AGENCY | MANAGEMENT | MUSIC PROGRAMMING | CONSULTING
HQ Utrecht, The Netherlands – operating & connecting world wide
2012 – While working at festival Music Meeting Nijmegen for 5 editions, Miriam Brenner noticed that artists she wanted to present at the festival – fresh, current and pioneering artists – often weren’t finding their way to Europe. Always seeking ways to connect people, cultures and music, Miriam founded Kokako Music in 2012 to bring more of those artists to Europe. In fact, having a dual NL & USA citizenship, she formed a bride exchanging talent between two continents.
Fast Forward to today – Since then, KM has been developing talent as agent and management, active as festival programmer, offering insight as consultant and speaker, spreading industry changing live and electronic music from vibrant global hotspots.
KM has booked and produced tours in over 3 continents, build artist’s careers with custom made strategies leading to bookings at renowned festivals and amazing media exposure!
Clients include Lowlands, Winnipeg Folk Festival, TivoliVredenburg, Glastonbury, Kennedy Center, Lantaren/Venster, Paradiso, Roskilde, Jarasum Jazz and Paleo Nyon.
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Exciting fresh global sounds. Quality current music rooted in rich culture: Snow Folk African Indie, to jazz infused hiphop and Atlantic Ocean rhythm.
Our founder and director Miriam Brenner
Miriam Brenner (NL/USA) Is a bi-continental gatekeeper who gravitates towards exciting fresh sounds of the globe, sharing (new) artists as independent artistic director, manager/agent, lecturer and occasionally writer or radio guest. She is honored to be a former WOMEX and IDFA jury member.
The published (ethno)musicologist programmed renowned festivals such as Music Meeting Nijmegen and Festival Mundial in Tilburg NL. She currently works as Coordinator of local NGO Utrecht World Music: stimulation the inclusion of diverse relevant music throughout NL’s most central city. Besides running KM of course. More on LinkedIN
Since founding Kokako Music in 2012 she’s organized tours for special projects, developed sustainable careers for diverse talent and opened them to new markets through storytelling, banding and plain persistence.
Miriam draws on experience from curating festival Music Meeting NL, producing shows and special events at a performing arts centers, tour managing and traveling from an early age.
Miriam is an active co-founder of the Global Club Music Network, spreading industry changing electronic music from vibrant global hotspots. Curating club nights with members in multiple countries and organizing showcase events, GCMN connects professionals to create solid touring circuits.
This young female professional goes beyond booking shows: she combines quality artist, their urgent stories and rich cultures, opening narratives in today’s world, re-humanizing the other through music. She advocates to bridge gender and racial gaps (on and off stage) within the music industry.