Moderator & Panelist
At various music festivals: Round Table Kristiansand, Tallinn Music Week, Athens Music Week, West Way Lab Guimaraes Portugal, Runda Digital days Zagreb, Midem, A2IM New York Indie Week, Amsterdam Dance Event, Canadian Music Week Eurosonic Noorderslag ESNS, Ment Music Festival Ljubljana, Indirect Festival Belgrade, Music & Media Finland, Mastering the Music Business Bucharest, Rio Music market Brasil, Sorviev Kristiansand Norway, Trondheim Music Festival Norway, Ireland Music Week, Linecheck Milano, Prima Vera Barcelona and AIM England.
Consultant & Advisor
HIT4US advises on all aspects of the music industry as a one stop. Whether it’s about synchronisation deals (film music, advertising campaigns) or closing sponsor deals, we’ll guide the way.
HIT4US has an all-inclusive approach in artist management and acts as a liaison in managing contracts, tours, events & tv-shows and all promotional, media, marketing and press activities. Experienced in artist-endorsement deals and the supervision of (musical) careers as well as (musical) tv-shows and video’s.
HIT4US has built up a substantial international network in the field. Bearing responsibility for content specific processes where the artists are number 1. Connecting the right people to turn promising ideas into a successful event.
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Kees is a valued member of several boards and participates in many committees. He is a guest lecturer at the Fontys Rock Academy since 2009. During the lectures/presentations and one-on-one conversations he tries to transfer his knowledge to the younger generation.
Experienced Entrepreneur & Music Marketeer
Currently Kees is very active in the music industry Tech sector. In the social media sphere with streaming, NFT’s , YouTube, Spotify, Deezer, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and the likes. Right in the middle of the current developments. Areas including live music entertainment, music education, music production, artist management, marketing and PR and Artificial Intelligence.
Kees has been working in the entertainment industry in The Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain since 1969. Specialised in management, digital exploitation, sales & distribution and consultancy. Moderator and panellist. Self-made man & team player.
Throughout his career Kees has worked for Universal Music Benelux as Executive Vice President, Managing Director for Mercury Records, Def Jam recordings, Interscope, Motown, Island, Verve and A&M. Managing Director MCA Benelux, Universal Music Netherlands, Polydor, with artists such as INXS, Status Quo, U2, Kiss, Elton John, Dire Straits, LIVE, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, No Doubt, U2, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Ritchie, Andrea Bocelli, and Co-owner Rough Trade distribution Benelux. Caro Emerald, Kyteman, Tiësto, Wombats, Jamie Lidell.
In 2011 the Dutch IFPI (NVPI) awarded him with the Zilveren Fonograaf for his outstanding contribution in the music industry. In 2006 Kees received a special Edison Music Award for being chairman of the Edison foundation from 1994 till 2006. During this time Kees supervised the organisation of the Edison Music Awards ceremonies, for Pop Classics and Jazz. i.e. the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy Awards .
Kees was Chairman (2013-2017) and subsequently President of IMPALA (2017-2021) and now serves as executive board member. In 2022 Kees received the IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award for his relentless work towards a stronger European independent music sector. He also served on the board of WIN and is President of the Dutch independent label association STOMP (Stichting Onafhankelijke Muziek Producenten in the Netherlands).
Speaker, moderator & Panelist
As a speaker, Kees focuses on interpreting current and future developments in the international music industry. Especially in the field of New Tech in the digital realm. Knowledge transfer is also an important topic.
Media, Honors & Awards
Sofia, Bulgaria 26th October 2023 “We are looking at SoAlive music conference not as a stage for entertainment, but rather as a platform for music education and growth." - Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria’s...
Kees van Weijen is a guest on BNR's 'Zakendoen' with Thomas van Zijl: '80 percent of all new music comes from independent artists.' Due to technological advancements, the music industry is on the...
Brussels, 22nd June 2022 IMPALA’s summer honours go to President of STOMP and former IMPALA president Kees van Weijen for his outstanding contribution to the European independent music sector....
Kees van Weijen from STOMP on the EU copyright directive, the Netherlands being the first to implement it nationally, what it means for platforms and what changes now, IMPALA’s work in navigating...
A nice conversation between Kees van Weijen and Bas Westerweel about Ramses Shaffy, INXS and Caro Emerald. They discuss how independent music labels are the breeding ground for talent. Worldwide...
Interview with Kees van Weijen, President, IMPALA (the European Trade Association), at indieweek, 2018. Host Gita Cellei interviewed Kees on the Red Carpet on the opening Night of Indieweek 2018....
In 2011 the Dutch IFPI (NVPI) awarded Kees with the ZILVEREN FONOGRAAF for his outstanding contribution to the music industry. The 'Zilveren Fonograaf' is an award given to people who have made a...
In 2006 Kees received a special Edison Music Award for being chairman of the Edison foundation from 1994 till 2006. During this time Kees supervised the organisation of the Edison Music Awards...
Dutch interview by Werner Schlosser from 2004 in which Kees van Weijen - with 30 years experience - looks into the future of the music industry: "I firmly believe in legal downloads". Op 1 juli...
Involved in deal making, marketing, promotion and introduction of new products all local and international
Adviser to artists, mangements and entertainment companies
A wide experience of 48 years in the entertainment industry
Former vice president of Universal Music Holland.