l. to r. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, & Russia’s top presidential economic advisor, and also, the President of the Russian Chess Federation, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich, and Mobilium Global Chairman, Ralph Simon – after the successful plenary session we spoke at and moderated at the keynote sessions of the 2014 Open Innovations Forum conference & exhibition in Moscow this week. Arkady, a former Deputy Minister of Economic Development & Innovation, went to Duke University in the USA in his earlier years, and comes from a highly distinguished family of chess grandmasters in Moscow. Another speaker we highlighted in the plenary, was the truly inspirational Dr Bertrand Piccard – the first man in history to fly an airplane around the world without using any aviation fuel whatsoever – all solar-powered wings and air dynamic “skin”. Guo Ping, deputy chairman of Hua Wei, the Chinese giant mobile tech and innovation company, was also a featured speaker in the plenary. Innovation in and from pan-Asia was a major focus of this year’s Forum
Dr Bertrand Piccard – Founder & CEO of Solar Impulse, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dateline: Moscow – l. to r. Mobilium Global Ralph Simon meeting the inspirational adventurer, scientist and amazing aero-engineer Dr. Bertrand Piccard – the first man in history to fly around the world in a solar airplane without using aviation or any fuel ! What a natural motivator and leader he is – he said he was influenced to do his epic flying as a boy, by being obsessed with the space achievements of Yuri Gagarin. He and his Solar Impulse team in Lausanne, Switzerland have revolutionised solar aircraft building and engineering.
Mobilium Global will be in New York on the 8th – 10th June 2014 for the New Music Seminar (NMS) – the 2014 edition. The NMS is an annual conference and festival held in New York City. The event features over 150 CEOs, Presidents, Founders, and leaders in the emerging music business along with over 100 artist performances.
We will be participating in a session explaining why music subscription information will drive exposure and revenue for artists and their investors in a way that record & CDs never could. We’ll be conducting this provocative session with the digital heads of Sirius XM, Deezer, Google Play Music, Rhapsody, Warner Music Group & Sony Music Digital.
For more information and updates on the event check out the conference website – New Music Seminar 2014]]>
The 9th Music Matters conference in Singapore wrapped up on Saturday, running May 21 through May 24. The proceedings are the focal point of the music industry in Asia when they happen. The live music showcases saw their culmination on the final day as did the Music Matters Academy, which offers understanding of the music business for aspiring entrants.
Around 1850 people attended the conference according to organizer Branded. Sixty-five bands from 18 countries performed at 11 venues, including the conference ballroom. And the budget for the four days of events was over US$1.2 Million.
The sessions led to some interesting insights from industry leaders.
Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group Daniel Glass sat down with Ralph Simon, head of Mobilium Global Group, to recount his storied career and artist-friendly business model: He started out as a DJ in New York City in mid-1970s and joined SAM Records where he worked in publishing but also used his street sense from being a DJ to promote records. This led his becoming the Director of Marketing at Chrysalis, the label that broke such acts as Blondie, Pat Benatar, Madness and Funboy 3.
Glass explained he did everything from producing, editing and marketing, but his strength was going around and talking his records up to radio programmers and stations. His success led positions at SBK Records, part of the EMI group, and Rising Tide Records which became Universal Records. But Glass noted he was never comfortable in these major label environments, preferring strong personal relationships with artists based on trust and mutual interest, not contracts. He moved on to Artemis Records and in 2007 returned fully to his indie roots by starting Glassnote Records.
Relating how they had no money at first, the label ‘operated’ out of the mezzanine at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (and its free wifi) in New York. Glass explained how he has to feel a band could fill Madison Square Garden in order to sign them but also needs to develop a strong and mutual relationship with the artist. He emphasized how he “pays the artists fairly” and revealed that was something of a 50-50 split of revenue from recorded music.
The star factor at Music Matters was added by the Black Eyed Pea Apl.de.ap, who sat down with presenter Dominic Lau to discuss his career. Filipino by birth, Apl is very interested in promoting Asia, a perfect match for the Music Matters conference. To this end he founded the Apl Foundation to help Filipino children in 2008 and jumped into his interview by stating “I wanna be the Jay Z of Southeast Asia!” Apl told the story of him being adopted by a family in the US and how his adoptive father’s roommate’s uncle was the father of future bandmate Will.I.am.
His advice for young musicians was “perform!” In order to break a new artist Apl suggested the dual approach of pairing them with a brand and getting a street team to help with publicity.
The conference was electrified by the discussion between Marc Geiger, head of music for William Morris Endeavor, and Simon. Simon noted that Geiger’s division books over 29,000 dates a year and represents many of the biggest stars in music.
Digging into his development, Geiger explained how he was an early enthusiast of the internet and stumbled on the Ultimate Band List. He was thrilled it had more information than “any record store” and bought the software for $1500, noting how it became “the core of a $500 million business.” The company he was referring to is ARTISTdirect, which presaged the e-commerce distribution channels dominating the music business today. Geiger ran the company from 1997-2003.
Geiger went on to praise the band The Pixies, noting their huge influence on bands like Nirvana and Radiohead. Geiger discussed Apple’s purported purchase of Beats Music, which he called the most important deal for the industry of the last 10 years. He said was wise as it keeps the company a step ahead of the market by adding the expertise of Jimmy Iovine.
See below more photos from Singapore with some of the esteemed guests:
Mobilium Global chairman Ralph Simon with the Chairman & CEO of Universal Music International, the world’s largest music rights, record and music publishing company. Mobilium has been regularly featured within the Music Matters program, and this year Simon did the keynote interview with Max Hole on the Music Matters keynote stage at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore.
Mobilium Global chairman Ralph Simon was seen backstage at the conference with Singapore government Minister and nominated Member of Parliament, Ms Janice Koh, who was a major keynote speaker at the conference. Ms Koh, in her capacity as a government Minister in the Singapore government extolled the value and virtue of Singapore as a key digital media hub in Asia-Pacific. She gave an important and enlightened speech that highlighted the growth of digital, mobile and social media technologies in Singapore, and also how the Singapore government places great importance in this sector, and also sees the ongoing need to foster and grow the Creative Industries in Singapore.
Mobilium attended the Milken Institute Global Conference 2014 speaking at a panel titled “Inventing the Impossible”. The Milken Institute Global Conference is the World’s top finance conference, with dozen of sessions addressing the latest markets trends. It is an indispensable gathering for the finance community, CIOs of large pension plans, leaders from major foundations, venture capitalists, private equity and hedge fund managers, and high-net-worth individuals.
Industry leaders from health care, real estate, retails, energy, technology, entertainment and many other sectors participate as both speakers and attendees. They are joined by U.S. officials, foreign leaders, educators and philanthropist.
Only a few gathering in the world offer the chance to sit down with the people who will shape the coming year’s agenda … and the Global Conference was one of them.
The session was moderated by Ken Rutowski, Host and Co-Founder, “Business Rockstars” joined by Akon, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer & Mobilium’s ‘Smart Health‘ endorser and Sasha Strauss, Founder and Managing Director, Innovation Protocol.
Check out our video below for more on our session:
The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), officially approves and supports the work of Smart Health, in its pursuit of bringing, by mobile and wireless good and greater health to Africa and Africans. The WLSA a special purpose trade organization dedicated to creating value and improving global health by accelerating and promoting the adoption of innovative health.
Mobilium’s CEO Ralph Simon, is a Board Advisor & a seasoned speaker at the Annual WLSA Convergence Summit and will be speaking at the upcoming 2014 Summit on May 14 – 16 at the Omni San Diego Hotel.
Join us in welcoming WLSA onboard, as we along with our partners, continue in our pursuit to wirelessly reconnect health education and awareness to the African Continent.]]>
l. to r. will.i.am, Sir Tim Berners Lee, Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt , Vice President Al Gore, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales & founder of the Creative Commons, Larry Lessig
Mobilium Global CEO Ralph Simon and the distinguished U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, sharing the joy and fun at the glittering Musicares tribute event honouring composer, singer, political activist and musical legend, Carole King. Nancy Pelosi is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She was selected to be the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first woman in history to do so. Four years later, she again broke new ground for women in U.S. politics. After the Democrats won majorities in both the House and the Senate in the 2006 midterm elections, Pelosi was chosen to become the first woman to take the post of Speaker of the House, and has been a highly influential Congresswoman and political figure for nearly 30 years.]]>
Akon & 2face have officially joined Mobilium Global & the Global Fund and endorsed the Smart Health app.
Launching in February in over 9 countries, the innovative platform will deliver free, vital and lifesaving information to over 50 Million people across the African Continent and through a distribution partnership will be preloaded on all Samsung phones.
Join us, 2face, Akon, Samsung and the Global Fund by saying ‘Count Me In’ and being a part of this big game changer, enhancing Health & Wellness for Africans in Africa.]]>
With mobile phones overtaking the world population this year we know it is the era of the ‘Screenagers’! Whatever screen is nearest – phone, laptop, tablet, PC, TV – reflects that you are a “screenager”.