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. Since 2005, he has produced and booked hundreds of concerts nationwide, including collaborations with Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He currently serves as Director of Programming at Drom, a 300-person capacity club in Manhattan. Since 2008, "New York’s premiere venue for world music" (Wall St. Journal) has hosted an eclectic array of artists from Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter and Hilary Hahn to Ibrahim Maalouf. Dede is also the curator of the NY Gypsy Festival, now in its 16th season. Previously, Dede worked at concert promoter Giant Step and Universal Music Group. Dede is the recipient of the 2021 globalFEST Impact Award and was profiled in The Wall Street Journal, PBS, PollStar and Forbes Magazine. Dede holds an M.A. in Music Business from New York University.
State of Live in the City: Brand New Day or Groundhog Day?
October 15, 2021, 2:30:00 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.