GEI Summer Speakers Bio

Jerome Williams

Earthbeat

Agent & senior Promoter @ Earth Beat – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Owner Amsterdam Music Service – management, career development and performance related matters.

Jerome started Earth Beat with 2 partners in 2002 after more than 10 years experience as sound engineer and tour manager with various artists touring around the world.

Earth Beat started out as a agency for “world music” in the Benelux countries and has gradually expanded into a company with a theatre division ( operating in Holland and Belgium until 2013 ) , a international agency and as promoter in the BeNeLux.

Within the team of Earth Beat Jerome is responsible for most artists coming from or going on tour to Asia and the Pacific, he has scouted and worked for artists as Hanggai, Jambinai, IDIOTAPE, Otoboke Beaver, Zee Avi, Go Go Machine Orchestra and others.

Earth Beat has a focus on artists from around the world for years now. We proudly represent bands from all continents, some who are incredibly popular in their own countries and have taken the step to conquer the rest of the world and some who, by performing around the world, became popular in their own countries as well. In an era with high speed internet connection and easy accessible air traffic it’s not that unusual that we come in contact with other cultures. The Chinese-Mongolian band Hanggai previously played Bonnaroo, Fuji rock, Lowlands, Sziget, Roskilde and even mega heavy metal festival Wacken open air. Jambinai from Korea has taken the step from local indie band to performing all over the world and signed to UK indie label Bella Union who released the first 3 albums by the band to date.

Annually Earth Beat organizes around 350 concerts of which 60% at festivals, clubs in the Netherlands and Belgium and the rest around the world but mainly in Europe.

Jerome also works in artist management and is program advisor on Asian music. He has been a jury member for showcase festivals as APaMM, Womex and Jazz in Seoul. He also speaks at music conferences and gives lectures on music (management )related matters. In 2019/20 Jerome was a mentor in a EU initiative to train young world music managers. In March 2020 Jerome co founded United Independent Music Agencies (www.uima.org) to gather more support for the artists in the music industry during covid-19 and to look into ways to create a more sustainable ecosystem, in all her aspects, for artists and all involved in the music industry.

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