Consulting date October 2013
15 October 2013
As part of BRIDGES FOR MUSIC partnership with ADE and having inspired one of the central themes for this year's program, it is with great poignancy that Bridges for Music's discussion panel   Focus On South Africa will be one of the opening events at this year's conference.
Respected producer Black Coffee, Cadenza founder Luciano and Bridges for Music ambassador Sir Vincent Manzini will all participate in a panel discussion hosted by Bridges For Music co-founder and director Valentino Barrioseta which will take place on Wednesday 16th October at 5pm. Following the panel discussion, Bridges For Music will be teaming up with leading broadcasters Boiler Room to host a very special take-over showcasing South African talent. Featuring sets from Luciano, Black Coffee, Mirko Loko, Jullian Gomez and Diloxclusiv vs Sir Vincent. Bridges For Music Boiler Room takeover will be broadcast between 8pm - 11pm on this
Thursday 17th October will see a panel titled "Meet The South Africans" hosted by the Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference and Black Mango Music founder Trenton Birch. Trenton has a leading role in representing Bridges For Music in South Africa, and played a key part in facilitating the connection between ADE director Richard Zijlama and Breathe Sunshine African Music conference, which hosted him in Cape Town and went onto influence the South African representation at this years conference. 
Bridges for Music has sponsored 2 artists and entrepreneurs from the townships of Cape Town to attend this year's conference and participate in the panel, Diloxclusiv and Sir Vincent. The funds come from donations by the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, after the Bridges For Music ambassador, Richie Hawtin's show earlier this year. They will be joined by Bridges For Music director Valentino Barrioseta and Black Coffee to shine a spotlight on this vibrant scene with a particular focus on the recent explosion of house music. 
October 16th. 17:00 - 18:00
Felix Meritis (F5 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam 
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October 17th. 15:00 - 16:15
Felix Meritis (F9 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
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October 17th. 16:30 - 17:30
Felix Meritis (F10 One on One Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
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Black Coffee
Mirko Loko
Jullian Gomez
Diloxclusiv vs Sir Vincent 
8pm - 11pm 
6 October 2013
After the workshops with Richie Hawtin, Skrillex , Luciano and Black Coffee...We are proud to announce the next chapter !

The next Bridges For Music workshop will take place in Langa (Cape Town, South Africa.) In association with Rocking the Daisies , Red Bull Studio Cape TownSAE Institute Cape Town and Black Mango. 

German DJ, producer and label owner Boys Noize aka Alexander Ridha takes up the reins for this session with an up close and personal interview in a very intimate setting at the Tsoga Environmental Centre, (365 Washington Street, just next door to the Police Station). 

After an epic performance at Rocking the Daisies, Alex, who has won Beatport's "Best Electronic Act" for three years in a row, remixed for the likes of Daft Punk, N.E.R.D, Depeche Mode, produced and written for Black Eyed Peas, Kelis, Santigold etc, has a group with Skrillex called Dog Blood and is enjoying success with his track "Got It" featuring Snoop Dog, will talk us through his early years, his current projects as well as offering advice and guidance for aspiring artists, DJ’s and musicians. He’ll also be jumping on the decks for a small demo. 

We are also very happy to host this session with Goldfish , one of the most exported South African artists. They’ll explain to us the workings of taking their music live on stage, as well as talking about their new album that they’ll be launching at ADE later this month.

We can´t wait for a new inspiring gathering in Langa. 
Time : 5pm - 8pm
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Secure parking available. 
Moderator: Trenton Birch
1 October 2013
Bridges for Music, an international non-profit organization focused on the responsible development of electronic music, launches in South Africa with the first ever tour to the continent by global music pioneer Richie Hawtin, who will appear as its first ambassador in February 2013.
Bridges for Music is gathering international and local key players of the music industry to enhance the opportunities through music and create positive change in disadvantaged areas across the world.
Renowned for his forward thinking approach, Hawtin is extending the educational concept of his recent CNTRL “Beyond EDM” tour across 17 colleges in the USA, to participate in this social and music legacy project in Africa which will present an important social dimension with master classes in Gugulethu and Soweto accompanied by local ambassadors Black Coffee and DJ Fresh.
Richie Hawtin will appear on two landmark performances at Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (Friday, 15th February ) and at Johannesburg club, Truth (Saturday 16th February), which have become instrumental partners of the project, not only by hosting these events but also by participating in Bridges for Music social initiatives and by committing R10 per purchased ticket towards them. The social program includes the mentioned workshops as well as significant support to selected local DJ schools and opportunities for individual talents to appear internationally.
The aim of Bridges for Music, and its first ambassador, Richie Hawtin, is to use music as a tool to bridge geographical and social gaps, and to provide a contact point between younger generation of DJs and internationally seasoned artists from the global circuit, raising awareness of social issues by leveraging the presence of global opinion leaders within local communities and by connecting the international media, technology and dance music brands with these new audiences.
Richie Hawtin states, "I believe music can play a crucial role in raising awareness of social issues and artists should have a responsibility to give something back. This is why I was inspired to be a part of the Bridges for Music concept from the minute it was presented to me”.
Black Coffee agrees, “Music is a driving force for change in South Africa. There is an entire generation emerging that sees a way to make a life in music, and to create their own industry, so a project like Bridges for Music is a valuable addition to our landscape. There is tremendous opportunity in having a global music pioneer like Richie Hawtin engage with our industry”.
Bridges for Music has also teamed up with local Minus partner, Don’t Look Down Convergence Agency, to assist in the facilitation of the first Bridges for Music project in South Africa while producing a documentary for international exhibition.
BFM Director Valentino Barrioseta concludes: “We believe that the global music industry has a big responsibility in its development in countries like South Africa, facing big socio-economic issues. That is how this idea came about, we want Bridges for Music to be a joint venture of everyone in the music industry sharing this ethos, willing to give back and leave a legacy through music. We are very proud of everyone that has already come onboard. “
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