Music Democratization: How Emerging Platforms are Transforming the Market

Laura Jaramillo (Co-Founder/CEO, Sona), Eelko van Kooten (Founder, Collabhouse), Faris Zaher (Founder/CEO, Sonomo), John Acquaviva (Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners), Sam Feldt (DJ, Founder, Fangage)

Moderator: Alex Brees (Co-Founder/CEO, un:hurd)

Many new music-tech startups talk about taking on the big incumbents, and claim to be mission driven towards democratising the music industry. To what extent do we see and expect real change versus inflated claims? We zoom in on new music investment platforms aiming to open up the market for consumers, introducing new (direct) artist fan relationships, new creator flows, and new monetisation models. What role does blockchain / web3 tech play, and how does it fit the democratisation narrative? How might the role of existing music labels change? Is democratization happening and do we believe it will be driven top-down or bottom-up?

Felix Meritis

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Join us at the Felix Meritis for the full ADE Pro programme. The conference is set to be extended by an additional day, taking place from ADE Wednesday to Saturday. Just down the road the prestigious Andaz Amsterdam by Hyatt Hotels is transformed to a buzzing network & business hub from Wednesday to Friday.


ADE Lab returns with a four-day programme from ADE Wednesday to Saturday at the Brakke grond and many more venues around the Amsterdam Nes area.

We do not sell ADE Conference only or Day Passes. The only way to get access to the ADE Pro Conference is the ADE Pro Pass.

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The program for this year is complete. The application form for ADE 2024 will be available online soon.

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PRO Registration Desk at Felix Meritis
Tue 17 October: 16:00 to 20:00
Wed 18 October: 09:00 to 20:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 20:00
Fri 20 October: 08:30 to 20:00
Sat 21 October: 10:00 to 20:00

PRO Registration Desk at I Amsterdam Store - Central Station
Tue 17 October: 14:00 to 19:00
Wed 18 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Fri 20 October: 09:30 to 18:00
Sat 21 October 09:30 to 18:00
Sun 22 October 12:00 to 17:00

PRO Evening Registration Desk at Het Groene Paleis
Wed 18 October: 18:00 to 22:00
Thu 19 October: 18:00 to 21:00
Fri 20 October: 18:00 to 21:00

Please be aware that your E-ticket is strictly personal and non-transferable. Identification with your ID/passport is mandatory which means your items cannot be picked up by someone else.

Also, don’t forget to complete your details before ADE to make sure we have all your details for your personal badge.

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