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Wednesday, November 6 • 15:00 - 15:50
The Power of Independence – the Importance of Balanced Power Distribution in the Music Industry

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There's only one Google, one Facebook and one Amazon. So is the same thing happening in the music industry - are the big players, like Live Nation, gradually taking over? Does this neo-liberalist approach (as described by Berthold Seliger) create less room for independent venues and festivals to survive? We'll talk to independent venues and festivals on the importance of keeping it unique, independent and local - and how that contributes to the live market. This session will also touch upon questions like; what will happen to the smaller festivals? How can you make it without having the power of the big players? Why is it important to be independent - and what is the potential and power of that approach? And how do we ensure a healthy distribution of influence in the face of such enormous power?

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Luciano Hoch

Booking agent, Handshake Booking

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Guro Furunes Pettersen

Volunteer- and festival coordinator, Oslo World
Guro is the volunteer- and festival coordinator for Oslo World, a world music festival in Oslo. She has a background from working with communication, programming, production, volunteers and so on for several independent festivals in Norway. As well as the songwriting contest Etter... Read More →
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Stefan Reichmann

Artistic Director & CEO, Haldern Pop
Stefan Reichmann is a founding member and musical director of the Haldern Pop Festival. Haldern Pop also encompasses a label, a bar and a "day off" hotel for artists stranded betwen Paris and Berlin or Amsterdam and Cologne. We organize things in a dimension which corresponds to the... Read More →
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Ania Pilipenko

Co-founder, Holzmarkt
co-founder of the Holzmarkt project. Since 2013 she has been the chairman of the Cooperative for Urban Creativity, which involves investors and philanthropists in the development and construction of the Holzmarkt village in Berlin. She is co-initiator of re:kreators, the European... Read More →
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Geoffrey Vasseur

Managing Director, YAAM
Geoffrey Vasseur moved from France to Berlin in the late 90's. While studying political sciences he was active as a touring and recording musician and involved in the creation of ORWOhaus, which he managed from 2008 till 2014. He joined Initiative Musik in 2015 as project manager... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 15:00 - 15:50 CET