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15 – 18 Jun 2020

New York

First Digital Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition

© Lisa Meinen

In its 15-year history, Reeperbahn Festival has never shied away from challenges: Because of the present health situation, the fifth Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition in the course of the A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) Indie Week from 15 - 18 June 2020 took place exclusively online for the first time, supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

This year's delegation consisted of 29 music business representatives from eleven nations (DEU, AUT, CHE, GBR, NLD, HUN, POL, NOR, DNK, PRT, ROU), including the fields of publishing, management, distribution, label management, marketing and licensing.

Although exclusively digital, the programme of the Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition was as rich in content as usual: Apart from the opportunity to participate in all official programme items of the A2IM Indie Week, including numerous panels, keynotes, chapter hangs and virtual lobby, knowledge sharing among all participants as well as matchmaking sessions and digital visits at New York companies were part of the day-to-day agenda:

Monday, June 15, 15.00–16.30 CEST // 9.00 am–10.30 am ET

Kick Off Reception

Open exclusively for Reeperbahn Festival New York delegates.

This is where we can all get to know each other before Indie Week officially starts.

Monday, June 15, 16.30–17.30 CEST // 10.30 am–11.30 am ET

Digital New York Company Visit: Primary Wave

Primary Wave (Publishing/Management/Marketing, e.g. Smokey Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Marley, The Scorpions, Cypress Hill, Toots & The Maytals) with a special presentation about their work with insights and hints on global digital marketing and fan relations as well as playlisting and streaming marketing during an exclusive Q&A.

Tuesday, June 16, 16.00–16.30 CEST // 10.00 am–10.30 am ET

Reeperbahn Festival New York delegation gathering

Our daily internal gathering for exchanging experiences and asking questions.

Tuesday, June 16, 16.30–17.30 CEST // 10.30 am–11.30 am ET

Digital New York Company Visit: Greenway Records

Greenway Records, a Brooklyn based label specialized on DIY vinyl record releases (with the occasional helping arm in artist management as well as tour booking) about the US indie industry and the situation for the scene in New York in particular

Wednesday, June 17, 16.00–16.30 CEST // 10.00 am–10.30 am ET

Reeperbahn Festival New York delegation gathering

Our daily internal gathering for exchanging experiences and asking questions.

Wednesday, June 17, 20.30–22.00 CEST // 2.30 pm–4.00 pm ET

Reeperbahn Festival New York Panel & Reception

Our official Reeperbahn Festival program slot during Indie Week promotes international exchange with a panel discussion followed by an open networking reception.

“Global music streaming in times of crisis – Resilience, Risk, Hope?”

Now in the fifth year of its involvement in the A2IM Indie Week, the Reeperbahn Festival presents a panel discussion, including an opportunity for open Q&As, exploring the question of whether global music streaming is an economically robust business that can weather any crisis.

Four industry insiders from Europe and the USA will seek answers and present those within the topical context. A recently published analysis by the international investment bank Goldman Sachs predicts that the streaming market will grow from 340 million paying subscribers to 1.2 billion over the next ten years. This view is shared by numerous other market observers. And indeed, the boom of the major streaming platforms currently appears to be impervious to even a global pandemic – after all, music can be streamed from almost anywhere on Earth. But does this prediction stand up to closer inspection? How can the profits from growing streaming figures be shared more fairly so that the indie industry and its artists can survive in the medium term? Or should we expect some industry consolidation after the current crisis?

Following the panel discussion and Q&As, there will be an opportunity for international participants - in a number of break-out rooms - to join open networking receptions with the heads of European labels, distributors, publishers, management agencies and marketing experts.

Moderator:

AC Coppens (Founder/CEO - THE CATALYSTS), Germany

Speakers:

Jorge Brea (CEO & Founder - Symphonic), USA
Marit Posch (General Manager Germany - IDOL & Artist Manager - CATNAPP), Germany
Glenn Peoples (Lead Analyst - Billboard), USA

Thursday, June 18, 16.00–16.30 CEST // 10.00 am–10.30 am ET

Reeperbahn Festival New York delegation gathering

Our daily internal gathering room for exchanging experiences and asking questions.

Every Day, 13.00–01.00 CEST // 7.00 am–7.00 pm ET

Matchmaking 1:1 Meetings

Set up your individual meeting schedule quickly and easily with the A2IM matchmaking tool.

Every Day, 20.00–00.00 CEST // 2.00 pm–6.00 pm ET

Indie Week Official Program

Indie Week Official Program: Panels, Keynote, Virtual Lobby, Chapter Hangs

Review 2019

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2019 Reeperbahn Festival was again present at the Indie Week of the American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM). The aim was to tear down borders between the German, European and US music markets and to promote the exchange of culture and music. And of course to showcase 7 bands and artists on one evening in the Lower East Side in one of the hottest music cities in the world!

The Reeperbahn Festival delegation traveled with representatives of 45 companies from all over Europe - more than in 2018. In the panel #HowWeListen, European and American representatives of the music industry discussed music consumption and distribution in the age of Youtube and Spotify on Tuesday.

Wednesday evening began with the announcement of the members of the jury for the Anchor Award 2019 led by jury president and producer legend Tony Visconti. Other members include producer Bob Rock, songwriter Kate Nash, singer and producer Peaches, Australian radio and television presenter Zan Rowe and Beatsteaks singer Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß.

The highlight of the evening was an international line-up of concerts by artists from both sides of the Atlantic, which wound its way musically from R'n'B to indie rock and garage punk: Surfbort (US), Renata Zeiguer (US), Gurr (DE), Mira Lu Kovacs (AT), Leoniden (DE), Ori (IL), Yes We Mystic (CA).

As part of the Germany Year USA, the "Sequencer Tour" is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office, organized by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).