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I hope you had a good start to the new year. 

It started with Brexit, for which there was a deal in the end. But the price tag for the European music community comes along with visa regulations, carnets, custom clearing, and taxation issues. Taken for granted: Brexit requires specialized expertise. 

Moderated by Steve Blame and Birgit Reuther our focus session "Brexit - What's the deal?“ on Tuesday, 19 January, 4-7 pm (CET) will catch up with the recent developments in the live and recorded music sector.

These great speakers will share their insights with more to come: Rob Challice (Coda Agency), Julia Frank (Wizzard Promotion), Dick Molenaar (All Arts Tax Advisers), Kevin Offer (Hardwick & Morris LLP), James Wright (United Talent, UK), Tom Kiehl (UK Music).

The focus session is an extended follow up on the Brexit panel "Unfck Brexit" at the digital edition of the upcoming Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival on 15 January (11:00 am) and is presented by MusikWoche and ESNS

The focus session is accessible on our digital conference platform for all registered members. For those of you who haven´t registered yet, there are tickets for €5.00 plus fees available, including access to our online archive and upcoming editions of our series of focus sessions until 30 June 2021.   

Detlef Schwarte
Director Reeperbahn Festival Conference

Photo: Maureen Vollmer

Focus Session on 19 January

Brexit – What's The Deal?

The Programme:

04:00 pm:
Brexit Status Report

In this 15-minute overview Tom Kiehl (UK) delivers a very first evaluation on the impact and consequences of the recently agreed Brexit deal and its meaning for the music sector on both sides of the Euro Tunnel.


04:15 pm:
Tax & Toll: New Duties & Declarations for the Live & Recorded Sector

In this short session the tax advisers Dick Molenaar (NL) and Nick Offer (UK) will explain what Brexit means for artists, fees and royalties regarding taxation and newly implemented cross border regulations.


04:45 pm:
Recorded Music: Conditions & Commitments

The consequences due to Brexit for record and publishing companies is at the center of this discussion. The utilization of recordings and licenses under the new legal framework for recorded music between the EU and the UK is just one of the exciting questions the panel is facing. 


05:30 pm:
Live Music: Considerations & Consessions

The live music sector still suffers due to the Corona-pandemic, while Brexit is just another burden for the handling of talents and artists within the European live circuit. How will Brexit affect the circulation of artists on festivals, tours and concerts? Not to forget the impact of Brexit in terms of the business relations between UK agencies and EU promoters...


06:20 pm:
Q&A - What's the deal?

Are there any questions left? Our industry experts are available to you, also to discuss specific problems and questions. Feel free to ask your question in advance in the chat window of this session.


 MMETA 2021 To Be Fully Digital

The 2021 Music Moves Europe Talent Awards Ceremony becomes fully digital. On Friday 15 January, starting at 08:00 pm, the winners will be revealed of this annual EU prize for popular and contemporary music which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme. The Public Choice Winner will be announced by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel. Vote for your favoruite artist until tomorrow, 8 January.

Reeperbahn Festival Website

Reeperbahn Festival Conference is organised by 
Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg / Germany
PhG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH, 
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte, HRB: 78130

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