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Music is our Business

Dear Reader,

especially in these times of crisis we are happy to wave the flag of music journalism. 
The newly available shortlists of this year’s International Music Journalism Award (IMJA) celebrate highlights of the genre's various formats. Music media, whether radio, magazines or online formats, have probably inspired most of us to find our way into the music industry. The recommendation of new artists, the presentation and analysis of innovative ideas and the discovery of great music are vital elements of our eco system. Great music journalism inspires and must be appreciated. So read, listen and see what our jury has discovered in the last 12 months.

The winners, our French and Danish IMJA candidates and more about the IMJAs will be announced in September. 

Christian Tjaben
Project Manager IMJA

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The International Music Journalism Award (IMJA) honours outstanding journalistic work and superb ongoing journalistic engagement that focuses on popular music and its business surroundings.

Discover the créme de la créme of music journalists and music journalism and see what our jury (includes luminaires such as author and DJ Hans Nieswandt, editors Dani Fromm (, Mascha Jacobs (Pop. Kultur und Kritik), or the Head of Music of Puls / Bayerischer Rundfunk, Christoph Lindemann) have found award-worthy in the last 12 months. Dive into the shortlists for the categories The Year's Best Work of Music Journalism (text, audio, multimedia, Under 30) and The Best Music Journalist of the Year 2020.

Among others nominees include renowned names such as veteran punk and post-punk chronicler Jon Savage, editor Laura Snapes (Guardian) and household names of German music media like the last print editor-in chief of Spex magazine Daniel Gerhardt and German rap expert Miriam Davoudvandi. Most likely you will also learn about many more really great music journalists and their work, who you might not have heard about yet. 


More speakers


We're happy to announce 
Vikram Gudi, Tom Kiehl, Julia Gudzent, Christian Angermayer, Anne Philippi, Jurek Skrobala, Patrick Mushatsi-Kareba, Katharina Köhler and Thomas Theune
to our roster of speakers who will be present for live-sessions at Reeperbahn Festival Conference Digital. 


The keychange pledge

As part of the Keychange initiative, we as a festival have the declared goal of establishing a balanced line-up by 2022 and thus contribute to equal rights in the music industry. Read up on what you can do as a music organisation representative and why a pledge like this is necessary.

Anything Else?


We ensure that the music world remains connected even in the virtual realm! Our digital platform will offer you and your organisation exciting opportunities for presence, programming and networking, such as digital lounges, showcases or master classes. You can find more information here or please contact us directly.

Advertise your brand

You want to present your brand at Reeperbahn Festival? Use among others the following opportunities to call attention of all festival visitors and delegates in a professional and music business-relevant environment:

  • digital integration on the homepage and app
  • video spot on the top of the Stage Operettenhaus
  • send out of a newsletter to all delegates
  • on site promotion
  • and more...

Find the full overview and prices of advertising possibilities here and contact our advertising team for interest or further information.


tickets available

Register in August for Reeperbahn Festival Conference Digital for only €13.90 (+VAT and sales fee)


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Reeperbahn Festival Conference is organised by 
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Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg / Germany
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