Palestine Music Expo
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.
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.
WE ARE PREPARING PHASE 2,
A PALESTINIAN MUSIC OFFICE!
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!
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.