POPagenda Singapore - new platform for pop music talents

 

POPagenda Singapore

 

- new platform for pop music talents

 

Weekends, 10-18 June 2006

 

This June, Singapore and regional bands, songwriters, composers, lyricists, producers, music lovers and industry players will come together for a totally refreshing pop music experience. Singapore’s newest music platform, POPagenda Singapore will throw the spotlight on our aspiring, emerging and established contemporary music talents, together with those throughout Asia, over two weekends packed with performances, activities, forums and workshops.

 

This new celebration of pop and rock music will feature some of the region’s favourite artistes such as Ryu of the popular Winter Sonata theme song from Korea, Aikawa Nanase from Japan, and fromSingapore, Tanya Chua, Fatskunks and West Grand Boulevard. Music lovers will experience new and original works and also get to meet and learn from the movers and shakers of the region’s music industry about song writing, composing, music publishing and getting themselves heard overseas.Industry experts in town for POPagenda discussions, forums and workshops include Mandarin pop producer/composer Yao Chien; Zhang Fan, founder and organiser of China’s hugely successful MIDI Music Festival; and Shen Li Hui, founder of Modern Sky Records.

 

“POPagenda aims to help provide a platform to celebrate Singapore music talents and those of Asia, and to provide a vehicle for music industry players to discover talents, share their expertise, promote exchange, and develop partnerships or business relationships. It is NAC’s effort to profile and boost the development of our home-grown talents and capabilities in contemporary music” says Goh Ching Lee, Senior Director for Performing Arts, National Arts Council. “POPagenda also recognises the new wave of public interest in this field, and follows on NAC’s initiative to support local music companies and talents internationally by championing their participation in international music markets such as MIDEM. In the long term, we hope that these efforts, in partnership with industry players, will encourage and foster the development of a thriving S-Pop music industry in Singapore.”

 

The artistes, industry speakers and events have been lined-up in three distinct programmes.  Kicking off POPagenda is the opening event Pop Village, featuring energising performances by pop music talents from Singapore, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.  Rock Opera The Musical – A Rock Anthology, presented by IMG Promotions, features top Malay singers and entertainers inSingapore in a musical extravaganza.  Rock D’Fort presents bold rock music by bands fromSingapore, China, the Philippines and Korea, and is produced by HeartRock Singapore in collaboration with the National Arts Council.

 

In addition to performances, both Pop Village and Rock D’Fort, held at the Fort Canning Park, will hold a series of forums and workshops on music creation and promotion throughout the afternoons. There will also be food and beverage stalls, and merchandising outlets to facilitate the fun, dialogue and interaction among pop music lovers, performers and industry members.  Whetting appetites for the huge music bash is Bandhana – Music That Binds, the prelude event to POPagenda on 3 and 4 June, where some of India’s pop stars and local luminaries will get the beat going, Bollywood style.

 

 “POPagenda is a good idea, especially for young bands like us,” says Dharma Sadasivan, lead singer of local band West Grand Boulevard. “We’d like to get on stage more, but there aren’t enough events for us to play at and be talent spotted. Being part of this new and huge pop music event is great! We get to play with the best of talents in Asia and meet the talent scouts.”

 

Patrick Chng, Supervising Producer, MTV Networks Asia, notes that, “The pop music scene has potential for further development to achieve a distinct identity. POPagenda is a step in the right direction.” He added, “We are glad that Singapore is spearheading this effort to spur music industry development. I think this project has all the necessary elements to take on a life of its own, and succeed in the longer term to make Singapore a centre for pop music.”

 

Information on the POPagenda Singapore events is in the Annexes. Artistes’ bios are available on request. Please visit http://www.popagenda.sg/ for updates.

 

Annexes 

  • Pop Village
  • Rock Opera The Musical - A Rock Anthology
  • Rock D’Fort
  • Bandhana, Music That Binds