IMS Ibiza, a thought-leadership platform for culture, education, industry and wellness in electronic music, announces today full details of its carefully curated programming for the fourteenth edition of the summit.

Following a history of sensational closing keynotes from the likes of Nile Rodgers, George Clinton and the Pet Shop Boys, IMS Ibiza will welcome another extraordinary innovator in the arts to share personal insight in a keynote interview, experimental artist and visionary global star Grimes.

Grimes has become known as one of the past decade’s most fearless and adventurous solo artists. Defying any rules and restrictions that may exist around music creation and curation, she has embraced technology in the most powerful ways, immersively applying it to all aspects of her musical career. A powerful advocate of Ai and Web3 technologies in music and NFT art creation, boldly professing that AI is humanity’s natural evolution. Her unparalleled and captivating digital music experimentation and social media footprint, including virtual bands in the metaverse, shines light on climate change and continuously pushes the boundaries of digital technology and the freedom that it awards for creatives both now and in the future.

In 2021, she set the NFT world on fire with the release of WarNymph Collection Vol 1 By Grimes x Mac. The collection contains 10 artworks, including a unique video work set to original music composed specifically for the project. Additionally, Grimes appeared as a judge on Fox’s virtual avatar competition show, “Alter Ego.” Through the character of WarNymph and her decentralised AI girl group NPC, Grimes explores the fluidity of identity in the virtual age: the ability to create, augment and splinter ourselves into unlimited avatars.

The keynote by Grimes + many others at IMS Ibiza will be hosted at the inspiring Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort, which, for the second year, will be privatised exclusively for attending delegates. Across three days, the summit will unite innovators, creators, visionaries and disruptors from across the global electronic music ecosystem for analysis of the most crucial business challenges and opportunities facing our industry today.

IMS Ibiza 2023 will be co-hosted by leading BBC Radio 1 broadcasters Pete Tong MBE and Jaguar, the summit will deconstruct the topics and issues that really matter, inspiring ethical and sustainable growth, and catalysing positive change from the boardroom to the dance floor.

Topics will include a dissection of the complexities of AI, the next steps for music and Web3, diversity & inclusion, the impact of ageism in electronic music, music rights management, understanding neurodiversity, the ever-changing dynamic between agents and promoters, an analysis of music journalism, plus the unveiling of the much anticipated IMS Business Report and its widely quoted annual industry valuation figure, which has become critical to the industry’s positioning and success.

Also Icons of the electronic music industry will be recognised and celebrated with The IMS Legends Awards Dinner In honour of Mike Pickering (M People, Hacienda legend, A&R icon) hosted by YouTube at the exclusive Beach House.

With many other activations happening all around the summit to discover, look out for Earth Percent who are partnering with IMS Ibiza to host a special social area for delegates to connect, discuss and learn more about the intersectionality of music and climate. Expect live interviews and a podcast hosted by Jo Youle raising the bar on music and climate consciousness.

There is a focus on health and wellbeing with Arete’ mindful morning walks, Yoga and Vedic Mediatation. IMS Ibiza Summit delegates will also be able to experience some of the hottest parties and events on the island, including the iconic IMS Dalt Vila seven hour closing celebration and after party with Grimes at Club Chinois. The official IMS Opening Party at Club Chinos, Jaguar presents at Pikes Hotel and UNUM Festival Pre-party, Ushuaia Opening party and many others.

IMS co-founder and lead curator Ben Turner states:

‘Grimes is one of the most important, impactful and creative artists of our times. A true visionary – sonically, lyrically, philosophically….and then there’s that angelic voice. It is a true honour to host her at IMS for our finale keynote interview in what is a rare visit to Ibiza. She will also be performing – more news to come.’