Mikey B Rishwain
Programming Director & International Relations, M For Montreal
Straight Outta Stockton, California (home of Pavement & Chris Isaak). Mikey started working in the music world at age 17, as a music buyer and store manager for local record stores as well as booking DIY concerts throughout Northern California. He also worked for The Militia Group (Juliette Lewis, The Appleseed Cast), an independent record company based in Long Beach, for four years. Mikey eventually relocated to Montreal, where he rapidly established himself as a trendsetter, ranking in Nightlife Magazine’s "Montreal personalities that changed our nightlife."
He has been Programming Director for M FOR MONTREAL since 2007 and also books the Santa Teresa festival. His natural ability to discover the best up-and-coming acts has helped the careers of many artists including Mac Demarco, Grimes, Charlotte Cardin and Half Moon Run. He was nominated three times and won Best City Champion and Best Festival Networking Activity at the YMCA Awards, in Brighton UK.
Be Present Everywhere: Intros & Connections
10/12/21, 8:30 PM
"BPE," inaugurated at Mondo 2020, is an offering of committed global speakers/experts networking and sharing their businesses and missions with each other and with the global music community. It was created to celebrate, educate and forward ongoing music business through the pandemic, while most of us are working remotely. It's what has kept many music conferences, "conferences," while operating virtually; the interactions, introductions, contacts shared, networking have shown the value and necessity of community in a uniquely isolated time. With many thousands of intros and personal (virtual) meetings between delegates and well over 250 speakers from many countries; speaker and delegate contacts distributed globally; communities connected, networked and shared; we'll never know all the "results" of these sessions. These can be lifetime, life and business changing relationships and they have been useful and enjoyable, with intensity, care and hilarity during a shared global and for most, very personal, crisis. Join the fun and participate.