Ventura Barba

Executive Director at Advanced Music - Sónar

CV summary

Ventura is the Executive Director at Advanced Music, the organizer of Sonar: Music, Creativity & Technology ( that takes place every year in Barcelona, Reykjavík, Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Santiago de Chile. They also organize Sónar +D: the international Congress of Creativity, Technology & Business, designed to promote talent and business opportunities in the digital creative industries environment 

From 2009 till 2014 Ventura was the co-founder & Chairman at Tenzing Media, a business development consultancy firm specialized in the field of Creative Industries. Ventura worked at Yahoo! since January 2000 till 2009. Until 2002 he was the General Counsel for Yahoo! Spain and from June 2003 till June 2007 he was the Director of the Legal and Business Affairs Department of Yahoo! Music International. On June 2007 he was promoted to the role of General Manager for Yahoo! Music Europe and Canada. Previously, Ventura worked for BMG Music Spain & Portugal, as Director of the Legal and Business Affairs Department both for the record and publishing departments. Before that, he worked as a solicitor in Enrich Law Firm where he was head of the New Technologies and Entertainment department. He also worked at the Spanish Authors Collecting Society (SGAE) and in the Movie Industry at the Los Angeles (CA) based company ARENAS GROUP.

Ventura has a degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and an MBA in Cultural Enterprises Management from the University of Madrid. He is co-founder and member of the academic board of ISDI ( He is also professor at Berklee College of Music (Valencia Campus). Ventura was co-founder and co-director of the Music Industry Management Course at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona for more than 10 years.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government