sector, has become our overarching framework to support music by shaping policy, negotiating new legislation, providing EU funding, and getting into dialogue with the music sector, to shape this policy together. I will give an update on where we are at, what actions, events and funding opportunities you can expect.

14:0015:30Those routes and these tourlegs: fighting the Central-Eastern-European stereotype

Although the concert market seems to be booming over the last year and a half, it still seems like the most wanted tour routes of really hot names are bypassing Hungary and the region. Promoters and agents talk about where the stereotypes begin and end with regards to the region. Is there still East European skepticism in the London offices or has the phenomenon faded? How can the region evolve to attract big entertainers in the future? David “Skully” Kaplan, who’s the agent of Michael Malarkey, Larkin Poe and many hot and upcoming acts; and who was always open to direct his acts towards CEE. Also – why not – he plays drums in the renoved rock outfit Razorlight. Alongside Roxanne Dumoulin who has been at ATC with Mac DeMarco, black midi and many other remarkable artists to see if the Romanticism of Orientalism works here.

16:0017:30Let’s talk about mental health: a workshop about symptoms and cures w/ Sally-Anne Gross

Can music make you sick? Sally Anne Gross, professor at the University of Westminster in London, is studying the impact on the musician’s professional psyche. Her study “Can Music Make You Sick” explores why depression and anxiety are common among musicians throughout history, from Schumann to Kurt Cobain to today’s pop stars. How to define prevention and symptom management in the creative industry, especially among musicians, and what to do when they notice signs of depression. Seats are limited, please register yourself to this workshop!



Sally Anne Gross

16:0017:00Music entrepreneurs: where’s the business in music?

Digital is reshaping dramatically the relationships between Artists & Fans. We will dive into how it changed the creation, production, distribution and consumption of music and what kind of opportunities are out there each step of the way for new or existing entrepreneurs to innovate, add value and make some money. 

16:0017:00Meet the Ukrainians – Speed Dating Session

The coolest and the gang is here from our neighbouring Ukraine. Btw: It’s a speedmeeting with no registration, just step in and talk, see you there! Sergii Maletskyi (H2D), Dartsya Tarkovska (Music Export Ukraine), Grigory Fatyanov (House of Culture – Masterskaya), Taras Khimchak (MEZZANINE), Sergey Cane ( / Deezer), Iryna Gryshchenko (Katakult), Elena Savlokhova (AUGHT Magazine)

17:0018:00HAIL Reception – Invitation Only

Hungarian Association of Independent Labels wants to meet with you!  

18:0019:30Short and long terms plans on the way to world fame: the story behind AURORA and Sigrid by Geir Luedy (NO)

Musician Geir Luedy, manager of the Norwegian MADE agency, talks for the first time at BUSH about two Scandinavian music success stories AURORA and Sigrid. From the very beginning, until now. How he managed to get two young Norwegian girls to sing at Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, play at Glastonbury, and share stage with The Chemical Brothers

19:0020:00Austrian Reception

Meet, eat and drink with our Austrian friends!
Nov 15

10:0011:30Influencing the next generations: the future of contemporary music and the responsibility about reviewing it @ Great Hall

BangerTV is the home of heavy metal. It?s where headbangers gather to watch the best original documentaries, interviews and reviews made by metal fans, for metal fans. We’ll explore how they pump new life into music reviews and provide boost for emerging artists via youtube videos.

10:0011:30The Western basics of teaching contemporary music: models and challenges in the fields of education @ Salon

Is it just a dream, or can pop music education really fit into higher education? Some have already succeeded. Representatives from the Manheim Popakademie and the Amsterdam Conservatorium talk about how they persuaded city leaders to make pop music education and training a top-tier educational investment in the country. Their results now speak for themselves – from Armin van Buuren through Kensington to My Baby. Motivational examples for the next generation of pop musicians to train themselves in an educational setting.

10:0010:45Soundcloud Masterclass @ Gobelin Room

Heard about the revival of SoundCloud when it comes to the best ever practical tool for a musician? Get some insight about the revolutionary new features of SoundCloud to be introduced in the near future. Michael Pelczynski (Soundcloud)


Michael Pelczynski

10:4511:30Indies are the future majors? @ Gobelin Room

The independent labels are more and more stronger in music business. In the past year 5 new indie-associations were established in our CEE region. Goals, obstacles, cooperationail initiatives, regulations. The future of music business from the CEE regional point of view.

11:0013:00Music Hungary meeting (Invitation only)

11:3012:30Bowing an arrow: the possible ways of a song from the artist to the fans @ Great Hall

If you have an exciting melody, lyrics and the perfect orchestration, what else does it take to make a hit? Well, the answer is audience. The roundtable discussion follows the route of a song, from that moment when the artist decides that it is finished. The talk will  introduce the actual usage of a radio plug, reveal whether radio play is important in 2019, discuss the impact a distributor can have, the methods that a growing music platform can use, and the power of the voice of music press these days.

12:3014:00Listening session with Seppl Kretz (NL) of Sizzer @ Great Hall

Hungarian music in a worldwide campaign! Seppl Kretz represents Sizzer, one of the most mobile music agencies in the Western market. Most recently, their Diesel campaign has been massive. He’s coming to BUSH to add more artists to his portfolio in a listening session. The application is open to any artist who purchases a BUSH ticket.



Seppl Kretz

14:0015:00Press any button: how to get my music to video games? @ Great Hall

Duncan Smith is in the house! We can thank him, among other things, the music of games like Gran Turismo, WipEout, Little Big Planet, but basically there is no Sony internal title that doesn’t need his approval on the music. Duncan Smith is the senior music supervisor for Sony’s PlayStation, and soon you can meet him as well, and ask him about how to place your music in the gamer world. Duncan Smith (European Guild of Music Supervisors) Chair: Horváth Renátó (Eastaste)

14:3015:30How to Work Best with Austria

Find out more about the rich and lively Austrian music scene. Networking opportunity with key players of the Austrian music market, facts & figures, country presentation.  

15:0016:30Our venues, your audience – funding schemes & networking over Europe for venues @ Great Hall

Where is the money? Creative methods and exploration of resources from the regional info-highway. How do they do it in the countries next door? Funding methods for international clubs, from community funding to loyalty programs.  

16:3018:00HOTS SongLab @ Salon

The Pop Music Service Bureau and HOTS (Hungarian Oncoming Tunes) Music Export Agency teamed up with SuperSize Recording Studio and Artisjus to introduce HOTS SongLab, a new four-day program aimed at letting Hungarian productions looking for an international market out of established practices in the aftermath, and the result of the personalized workshops are eight songs that got their final shape in a continuous dialogue between the walls of SuperSize. You can have a sneak peak into the project and the outcome with producer György Ligeti! Stahl Barbi (Babé Sila), Barabás Lőrinc, Kamau Makumi (Mary Popkids) Chair: Ligeti Gyuri

17:3018:30Ukrainian Reception @ Gallery

Meet, eat and drink with our Ukrainian friends!

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