International Music Summit Launch Two Initiatives Supporting The Next Generation Of The Industry

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International Music Summit (IMS) today announce IMS x Mixmag Visionaries 2018 and IMS Accelerator, two initiatives designed to support the next generation of industry innovators, influencers and disruptors.

Both Visionaries and Accelerator  provide successful applicants a platform for their ideas to be heard, industry mentoring and support plus opportunities to network and develop their career or business with the most creative and forward thinking figures in the electronic music industry.

Visionaries returns for its 5th year and in collaboration with leading dance music publication Mixmag aims to inspire and uncover emerging industry professionals who will challenge current thinking and present new ways of overcoming the most important and pressing issues facing electronic music today.
A new initiative, Accelerator aims to spotlight and support the next wave of innovative music business start-ups, giving a platform to be heard plus vital support and advice to help them build and achieve their long term objectives.

If you are passionate about electronic music, have an innovative idea and you dare to disrupt, submit your application online by the March 31 2018.
Successful applicants will travel to Ibiza as an official IMS Ibiza delegate and present their ideas, for Visionaries via a keynote speech to electronic music’s most powerful and influential individuals, and for Accelerator direct to many of the industries leading organizations and investors. Successful applicants will receive one year free membership of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) as well as access to relevant AFEM board members for career development advice and introductions to strategic partners.

In addition to sharing their ideas in the print issue and online platforms of Mixmag, the winner of Visionaries will also receive a three month mentorship program led by Andreea Magdalina, founder of SheSaid.So, internship opportunities at leading industry companies, tailored career coaching sessions matched from participating industry partners including AEI GroupAFEMBerklee College of MusicFuse, Neighbourhood PR, PRS for Music and Young Guns Network, plus a pair of Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10.

Previous Visionaries winners have included Valerie Lee, now West Coast Editor of Mixmag USA , Ben Bowler, Founder of, Inder Phull, Managing Director and founder of KRPT Group and Mich Mellard, CEO of Sync Sync.

For further detail on how to enter and submit your application for this year’s contest please visit

Ben Turner, IMS Co-Founder states “At the heart of IMS is the drive to be a catalyst in the industry, to bring about new ideas and develop new ways of working to push the genre forwards to guarantee a sustainable and successful future. A vital element of this is supporting emerging professionals and the fledgling start-ups that will fuel this change. IMS x Mixmag Visionaries has already found some exceptional thinkers that continue to make waves in our industry, launching IMS Accelerator to support the tech community and start-up culture feels like the natural progression in our ongoing efforts to nurture the next generation. We look forward to hearing your ideas and solutions to help push the music industry forward.”

Duncan Dick, Editor, Mixmag adds “Nurturing new and diverse talent is possibly the single most important thing the dance music industry can do to ensure its future success and sustainability. IMS’ Visionaries initiative is a great example of an authentic, holistic approach to encouraging and mentoring the kind of young person we need today in the industry, and Mixmag is extremely proud to support it once again.” 


  • Open to applicants aged 18-25
  • One winner will receive
    • Return travel to IMS Ibiza from a European Destination
    • Two nights accommodation at Hard Rock Hotel
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badge
    • Three month mentorship program from SheSaid.So
    • Tailored career coaching sessions from participating industry partners
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For a full list of prizes and more details visit


  • Open to all music start-ups
  • Three companies will receive
    • IMS Ibiza delegate badges
    • Introductions to potential clients, investors and mentors
    • Promotion on IMS digital platforms
    • Access to TopicDNA Reporting Platform
    • Access to list of 100+ investors
    • A strategy session with a leading digital marketing agency
    • One year free membership of AFEM
  • For more details visit

Boiler Plate:

The Mission

International Music Summit is an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating and encouraging the awareness of, and appreciation for, electronic music, and the artistry related to DJing and related art forms – primarily through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate both the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to culture worldwide. IMS annually hosts major events globally in Ibiza, Los Angeles, China and Malta. IMS was created by Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, Mark Netto, Pete Tong & Simeon Friend.

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