Director of Programming, Drom
"Ambassador of World Music" - PollStar Magazine
Mehmet Dede is an internationally recognized, award-winning Music Curator, Festival Producer and Tour Promoter with 20 years of experience in the culture space.
Dede has produced hundreds of concerts and event series collaborating with Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, the Kennedy Center and many more for medium and large-scale events. He’s served as Director of Programming at Drom since 2010 and worked previously at concert promoter Giant Step and Universal Music Group. His experience in global music programming and cultural diplomacy has facilitated a meaningful presence for artists in the US and his consulting expertise is often sought by agencies in France, Hungary, England, Poland and Romania. He is the author of Make It Live: The Handbook for Getting Gigs to coach artists on strategies for booking and marketing live concerts. Dede regularly conducts workshops for artists and managers in the US and abroad. He was profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Pollstar, and featured on PBS, Crain’s New York Business and Voice of America.
State of Live in the City: Brand New Day or Groundhog Day?
10/15/21, 2:30 PM
Despite new variants and the ever-changing guidelines dictated by science and government, the live industry is still trying its best to rebound from COVID-19. In fact, various parts of the live music ecosystem -- from venues and performers to city and state officials -- have collectively redefined the live entertainment sector on a daily basis over the last 18 months. This panel will feature an update on NYC nightlife and how to navigate the live event world during these extraordinary times, from developing protocols and giving structure to in-person performances to the safety of the performers and the public. As the music market moves forward, are we living in a post-pandemic future or a different reality? This event will take place in-person at Drom in downtown New York and as a global interactive livestream.