Five continents connected on the International Consulting Council

In 2020, the Consulting Council of SIM São Paulo gains international reinforcements. Added to the 42 agents with a strong performance in the Brazilian market, a team of remarkable professionals coming from five continents in the International Consulting Council, iCCSIM.

Formed by 44 representatives from America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia, iCCSIM was born with the mission to further connect the music industry internationally.  

Learn more about these professionals who have also confirmed their presence in SIM 2020:

Alain Lahana has been a promoter for over 40 years. He started in the mid-'70s when the punk scene emerged and worked with artists like Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, REM, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Corrs and Rolling Stones. Currently, he is Carla Bruni's manager.

Alejandra Gómez is founder and director of Biche, an alternative music production space in Bogotá. She is also manager of Frente Cumbiero and booker in Colombia for Ava Rocha, Romperayo, La Perla, El Leopardo, Son Rompe Pera, Dani Boom, María del Rosario and Mario Galeano. She is a member of MMF LATAM since 2015 and co-founder of collective Todopoderosa that stands for gender equity in independent Latin music.

Andrea DaSilva is global team leader of the Media & Entertainment Industries, International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Camilo Sequeira is director of Doble Cinco, director and programmer of Sala del Museo, co-organizer of Cosquin Rock Uruguay, co-organizer of festival The New Generation. Manager of Cuatro Pesos de Propina and Eli Almic & djRC.

Carmen Barahona is a music promoter and founder and director of the multidisciplinary festival En Órbita, which has had editions in Santiago, New York and Lima.  She also collaborates in the development of artistic projects and content curatorship of institutions such as the Alma Observatory, MIT Media Lab groups and the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Clarissa Mota is the producer of Bacana - a Barcelona based concert agency that represent a dynamic range of cutting-edge Artists, covering extensive musical genres. Originally founded in Berlin in 1998, Bacana has gained a reputation by touring innovative acts internationally including Gilberto Gil, Liniker e os Caramelows and BaianaSystem.

Crispin Parry is a showcase producer with over 20 years of experience ranging from Nashville's Americanafest to the Rio Olympics. With experience in journalism, he wrote for The Times and Q Magazine and is the founder of British Underground. In 2017, he began producing immersive technology showcases at SXSW, in partnerships with organizations such as the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company and NASA.

Cristina Fina has been producing and managing international music and film events in Italy, France and Portugal for many years. She is the founder of La Strada, a booking agency specialized in jazz and world music. Since 2010, she is responsible for the international development strategies of Puglia Sounds and MEDIMEX, in Italy.

Darryl Hurs has 25 years of history in the music industry and is in charge of Indie Week in Canada. He has worked with graphic design/web design and brand activation for Live Nation, in projects with artists such as U2, Nickelback, Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Dave Matthews and the launch of 

David McLoughlin has been working for nearly 25 years with music release, sales, promotion and production. He has worked for companies like Tower Records, Atração, MCD, Eldorado, Sum Records, Trama, The Orchard, RN-14, BM&A, Brasil Music Exchange, Vinil Brasil and hundreds of clients over time. Nowadays, it is the front of Brasil Calling.

Elodie DaSilva is the director of the emblematic label Lusafrica (responsible for Cesária Évora's career) and publisher Africa Nostra. She was the programmer of the Kriol Festival (Cape Verde), director of AME (Atlantic Music Expo) and president of the MusiConnect Association. Currently, she works as a consultant in several institutions of the African market. 

Evelyn Sieber is director of showcase programming at Reeperbahn Festival. In addition, she assembles international projects including the Reeperbahn Festival International Spin-Offs from China to Africa. Before starting at the Reeperbahn Festival in 2010, she was director of production and special projects at WOMEX.

Fernando Ladeiro-Marques is the director of MaMA and co-creator and co-director of MIL Lisbon International Music Network. Throughout his career, he has also been involved with events such as Le Printemps (Bourges), Bam (Barcelona), Green Energy (Dublin), Cosmopolis (Lisbon), Euroconnections (Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Bratislava and Berlin), / Move (Prague), Europavox (Clermont-Ferrand), Rock Pop Festival (Bratislava), DongDong, (Beijing) and others.

Glenn Dickie is a music export producer for Sounds Australia. With experience in marketing and advertising, he spent over a decade at EMI Music Australia working with artists such as You Am I, JET, Miami Horror, PEZ, Oh Mercy, Ricki-Lee, Katy Perry, Lily Allen and Sigur Rós.

Gonçalo Riscado is the director of CTL, which carries out projects such as Musicbox Lisboa, MIL - Lisbon International Music Network, Jameson Urban Routes, Festival Silêncio, Liveurope and JUMP - European Music Market Accelerator.

Helene Broch is international director and senior consultant for the Music Norway project, its programs, marketing strategies and other export initiative activities.

Herman Kabubi is a programmer, consultant, curator and poet under the name Slim Emcee (UG). He is programming director at the Bayimba Foundation in Kampala, Uganda, responsible for several events throughout the year such as Amakula International Film Festival, DOADOA - East African Performing Arts Market, Bayimba International Festival of the Arts and Kampala International Theatre Festival.

Jean-Philippe Sauvé manages the music export program at SODEC, a government agency that supports Quebec's cultural industries. He is also a musician and specialist in international cultural policies, working with the theme at INRS-Montreal and UNESCO. He has a longstanding interest in Brazilian music and culture.

Joel C. High is the current musical director at Trimark Pictures and Lionsgate. He is an independent music supervisor with over 150 credits in Film, TV and Games projects, works for Tyler Perry Studios and is president and founder of Guild Of Music Supervisors.

Manuel Correia da Silva is director of This is My City Festival and co-founder of several creative projects, including Lines Lab, None of Your Business and Associação Cultural +853. He was part of the rock band called Rollana Beat. Born in Portugal, he grew up between Lisbon and Macau and now lives in the Delta region of China.

Marc Lloret is the Artistic Director of MMVV since 2011. In 2004 he started working in music festivals in Malaga (AV) and Barcelona (Hipersons, 2004-2007). In 2005 he co-organized the first edition of popArb Festival in Arbúcies (Girona, Spain). From 2006 to 2009, he worked in the jazz management and production company Produccions Contrabaix. He also coordinated the guide of Sons Catalães, published by the Institut Ramon Llull.

Marc Wohlrabe is co-founder of Clubcomission Berlin and leads Steinland Consult as an expert in nightlife policies. He is co-founder and director of the nightlife conference Stadt Nach Acht, a member of the board of directors of the German Club, Music Venue and Festival Organization Livekomm and represents Germany on the board of directors of the European Club, Music Venue and Festival Organization LiveDMA.

Martin Goldschmidt is the founder of Cooking Vinyl and co-founder of the Palestine Music Expo. Member of the board of AIM Impala, & WIN, he was the founder of the online distributor Uploader, created Essential Music & Marketing and Coda, one of the largest agencies in Europe. 

Miguel Angel Garrido is the founder and CEO of Charco Musica: a festival promotion, booking, marketing and public relations agency focused on the development of Iberoamerican music. In the last 20 years, he has worked with booking and tour production in Asia, Europe and America alongside artists such as Mon Laferte, Fito Paez, Babasonicos, Molotov, Natalia Lafourcade, Russian Red, Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas, Gepe, Macaco, Kevin Johansen, Onda Vaga, Nacho Vegas, Carla Morrison, Nortec Collective and Mateo Kingman.

Mike Strano is the director and founder of PHAT! Music & Entertainment Limited, in Kenya. He has been exploring the African music market for 20 years. PHAT! is responsible for ONGEA!, which organizes The Eastern Africa Music Summit, for SHEER Publishing Africa, among others. He is also the founding director of MyMoviesAfrica and a founding member of the Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE).

Millie Millgate is an executive producer for Sounds Australia. She has been fundamental to Sounds Australia's growth worldwide, having overseen marketing, networking and showcasing activity at 80 international events (often multiple times), in 69 cities, in 25 countries, since 2009. She is co-author of the study Born Global: The economic and cultural value of Australian music exports study, conducted in 2019.

Myla Hardie lives in Los Angeles and has 25 years of professional experience in music, on and off stage. She divides her time between her career as an artist and the management of Worldhaus Music, a label and management company for artists, music, and media content with operations in the USA, Brazil and the UK.

Neeta Ragoowansi is an entertainment lawyer and has been active in the music market for over 25 years. She is co-founder of NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange). She is also president of the Music Business Forum - US (MMF-US), co-president and global director of Women in Music and president of the Diversity Task Force Chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries.

Noela Salas is a member of the board of directors of Corporación la Makinita, executive director of the international music program IMESUR, and extension director of the Teatro Popular Ictus in Santiago, Chile. She is active in trade associations such as the SatelliteLAT network (association of women in Latin American music), she is on the board of IMICHILE (a trade association of the independent music industry in Chile), spokeswoman for ROMMDAChile (Network of Women in Music and Associated Dissidents) and coordinator of the ADIMI association for the development of Iberoamerican music.

Octavio Arbelaez is a lawyer, with a master's and a doctorate in philosophy and design. He is director of Circulart Iberoamerican Music Market (Medellín), director of Maps Market of the Performing Arts of the South Atlantic (Tenerife) and director of the International Festival of Arts (Costa Rica).

Oliver Knust is director of Chilemúsica, which works for the export of Chilean music, and co-director of the festival and conference Fluvial. He is also the founder of the commercial association IMICHILE, a member of the board of WIN, director and founder of the recording company Discos Río Bueno and the booking and communications agency La Unión. He has worked with more than twenty bands in the Chilean independent sector during the last 15 years.

Otto Ballaben is CEO of Arepa Music, a company that designs strategies for musical project development, and creative director of ECOEM, a business platform dedicated to creating and building companies and innovative business ideas. He is also Country Manager of Ditto Music Venezuela, founder of the program Co Orange Seeds and Festival Co Fundador Paix.

Paula Rivera is vice-president of INAMU and co-founder and director of SateliteLAT - Women of the Latin American Music Industry. Cultural manager with more than 15 years of experience in the Latin American industry, since 2018 she develops strategies to promote Argentine music in world markets. 

Peter Astedt has worked in the music industry for over 30 years. His newest company is Discovery Sensation, a branch of Musichelps dedicated to creating showcasing opportunities for artists around the world.  He also works in Cashbox Radio, Cashbox Magazine and Record World in Canada.

Rev. Moose is the founder of Marauder, a leading music marketing company in the U.S. market. He is at the forefront of the development of artists and organizations from around the world, having worked in the construction of his radio, advertising and marketing services for The Syndicate worldwide. His work at Independent Venue Week in the US helped create NIVA to organize and support local concert halls and independent promoters.

Robert Singerman is a partner at LyricFind, .MUSIC, Mondo, SyncSummit, YouBloom, Heaven11 and other companies. As a manager, agent, label executive, consultant, producer and music supervisor, Singerman has represented R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists. 

Ruth Daniel is an honorary researcher at the University of Manchester and CEO of In Place of War. She has led a diverse range of artistic and peace-building initiatives around the world and has developed and implemented over a hundred cultural programs in places of conflict and disadvantage, such as war zones, post-war zones and areas of economic deprivation.

Sergio Arbeláez is director of FIMPRO, consultant to Circulart and Redlat Colombia and co-founder of Relatable. A cultural manager with over 15 years of experience, working between Mexico and Colombia, he believes that music and culture can transform society and help the economy and build social and mental well-being.

Sergio Elmir is the creator of the Future Libre Creative Agency (FLCA), which works in mentoring and alliance programs with artists and audiences who identify themselves as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).  He works with artists from all over Canada such as The Mariachi Ghost, New Tradition Music, LOLAA, and Los Poetas and cultural institutions such as The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, The International Indigenous Music Summit, The Music Gallery, Global Toronto 2020, LulaWorld Records, TD Jazz Fest, Toronto Fringe Festival and many others.

Soco Collado has been managing A.R.T.E. - Asociación de Representantes Técnicos del Espectáculo for 20 years, Spain's largest live music association, made up of 270 business people, promoters, concert producers and festival directors.

Sungchun Lee is Executive Director of Seoul Music Week and Chief Producer of Soundpuzzle (International Agency and Label).

Tina Wroblewski is president of LaTina Productions, an international booker, manager and cultural promoter, born in Colombia and resident in Canada. She acts as a tour booker/manager at the Colombian label Tambora Records and cultural projects manager at LOA Productora. Founder of the social project "Proyecto Prizmacolor" in Medellin, Colombia, which works to transform educational spaces through the promotion of art and culture, she is currently a regional and international consultant for Global Toronto. She works with Colombian artists who mix traditional music with contemporary aesthetics such as Colectro, Byron Sánchez Cuarteto, La Mambanegra, Los Gaiteros de Ovejas and Blisk. 

Vanessa Reed is president and CEO of New Music, which promotes connections, access to knowledge and support to music in the USA. She is the founder and honorary president of the award-winning Keychange program for gender balance in the music industry ( In addition, she is a member of Leeds College of Music and the Royal Society of the Arts.

Weining Hung is co-founder of LUCfest, Taiwan. A driving force for Asian musicians to enter the European market, she is also international manager of artists such as Phum Viphurit and ADOY. She currently divides her time between Asia and Europe and is passionate about stimulating networking activities and building a platform for the Asian music industry.

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