28 – 30 November 2019
The Reeperbahn Festival International Programme is sponsored by the German Foreign Office. Delegates of small and medium-sized companies selected in the previous application process receive a travel allowance, delegates of larger companies travel at their own expense.
Alex Warnke (DE)
Alex Warnke is CEO of PRO Agency, one of the leading agencies in the international exploitation of music rights. PRO is mainly focused on the worldwide collection of Neighbouring Rights for labels, performing artists, actors and creative producers and is looking for new contacts in the African market. PRO is already working with African companies to collect their neighbouring rights internationally. For instance Bombshelter Distribution from Nigeria or Nyege Nyege Tapes from Uganda. He is looking for new partners and clients to collect neighbouring rights for them internationally. Aside from that he is interested to find new opportunities to collect neighbouring rights directly in Africa.
Antje Grothe (DE)
Antje Grothe is founder and CEO of NIGHT SCHOOL. An innovative incubator, the Berlin-based NIGHT SCHOOL collective promotes knowledge and research and places the magic of music in relation to artistically and socially explosive aspects. In a globally established event series, female, trans- and non-binary musicians, experts and activists come together for a multidisciplinary dialogue including a live performance in order to set impulses and to bring trendsetting changes. She would like to use the attention of ACCES to promote NIGHT SCHOOL internationally as a toolkit for local researchers, artists and activists.
Björn Mathes (DE)
Björn Mathes is a music industry professional who has worked in various executive positions in the music business. He is co-founder and CEO at ferryhouse, a well-established destination for newcomers, emerging talents and label services. ferryhouse is an independent record label based in Hamburg, Germany and offers artists, producers and label partners a full-service structure for music marketing, targeting, promotion and distribution. The set up combines analytic and targeting tools with personal A&R and product management to leverage the driving forces of the digital age. ferryhouse is looking for music to license (in), as well as label and artist partnerships.
Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter (DE)
Carsten Winter is professor of Media and Music Management, one of the editors of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR), board member of the International Music Business Research Association (IMBRA) and founding President of the Gesellschaft für Musikwirtschafts- und Musikkulturforschung e.V. His research lies in strategic music management, festivals, music cities and strategic media development.
Christian Morin (DE)
Christian Morin was part of the legendary east Berlin Underground Club "Eimer" starting in 1990 after the opening of the wall. 1997 he opened Headquarter Entertainment, a booking agency which was running around 600 shows per year worlwide. 2009 he became the music programer of Volksbühne theatre in the heart of Berlin. Volksbühne is Germany´s most famous theatre with a 824 seated capacity ad hosted shows for Yoko Ono, Femi Kuti, Aphex Twin, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Godspeed you black Emperor and many more. Since 2015 he is music curator for Pop-Kultur Festival, which happens end of August and attracts around 10.000 visitors over three days.
Detlef Schwarte (DE)
The sociologist is co-founder of Reeperbahn Festival with a programme comprising of a wide range of themes in a progressive music marketplace and one of the world's most important conferences for the music and digital industries. As a managing director, he is responsible for the international conference that includes a programme of more than 300 sessions, networking events, showcases and awards shows, hosting more than 5,900 delegates from 52 countries.
Eka Neumann (DE)
Eka Neumann is sociologist and chairperson of the board of Global Music e.V. (GM e.V.).
GM e.V. provides trainings and educates music professionals in a number of southern countries. It also supports several music academies in Eastern and Southern African countries and would like to expand its activities to West-Africa.
Emma Zillmann (GB)
As Programming Director at From The Fields, she is responsible for overseeing music and comedy bookings across the festival portfolio. This includes programming over 20 stages across 3 festivals annually, as well as any one-offs or special projects. From The Fields hopes to expand it's offering of international artists, and she is looking forward to gaining further insight into the African music industry and artists.
Evelyn Sieber (DE)
Evelyn Sieber is Head of Showcase Programme at Reeperbahn Festival, one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide. The annual event in Hamburg, Germany presents some 600 concerts by international artists, about half of them are showcases presented by international partners. Additionally Evelyn is in charge of putting together international projects, including the Reeperbahn Festival International Spin-Offs to Beijing and Accra. Before starting at Reeperbahn Festival in 2010, she was Director of Production & Special Projects at WOMEX - the World Music Expo.
Evyonne Muhuri (DE)
Evyonne Muhuri is a cultural ambassador and music industry freelancer who has worked in the past in the fields of booking assistance for the like of Grandmaster Flash, Theo Parrish, Dj Premier, Die Fantastischen Vier, Joy Denalane, MTV HipHop Open among others. Witnessing the lack of diversity in the pop scene and with her enormous musical background and curiosity, how to connect both worlds, it came quite naturally to take the next step and co-founded Makakali - a platform dedicated to strengthen transcultural interaction and exchange through art and music where she has organised shows with Ebo Taylor (Ghana), Jojo Abot (Ghana/NY), Jaqee (Uganda), Bettina Quest (Ghana) and many more. Her aim at ACCES is to expand her knowledge and find collaborators, deepen existing network and develop ideas and exchanging formats.
François Bloque (FR)
Francois Bloque is CEO of Ma Case Prod, a 15 years old management & booking agency based in France, active on the whole European territory and focused on world music live acts. His roster is mainly based on African artists (or Africa backgrounded artists). François is also team member of the publishing and digital marketing company Absilone, who represents in France African publisher such as Sheer Publishing or Phat!. By attending ACCES 2019, he aims to discover new strong live african music acts to represent in Europe, and other agencies to share or connect with. Also, as a music marketing guy, he aims to share feedbacks about tools and new best practices in this field too.
Fredrik Nedelmann (DE)
Fredrik Nedelmann is General Manager at freibank music publishing group. Primary field of activity is music publishing and everything related to that. They recently established joint venture Africa Creative Publishing Ltd. with partners Africa Creative Agency. At ACCES he is interested in contacts, African artists, copyright collection, collection societies.
Georg Pfaab (DE)
Georg Pfaab is CEO / Head of A&R at Prime Tours & Promotion, a tourbooking agency for live music acts from all over the world predominantly working in the GAS area. They offer full service in terms of live booking, pre-production, accounting and tour publicity. In the past their focus had been on World, Jazz and Pop music, currently pushing prestigious artists like Mariza, Amadou & Mariam, ZAZ, Faada Freddy, Louane and Rosanne Cash over here. They choose artists very deliberately to work with them and introduce them the most successful way in order to provide a sustainable career. With widespread contacts to clubs, festivals, concert halls, media partners and PR agencies or even record labels they can develop an artist on the German speaking market. More than 25 years of experience and knowledge and presence at all the major music conventions are a fundamental part of the work at Prime Tours. As before, they would like to bring African music to the German/Austrian & Swiss live market, as they have first-class expertise in this area.
Hans-Joachim Esser-Mamat (DE)
Hans-Joachim Esser-Mamat is founder, director and artistic director of MediaSoundHamburg, an international summerschool for film music, game music and sound design, which takes place annually in Hamburg since 2011. For six days, national and international film composers, game musicians and sound designers meet international professionals and renowned experts. They are official partner of the Music in Africa Foundation and ACCES. Through the participation at ACCES he want to expand the international network and support young talents from Africa, among other things by awarding scholarships.
Jens Damgaard (DE)
Damgaard Music is a Booking & Management Company specialised on african artists. Now working with afrofuturistic acts like Gato Preto & Ibaaku. He is always searching for new artists from Africa. Contemporary artists combining tradition and electronic sounds. He also runs a Blog/Label/Festival called AFRICA FUTURA - a place for modern african artists. Gato Preto and Ibaaku are touring worldwide - and areavailable for Festivals & Clubs in 2020/21. Requests welcome. Gato Preto are performing during ACCES.
Joe Chialo (DE)
Joe Chialo is Senior Vice President A&R Universal Music Central Europe & Africa Managing Director Airforce1 Records. He is responsible for the identification and acquisition of African artists and their marketing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central Europe. ACCES sounds like a great opportunity for him to build new partnerships, expand his knowledge of the African music market and get fresh input.
Jonathan Jules (DE)
Jonathan Jules has worked in the African music industry for close to 10 years, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has headed up international labels in the market such as global renowned reggae and dancehall company VP Records, where he signed the labels first African artist “Patoranking”. Alongside this, Jules has consulted for other international companies in Africa including Atlantic Records, Believe Digital and Tunecore. Jonathan relocated to Germany in early 2018 where he worked for Universal Music International as Senior Manager of International Marketing. Jules was responsible for the global marketing campaigns across Afroforce1, Vertigo Berlin, Virgin and Polydor/Island records. His roster of artists included Lewis Capaldi, R3hab, Don Diablo, Cher Lloyd, Mishlawi, Mafikizolo (Afroforce1), and Vanessa Mdee (afroforce1). Now at BMG, sitting in global recordings team, Jonathan has been appointed as Director of International Marketing, Africa - where he oversees the companies recorded music business in Africa and the Middle East. At ACCES Jonathan is keen to meet African musicians and potential local partners to share news about BMG exciting and refreshing approach to doing business in the music industry in the 21stcentury.
Kimberly Tanikromo (NL)
Kimberly Tanikromo is the head of creative at Next Era Publishing where she is spearheading creative development, seeking opportunities in production, curation, musical supervision and licensing for the full roster consisting of established names as well as burgeoning talent. She is hoping to get to know the African music industry better in general - the way music is consumed, how music is promoted, but also what kind of sounds are popular in Africa and how we can bridge the gap between the pan African continent and the western European/American music industry. She has also always been interested in the afro sound. She's hoping to find new talent at ACCES and will try to look for other opportunities to find synergy.
Lena Obara (DE)
With over a decade of proven record as a music supervisor and music publisher, Lena Obara has been consistently building and nurturing relationships with composers, agents, record labels, publishers, alongside film and advertising directors and producers. Her expertise as a music supervisor ranges from bringing together seamlessly projects to the music and vice-versa by researching and identifying music and composers globally, to multinational licensing and negotiation. Her in-depth music industry experience includes exceptional and word winning audiovisual projects. Lena’s experience, resourcefulness and her excellent professional education in music & media commend her music supervision choices and decisions.
Marit Posch (DE)
Marit Posch is a freelance Artist & Label Manager based in Berlin. After working in pretty much every field of the music business for 15 years, she currently holds the position of Label Manager at Monkeytown Records and SSPB, Head of Publishing at Monkeytown Publishing as well as manages the artist Catnapp. Marit is also part of NORIENT, a global network for global and multi local sounds and media culture, working as a Project Manager. By attending ACCES Marit hopes to get a deeper insight into the African music culture and wants to build relationships with the local music scene.
Marko Andelkovic (RS)
Marko Anđjelković is booking agent/coordinator for The International Nisville Jazz Festival, the most visited jazz festival in Southeast Europe. He is looking for fresh and intriguing acts from all over the world. Since he works for are jazz festival, he is open for improvisations, such as a lot of unique fusions of a traditional and a modern sound. Originality has priority. The modern approach of the festival is also shown in its openness towards other genres than jazz like Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Reggae and more. Artists booked in the past include for example Alpha Blondie, Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, Richard Bona, Sly & Robbie, Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill), Yehya Khalil and many more.
Matthias Henning (DE)
Matthias Henning, SVP International Repertoire for BMG and based in the company’s headquarter in Berlin, works closely with BMG’s senior management and the Global Recordings Team. He’s also responsible for several exciting and evolving music markets including Sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia. With 20+ years of experience in the music business, he has held a range of different positions for EMI Capitol and Virgin Music, responsible for the marketing of domestic and international artists (Coldplay, A Perfect Circle, Ben Harper, N.E.R.D., Joss Stone, Placebo, Korn, 30STM, Pharrell Williams amongst others). Prior to joining BMG in 2018, Matthias Henning was Vice President International Marketing for Universal Music and responsible for all things International for UMG Germany’s artists including Rammstein, Volbeat, Lewis Capaldi, Alvaro Soler, Martin Jensen, a-ha, and others. He is looking forward to learning from and connecting with musicians and potential partners.
Maureen Noe (DE)
Maureen Noe is head of office at Musicboard Berlin, a state-owned funding institution for pop music in Berlin that also runs Pop-Kultur Festival and Fête de la Musique in Berlin. At Musicboard Berlin she’s in charge of the international artist residency program as well as the international activities. At ACCESS, she’s looking to expand the transnational network of the institution, especially in regards to the residence work as well as the events of Musicboard.
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah (DE)
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah is a Berlin-based freelance music consultant, who aims to build bridges between artists from the continent and Germany, and to nurture collaborations. She worked the past two years as an A&R for Afroforce1 Records - a label of Universal Music International that focuses on the African Music Market and its promotion in Continental Europe. Her start into the African Music scene was as a DJ in Accra, where she spent three years. Afterwards she founded Afro x Pop - a community platform for contemporary Afro Pop Culture in Germany. In this respect, she has organized yearly festivals since 2016, centering around African Food and Music, with a special focus on up-and-coming artists from the Afro-German scene. Taking part as a Reeperbahn Delegate, she wants to re-connect with the Ghanaian Music scene at ACCES, looking out for new artists and organizations to collaborate with, as well as building new networks with players from the African music industry from across the continent.
Patrick Daniel (DE)
Patrick Daniel is delegation coordinator for Reeperbahn Festival International and a music industry freelancer in Berlin for Snowhite Records & Artist Management, Synästhesie Festival, and the VUT Music Industry Women Mentoring Programme.
Ralph Boege (DE)
Ralph Boege is managing director at Paradise Distribution / Paradise Americas. At ACCES he is looking for Artist and Labels who are interested in worldwide Distribution, Monetization and Neighbouring Rights Collection/ Music Recognition Technology.
Roo Currier (GB)
Roo is the UK General Manager for IDOL. He has worked in various areas of the music industry including record shops, independent labels, label services (Soundway, World Circuit) and now IDOL. Founded in 2006, IDOL has a unique approach in the global digital market driven by its passion for independent music and its innovative spirit. With its marketing expertise, extensive digital distribution experience and technological edge, IDOL offers a range of first-class services, tailored to meet the needs of music producers, labels and content distributors. He is looking for artists, management and labels across the continent to add to their curated roster of exceptional partners.
Sarah Jane Nicholson (NL)
Sarah Jane Nicholson works for SJN Agency. They are not just passionate about South Africa because it’s where they are from, it’s the authenticity and creativity of the globally fresh sound this incredible country produces, one that’s unlike anything else in the electronic music landscape, that motivates them to share it with the world every day. For 10 years they have been focused on developing South African talent offshore. Outside of Africa their talent have performed at SZIGET, Roskilder, Tomorrowland, Afropunk, Ultra, Coachella ++! Licences w/ Armada, Spinnin, UMG, Warner, Sony Music. Recent news: collab with Damon Albarn Africa Express, support tour Die Antwoord, She.Said.So Mentor at Amsterdam Dance Event 2019. Focus: bridging the gab between Africa & ROW!
Stefanie Schumann (DE)
Stefanie Schumann founded her agency Delicious Tunes in 2012. With Delicious Tunes Stefanie Schumann provides artist management, concert booking and tour production for African Artists touring internationally
The Master Balafonist Mamadou Diabate, the power vocalist Nomfusi and the hyped band Mokoomba are signed to her management. For Stefanie the most exciting aspect is the development an artist career where she shapes the talent and creativity into a whole package. Her roster presents strong female artists and powerful bands with the highest artistic quality. Music from Africa has stolen her heart and her goal is to bring the beauty to the world.
Tim Becker (DE)
Tim Becker is Rüt´n`Rock Chairman and Executive Producer of “Kalba” by Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon. Since 2004 Rüt´n`Rock has organized festivals to finance development projects in Ghana. In 2017 the association collaborated with Grammy-nominated Producer/Musician Sonny Johns (The Rail Abandon) to produce an album with Ghanaian xylophone master Isaac Birituro, funding a school in Ghana. Released on UK label WahWah45s, the album has received support from Gilles Peterson, Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music and Radio X. At ACCES Tim aims to widen the reach of Rüt´n`Rock’s networks in the music industry and continue to develop music collaborations which fund development projects in Africa.
Trond Tornes (NO)
Trond Tornes has been on various sides in music from being an artist (signed to indies and Polygram), lecturer (NYU, Limpi+ +), booker (Quart Festival, UCM) and manager (Sula / Nils Petter Molvær), and the latest years worked with business development and strategy for Phonofile, a Nordic company in digital distribution and marketing. Involved in Bylarm as co-founder and in election committee board. Additionally to setting up offices and training personnel for Phonofile in London, NY and LA, Trond has also been lecturing in Accra and Kumasi in Ghana, as well as in Soweto and Langa in SA, and worked as consultant for KZN Imbizo festival in South Africa, and consulted for several Quom and African electro artists (Rudeboyz, Khuli Chana, K.O, MixnBlend). Also Trond has worked with Transmat and Metroplex and participated at Movement Detroit and Torino. Now CEO for fresh right-out-of-the-box company NoordRights, a new Norway startup within music rights admin, located in the Nordics. An important agenda for him is to help facilitate for music rights holders - including the independent and local rights holders - to be able to keep and develop their music rights from wherever in the world they are.
Vanessa Poku (DE)
Vanessa Poku is copyright manager at ROBA Music Publishing, taking care of sub published repertoire and international partners. Roba Music is an independent and all-around music publishing company, who provides global writer, publisher administration, clearance, licensing, digital label services and music supervision for all media. Vanessa is looking for new partners, in publishing/administration, and other strategic partnerships.
Wojciech Leonczuk (DE)
Wojciech Leonczuk is international Head of Content at Independent Digital DW. He is directly responsible for the development and functioning of foreign offices currently located in France, United Kingdom, Poland. In 2018, he opened an office in Nairobi, thanks to which the company established contacts and cooperation with hundreds of artists from the area of East Africa. He is interested in establishing cooperation with artists and labels from Ghana and West Africa and taking care of their music on digital services. Digital distribution and marketing activities on digital services are areas in which the company currently specializes. He's also interested in acquiring permanent partners with whom it would be possible to open an office in Ghana or another West African country.
17 – 20 June 2019
Alexander Dommisch is the founder of Waterfall Records where he offers label services and publishing administration in Germany for artists that he likes. He is also an active musician with acts like Joel Sarakula, The Everettes and The Jooles. At A2IM, he’s looking to expand his international network for future collaborations and to get more insights into the American indie market.
Alexander Schulz is Founder and CEO at Reeperbahn Festival.
PRO Agency is one of the leading agencies in the international exploitation of music rights.PRO is mainly focused on the collection of Neighboring Rights for labels, performing artists, actors and creative producers and is looking for new contacts in the US market. PRO Agency offers the collection of Neighboring Rights for labels, performing artists, actors and creative producers worldwide.
Amande Dagod is an artist manager for German garage pop band GURR as well as the German psychedelic pop band Fenster. She’s also working as European booking agent and German promoter for international bands for Berlin-based company PUSCHEN. She’ll be looking for label partners and artists from the US.
Amande represents the band GURR which will perform at the Reeperbahn Festival showcase @ A2IM.
Steam Music Management, Publishing & Creative Services is an innovated, very active and creative music management, sync, consulting & publishing company, experienced for more than 25 years in the world of music.
Steam is working globally and match all kind of different activities around the artists, composers and labels they are working with, no matter if they promote-, pitch- or consult in different fields of the music business, seek for new partners like labels or agents, distribute music, A&R music and catalogs or simply manage the exploitation, licensing, synchronization of works and help to establish great music through their international network!
If needed, they also can release music through our label service Optical Records, together with our partners Kontor New Media and M.I.G. (Made in Germany).
They are attending A2IM, as we are looking for new collaboration partners, sync the catalogs we represented reach out to new clients to represent them in some of the fields they are working in.
Andrew represents the act ORI which will perform at the Reeperbahn Festival showcase @ A2IM.
Andrew Murray Baardsen
Label, mgmt & Studio in Oslo, Norway representing Sassy 009, Pen Gutt & Baya.
Anne Haffmans runs the German office of British indie label Domino and oversees marketing, promotion, distribution and label management for Germany and Austria. Domino is not signing locally but works all global releases of Domino in Germany and Austria. Anne Haffmans hopes to learn more about the US market and the developments of the music industry in 2019 and beyond at A2IM Indie Week.
Antonio Cárdenas heads up Berlin-based Heartfelt Management agency, which represents artists passionate for exploring genre-bending sounds and new music technology. In New York, he is looking to connect with like-minded business partners and with current professionals in the independent music industry.
The German Music Publishers Association represents over 350 publishing companies from one-woman/man-publisher to major companies and 90% of all publishing revenue generated in Germany. Birgit will be attending the Indie Week for the members of the association and to check out the possibilities for German Music Publishers in the U.S. independent market. Also she is looking for contact with other associations from the music business.
Björn Mathes is a music industry professional for more than 25 years, working in senior marketing positions at companies such as Warner Music, MCA/Universal, Mercury Records and edel music. As a product manager and marketing director he was in charge of artists like AC/DC, Jon Bon Jovi, Aqua, Dream Theatre, Nathalie Cole, Mary J Blige, Matchbox 20, En Vogue and many others. He was founder and CEO of the music online platform Virtual Volume and one of the pioneers in digital music marketing and distribution in Germany. In 2006 he founded ferryhouse productions, a label focused on newcomers and emerging talents, together with the German media entrepreneur Frank Otto.
ferryhouse is an independent music label based in Hamburg, Germany and offers artists, producers and label partners a full-service structure for project development, music marketing, targeting, promotion and distribution. Due to specialized departments the company adapts to all different kinds of challenges and manoeuvres through the storms of todays music industry. The set up combines analytic and targeting tools with personal A&R and product management to leverage the driving force of streaming. Although we are a data-driven company - we always stay music-minded.
We are constantly looking for new exciting artists, projects, tracks and label partnerships.lich.
Christian Goebel ist Label Manager & Head of Publishing bei Motor Entertainment, einem führenden deutschen Full-Service-Unternehmen, das für seine fortschrittlichen Künstler*innen und Geschäftsmodelle bekannt ist. Er ist auf der Suche nach Künstler*innen und Labels, die in Deutschland veröffentlicht werden sollen, und sucht Möglichkeiten zur Synchronisierung von Lizenzen für seine Liste.
Claudia Clarkson’s purpose at WildKat is to move us away from just being a PR Agency and evolving into a Creative Agency, offering different brands of work within that and creating bespoke campaigns for the clients, artists and institutions we work for.
Develop and expand the company internationally, setting up offices in New York, LA and Paris, strategising further and pushing ourselves into a more Creative Agency.
Create new Business for WildKat, establishing new connections through the industry.
Working alongside the Founder, Directors, Junior and Senior Account Managers and playing a role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote our artists and the company;
He hopes to meet like-minded innovative people within the arts sector at the A2IM Indie Week and build new relationships.
OWTF is a Record Label, Booking and Artist Management - Agency from Berlin. Daniel Kempf is the owner. He is working in the industry since about 20 years. Started as a Festival Promoter (Immergut Festival), he founded his own Booking Agency (Mikrokultur. they did the first tours and shows in Germany for bands like Arcade Fire, Death Cab For Cutie etc.) and also doing Artist Management since 2009. At A2IM he would like to extend his network and meet people from all over the world to talk about cooperations etc.
Dávid Bali, the responsible person for the Hungarian music export office, HOTS returns to New York to learn about the inner dynamics of the US independent scene, and to find possible collaborations about talent & catalogue circulation.
Eniko Sebesteny-Gallasz is managing director of WMMusicDistribution, a digital music distributor company focusing on music rights management on YouTube. She’ll be in New York looking for content owners who are interested in rights management and optimization services on YouTube.
Fabienne Schmuki is Co-CEO of the Swiss record label Irascible Records, and a board member of the Swiss association of independent labels and producers. She looks for new label-/licensing-partners and US-booking agents on one hand, on the other she offers label, publishing and promotion services.
Gino van Eijk
Dutchman Gino van Eijk is Co-Founder and Strategic Director at Future House Music. With his passion for music starting as young as the age of 11, the young entrepreneur has been busy producing beats, running indie labels and working on marketing all sorts of music for the major part of his life. At the age of 26 Gino knows his way around the electronic music scene, working on his own label Future House Music for over 4 years now with his partner Aart van den Dool, with the YouTube channel of 1 million subscribers. The New Age Label, built on the back of YouTube and their popular Facebook Group, continuously pushes the boundaries of modern day music distribution and marketing. With this, Future House Music offers a solid community for fans and artists within the house scene to grow, connect and celebrate everything the genre has to offer. From breaking international artists like Brooks, to hosting showcases and clubshows around the world, the best is yet to come.
Guna Zucika is a founder and managing director of Music management&consultancy company “Every Little Thing”. Company manages European Border Breakers Award 2016 winner from Latvia “Carnival Youth” G.Zucika is also a lecturer of Music Industry at Academy of Culture in Latvia and Member of Board and Music Export Latvia.
Hannes Tschürtz is the founder of music agency and label Ink Music in Vienna; focussing on artist and career development. He is a board member of the Austrian Music Fund and helped to create Music Business educational programs. At A2IM he’ll be looking for knowledge and network exchange as well as label/licensing partners.
Hannes represents the act MIRA LU KOVACS which will perform at the Reeperbahn Festival showcase @ A2IM.
Henning Mues is music manager, label owner, cultural activist. He is looking for new partners in the fields of label and booking for our artists.
Henning Mues represents the band LEONIDEN which will perform at the Reeperbahn Festival showcase @ A2IM.
Houwaida Goulli (product manager) will be in New York representing recordJet, one of the leading independent distributors in Germany.
Ievgeniia Ivanova is senior marketing specialist at Independent Digital. With the offices in Berlin, Paris, Nairobi, and headquarters in Warsaw, the company is the leading independent digital music distributor in Central and Eastern Europe. It cooperates with over 700 record labels and artists from Poland, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, the USA, and other countries. Ievgeniia is responsible for the promotion of the company’s catalog in the global and local music services: iTunes / Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Pandora, Yandex, Zvooq, etc. At A2IM Ievgeniia would look for international promotional opportunities for independent artists as well as for the innovative solutions in terms of data analysis and technology in the music industry.
Ilias Dahimène runs the label group Seayou Entertainment based in Vienna, which includes the labels Seayou Records, Problembär Records, Futuresfuture and Assim Records which combined is one of the biggest independent master rights company in central Europe. He’ll be in New York looking for artists that want to enter the European market as well as other labels/rightsholders for possible cooperations.
With her company IAM – International Artist Marketing, Ines Weidemann offers the service of a “Head of International” to labels, distributors and artists. She is also specialized in online and social media marketing, event- and culture management. Furthermore, she supports artists and projects to receive cultural funding. Ines is looking for new inspiring collaborations.
Jacek Kozlowski manages Toronto-based Artoffact Records from his home in Reykjavík, Iceland. Artoffact releases Icelandic trio Kælan Mikla, musician Sólveig Matthildur, Canadian acts ACTORS, Cevin Key, Dead Quiet, and many other inspiring artists. Jacek is interested in developing the publishing business at Artoffact and is looking for enthusiastic booking agencies in both Europe and the United States.
Jens Thele is the founder and managing director of German dance label Kontor Records and the managing director of digital distribution at Kontor New Media.
Jörg Tresp established DevilDuck Records in 2004 so they are celebrating their 15 years anniversary this year. They are working with bands from US, Canada, Scandinavia and of course Germany and focussing on authentic and timeless artists/bands who have a so called „indie attitude“. There is also the booking side of things called Midnight Mango. Besides that Jörg Tresp is also teaching „music business“. After studying „business & social economics“ he worked for different record companies such as „edel Records“ and „Warner Music“ as Marketing Manager. Nevertheless the main focus for sure is DevilDuck Records and a year ago they started to set up offices in Canada (Toronto/Montreal) and USA (Austin) as well.
daWorks is an Oslo based label, music publishing, and rights management companies established in 2000 focusing on pop, urban, R&B, and EDM. daWorks also organizes one of Scandinavia’s best known professional songwriting camps, the annual Song Farm at Saltö Island in Sweden. daWorks’ worldwide distributor is INgrooves.
During Indie Week we hope to meet potential partners for our artists and songwriters in North America and other territories. We also look for synch opportunities and hope to connect with publishers and artists that would like to join Song Farm 2020.
Julian Gupta started as a music journalist. He is now Festival Director of splash! Festival, Promoter at Melt Booking and part of the Melt Festival Booking Team.
Julien Hohl is CEO for PEGASE - house of labels - and A&R for the French Label Deaf Rock.
He also manages bands Last Train & Dirty Deep and has been working on release and publishing strategies as well as tours all over the world.
The perspectives in the US are license deals for The Blind Suns and Dirty Deep, both bands already having strong support with booking agencies there, a partnership to extend from Spotify France to Spotify US for Last Train, connections are already established and general networking and confirming some collaborations.
Marco Valente is the owner/founder of AUAND Records, a label devoted to discovering talents in Italy. He’s looking for strategic partners in licensing, promotion, and distribution.
Michael Pohl is managing director at the digital distribution company Kontor New Media GmbH. He is looking for strategic cooperations and new labels to be distributed through Kontor New Media.
Michael Schuster is the C.E.O. of German distributor Cargo Records and its newly founded distro service 375 Media. He is looking to meet labels/artists with their sights set on the EU-market and has a keen interest in discussing how the global future of music will most likely be shaped by a handful of multinationals – and whether we indies can oppose the trend.
Patricia is Project Manager for ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award.
Patrick Daniel is delegation coordinator for the Reeperbahn Festival spin-offs in Beijing and New York and a music industry freelancer in Berlin for Snowhite Records & Artist Management, Synästhesie Festival, and the VUT Music Industry Women Mentoring Programme.
Peter runs a label & artist management company based in Budapest, and also heads IMMF Hungary. Peter is currently involved with getting the Hungarian IMPALA organisation off the ground, and helping fresh bands & artists to develop their careers internationally. He’ll be in New York looking for new contacts to labels, booking agents & managers who are interested in discovering new artists, and to connect with like-minded professionals who want to know more about the Central-Eastern European region.
Petr Blažek is music manager, promoter, sound designer, chairman of Music Managers Forum CZ. More than 20-years experience on professional music scene, he’s collaborating with outstanding Czech venues and musicians. He’s managing Mydy Rabycad, a band who performed at Glastonbury or Sziget and more top CZ bands.
Philipp Scholz is A&R Manager at Kick The Flame Publishing and Founder of the Tightrope Agency. He’ll be in New York looking for new partner labels and other strategic partnerships. Philipp Scholz is a Berlin Music Ambassador.
Rainer Scheerer is the founder and owner of SPRINGSTOFF - empowering music, which is a queer-feminist Artist Management, Label and Music Publishing company from Berlin. He is coming from a classical music background as an opera singer with an international career. Rainer Scheerer is a member of the Sandbox Network and Berlin Music Ambassador always looking for connections with labels, booking agents & publisher from the US.
Ralph Boege is managing director at Paradise Distribution / Paradise Americas and looking for artists and labels (for Distribution Services, Monetization, Neighboring Rights collection/ Music Recognition Technology delivery).
Ramona is Head of the Communication-team at Reeperbahn Festival.
Ran Nir is the co-owner Manager and A&R of I Am You Music Group UG, the company is an artist management, Publisher, label and Booking agency based in Berlin, Germany.
Ran is looking for making new connections for the artists the company works with in the fields of: Labels, Distribution, Booking, Music Supervisors and Brands.
Ran represents the act ORI which will perform at the Reeperbahn Festival showcase @ A2IM.
Robert Gal is an entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in digital music starting at the era of ringtones, founder of several market leader companies in the region. His aim during the A2IM Indie Week is to look for partners for WMMusicDistribution (founded in 2008) services that could easily be adapted in any country or region.
Sarah Stam is an Amsterdam based Music enthusiast who focuses on artist- and label management within the (electronic) music scene. Having worked for Spotify, Armada Music and the AEI Group in the past, she currently works under the umbrella of her own company SET THE TONE. Working with youtube labels like Future House Music and NoCopyrightsSounds amongst others, which operate at the forefront of independent label models, she has a focus working on marketing, branding and international relations. As an artist manager she is currently working with UK musician, producer and DJ Ellis, known for his viral remix of Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, racking over 60 million views on YouTube, and his own future house releases. Furthermore, Sarah is closely involved with the global movement of SheSaidSo, stimulating a positive movement to encourage equality & diversity within the music industry, spearheading the Dutch department SheSaidSo.Ams.
Scharmien Zandi is the founder of the label PLANET 9 based in Vienna (Austria). She is looking for business partners in booking, label operations, publishing, and management. She will be in New York to represent the label while aspiring to broaden the artist repertoire.
Sönke Strauch is working in the music industry since 2011, starting with the record label Trickser and later founding his current company ListenCollective. ListenCollective is a record label, booking agency, pr agency, publisher and local promoter. They now represent more than one hundred artists from all over the world.
Sönke Strauch represents the act RENATA ZEIGUER which will perform at the Reeperbahn Festival showcase @ A2IM.
Stefan Penz is the manager of Mother´s Cake, a psychedelic rock trio, which is stirring up the underground scene all over Europe. He is also the founder of the Austrian based booking agency Govinda Artist Services. Stefan is looking for new contacts to American labels, booking agencies and publishers to expand his network in the US.
Stephan Rombach is at A2IM Indie Week representing details, a modular cloud solution for the administration of independent music businesses. He is looking forward to meeting labels, distributors, PR agencies, and artist managements.
Stephan Rombach is a Berlin Music Ambassador.
Thea Zaitsev is an artist, producer-mixer and songwriter’s manager, who's together with her British business partner, running her our management and publishing company Pieces of 8 Music based in London and Tallinn. We’re representing Grammy-winning producers and mixers as well as artists from across Europe and always looking for new projects to collaborate on from developing artists, songwriting interests as well as potential new partners for our artists.
Tobias Lampe works for Superstition Entertainment. He is also senior A&R at hfn music, which is one of the company’s main labels. He’s looking for strategic partners in licensing, promotion, and distribution.
18 – 19 May 2019
Berthold Seliger (DE)
Berthold Seliger is an author and concert agent. He is founder of his own company Büro für Musik, Texte & Strategien (est. 1988), which represents artists in Europe, and he is a German tour promoter. His latest books include “Das Geschäft mit der Musik” (2013, 7th edition), “Klassikkampf” (2017, 2nd edition) and “Vom Imperiengeschäft” (May 2019).
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Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter (DE)
Carsten Winter is professor of Media and Music Management, one of the editors of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR), board member of the International Music Business Research Association (IMBRA) and founding President of the Gesellschaft für Musikwirtschafts- und Musikkulturforschung e.V. His research lies in strategic music management, festivals, music cities and strategic media development. He is interested in music strategies in Asia, specifically in China.
Detlef Schwarte (DE)
The sociologist is co-founder of the Reeperbahn Festival, Europe's largest club festival and one of the world's most important conferences for the music and digital industries. As a managing director, he is responsible for the international conference that includes a programme of more than 300 sessions, networking events, showcases and award shows, hosting more than 5,000 delegates from 56 countries.
Eduardo García (DE)
Eduardo García is co-founder and managing director of German Wahnsinn, one of the most awarded recording studios in Germany. Heading a twelve-member collective of creatives and audio engineers, he develops story-driven concepts and content for films, artists, audiobooks and a wide range of emerging technologies.
Together with bestselling author Cornelia Funke, he founded the audiobook label Atmende Bücher (Breathing Books) in 2015, exclusively producing and publishing elaborate audiobook and audio drama adaptations of the author’s work.
In Beijing, he looks forward to meeting creative minds willing to discuss and redefine the role of audio in new technologies and cross-media.
Evelyn Sieber (DE)
Evelyn Sieber gained a degree in International Business, majoring in finance and event management, before starting a career in a very different environment − working in 5-star hotels in Germany and Florida, US. In 2003, she decided to take off her business suit and join the music industry circus. She started at Womex − the World Music Expo, where she worked her way up to Head of Production after six years. In 2010, she joined the Reeperbahn Festival team, where she is now in charge of international cooperations and showcases.
Frank Klaffs (DE)
Frank Klaffs has 25 years of experience in the music business as a copyright and label manager for Piranha Musik (Berlin) as well as an independent music publicist. Apart from being co-CEO of Piranha Arts, which produces the international b2b music events WorldMusicExpo WOMEX and Classical:NEXT, he is part of the Piranha Records team as well as of the educational and consulting branch. Frank Klaffs is looking for business partners in China to promote the internationally diverse music catalogue of Piranha Records and seek exchange with Chinese music professionals for b2b and new business opportunities.
Gareth Davies (DE)
Gareth Davies is Head of International for the successful European independent dance label Kontor Records. He focuses on developing the global label and publishing networks and digital strategies in existing and new markets.
He is looking forward to engaging with experts in China.
George van Wetering (NL)
George van Wetering is a composer and event organiser. He has frequently participated in China's growing music festival scene and toured China extensively. As the founder of GAG, an Amsterdam-based concert organisation agency that hosts events with both Chinese and European musicians, he looks forward to meeting musicians and connecting with partners and investors for future events.
Isla Angus (GB)
Isla Angus is a live music agent with almost two decades in the business. She represents a roster of successful left-field and adventurous artists and is attending WISE to meet new promoters and tour agents from China and beyond. She is also representing ATC Live as a whole at the conference. The roster includes Passenger, Whitney, Mac De Marco, The Lumineers, Kiefer Sutherland, Sleaford Mods, ALMA, Fontaines D.C, Big Thief, Tirzah and many more.
Jennifer Gunn (NO)
Jennifer Gunn works at MADE (Aurora, Sigrid) where she manages artists such as SJUR, HAVSUN, Jens, Fred Well and Monarch. She represents MADE's roster and would like to learn more about the Chinese market and culture. She looks forward to finding partners that will help her artists develop and open doors in China.
Krzysztof Pikuła (PL)
Krzysztof Pikuła is responsible for new business development at Independent Digital. The company is the leading independent digital music distributor in central and eastern Europe, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. Independent Digital also has offices in Berlin, Paris and Nairobi.
Marit Posch (DE)
Marit Posch is Label Manager at Monkeytown Records & SSPB, Head of Publishing Monkeytown Publishing and Artist Manager of Modeselektor & Catnapp. With a law degree and performance diploma in opera/voice under her belt, Marit started out working as head of PR at the Berlin label BPitch Control, booking agent at Magnet Musik and she also helped manage the career of Modeselektor. In 2009, she set up Modeselektor’s label Monkeytown Records and since then has worked in pretty much every field of the label business: PR, online marketing, publishing as well as e-commerce.
Paolo Pavanello (IT)
Paolo Pavanello is founder and CEO of Metatron s.r.l. In its various roles as business management company, marketing agency, record label, publisher, booking agency and press office, Metatron's goal has always been the same: to transform exciting and unique ideas into reality and get them to as many people as possible. In order to strengthen the company’s profile and international network, he hopes to increase contacts in Asia and find new opportunities in such fields as sub-publishing and booking. His aim is to identify new ways to exploit their music and start collaborations with different Chinese professionals.
Patrick Daniel (DE)
Patrick Daniel is delegation coordinator for the Reeperbahn Festival spin-offs in Beijing and New York and a music industry freelancer in Berlin for Snowhite Records & Artist Management, Synästhesie Festival, HIFI/LOFI Records and the VUT Music Industry Women Mentoring Programme.
Rachael Patterson (DE)
Rachael Patterson is Head of Artist Management at K7 Music, which is headquartered in Berlin, and represents artists such as Tricky, Mykki Blanco, Lafawndah, Niklas Paschburg, Hania Rani and more. She is keen to represent the interests of management clients in all areas of their business, as well as expand distribution, marketing and touring relationships for K7's Label Group and Label Services divisions.
Ralph Klöss-Schuster (DE)
Ralph is the founder of the Munich-based music services company deedy music which supports artists with Chinese affiliations, such as the producer collective C.O.W. 牛 and singer-songwriter Lui Peng. deedy music collaborates closely with Manta Ray Music in Berlin. Together, they represent a broad artist roster including singers James Hersey, Alice Phoebe Lou and Lalu Right as well as rap icon Che Lingo and artist/producer narou. At WISE he is looking to expand his knowledge of the Chinese market, deepen existing relationships and explore new opportunities for his artists.
Sara Beretta (IT)
Sara Beretta works as assistant manager and international relations officer at Metatron s.r.l., a music business management company, publisher and record label. Her work focuses primarily on managing artists and coordinating international relations and activities with foreign partners, especially digital distributors, press offices and sub-publishers. She believes the trip to China will enable the company to embark on a new adventure and expand business in one of the fastest-growing and most promising markets in the world.
Sarah Stam (NL)
Sarah Stam is an Amsterdam-based music enthusiast who focuses on artist and label management in the music scene. Having worked for Spotify, Armada Music and the AEI Group in the past, she currently works for her own company SET THE TONE, focusing on marketing, branding and international relations. As an artist manager, she supports UK musician, producer and DJ Ellis. Sarah is also closely involved with the global movement SheSaidSo, which promotes equality and diversity within the music industry.
Steinunn Arnardóttir (DE)
Steinunn Arnardóttir is Director of Engineering at Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of software and complementary hardware for computer-based music production and DJing. Given that China is a rapidly growing market in music creation, WISE will be a platform where information can be exchanged and networks expanded.
Steve Mayall (GB)
Steve Mayall is a Managing Director and co-founder of Music Ally. He specialises in the future direction of the global music industry, publishing information every day and working in the fields of consultancy, strategy, marketing services, training and events. He would like to expand his knowledge of the Chinese market and wants to make new contacts.
Sven Hasenjäger (DE)
Sven Hasenjäger is CEO of the German music management company 380 Grad, where he manages artists such as Ólafur Arnalds, Lambert, Boy, Ann Ternheim, Stimming, et al.), and co-CEO of both the German film music agency Film Musik Produktion and the new company Analogify. In China, he is looking for strategic partners in the sync, licensing and soundtrack business.