By Chung Ah-young
Some 20 teams of Korean musicians to be selected for overseas debuts will take part in MU:CON SEOUL 2013, the global music showcase and market, in October. Their performances will be aired live through YouTube worldwide in seven languages.
The showcase is the nation's largest music market where international music business partners gather and exchange their information. This year's event marks the second anniversary.
Under the slogan of "Beyond Borders, Beyond Genre, Beyond Music," the event will take place on Oct. 10-12 in Seoul's hot places such as GS XI-Gallery, Mecenatpolis Mall, Sangsang Madang Live Hall near Hongik University and Beyond Museum and Ellui Hotel in Gangnam area, southern Seoul.
The artists from various genres such as rock, hip hop, dance and electronic will be selected based on their previous overseas activities or their plans for releasing album or performing abroad.
International music moguls such as Seymour Stein, Simon Wheeler from Beggars Group, Bruno Crolot and James Minor will attend the showcase and meet the participants through the interviews or mentoring consultations to help them their overseas debuts.
The participants will have the opportunities for attending MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale), the Europe's largest music market, and South by Southwest, the North America's largest music market.
The musicians can also work with world-renowned producers and will be given various benefits such as attending MU:CON Exchange Program with Singapore.
The event consists of three programs ― conference which helps Korean musicians, global music industry figures; showcase for musical exchanges between Korean musicians dreaming of debuting abroad; and a biz matching to establish a global business network.
The showcase for hip hop and dance/electronic musicians will be held in Gangnam and for rock music in Hongdae, which is home to Korean indie band music, along with the international showcase with the artists from various countries.
The conference and workshop will be held in Ellui and Beyond Museum in GS XI-Gallery in Seogyo-dong, Seoul.
The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).