HUNGARIAN MUSIC EXPORT
Máté Horváth is a Hungarian, Budapest based promoter also working with a Dutch management company, and organizer of two professional events in Hungary – Event Production Forum East (EPFE) and Outbreakers’ Lab (OBL) respectively. Started off as a stagehand and usher back in 2002. Since then along the years he has filled most positions in event production: stage manager, crew chief, production manager & rep, tour manager, tour advancer and venue programmer. Nowadays he’s promoting shows in several Budapest venues and in two of those – Dürer Kert and Budapest Park – he’s functioning as in-house promoter. His most recent bookings are highlighted with artists such as Iggy Pop, Queens Of The Stone Age, Killing Joke, Son Lux, Die Antwoord, LP, Cigarettes After Sex, Joe Bonamassa, Sum 41, Bullet For My Valentine, Morcheeba, etc. He’s also involved in the booking of the following Hungarian festivals: Fishing On Orfű, Vanishing Point, Fekete Zaj and Campus Festival.
For nearly 4 years now he’s running Budapest office of 3S Music Management – a Netherlands based management company. Started off as a tour advancer, currently a booker and agency assistant, he’s looking after exciting and upcoming bands: MY BABY, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions and Kuenta.
Máté’s other project is Event Production Forum East – a 1-day conference focusing on hot topics in the live industry like health & safety, labour, logistics, sustainability, touring, venues and equipment supplies. What makes EPFE a special meeting is the urge to put the subjects on display in the light of East vs West set-off, bringing the discussion to an instructive and empathetic level.
Since late 2016 Máté has got involved in the new wave of Hungarian music export and progressive educational support for the Central European event production scene. One of the legs of these activities is Outbreakers’ Lab – an international mentor & art camp for talented, emerging songwriters across Europe. OBL is focusing on giving hands-on knowledge to the invited musicians, from fresh and innovative music professionals in a face-to-face manner, on topics such as the 5-year plan, touring focus, mental health and music production approach. The 3rd (2019) edition will be held in Szigliget, Hungary where the participants can completely isolate themselves from the distracting factors of the “Big City”. The event is co-curated by Dávid Bali, the head of Hungarian music export (HOTS), and funded by the Hungarian National Cultural Fund.