Since 2013, Hokuo Music Fest has been organised by Export Music Sweden, Music Export Denmark, Music Finland, Music Norway and Iceland Music Export. In 2018, Hokuo Music Fest again brought together Nordic and Japanese music companies representing different genres and sectors of the industry.
Hokuo Music trade mission connects Nordic music professionals with their Japanese counterparts, facilitates networking and meetings between the Nordics and the Japanese, and builds Nordic music companies’ export capacity and market knowledge of Japan.
In 2018, the Nordic delegation consisted of 31 companies and other organisations (managements, labels, publishers, agents and export offices), five Nordic songwriters and three Nordic metal bands. See Hokuo Music's entire Nordic delegation in this PDF document.
Hokuo Music Fest took place between November 13-16th 2018. The Nordic delegation welcomed Japanese music professionals to:
Hokuo Music Trade Day
Hokuo Loud Night
-Metal showcase by Hokuo Music with Creativeman
-On Friday the 16th at 18.00 (Space ODD, 2-11, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033)
-Bands: Arion (Finland), The Heard (Sweden), H.E.R.O. (Denmark)
Hokuo Music Reception at the Swedish Embassy (by invitation only)
Hokuo Music Song Camp with Sony Music Publishing Japan (song camp with five Nordic and 10 Japanese songwriters and producers)
Hokuo Music Seminar (for Nordic delegation only)