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BRANDS & MUSIC
BRANDS & MUSIC

The connections between brands and music are becoming ever closer and creative, the cooperations ever more diverse. Many brands have firmly anchored music sponsoring in their marketing strategies, the use of music and songs in advertising and film is increasing, influencer marketing in the field of music is a natural part of the mix. Agencies create innovative analog and digital formats online and offline, build new platforms and develop new forms of cooperation. In short: the cooperation between the music industry and the advertising industry is more established than ever before. And it is fully accepted by fans - if it is well done and offers added value. In the ideal case, the result is a win-win-win situation - for artists, for brands and for fans.

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the programming section BRANDS & MUSIC will bring together all those who contribute to the success of such mutually enriching cooperations: advertisers, marketers, media makers, musicians, rights holders, the music industry and the advertising industry. For a whole day, we offer insights into the relevant topics and present cases, discuss with agencies, consultants, companies, managers and music makers about the status quo and the future of the connection between music and brands – artists and advertising.

We will address the question of how music in general and advertising music, in particular, control our emotions. We will examine what interests need to be reconciled, not just business interests, when a song comes together with a clip or a musician with a brand. We will gain insights into the music strategies of major international brands. We will ask why some brands suddenly have their own festivals. And we will investigate how festivals themselves become brands in order to be perceived as tourist events. For the finale, we will listen to the first interactive song with voice-controlled assistant Alexa - and will hear about the story behind it. And we will offer all participants a platform to enter into new cooperations themselves.

BRANDS & MUSIC IS ORGANIZED BY THE AGENCY LAUTSTARK IN COOPERATION WITH THE C/O POP CONVENTION 2019.

DIGITAL MUSIC
DIGITAL MUSIC

Since the beginning of digitalization, the music industry has been a driving force behind key technological developments and trends to establish new business models and revenue opportunities for creative professionals. The DIGITAL MUSIC section of the c/o pop Convention 2019 on May 2 and 3, 2019 will bring together professionals from the music, creative and digital industries to discuss key issues and challenges facing the music industry in the digital age. The latest technological findings, developments and visions will be examined from the perspective of the music industry in various thematic focuses. At the same time, we want to develop guidance for politics that focus on creative people and their interests.

One focus is devoted to the increasingly urgent need for innovation in the music industry. As a stimulus, we will present interesting new ideas and cases from the fields of audio and video, label work, data management and artificial intelligence. In a blockathon, we will be working on bringing a breath of fresh air into the ecosystem of the music industry. We will also talk about new licensing models that are not only driven by new technologies, but also by a new willingness to cooperate.

We will explore how musicians can use digital platforms such as Bandcamp to generate revenue, and show how music streaming could be improved, so there will be something remaining for the creators in the end. We will outline how green technologies can make clubs and festivals more sustainable. And we will offer time and space for the exchange of creative people and digital start-ups, authors and distributors, thinkers, doers and users.

EXCHANGE & CONNECT
EXCHANGE & CONNECT

Networks are the main arteries in the globalized field of action and work of the creative and music industries. Be it in the local or transatlantic network of music creators and consumers, of business and politics, of institutions and companies - the exchange of knowledge and information is more important than ever.

Within the EXCHANGE & CONNECT section, we will be presenting examples of how networks occupy and deal with topics, how they are used to articulate and disseminate interests, and how they generate new ideas and at times also add new value.

These are some of the topics that will be discussed on May 2 and 3, 2019: What is the significance of a night economy for cities and regions? Do we need a night policy in addition to cultural policy, and what might this look like? How can we move from a strategy of prevention to one of empowerment? What concepts are there to protect live music venues from the spiral of gentrification? Are live music venues cultural assets and therefore worth protecting? How can networks be used wisely to set the right course?

NEW TALENT
NEW TALENT

To bring music successfully into the world, more precisely into the world of media and social networks, to the shops, clubs, and concert halls - that is the job of music managers, bookers, and promoters or label operators. But not every musician and every small label can afford to have all these experts work for them, but they have to take on these jobs themselves. This is not an easy undertaking, especially since most of them only want one thing: to make their music. That's why basic knowledge from and about the music industry can't hurt, and you also need to get in contact with them and maintain it.

On Friday, May 3, 2019, as part of the c/o pop Convention, in the NEW TALENT program section we will once again impart practical industry expertise, establish networks and offer assistance. Experts will share their knowledge and advice with you, and you will learn how you can effectively promote and market your music.

NEW TALENT IS BEING ORGANIZED BY POPNRW - PROMOTING YOUNG MUSICIANS IN NRW AND VUT WEST AS PART OF THE C/O POP CONVENTION 2019.

Recap video #copopcon19 & #copopontheroad at Sónar
Recap video #copopcon19 & #copopontheroad at Sónar

In mid-July we will be at Sónar Festival and at Sónar+D in Barcelona and will be contributing some programming items as part of We Are Europe. In this newsletter you will find more information on this, plus the recap video for the c/o pop Convention 2019 with many great impressions of the hustle and bustle in and around the IHK Cologne!

Did you already save the date for 2020? We will see you at the c/o pop Convention on the 23rd and 24th of April 2020 and at the c/o pop Festival from the 22nd to the 26th of April 2020 in Cologne - more information will follow soon! In the meantime, we are wishing you a great summer!

LOOKING BACK: RECAP-VIDEO #COPOPCON19

On May 2 and 3, 2019, around 1.000 trade visitors from 25 countries met over two full days at the c/o pop Convention to have an exchange in the programming sections DIGITAL MUSIC, BRANDS & MUSIC, EXCHANGE & CONNECT and NEW TALENT. More than 100 top-class speakers provided practical input in keynotes, panels and workshops on current topics from the music industry, the advertising industry, the digital economy and cooperating fields. Our Recap video shows a couple of the highlights and gives some of our guests such as Susan Rogers, Vanessa Reed, Mavi Phoenix, Laura Aha and Jördis Hagemeier the opportunity to speak. Have fun watching!


LOOKING FORWARD: #COPOPONTHEROAD AT SÓNAR FESTIVAL & SÓNAR+D

In the middle of July we will be in Barcelona at the Sónar Festival (July 18th to 20th) and at the accompanying Convention Sónar+D (July 17th to 20th) as part of We Are Europe. At the festival we will be co-curating the concerts of Fennesz, Hauschka and Francesco Donadello. At Sónar+D we will present the following topics: On Thursday, July 18 from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Heiko Hoffmann (Beatport), Jack Bridges (Soundcloud) and Ronny Krieger will discuss how streaming and other digital technologies are changing DJ culture in the panel „Creative tools for future dj culture“. The second panel presented by us („Making Iconic Music Gear“) will take place on Thursday, 18 July from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.. David Möllerstedt (Head of Audio, Teenage Engineering) and Mate Galic (CTO, Native Instruments) will talk to Peter Kirn (founder of CDM and a music technology wise man) about the way certain electronic instruments shape entire genres.

c/o pop Convention Director Ralph Christoph will be present and is looking forward to meeting you.

The suspense is rising - final service information about the c/o pop Convention 2019
The suspense is rising - final service information about the c/o pop Convention 2019

HOW TO GET THERE

Address

IHK Köln

Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26

50676 Köln


Subway Stations & Lines:

Appellhofplatz (3, 4, 5, 16, 18; Exit „Zeughaus“) or Dom/Hbf (5,16,18; Exit „Dom“)


Local Transport S-Bahn Stations & Lines:

Köln Hauptbahnhof (RE & RB, S6, S11, S12, S13, S19). It is only a short walk from there to the IHK.


COME IN, WE'RE OPEN!

The ticket counter for the c/o pop Convention will be open on both days from 9 a.m. (one hour before the start of the program). It's located directly at the IHK Cologne. The documents for all delegates and speakers will be available there for pick-up.


WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE?

The complete program of both days is not only available on our website: This year we once again have an app for both the c/o pop Convention and the c/o pop Festival. In it you can find information on all events as well as all speakers - just select the category "c/o pop Convention" in the menu at the top under "Timetable".

App-Store: Link folgt

Google Play: Link folgt


LET'S NETWORK!

So many interesting people, so much to talk about! Therefore, it may be helpful to arrange meetings in advance with the people you want to talk to. Use the "Delegates Database" to network and make concrete appointments. You can send messages to individual visitors or use the feed to send messages and invitations to all participants. You should already have received the link to the database.


THE CHILLED CHEF FOODTRUCK proudly presents bofrost*

Open on both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Even if time is tight and the hunger is great, it is important to ensure a balanced diet. Quick and easy. Varied and balanced. Natural and fresh. Because eating better means living better. THE CHILLED CHEF shows that delicious food can be created every day with the high-quality products from bofrost* in a easy way. Enjoy your meal!


LAST CHANCE: C/O POP FESTIVAL TICKETS

Do you already have your tickets for the highlights of the c/o pop Festival? Here you can buy tickets for Scooter (Wednesday), Hauschka (Thursday), Fjørt (Thursday) and Mighty Oaks (Friday). You can find the full program here.

On Saturday and Sunday we will continue with c/o Ehrenfeld for free: with lots of concerts and exciting activities - from workshops to yoga, karaoke to readings, rave aerobics and wine tastings. And not only at traditional live music venues such as CBE, Yuca or in the new festival headquarters Bürgerzentrum Ehrenfeld, but also in many small shops. All information here.


We are looking forward to you and a sunny c/o pop Convention 2019!

You’re invited! Exklusive Business Receptions nd Showcases auf der c/o pop Convention 2019!
You’re invited! Exklusive Business Receptions nd Showcases auf der c/o pop Convention 2019!

THURSDAY, MAY 2ND

Reception
presented by Concord Music

What: Networking, snacks and drinks
Music by: ChontaDJ from Columbia (curated by musicNRWwomen)
Where: Börsenplatz (IHK outdoor)
When: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Reception
"Berlin goes c/o pop"

What: Networking, snacks and drinks with the Berlin Music Commission and the Musicboard Berlin
Where: Bumann & SOHN (Bartholomäus-Schink-Straße 2)
When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More information and registration at:
https://bit.ly/2ZlTO9B


Showcase
„listen to berlin“

Where: Highlights from the „listen to berlin“ Compilation of the Berlin Music Commission
Music by: Malonda, Magic Island
Where: Bumann & SOHN (Bartholomäus-Schink-Straße 2)
When: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Reception
"Belgium Booms" presented by Wallonie-Bruxuelles Musiques

What: Networking & drinks
Where: Stapel.Bar (Heliosstraße 35-39)
When: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Invitation only– You will get a personal invitation per email. Please register!


Showcase
"Belgium Booms" presented by Wallonie-Bruxuelles Musiques

What: Exciting artists from Wallonia/Belgium
Music by: Namdose, Juicy, Blu Samu
Where: Stapel.Bar (Heliosstraße 35-39)
When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Scottish Showcase
presented by Antidote Booking in association with Wide Days and Tenement TV

What: The best up-and-coming artists from Scotland
Music by: Man of Moon, LUNIR, VanIves, Carla J. Easton
Where: Zoo Schänke (Venloer Str. 434)
When: 7.30 p.m. – 11 p.m.



FRIDAY, MAY 3RD

Official Closing Reception
presented by Reservix

What: Networking, snacks and drinks
Music by: Monibi from Cologne (curated by musicNRWwomen)
Where: Börsenplatz (IHK outdoor)
When: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Showcase
„Wunderkinder – German Music Talent 2019“

What: noteworthy up-and-coming German artists
Music by: Kelvyn Colt, Gianni Mae, BLVTH, Amilli, NOVAA, ELI
Where: Ruffactory (Marienstraße 71-73)
When: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More infos



SATURDAY, MAY 4TH

Reception
"CEEntral Party"

What: Networking, snacks and drinks
Where: Laden 1/3 (Herbrandstraße 7)
When: 4.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Invitation only- You will get a personal invitation per email. Please Register!

Showcase
"CEEntral Party"

What: Fantastic acts from the Czech Republic, Serbia and Hungary!
Music by: Hellwana, Stray Dogg, Deep Glaze
Where: Laden 1/3 (Herbrandstraße 7)
When: 5 p.m. – 8.15 p.m.

Further highlights confirmed: Better streaming, rap & politics, creating music with Alexa...
Further highlights confirmed: Better streaming, rap & politics, creating music with Alexa...

BRANDS & MUSIC: „ALEXA SONG – The first interactive song with voice assistent Alexa“ - Presentation with Too Many T’s

More and more artists want to be independently creative. Without the support of a (large) label, they need to find alternative ways to build an audience and distribution channels. The main challenge is to stand out from the crowd. The up-and-coming British hiphop band Too Many T's has taken the interaction with their audience to a whole new level using a DIY approach: they created the first interactive song that integrates a language assistant. Brand consultant Henan Wensink (henanX - creative brandexperience services) and band member Sam Lewis-Wall will present the case on Thursday, May 2nd at BRANDS & MUSIC.


DIGITAL MUSIC: Panel „Streaming, not dreaming!“

Streaming has become the main source of music consumption and, according to a recent study by Goldman Sachs, has heralded a renaissance of the music business. But it is well known that today's models still leave much room for improvement, especially when it comes to remunerating the creative people behind the music. But where to begin? Following the keynote by publicist and concert agent Berthold Seliger, we will discuss some ideas. Do user-oriented payment models have a future? How can the metadata and its maintenance be optimized? Is it possible to increase the subscription price for a higher audio quality? In addition to Berthold Seliger, Johannes Fürst (The Orchard), Bas Grasmayer (Idagio) and Jörg Heidemann (VUT) will discuss at the panel "Streaming, not dreaming!" during DIGITAL MUSIC on Friday, May 3rd. Presented by VUT.


EXCHANGE & CONNECT: „Machiavelli – about the complicated love of rap & politics“ - Podcast Special with Mavi Phoenix

Hip hop was born politically and hip hop has remained political. Whether internationally or in Germany: From N.W.A. to K.I.Z., from Advanced Chemistry to Kendrick Lamar. Rap loves politics, politics loves rap - sometimes aggressively out of every line, sometimes hidden between the rhymes. Since 2018 Vassili Golod and Jan Kawelke have been talking and arguing about this love story on their WDR COSMO Podcast. "Machiavelli" is about big speeches and overlooked rhymes. Everything between the lines. For their Machiavelli special "about the complicated love of rap & politics" during the c/o pop Convention 2019, they will welcome rapper Mavi Phoenix, who will also be appearing live at the c/o pop Festival on May 4th.


NEW TALENT: Work it! Workshops withMarco Erler, Alex Warnke and Maya C. Sternel

Licensing music for advertising and film, benefitting from intellectual property rights worldwide as rights holders, mixing powerful music with Ableton Live: The NEW TALENT program will be rounded off by workshops on these topics on Friday, May 3rd.

In the workshop "Music in Advertising and Movie" Marco Erler shows how music is licensed for a film or commercial and which legal hurdles have to be overcome.

Alex Warnke's workshop "... and please don't talk about music rights" will explain how you as the rights holders can benefit worldwide from your ancillary copyrights.

Ableton Certified Trainer Maya Consuelo Sternel aka Donna Maya will show how everybody can best mix their own music with Ableton Live, so that the songs get more presence and sound really powerful, in her workshop "Mixing with Ableton Live". To register for this workshop, write to info@popnrw.de


SPECIAL: Meet-up musicNRWwomen

The focus of the musicNRWwomen project is the networking of all female musicians and actors of the music business in NRW. After last year's kick-off, there will be a meet-up at the c/o pop Convention 2019 on Friday, May 3rd, where the network will present itself and report on its goals and plans. Andrea Rothaug (Hamburg Rock City e.V., musicHHwomen), Laura Aha (music journalist, Groove, Spex, taz, Musikexpress), the Düsseldorf culture and concert collective Fem_Pop and Alejandra Gómez (Biche), who has founded a similar network in Colombia, will provide short impulses. Furthermore, the musical program of the receptions on Thursday and Friday evening will be curated by musicNRWwomen. On Thursday night Alejandra Gómez will play Cumbia records.


SPECIAL: We Are Europe @ c/o pop Convention 2019

The cooperation project We Are Europe launches a new three-year cycle (2019-2021) as part of the program Creative Europe. We Are Europe's eight creative teams, including c/o pop Convention & c/o pop Festival, have selected 64 personalities from across Europe who will play a central role in shaping the project's activities in 2019. They are artists, activists, designers, researchers... Four speakers will be presented at the c/o pop Convention 2019 by We Are Europe: Vanessa Reed (PRS Foundation, Keychange), Susan Rogers (Berklee College of Music), Jovanka von Wilsdorf (BMG Rights Management) and Antònia Folguera (Sónar+D).

Festivals & Tourism, Celebrating Sustainably, Music Journalism 3.0: New Speakers & Amazing Topics
Festivals & Tourism, Celebrating Sustainably, Music Journalism 3.0: New Speakers & Amazing Topics

Spring is here - and with it plenty of new speakers and great topics for the c/o pop Convention 2019 on May 2nd and 3rd at the IHK Cologne. You can find the complete, constantly updated program in our Timetable. And to get tickets, click here!


BRANDS & MUSIC: Festivals and Tourism

Nowadays, many festivals are attracting the attention of international visitors: transforming such events into tourist products is, therefore, one of the most important aspects of the current festival world. Tourism marketing can offer a more complex customer experience from the very first contact, can open up an additional source of income and can create occasions to tell many new stories. The panel "Festivals and Tourism - How to turn your music event into something more" with András Berta (EMAC Group) and Ruud Bongaerts (Festival.Travel) will deal with this topic from two perspectives: that of the festival and that of a provider of comprehensive touristic packages. Anyone who is involved in the organization of a festival or (as a fan or band) is simply interested in better understanding how such events work these days can learn a lot of interesting things during BRANDS & MUSIC on Thursday, May 2nd.

BRANDS & MUSIC is organized by the agency Lautstark in cooperation with the c/o pop Convention 2019.


DIGITAL MUSIC: Green Tech for Festivals & Clubs

Sustainability is also currently the major issue for festivals and clubs. Keywords such as #zerowaste, #greenevents or "carbon footprint" appear on the event profiles and attract a lot of attention. Everyone now wants to organize sustainable events and dance into a better world. But does something like THE sustainable festival and the "green club" exist at all? And: Is the event technology even ready for it? Will in future all festival visitors have to generate their own electricity with bikes? Or are there other solutions? We will be looking into this on Thursday, May 2nd as part of DIGITAL MUSIC in the panel "Green Tech in the Event Business: How sustainable can festivals and clubs be?" Participants: Björn Hansen (Morgenwelt), Jacob Bilabel (Green Music Initiative), Konstanze Meyer (Clubliebe e.V. , BUND Berlin), Pascal Tsachouridis (NATURSTROM AG) and Zora Brändle (Eventkultur Rhein Neckar e.V.) – presented by LiveKomm.


EXCHANGE & CONNECT: Music Journalism 3.0

"It has long been an open secret that classical music journalism has lost its gatekeeper function not just due to digitalization, but certainly also due to its own passivity," wrote Alexis Waltz (together with his colleague Sebastian Weiß) in the last print edition of GROOVE at the end of 2018. Has music journalism abolished itself, or do we need to develop an individual form and language for writing in a digital context? During this session on Friday, May 3rd as part of EXCHANGE & CONNECT, we want to find out what strategies should be pursued in this field in the future. Participants: Alexis Waltz (Groove), Derek Opperman (Electronic Beats), Johannes Jacobi (Höme - For Festivals), Niloufar Behradi-Ohnacker (Blogrebellen), Tex (TV Noir) and Hanna Bächer (Red Bull Music Academy Daily, Presentation).



NEW TALENT: Who’s Who – The Players behind the Stage

Organizers, bookers, promoters, venues – and somewhere in between the artists: Which players are there on the live music market, and who does actually do what? Who is the appropriate contact person for me as a band, and where can I perhaps envision working myself? Booker, promoter and tour manager Katharina Wortberg will explain "the players behind the stage" in the workshop "Who Is Who" - on Friday, May 3rd as part of NEW TALENT.

NEW TALENT is hosted by popNRW - Nachwuchsförderung für junge Musiker in NRW and VUT West as part of the c/o pop Convention 2019.

Who, what, where, when? Timetable online!
Who, what, where, when? Timetable online!

Getting a timetable for the c/o pop Convention at the beginning of March: That has never happened before! However, there also has never been a c/o pop Convention that will take place at the beginning of May at the IHK Cologne... As of now, you can consult our timetable for information about what will take place where and when and start putting together your personal schedule. In this newsletter, we will present further highlights and confirmed speakers from all program tracks. If you haven’t secured your ticket yet, you can do so over here.


BRANDS & MUSIC: Crash Boom Brand with Kelvyn Colt

How exactly does matchmaking between an artist and a brand work? Who selects whom on the basis of which criteria? What influence does an artist have on brand activities - if he wants to have it at all? And what benefits are agreed on? 23-year-old songwriter, rapper and internet star Kelvyn Colt ("Hucci"), who will also perform at the c/o pop Festival, and Oliver Traser (Brand Manager for Pernod Ricard) will talk at BRANDS & MUSIC on Thursday, May 2, 2019, about the requirements and rules for a cooperation between brands and musicians - the title: "Crash Boom Brand - How Art and Commerce Work Together".

BRANDS & MUSIC is organized by the agency Lautstark in cooperation with c/o pop Convention 2019.


DIGITAL MUSIC: Next school of innovation drivers

The music industry, not just the German, is still lacking in innovation. On Thursday, May 2nd, as part of DIGITAL MUSIC we will take a look at what could be the reason for this and at the same time will present exciting new ideas and examples from the fields of audio and video, label work, data management and artificial intelligence.

In their presentation, Dr. Babak Zeini (CEO futurest) and Florian Franik (Expert for Innovation Strategy, futurest) will show why music companies have to strive for innovations, even if the revenues from streaming are increasing. They will discuss trends and technological changes in an ever-changing digital context and show how these can impact the music and creative industries.

Diarmuid Moloney (CEO Rotor Videos) examines visual aspects: "Creating visual assets to promote your music and engage your audience.”

Christoph Muck (co-founder of ForTunes) is dedicated to the potential inherent in artist related data: "How artist-centric music data analytics elevates the careers of a new generation of creators.” Colin Lovrinovic (KI Bundesverband e.V., Managing Director Gould Finch GmbH) examines the effects of artificial intelligence: "The current and future impact of AI on the entertainment industry.” There will also be input coming from Blckchn Rec.


EXCHANGE & CONNECT: There is a new trend!

Podcasts are in such great demand that there are now festivals dedicated to them - or a panel as part of EXCHANGE & CONNECT on Thursday, May 2nd. Together with our panelists, we want to figure out why 22 percent of Germans (according to a Bitkom study) are listening to podcasts - which, as is well known, have long been more than "radio that you can download". Participants: Vera Lisakowski (Director of Grimme Online Award, freelance journalist), Laura Aha (music journalist, Groove, Spex, taz, Musikexpress), Jördis Hagemeier (founder and editor-in-chief of GOSH, freelance editor, Musikexpress), Matze Hielscher (founder "Mit Vergnügen", Podcast Hotel Matze) and Schiwa Schlei (Content Director for COSMO). Moderated by: Hanna Bächer (Red Bull Music Academy Daily)


NEW TALENT: Stories! Instagram for musicians & labels

Everyone is talking about Instagram: a huge potential reach, strong commitment, direct interaction with the fans. But as big as the potential is, the problems are too: How can you stand out from the competition? What do you post? How can you win new followers? And how can all this be done with few resources and as little money as possible? In his workshop, Fabian Schuetze (Low Budget High Spirit, Golden Ticket) will provide all the basics, best cases for content as well as helpful tools, tips and expert knowledge tailored to artists and bands. It will take place on Friday, May 3 as part of NEW TALENT.

NEW TALENT is organized by popNRW - Nachwuchsförderung für junge Musiker in NRW und VUT West as part of the c/o pop Convention 2019.


SPECIAL: Spotify Masterclass

Reminder: You can apply for the Spotify Masterclass on Friday, May 3, 2019, until March 15th. The objective of this session is to provide you with all the information and tools you need to build your presence at Spotify. The Masterclass is exclusively for artists, managers and label representatives. All ticket holders (day ticket, 2-day ticket, combination ticket, NEW TALENT) can apply here. You will be informed by the end of March whether you will be admitted.

Top speakers, top topics: Vanessa Reed, Désirée J. Vach, Spotify Masterclass
Top speakers, top topics: Vanessa Reed, Désirée J. Vach, Spotify Masterclass

While all of Cologne and half of the Rhineland are slowly getting into the mood for Carnival, we are still working on the program for the c/o pop Convention 2019 on May 2 and 3 at the IHK Köln. If you haven't secured your ticket yet, you can do so over here.


SPECIAL: SPOTIFY MASTERCLASS

It is not so easy to attract attention in the abundance of publications on Spotify - but it is possible! You will find out how during the Spotify Masterclass on Friday, May 3, 2019. How do I pitch my music to Spotify? How do I increase the number of streams? What does Spotify do to help artists? The goal of this session is to provide you with all the information and tools you need to increase your presence on Spotify. The Masterclass is aimed exclusively at artists, managers, and label representatives. Anyone who has a ticket for Friday (including NEW TALENT ticket holders) can apply here until March 15th. You will be informed by the end of March whether you will be admitted.


DIGITAL MUSIC: LE BOCKATHON DE LA MUSIQUE

How can musicians and composers make a living from their works even in the digital age? A central problem is the inadequate quality or even the lack of metadata. Without correct metadata, creative people are unable to receive fair revenues for their music. This metadata chaos affects not only music, but also games, film, television, advertising, and print - and has been for decades.

The Blockathon de la Musique aims to bring a breath of fresh air into the music ecosystem in the run-up to the c/o pop Convention 2019: 25 French and 25 German hackers or creatives (musicians, producers, sound engineers, photographers, designers, and others) are invited to develop solutions on April 30th and May 1st - blockchain and/or artificial intelligence can be used, but do not have to be. Creatives and hackers can register until April 22, 2019!

The results will subsequently be presented on Thursday, May 2, 2019, as part of DIGITAL MUSIC and in the presence of the State Minister for Economics, Digitization, Innovation, and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia, Mr. Pinkwart.

The blockathon is organized by hack.institute and ContentSphere, in cooperation with CREATIVE.NRW and supported by the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization, and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia. More information here.


EXCHANGE & CONNECT: POWER TO THE WOMEN!

Be it at festivals or in leading positions: The music industry is still heavily dominated by men. On Thursday, May 2, 2019, EXCHANGE & CONNECT will focus on how this could be changed.

Vanessa Reed, CEO of the PRS Foundation, a British institution promoting music, will present the Keychange-Project - the aim of which is to achieve gender equality at festivals by 2022. According to the BBC program "Woman's Hour", Vanessa Reed is one of the top five women in the music industry in 2018, alongside Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Adele and Stacey Tang (RCA UK).

Désirée J. Vach, CEO of VUT and founder of Snowhite Records & Artist Management, talks about the VUT mentoring program for women in the music industry. As part of the network Music Industry Women, it connects young women with experienced mentors from the areas of label, publishing, and distribution.


NEW TALENT: "STEPS AHEAD" LISTENING SESSION

Being able to listen to your own song on the radio: At the "Steps Ahead" Listening Session which is part of NEW TALENT on Friday, May 3rd, this dream could swiftly become a reality. Young musicians have the chance to present their music to decision-makers from the industry and the media, who will give you direct feedback and might also incorporate the track into their programming. You want to be part of it? Just apply by sending a song in MP3 format together with your information (band name or artist name, song title, social media addresses, a brief description of the project - 500 characters max., your contact) by March 31, 2019, to schulz@vut.de.

The format "Steps Ahead" was developed by Tim Thaler and Robert Lingnau at SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (Berlin) and will take place in cooperation with the Institut für Musik und Medien of Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

The jury members are: Simone Sohn (WDR 1LIVE, Heimatkult), Jovanka von Wilsdorf (songwriter for BMG Rights Management), Peter Hayo (Get Physical Music), Désirée J. Vach (Snowhite Records), Ina Plodroch (Deutschlandfunk Kultur, WDR3, WDR5, Cosmo) and Dieter Falk (composer, pianist, producer, lecturer at the RSH).

NEW TALENT is organized by popNRW - Nachwuchsförderung für junge Musiker in NRW und VUT West as part of the c/o pop Convention 2019.

#GOA19 at the #copopcon19, Rendez-Vous with Dirk von Lowtzow and „25 km/h“
#GOA19 at the #copopcon19, Rendez-Vous with Dirk von Lowtzow and „25 km/h“

Music and journalistic quality on the Internet: In many cases, this goes hand in hand. Therefore, we are very pleased that the nominations for this year's Grimme Online Award will be announced at the c/o pop Convention. We are very curious to see who will be among the nominees - by the way, you can still submit your proposals until March 1. We're also looking forward to more prominent speakers: Dirk von Lowtzow (Tocotronic), Milena Fessmann and Markus Goller ("25 km/h") as well as Susanne Franz (SEAT). By the way, the regular ticket sale has started: You can also buy single day passes and reduced student tickets now - get your tickets here.


FROM TOCOTRONIC TO „STYX“: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH DIRK VON LOWTZOW

On May 3rd, Dirk von Lowtzow and "Germany's most intelligent band" (ARD) Tocotronic will top c/o pop Festival's Friday night at the Kölner Philharmonie. But beforehand, he will come to c/o pop Convention for a very special artist talk - since he is not only a musician but also a composer of theatre and film music. Most recently he wrote the music for Wolfgang Fischer's moving film "Styx", which premiered at the Berlinale in 2018. As part ofEXCHANGE & CONNECT's film focus, Dirk von Lowtzow will provide information about this, but certainly also about Tocotronic or about his book "Aus dem Dachsbau", which will be published on February 14th.


DRIVEN BY MUSIC: KEYNOTE BY SUSANNE FRANZ (SEAT)

We have also confirmed the first speaker for the BRANDS & MUSIC programming section on Thursday, May 2, 2019: We are looking forward to Susanne Franz, SEAT's global marketing director. The Spanish car brand is increasingly focusing on digital marketing strategies and social media, and of course, music is playing a major role in this. In her keynote, she will reveal which ones.

BRANDS & MUSIC is organized by the agency Lautstark in cooperation with c/o pop Convention 2019.


THE SOUND OF „25 KM/H“: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH MILENA FESSMANN & MARKUS GOLLER

Thanks to almost 1 million viewers the road movie "25 km/h", starring Bjarne Mädel and Lars Eidinger, was an independent box office success last year. And as is so often the case, music is also playing a crucial role here, for example by The Cure, Bilderbuch and Yo La Tengo. Milena Fessmann, who is not only working as a DJ and presenter but who also runs the music consulting agency CINESONG, has been responsible for the music supervision. On Thursday, May 2, 2019, as part of our film focus at EXCHANGE & CONNECT, she will talk to director and producer Markus Goller about how to put the fitting music into a film like "25 km/h" - and what things need to be taken into account.


#GOA19 AT #COPOPCON19: ANNOUNCEMENT OF NOMINATIONS

Since 2001, the Grimme Online Award has honored journalistic quality on the Internet. We are delighted that the nominations for this year's Grimme Online Award will be announced on Thursday, May 2nd, as part of the c/o pop Convention - a perfect addition to our DIGITAL MUSIC programming section. Since the beginning of digitalization, music has been a driver of key technological developments and trends on the internet, which is reflected again and again in the Grimme Online Award.

The colleagues of #GOA19 are looking forward to German-language journalistic websites, apps, social media content, VR experiences and so much more...


REGULAR TICKET SALE HAS STARTED! INCLUDING SINGLE DAY AND STUDENT PASSES

As of now, the regular ticket sale has started: Aside from 2-day passes and the combination ticket for c/o pop Convention and c/o pop Festival, you can also buy single day passes and reduced student tickets now - get your tickets here.

To all young talents who just want to attend NEW TALENT on Friday, May 3rd, we have a limited amount of tickets for only 18 Euro. Simply write an e-mail to info@popnrw.de or schulz@vut.de with the subject "Sonderticket New Talent" and mention your band, label or other daring project in the music industry. You will then receive your code for the reduced ticket. Once you enter this code in our ticket shop, you will see the "Sonderticket New Talent Day".

New speakers! More topics! Early Bird-pre sale ends soon!
New speakers! More topics! Early Bird-pre sale ends soon!

New Year, New News

The new year is off to a great start - thanks to new program items and more confirmed speakers for the c/o pop Convention on May 2 and 3, 2019 at the IHK Cologne.

High-caliber representatives from a wide variety of sectors of the music industry, including Becky Brook from the London blockchain company JAAK, Jan Böhmermann's bandleader Albrecht Schrader, the composers of " Babylon Berlin" Nikko Weidemann and Mario Kamien and Berthold Seliger, registered on both days.

If you want to get a ticket at the cheaper Early-Bird rate, you need to hurry - you can only get them until January 28th - right here!


DIGITAL MUSIC

COPYRIGHT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Licensing music presents a challenge: Copyright is an inherently complex issue, which is further exacerbated by increasing fragmentation, unknown sizes, and inefficiencies. New technologies and current efforts towards more cooperation could now present an opportunity to develop a licensing framework suitable for the 21st century. On Thursday, May 2, 2019, as part of DIGITAL MUSIC, we will discuss how this could be achieved in concrete terms, what obstacles we have to overcome, and what everyone can gain from it, with representatives from various sectors of the music industry. Also present: Becky Brook from JAAK. The London-based tech company is developing blockchain-based solutions for communication, management, and monetization in intellectual property-intensive industries. Last year, JAAK, working together with labels, publishers and other partners, created a prototype for licensing music rights: an industry-wide decentralized data network called KORD - a commercial application is scheduled to follow this year. Becky Brook is responsible for developing JAAK's business with the global music, TV and film industries.


NEW TALENT

LET`S GET STARTED!

In the NEW TALENT programming line on Friday, May 3, 2019, experienced professionals will once again impart their valuable knowledge and skills relating to music production, promotion, and marketing. This will provide young musicians with useful tools to get off to a flying start in the music industry. Five well-known and renowned experts have already been confirmed.

Albrecht Schrader, besides releasing his solo music on the label Staatsakt he is known as one of the musical directors of the Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld for Jan Böhmermann's TV show "Neo Magazin Royale”. In his workshop, he will teach you what constitutes a "good song" and how to write one.

Niloufar Behradi-Ohnacker, co-founder of the Blogrebellen, will show in a workshop how female (upcoming) musicians and their promoters and managers can authentically tell their stories on the internet.

Philipp Jacob-Pahl, Managing Director at Budde Talent Agency (BTA), will explain the basics of booking and the interconnections of the music event market in his workshop.

Author, DJ, producer and mastering engineer Numinos will show you how to get competitive sounds out of your bedroom studio, which can also be played in a club.

Dr. Johannes Ripken, managing director and co-founder of the start-up Tamanguu, which develops digital solutions for the music industry, will give two workshops. The first workshop will focus on how to build a strong artist brand which in turn is a prerequisite for building a large fan base. The second workshop will focus on smart networking and developing valuable business relationships - because relationships have never been more important than in today's globalized and digitized music industry.

NEW TALENT is organized by popNRW - Nachwuchsförderung für junge Musiker in NRW und VUT West as part of the c/o pop Convention 2019.


EXCHANGE & CONNECT

KEYNOTE SPEAKER BERTHOLD SELIGER

He has been working as a concert agent and tour organizer for over 30 years and, for several years now, has also been drawing attention to developments in the music industry and society as a highly strong-willed publicist. In his 2003 book, he made the readers aware about "Das Geschäft mit der Musik" (The Business with Music) - this reference book is currently in its 7th edition. In April 2019 his new book„Vom Imperiengeschäft. Konzerte - Festivals - Streaming - Soziales. Wie Großkonzerne die kulturelle Vielfalt zerstören“ (From the Empire Business. Concerts - Festivals - Streaming - Social Issues. How large Corporations destroy Cultural Diversity) will be released. On Friday, May 3, 2019, as part of EXCHANGE & CONNECT, Berthold Seliger will present his theories using the example of streaming.

If you want to see him earlier: he will be speaking at ESNS on Friday, January 18, 2019, on the topic of "Empire Business or Cultural Diversity: The Reality of the Concert Business”.


MUSIC MEETS FILM IN BABYLON BERLIN

Not least thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, there is a veritable boom in series and films all over the world. As a result, music is increasingly developing from background noise to an essential driver of the storylines - either in the form of licensed songs (Sync) or original compositions.

More and more films means that more and more, better and more unique music is needed. This is why the c/o pop Convention is deliberately bringing together representatives from the film and music industries for the second time, this time on both convention days. We have the first confirmation of two prominent participants for "Rendez-Vous! Music Meets Film": Nikko Weidemann and Mario Kamien, who are the composers for "Babylon Berlin".

"Babylon Berlin", the biggest German series to date, owes its success not least to its music - in return, the series turned the title song "Zu Asche, zu Staub" into a chart hit.

Nikko Weidemann and Mario Kamien, along with director Tom Tykwer, are responsible for this and other prominently featured songs in the series - for their incidental music they were awarded the Grimme Award in 2018.

The singer, guitar player and composer Nikko Weidemann has been working as a film composer for various award-winning feature films and documentaries since 1995. He has worked with Rio Reiser, Nena, Einstürzende Neubauten, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Sean Lennon, and Rufus Wainwright among others and has released several records of his own.

Mario Kamien was born in Switzerland. After studying music in Vienna, he released numerous albums, singles, and remixes as part of the duo Dzihan & Kamien. He was also the co-owner of the electronica and pop label Couch Records; now he lives and works as a film composer in Berlin and Vienna.


LAST CHANCE FOR EARLY BIRDS!

The Early Bird pre-sale will end on January 28, 2019. Besides 2-day tickets for the c/o pop Convention at a price of 85 Euros, you can also buy combination tickets: For just 130 Euros you will get access to all events of the c/o pop Convention and to all concerts of the c/o pop Festival from May 1 to May 5, 2019! Click here for tickets.

Acts that have already been confirmed are: Scooter, Tocotronic, Mighty Oaks, Olli Schulz, Hauschka, Fjørt, Lena Willikens, Kelvyn Colt, MINE, BHZ, The Exaltics, JASSS, Dagobert, Alienata, Antje Schomaker, DJ Brom, and mad miran.

Other speakers who have already been confirmed are: Susan Rogers (Professor, Music Production & Engineering | Berklee College of Music), Aly Gilliani (EU Label Rep | Bandcamp), Phil Canning (Creative Manager for Film | Universal Music Publishing) as well as René Dohmen and Jumpel Dürbeck (Dürbeck&Dohmen)

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD!
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD!

The recap video of the c/o pop Convention 2018 with Paul Pacifico (AIM, the Association of Independent Music), Paula Schwarz (The World Datanomic Forum), Rachel Sibley (Singularity University California), Josin (Musikerin & Produzentin) and Antònia Folguera (Sónar+D).


New date in May 2019, Early Bird Tickets available now, first speakers confirmed!
New date in May 2019, Early Bird Tickets available now, first speakers confirmed!

After the c/o pop Convention is before the c/o pop Convention: This is especially true this time - since the next edition will take place on May 2 and 3, 2019, which is just about five months from now!

In its four programming areas DIGITAL MUSIC, BRANDS & MUSIC, EXCHANGE & CONNECT and NEW TALENT, the c/o pop Convention 2019 will focus on how the ecosystem of the music industry can be made sustainable.


EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE!

The sooner, the better the deal! You can get EARLY BIRD TICKTES now: Aside from 2-DAY-PASSES for the c/o pop Convention at a price of 85 euros, there are also COMBO TICKETS: For just 130 euros you can get access to all the events of the c/o pop Convention and all the concerts of the c/o pop Festival from May 1 to May 5, 2019! Don't hesitate too long: Early Bird Tickets will only be available until January 29, 2019.


INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS

The speakers will be outstanding and international. Three speakers have already been confirmed.

SUSAN ROGERS has worked as a producer and studio engineer with Prince for many years but was also involved in productions of artists such as David Byrne and Tricky. As a professor for Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music, Boston, she shares her knowledge with others.

After years working as marketing manager and music supervisor at Warp Records and Warp Films respectively, PHIL CANNING now serves as Creative Manager for Film at Universal Music in London, where he is marketing one of the largest and most prestigious music catalogues to the British film industry. As a freelance music supervisor, he has provided music to several award-winning films and was nominated for Music Supervisor of the Year at the Music Week Sync Awards 2018.

ALY GILLANI is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, the global music community where fans can discover new artists, get in contact with them and directly compensate them for their work. He is also the founder of First Word Records, home to acts such as Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Darkhouse Family and many more.


LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD!

You can get a small impression of the inspiring events at the c/o pop Convention 2018 from our recap video featuring statements from Paul Pacifico (AIM - Association of Independent Music), Paula Schwarz (The World Datanomic Forum), Rachel Sibley (Singularity University California), Josin (musician & producer) and Antònia Folguera (Sónar+D). For Paul Pacifico, the c/o pop Convention is "one of my favorite festivals and conferences of the year". The c/o pop Convention 2019 will be similar, but completely different - once again at the IHK Cologne, but this time in the heart of spring on May 2 and 3!


VOTE FOR C/O POP!

The c/o pop Festival is nominated in two categories at the EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS: "Best Indoor Festival" and "Best Small Festival". You can still vote for your favourite festival until November 30 here. Thank you very much for your support! The award ceremony will take place on January 16th, 2019 in Groningen/Netherlands as part of the opening of the Eurosonic Noorderslag - we hope that we and you will have a cause to celebrate on that day. Keep your fingers crossed!

The c/o pop Convention 2018 in pictures.
The c/o pop Convention 2018 in pictures.

Keynotes, panels and talks on topics such as The Future of Spaces, NRW culture and club culture, Sync, Brexit, networking at Börsenplatz, live music from CARI CARI and KESHAVARA, interviews in the tbd. film studio, Art@Tech Exhibition, Kick Off muisicNRWwomen, press conference with C11 (Cologne Composer Collective), workshops for industry newcomers and much more.


Foto credits: ©Anna Jaissle, ©Büro Pong