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Premiere: VUT Indie Days Cologne
Premiere: VUT Indie Days Cologne

In 2020 the VUT Indie Days will take place for the first time in Cologne, as part of the c/o pop Convention. For the last four years the VUT West has been our co-organizer for the New Talent workshops. Now, for the first time, the entire, nationwide operating VUT – Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen e.V. will be taking part as our partner, with the VUT Indie Days Cologne. On Friday, April 24, 2020 there will be diverse panels and on Saturday, April 25, 2020 VUT will present several New Talent workshops and expert sessions.

The confirmed speakers of the VUT Indie Days Cologne so far are Kerri Pollard (Patreon, USA), Frank Spilker (Die Sterne), David Möllerstedt (teenage engineering, SE), Mag. DI Dr. Christine Bauer (Johannes Kepler University Linz, AT), Rachel Falconer (Goldsmiths University of London), Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Baumann (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH), Yier Erin Bargeld (Cybernaut Europe GmbH), Flavia Ferreira (Patch Point, ES), Anne Wellmer (nonlinear, NL), Sandira Blas (Factory Berlin), Sara-Lena Probst (BlackbirdPunk), Suzie Kerstgens (KLEE), Volker Rieck (FDS File Defense Service UG), Houwaida Goulli (recordJet), Caoimhe McAlister (DICE Conference + Festival), Aida Baghernejad (Journalistin) and Ronny Krieger (VUT e.V.).


The following topics will be part of the program of the VUT Indie Days Cologne:

The Power of Creative Communities: Together we are strong

The creative community and its relation to individual creativity and the social purpose of a creative network.
Speakers: Kerri Pollard, Sandira Blas, Yier Erin Bargeld
Moderator: Ronny Krieger

Ewig Jung: Gibt es eine Erfolgsformel für Musiker*innen?
Wir gehen der Frage nach, wie Künstler*innen ein Leben lang kreativ, fit und relevant bleiben.
Speakers: Frank Spilker, Suzie Kerstgens
Moderator: Ronny Krieger

Gender biases and discrimination in AI
Artificial intelligence cannot be objective, because it is based on traditional patterns of attitude. How can discrimination through AI be remedied?
Speakers: Dr. Christine Bauer, Rachel Falconer, Dr. Stephan Baumann
Moderator: Ronny Krieger

Where‘s the Revolution?
New instruments and technical achievements have contributed to the emergence of new musical genres in recent decades. We investigate which equipment will give rise to new forms of music today and tomorrow.
Speakers: David Möllerstedt, Anne Wellmer, Flavia Ferreira
Moderator: Ronny Krieger

Neues Urheberrecht im Praxischeck. Was bedeutet die Umsetzung von Artikel 17 der EU-Richtlinie für Musikunternehmer*innen?
Das Panel wirft einen Blick auf die bisherige Praxis der Musiklizenzierung sowie die Chancen und Risiken, die sich durch die Richtlinie insbesondere in Artikel 17 für Nutzer*innen, Plattformen, Kreative und ihre Partner*innen ergeben.
Speakers: Volker Rieck, Sara-Lena Probst
Moderator: Reinher Karl

VUT Music Industry Women präsentiert: „Multi-issue lives“ – Intersektionalität und Musikbranche
Gängige Musikbranchen-Praktiken bringen verschiedene Diskriminierungsformen zutage. Welchen Stellenwert hat Intersektionalität in der Popkultur? Wessen Körper, wessen Stimme und wessen Geschichte darf in der Popmusik repräsentiert werden?
Speaker*innen: Houwaida Goulli, Caoimhe McAlister, Frank Spilker
Moderation: Aida Baghernejad


Jörg Heidemann the managing director of VUT says about the premiere in Cologne:

"The music industry is constantly changing and requires from our members to stay up-to-date on current problems, solution approaches and innovative developments. To further strengthen the exchange with one another we are expanding our yearly industry meeting during Reeperbahn Festival on the c/o pop Convention and are happy to also be in Cologne with the Indie Days next year!"

Ralph H. Christoph, Head of the c/o pop Convention, adds:

"It has always been a central objective of the c/o pop Convention to strengthen the independent music scene as a talent pool and driver of innovations, thanks to the cooperation with the VUT we are able to offer even more concrete input and chances to network at the VUT Indie Days Köln for people who work in the independent music business, so they can strengthen the position of the musicians in a changing market."