BMIM Connects

The size and relevance of your personal network is one of the most important distinguishing factors, and it's one that can make or break a career. That's why we at BMIM promote Dutch music copyright in both The Netherlands and in key export markets with the aim of increasing the percentage of Dutch music in both the domestic and foreign markets. Each year BMIM is hosting a series of networking activities: BMIM Connects. Whether you want to share your hard-earned knowledge, pitch music, discuss the current state of the industry, get feedback on a project or simply do business, we're delighted to be able to bring people with complimentary skills and areas of expertise together. Get yourself in motion and join us!

Coming up:

Musexpo Los Angeles

Musexpo 2018 will return to Los Angeles this year from April 29th - May 2nd. As the event gears up for its 20th edition globally, it continues to draw the attention of many of the industry’s most forward-thinking and successful executives and companies vested in the future of the evolving worldwide music business. The event’s broad-ranging program will cover all aspects of the multi-billion dollar global music and media industry including live, sync, A&R, publishing, brands, film/TV/videogames, management, marketing, mobile, automotive, digital media, streaming and more. As always, the heart of MUSEXPO will remain a passion for music and connecting like-minded industry professionals for creative and commercial opportunities.

Some recent highlights:

International Film Festival Rotterdam

IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience. During IFFR, IFFR PRO takes place, which includes expert panels, talks and masterclasses, Rotterdam Lab and much more. IFFR PRO also includes CineMart, the first international co-production market of its kind. CineMart presents a carefully curated mix of international projects that are looking for financing to selective group around 650 film professionals. We’ve invited composers and publishers to join us for a lunch with international producers and directors during CineMart. During this powerlunch networking was done and we discussed pressing issues like the fact that music is often treated as the hurried final step of a very long process. But what if we worked in a different way? Later on, we will publish some notes that were taken.

Meet & Greet Junkie XL at Nederlands Film Festival

Tom Holkenborg / Junkie XL was an NFF Master guest during the 37th edition of the Dutch Film Festival. The film composer - known for both international productions including Mad Max: Fury Road, and Deadpool, as well as Dutch productions such as Brimstone - held a master class on September 27th. In addition, a meet and greet was organised with the composer in order to allow him to connect with talent and professionals from the music industry.

Script & Score and Matchmaking at Nederlands Film Festival

For a second year we were involved in The Dutch Film Festival through a matchmaking session. Together with NFF we created a special session between Dutch music companies, composers, and producers on the one hand, and the Dutch film industry on the other. Alongside that, we organised a Script & Score: meetings between composers and director/producer duos for projects in production where a composer has still not been chosen. The projects were ‘Kung Fu Leeuw’ from director FroukjeTan & producer Sabine Veenendaal (Submarine) and ‘Hiernamaals’ from director Willem Bosch & producer Felix van Gisbergen (Pupkin).

In cooperation with Nederlands Film Festival 

Reeperbahn Festival Conference

BMIM reserved two spots at the Reeperbahn Matchmaking session on September 22, 2017. Dutch composers, artists, publishers, producers had a chance to meet top international music supervisors who work on music and artists for film, trailers, ad campaigns and games from Germany and the UK, such as: Milena Fessmann, Cinesong (DE); Pia Hoffmann, (DE); Ulli Kleppi, CookiesForAll (DE); Jan Schlüter, Witty Music Agency (DE); Niko Floss, TRO (DE); Tom Stanford, Theodore (UK); Lauren Wilson, Rekord: Spiel (UK); Sian Rogers, Siren (UK); Markus Linde, thag's agent (DE).

Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity

Together with the Embassy of Dutch Creativity (founded by IAA Netherlands, ADCN, DDA, DDD and VEA) we organised a matchmaking session with a group of leading agencies like JWT Istanbul, Tiny Riot! (FremantleMedia), Smarthouse Films and directors like Bobby Boermans and Bram Koopman during Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity on June 22nd, 2017.


The seventh edition of MediaSoundHamburg, the International Summerschool for Filmmusic, Gamemusic and Sounddesign took place in June 2017 in Hamburg. Together with HKU and MiMM, Buma Music in Motion selected two young composers for a scholarship: Beau Damian Schaepman and Sjoerd van der Ven. This scholarship included free participation in any masterclass, workshop, forum and special events as well as accommodation and board.

Musexpo Los Angeles

In April the BMIM crew plus 15 Dutch composers, managers, publishers and producers visited Musexpo Conference, the fourth consecutive year that we took part in this event! Among them were representatives from Sony/ATV Europe, The Solos, Spinnin’ Records, MusicAllstars, Nimble Agency, HOUSTON,, Modern Day Composers, Solid as a Rock. We hosted a Dutch Meeting, a networking activity in which we met and got valuable input and advice from film producer Sunil Perkash (‘Premonition', ‘Enchanted’, ‘Salt’), Scotty Schneider, Associate Manager for Music at Fox Broadcasting Company (‘Glee’, ‘Bones’, ‘House’, ‘The X Factor’), editor Pieter Viljoen (‘Nike', 'Beats by Dre', ‘Jaguar', ‘Netflix’) and Head of Music at Freeform Tricia Holloway (‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘The Fosters’, ‘Beyond’). Some of them already replied to our Dutch team that they liked some of the ‘pitched’ songs for their comedies, commercials and films. Benny Sings performed successfully at the Musexpo showcase festival in SIR Studios in Hollywood and also at our Networking event, which we organised together with Dutch Culture USA and Holland Hollywood Connection.

An Afternoon with Jeff Beal

By way of an 'avant-goût' of the forthcoming season of House of Cards, we set up an exclusive afternoon with series composer Jeff Beal in TivoliVredenburg on April 23rd, 2017. During this 'Buma Music in Motion Presents' event, Beal talked about how he composed the music for this Netflix drama, as well his other soundtrack work. After the Q&A, a live-to-screen show took place: performed with an orchestra and a video montage of scenes from the series projected above the stage with Beal conducting.


At the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) Froukje Jansen spoke with filmmaker Boudewijn Koole and composer Alex Simu on the role of music in film, and about how composers and filmmakers meet each other. Boudewijn and Alex collaborated on ‘Beyond Sleep’, the opening film of IFFR 2016 and winner of a Gouden Kalf for Best Film Music.

Writing Camp at Eurosonic Noorderslag

Every January Eurosonic Noorderslag is undeniably the epicentre of European music. For this reason, BMIM joined forces with Sizzer Amsterdam and organised a Writing Camp with nine highly talented (both domestic and international) musicians, who also played the showcase festival at night. During the day they wrote brand-new tailor-made compositions for actual briefs, like the new brand theme for Etos.

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