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Music is our Business

Dear reader,

today at 3:00 pm CET we announce the jury and nominees for ANCHOR 2020. Who will be supporting Tony Visconti this year? Who are the most promising emerging musicians? Exciting! You can be there via our livestream on Facebook.

Live flair without a break is also the claim of our digital program in September. More than ever, this includes the confrontation between pop and politics. Leading politicians such as Young Socialists / JUSO boss Kevin Kühnert, Minister of State Michelle Müntefering, the Members of the German Bundestag Rüdiger Kruse, Erhard Grundl or Klaus Ernst and European politicians like Sabine Verheyen and Helga Trüpel face the industry. 

Get more information about these and other sessions like Inclusion Matters, GEMA & Zebralution - What's The Deal? or The End of Music Media in this newsletter.

Detlef Schwarte
Director Conference

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 Reeperbahn festival conference digital 

We deliver a maximum digital experience from the cosmos of music to your home!
Live flair without a break +++ 10 content channels at the same time +++ about 100 programme points (half of them in English) +++ digital lounges +++ digital showcases +++ award shows +++ live concerts +++ and more

The happenings

Kevin Kühnert x Oke Göttlich

What role does the music sector play in the agenda of Kevin Kühnert? Oke Göttlich, Managing Director Music at Zebralution and President of FC St. Pauli on the side, meets the JUSO boss for an open-ended discussion.


Live x german bundestag

Will the measures to overcome the Corona crisis be enough to save the live industry? That will be one of the central questions when representatives of the German live industry meet influential members of the Bundestag in this session. 


Helen Smith & Michelle müntefering

IMPALA's Helen Smith meets Minister of State at Federal Foreign Office Michelle Müntefering to discuss the current consequences of the crisis on the cultural and creative sector, as well as the emerging opportunities.


Inclusion Matters

Stefanie Kim will discuss with Patrick Mushatsi-Kareba, Dr. Reyhan Şahin aka Lady Bitch Ray and Falk Schacht whether and what effects the far-right terror in Hanau and the #BlackLivesMatter movement have on the German music industry. A panel about inclusion.


The End of Music Media

Year after year the situation of of traditional music media further deteriorates. German music journalists Laura Aha, Miriam Davoudvandi, Christoph Lindemann and Christoph Reimann discuss what this means for their profession and its perspectives.


Brussels - Awareness For Pop?

0,001 percent of an EU recovery plan and the 2021-27 financial budget is dedicated to culture. What is required to put culture both on the agenda? Sabine Verheyen, Helga Trüpel and IMPALA's Helen Smith will look for solutions.


GEMA & Zebralution - What's The Deal?

Market distortion and lack of transparency were the main criticisms of GEMA's purchase of digital distributor Zebralution at the end of last year. If things have been clarified will be discussed by Marit Posch, Thomas Theune and Kurt Thielen.


VIA - VUT Indie Awards 2020

For the 8th time, the Verband Unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen (VUT) will award outstanding talents in the independent music industry. The VUT Indie Awards are presented based on originality and quality, not commercial success. 

  • Thursday
    17 September
  • broadcast from Studio Schmidtchen 
  • presented by Nina "Fiva" Sonnenberg

New copyright law in practical check

This panel takes a look at the current practice of music licensing as well as the opportunities and risks that the Directive, in particular Article 17, present for uploaders and others.
This session will be presented by VUT.


Independents in crisis

The shutdown of public life presents the entire music industry with a dramatic situation. What are the options for action in view of the rapid changes?
This session will be presented by VUT.


don't miss the showcase night

Make sure to tune into the Showcase Night Livestream on Friday 28 August from 6:30 pm via Facebook.



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


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Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg / Germany
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