This Monday, the incorporation of Miquel Curanta Girona as the head of the Barcelona Music Lab Foundation became effective. Curanta arrives after a year and a half of the entity’s operation and with the intention of consolidating the project, which began just over a year ago. The arrival of the new director coincides with the celebration of the Sustainable Festival Challenge and the first call for project support.
In the first case, it is an open innovation project that seeks startups working to address environmental issues. This year’s edition focuses on waste management in the context of large music festivals.
On the other hand, the call for project support plans to finance projects, either partially or in full, with the aim of promoting and transforming the music industry through innovation, sustainability, or digital transformation. The call for project submissions will be made public soon.
About the new Director General of Barcelona Music Lab
Miquel Curanta comes to BMLab after serving as the director of the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (2018-2022). During this period, his management is noted for the support provided to the cultural sector during the pandemic, improving budget allocation and execution, support for the Catalan language, especially in the audiovisual sector, and the launch of the audiovisual hub project, Catalunya Media City.
Curanta has also been the director of Club TRESC for ten years and has worked in various media outlets (Cadena SER, Grup Flaix, Ona Catalana, among others). In 2001, he founded the community-based communication project Ràdio Capital de l’Empordà, which has received several professional recognitions.
About Barcelona Music Lab
Barcelona Music Lab was established to explore the future of music and to research, understand, and develop its industry in the new digital society, with Barcelona as a new reference in this field. To achieve this, it promotes projects that align with these goals through support calls, meeting spaces, and networking opportunities for creators and businesses, as well as tools to foster the creation of companies and job opportunities.
The driving forces behind Barcelona Music Lab are Jordi Herreruela (Festival Cruïlla), Genís Roca (Fundació PuntCat), Josep Maria Martorell (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), and Enric Jové (McCann).