Meredith Beal to Head Music Component for Broadcast Film Music Africa 2013

Nairobi, Kenya -- Meredith Beal has been selected to direct the music component at Broadcast Film Music Africa 2013. The conference will gather more than 1,000 professionals from film, television, radio, advertising, mobile and other technology and entertainment companies this week in Nairobi to explore the exciting opportunities that technology and innovation offer for Africa.

The conference is organized by AITEC Africa, a company focused on ICT, professional development and training in Africa. In addition to panel discussions on content, production, marketing and distribution, the conference also looks at pressing challenges like analogue to digital migration, financing local content, intellectual property protection and other issues relevant to today’s media landscape. There also will be a Media Business Exchange during the event.

The music component will bring together record company executives, artist managers, artists, producers and copyright regulatory officials with digital music distributors and publicists from Africa as well as US record industry experts. There also will be a series of performance showcases of local acts during the conference.

Beal, a former Knight International/ICFJ Fellow has been headquartered in Nairobi while managing a continent-wide media program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Beal was selected because of his broad experience in the music business as well as his broadcasting experience. Beal was Director of Marketing at Motown Records in Los Angeles during the ‘80s and early ‘90s as well as a consultant for a number of record companies. He also is an award-winning broadcaster who built a network of radio stations in Texas.

To extend the range of experience and knowledge available, Beal is reaching out to record industry legend Ernie Singleton, the former president of MCA Records, responsible for more than 136 gold and platinum records and instrumental in the careers of stars like New Edition, Teddy Riley, Heavy D as well as greats like Patti Label, Chaka Kahn, Mary J Blige, Madonna and a host of others. Singleton will participate via videoconference as will another African-America industry expert, celebrity publicist Lynn Jeter.

The conference takes place 26-27 June, 2013 at Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya from 9am – 6pm. For more information visit