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c/o pop Convention 2022
What’s new, Pop?

Pop needs new ideas! The c/o pop Convention in Cologne is the first industry gathering of the year for the music industry and cooperating sectors such as digital business, film, TV, games and advertising. It takes place parallel to the c/o pop Festival and sees itself as a platform for networking and interaction for bands, artists and the entire associated ecosystem.

One focus is on presenting and promoting the music professionals of tomorrow. In keynotes, talks, lectures and workshops, we take a practical look at the future of the industry and impart valuable knowledge. The VUT Indie Days Cologne and the TINCON Cologne complete the program. Together with you we want to find new ways to shape the future of pop culture. Of course, there will be plenty of networking opportunities along the way. The conference for everyone who wants to start the season with new contacts and ideas.

Where do we go from here?

New Music, New Politics, New Talent, New Diversity, New Gender Equality, New Transformation, New Networking, New Innovation: These are the topics that will be on our minds at the c/o pop Convention 2022 - at the panels and workshops on Thursday and Friday, at collaborations with partners like VUT and TINCON, and also at c/o Ehrenfeld on Saturday and Sunday. The slogan "No more of the same!" is especially true for the pop music ecosystem. That's why we want to give new talents, new ideas and new collaborations a platform. How are technological innovations changing the production, distribution and reception of music? What do creatives really need, and how can policymakers better support them? How can the music industry position itself to withstand crises? What is the potential of collaboration with other industries? What can culture contribute to the green transformation, and how can the industry become more family-friendly? What can new talent learn from experienced professionals - and vice versa? At the c/o pop Convention 2022, you can help shape the future of pop culture!

What’s new?

A day with TINCON

A day with TINCON


TINCON for digital youth culture is finally coming live to Cologne! After being represented with digital contributions at c/o pop xoxo for the past two years, TINCON will be there live with its own stage for the first time this year. On Friday, April 22, the youth conference will take over the Herbrand’s big hall for one day as part of the c/o pop convention. In talks, Q&As and panels, young and well-known speakers will present current trends of Gen Z from pop culture and digital. And best of all: students can attend TINCON completely free of charge.

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Real Talk with XATAR auf der c/o pop Convention 2022

Real Talk with XATAR auf der c/o pop Convention 2022


Rapper, producer, label operator, book author, restaurateur, entrepreneur: XATAR is one of the most enigmatic personalities in the German rap business. Born in Iran in 1981 as the son of Kurdish freedom fighters, he has lived in Bonn since 1985, where he began his music career in the late 1990s. He produced his album “No. 415” in 2012 from prison with the help of a smuggled-in cell phone and a dictation machine. His life story is currently being filmed by Fatih Akin under the title “Rheingold.” His keynote will certainly be about that as well as about the Goldmann Tower at Barbarossaplatz - a creative factory and incubator for innovative entertainment products.

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Tickets, please!

Tickets, please!


There are two types of tickets for the c/o pop Convention 2022, both valid for Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22: the Professional Ticket for 50 euros and the Students Ticket for 25 euros.
The tickets will give you access to the opening talks, all panels and talks, prioritized access to the concerts on Thursday and Friday, networking events, and the Delegates Databases, where you can network and exchange ideas with other attendees. The concerts of the c/o pop Festival in the evening are included. Please note for the concerts: first come, first served!

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VUT Indie Days Köln

VUT Indie Days Köln


Of course, there will again be plenty of collaborations at the c/o pop Convention 2022. The VUT Indie Days Cologne, organized by the VUT - Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen e. V. (Association of Independent Music Entrepreneurs) together with the VUT West, will be hosted for the third time. The VUT Indie Days in Hamburg have been a central meeting point for the independent music industry from Germany and abroad for years. The third edition in Cologne is again about knowledge transfer, exchange and networking - practical, useful and inspiring!

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Hello Herbrand’s!

Hello Herbrand’s!


Having already streamed two digital editions of c/o pop xoxo from the wonderful Herbrand’s, we’re excited to finally welcome you there for real in April 2022. With its various outdoor and indoor spaces, it’s the perfect place for our diverse offerings. Herbrand’s is centrally located in Cologne-Ehrenfeld - and thus very close to many locations of the c/o pop festival. After the c/o pop convention you can move on to the showcases, concerts and club nights.

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