Palestine Music Expo

$5,861 of $68k goal

Raised by 77 people in 10 months
Martin Goldschmidt  LOS ANGELES, CA

The First Palestine Music Expo will be held from April 5-7 2017 in Ramallah, Jerusalem and Haifa.  We hope to shine the spotlight on the budding Palestinian Music Scene and share the beauty of our culture.  It will showcase both established and upcoming Palestinian artists to local audiences and key members of the international music industry. These will include record companies, booking agencies, music supervisors, festivals promoters and Media. The Expo will bring artists and professionals together, in an effort to build mutually beneficial relationships and develop valuable networking opportunities in Palestine. It will include various music genres and showcase performances over two days with a third day put aside for a little fun exploring. The public and our guests are invited to attend these shows in different Palestinian cities and interact with our artists to gain a greater understanding of our music scene and how we create music in Palestine.

All donations raised  will be used to pay for cover travel and accommodation expenses for our delegates as well as production costs associated with running and events and panels. 

We wil also set up a $10,000 fund to assist Palestinian musicians with international touring.


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Update 5
Posted by PMX Office
2 months ago
Palestine Music Expo is less than 3 months away.
Thanks to your donations and institutional support from Al Quattan foundation and Cooking Vinyl it's going to happen!
We have had more artists apply than we have room for and same with the most impressive list of international delegates.
We have been welcomed by the key stakeholders in the Palestinian music scene.


Thanks again!
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Update 3
Posted by PMX Office
4 months ago
we have done our first small event and wanted to give you all the heads up before details appear in the media;

When they bring in the hookahs in the West Bank it’s something else. Beckie’s (Sugden X-Ray touring) face lit up . She puffed away on a 3ft high hubbly bubbly.

7 music industry vets were having lunch with 12 Palestinian musicians. The Palestinians had arrived fashionably late, not sure what to expect. The atmosphere was charged. Everyone started mixing and talking. The noise level became a 10. It was a historic first meeting for Palestine Music Expo. Once the ice had broken the musicians were overwhelmed that we wanted to help them, and we were gobsmacked by their personal stories of life under the occupation. Larry (Leblanc - journalist) told the Palestinians that their experiences were unique and no one else could rap or sing about their situation. It stuck in many people’s heads.

Some of us left stoned, all of us left inspired to work together…
2 days later my PMX Comrades (Mahmood from Dam, Abed from Khalas, and Rami, journalist and activist) did a panel in Haifa, Israel for Palestinian musicians. 75 turned up and it was another first. Mahmood and Abed talked about creating the Palestinian Rap and Rock scenes from nothing and gave the strong message that you can be successful but you really have to be prepared to work hard and suffer for your art along the way. I fielded a variety of questions from what is streaming, to how do you release a record…

At 1.30am we left. 2 people kindly offered us their venues for free in April. The musicians are going to have monthly meetings in Haifa to help each other and share skills leading up to Palestine Music Expo in April in Ramallah and Haifa.

Our dry run was a great result, thanks everyone who participated!
The wall at Qalandria check point
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Update 2
Posted by PMX Office
5 months ago
Hello friends,

Abed from Palestine Music Expo here, we just wanted to thank you all for your generous donations it means a lot to us, Please keep spreading the word and let make this happen together.

All donations will be transferred from my US account to the PMX account in Israel/Palestine.

Thanks again for your love and support.
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Gary Smith
4 months ago

Well done Martin and all amazing and exemplary outreach project

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$5,861 of $68k goal

Raised by 77 people in 10 months
Created June 22, 2016
Maria Rodriguez
12 days ago

Good luck and great work! it's so important the peace message you sent to the world. Thanks!

Rose Khbeis
13 days ago

I really admire your work, I hope this little donation helps to this amazing purpose. By the way If there is something we could plan in Colombia, just let me know. It will be a pleasure to help. Rose

21 days ago
Polly Withers
24 days ago

Good luck!

Wasseem Zaher
26 days ago

good luck guys

Amber Fares
27 days ago
Avi Goldstein
28 days ago

Great initiative. Good luck!

Yasser Aiq
1 month ago

Give peace a chance.... V.

Ala Hlehel
1 month ago
John Cadwallader
1 month ago
Gary Smith
4 months ago

Well done Martin and all amazing and exemplary outreach project

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