Merlin COO Charlie Lexton among Keynotes at 1st Djooky Music Investment Summit
Additional keynote speakers include Susan Paley, OG Arabian Prince, Michelle Edgar, Brian Malouf & Faryal Khan-Thompson
The virtual summit will take place on June 17-18 between 11am and 5pm Pacific Time.
Lexton to open summit at 11am Pacific time.
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Music and fintech startup Djooky has added a slew of high profile executives to speak at a new and ambitious music business investment and finance conference later today.
A keynote interview with Merlin COO Charlie Lexton will open the summit at 11am PDT. Droplabs CEO, Susan Paley and NWA founding member/music entrepreneur, OG Arabian Prince will also keynote a joint discussion looking at how artists can generate funding from music and technology in the gaming industry.
VP, International at TuneCore, Faryal Khan-Thompson will discuss, “How to win the competition with giants on the global stage: a guide for emerging artists”. VP, Brand Marketing at Epic Records, Michelle Edgar will talk about, “How building artist brand helps in monetizing their creativity” whilst Djooky co-founder/multi-platinum American producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf will discuss, “How to make songs ‘click’ for global audiences?”.
They will join Angelica Ayala-Torres, Darral Ballantune and Deborah Jourdan who will all be appearing in panels across the event. Featured panels will discuss investment and finance in the evolving music ecosystem, the rise of independent artists becoming the fastest-developing segment of the music business, streaming platforms being the industry’s ultimate game changer, AI & blockchain technology, intellectual property rights and much more.
The Djooky Music Investment Summit aims to facilitate discussion between key figures in the music business on innovative ways to promote and monetise grassroots artists as well as early-stage startups bringing reform to the music industry.
The two-day event will also host its own Startup Pitch Contest — a competition for promising businesses tipped to transform the industry. The competition will be split up amongst three categories offering mentorship as well as increased exposure from the summit’s partners for the best candidates in AI and Technology in the Music Industry, Digital Entertainment and Content Creation & Music Licensing and Production.
Single tickets cost $199 USD with extra group options available. The Djooky Music Investment Summit will offer free admittance to independent artists, small businesses and educational organisations.
The event will offer two simultaneous streams with keynote sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, Q&A sessions, networking with top professionals and access to panel recordings 30-days afterwards.
Curator of the Summit, Gennadiy Kurochka, Managing Partner at CFC Big Ideas and Djooky co-founder, commented: “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Djooky Music Investment Summit hopes to shine a light on the difficult challenges facing grassroots artists and businesses by discussing and raising awareness of new and innovative ways to generate funds outside of the traditional music industry structure.”
Djooky Inc. is a music and fintech startup with an ambition to democratise and decentralise the global music industry.
Giving power back to the people, its aims are to create fairer opportunities for musicians who are struggling to break through existing power structures, which have been amplified as a result of the current pandemic. Djooky Inc. officially launched its operations in April 2020, but the team had been working tirelessly on the concept for the last two years.
In July 2020, Djooky launched the world’s first global online music contest, the Djooky Music Awards (DMA). The competition is open to all artists and songwriters, amateur and professional, from all around the world and runs four times a year seasonally, allowing them to compete for lucrative cash prizes and a recording trip to LA’s iconic Capitol Studios.
In a span of just one year, the platform has grown to become the world’s biggest song contest. By its fourth season of Spring 2021, over 2,500 artists from 129 countries have nominated their songs for the DMAs, with over 150,000 music lovers from 176 countries registering to support their favourite acts.
Djooky’s core team operates from Los Angeles, Berlin, London, and Kyiv, Ukraine, with an amplified global presence in New York, Sydney, Lagos, Cologne, São Paulo and Bangkok via the platform’s PR partners. Co-founded by Brian Malouf the multi-platinum US producer who has worked with the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson, the Djooky team also includes Grammy-nominated artist and music director Patrice Rushen, UK Ivor Novello winning songwriter Sacha Skarbek, producer/music executive and songwriter Justin Gray (whose credits include Mariah Carey, John Legend and Avril Lavigne), and ex-Universal executive and record producer Andrew Dakhovskyy, Djooky co-founder and CEO.
Djooky also has brand ambassadors in Iran, Tanzania and Namibia, The Philippines and the Solomon Islands who help to build the brand’s visibility in countries with identified high potential talent. John Paulo Bagnas Nase AKA Pablo from the Philippines won the Spring 2021 edition of the DMAs, receiving either a cash prize of $20k or an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles where he would record a song with Brian Malouf at Capitol Studios.
For full Terms and Conditions, Contest Rules, Prizes and Awards of the Djooky Music Awards please visit https://
About CFC Big Ideas
CFC Big Ideas is an international communications consultancy headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and Kyiv, Ukraine.
Established in 2002 as CFC Consulting, the company has made its name by implementing BIG IDEA international projects: international conferences, country presentations, special events, and advocacy campaigns in more than 40 countries across the globe. Some of their most successful projects, carried out in collaboration with the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, were awarded the Bronze Cannes Lion in 2017 and the Gold SABRE for Public Affairs in 2015.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, CFC Big Ideas has created several successful global event platforms. Among them are the Global Inclusion Online Forum, the biggest Diversity & Inclusion online event in the world, and Davos Energy Week which gathered 7 Ministers of Energy and over 5000 participants online in January 2021.
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