In a regional music scene that is undergoing rapid development, the role of an artist manager has become crucial in career guidance for musicians around the region. However, some artists still prefer to establish an entourage of casual acquaintances rather than industry professionals, which can hinder the growth of their careers and the impact of their work.

Despite the countless challenges in the music industry, many successful artist managers have emerged from within the region, creating opportunities and building platforms for artists around the MENA region.

At this year’s edition of XP Music Futures, SceneNoise will be hosting a panel with Sarah El Miniawy (Simsara), Sarah Nabil (Outlaw Productions), Hamdy Badr (Craft Media), and Omar Gawdat (Beatroot Records), whose expertise ranges from pushing Cairo’s resilient underground music scene forward, to leading the hip-hop movement in Bahrain, for a discussion on the role of artist management in today’s music scene, and where the lines blur between following an artist’s vision and a manager leading the way with their experience and guidance.

Join us on the first day of XP to hear some of the most established managers and label executives in the MENA discussing the best practices to keep in mind when considering the growth and development of a musical act in the region. You can get your tickets to XP, which will be taking place from December 7th to the 9th in Riyadh’s Jax District, by heading to MDLBEAST.COM