The 2020 edition of Midem, Cannes-based music industry conference, which was planned to take place from June 2-5, has been canceled due to the concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Announcing the news on March 30, the Director of Midem, Alexandre Deniot, said that it’s not possible for the event to take place as planned, given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and the concerns of the companies for the safety of their people.
Midem’s next edition will take place June 1-4, 2021.
Midem 2020 has been canceled amidst a global lockdown that was imposed by policy makers in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19.
In France, there are more than 40,000 confirmed cases of infection and more than 2,600 dead cases.
Despite the cancelation of the event in Cannes, Midem says that it is going to reboot with a new digital format.
The Midem Digital Edition is scheduled to take place June 2-5, 2020.
The press release announcing the news today said, “Wherever customers are in the world, they will be invited to be part of the Midem Digital Edition.”.
The digital format will contain live-streamed keynote sessions, talks and presentations, and online conversations and speed-meetings between participants as well.
The service’s details will be shared in the coming weeks.
Midem Director Alexandre Deniot said that the situation of the spread of coronavirus is changing daily and the government’s announcements and restrictions are the same.
He added that these are impacting the way we are leading our lives and conducting our business. Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus and companies’ concerns for their people’s safety, it is impossible to hold Midem in June.
Deniot added their team is working very hard to support the industry during this challenging period of time, particularly companies and artists who have been hardest hit and when the unity of global music is more important than ever before.
They are also looking forward to bringing together everyone at Midem 2021 on June 1-4 of next year to celebrate the music industry’s return to healthy growth and the 55th anniversary of Midem.
Finally, on behalf of all the Midem team, he hoped everyone stay strong, stay safe, and stay connected.