26 March 2009
Fourth Hong Kong Music Fair Opens
Spotlight on Inaugural Digital Music Awards
26 March 2009 – The fourth Hong Kong Music Fair (HKMF) opened today and continues through 28 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Today's opening ceremony was officiated by Rita Lau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. Joining Mrs Lau were: Samson Tam, member, Legislative Council; Ng Yu, Chairman, Working Committee, Hong Kong Music Fair; Benjamin Chau, Assistant Executive Director, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC); and Hong Kong Music Fair ambassadors Alan Tam and Joey Yung.
About 70 exhibitors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and around the world are taking part, showcasing the latest music products and exploring multimedia opportunities. Ten companies from Bavaria, Germany, are staging a special pavilion featuring Bavaria's unique music culture.
Along with its industry focus, the fair caters to music lovers, with public admission on 27 March, beginning at 4pm, and throughout the day on 28 March.
New at the fair this year is a free business-matching service, allowing eligible SMEs to explore partnership opportunities with exhibitors, including record and music companies and entertainment groups. The HKTDC has already lined up more than 400 business appointments between exhibitors and SMEs, who will meet at the show to discuss collaboration opportunities.
The inaugural Hong Kong Digital Music Awards Presentation Ceremony, supported by the Composer and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd, is another music fair highlight. Taking place on 28 March, the new awards pays tribute to the most popular downloaded and streamed songs, music videos and ring tones.
On the same evening, the Neway Karaoke Awards Presentation Ceremony will honour the most popular karaoke songs at Neway over the past year.
A series of live performances, product demonstrations and seminars is also being held. At today's seminar - "Is the Music Industry not Revivable?" - notable industry players discuss the future of the industry. Speakers include: Chan Fai Hung, Jolland Chan, Cheung Man Sun, Maria Cordero, Herman Ho, Peter Lai, Frankie Lee and Edmond Leung.
The Hong Kong Music Fair is one of the nine events of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong. Another Entertainment Expo highlight, the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award 2008 (IFPI TSA), 11 April, celebrates the success of music companies, and their artists and performers, over the past year. It will be broadcast live on TVB Jade.
|Hong Kong Trade Development Council|
|IFPI (Hong Kong Group)|
|Trade Sessions:||26 March: 10am-6pm|
|27 March: 10am-4pm|
|Trade and Public Sessions:||
27 March: 4pm-6pm
|28 March: 10am-8pm|
|Venue:||Hall 7, HKCEC, Wan Chai|
|Arthur Ho (HKMF Director)||Tel: (852) 9192 7481|
|Victor George Paddy||Tel: (852) 2584 4517||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com