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Premiere: VUT Indie Days Köln
Premiere: VUT Indie Days Köln

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 CUT 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), Volker Rieck (FDS File Defense Service UG) und 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 – „Gemeinsam sind wir stark!“ (Together We are Strong!) The creative community and its connection to the individual creativity and the social purpose of a creative network.

Forever Young – We pursue the question how artists remain creative, fit and relevant lifelong.

Gender biases and discrimination in AI – Artificial intelligence can not be objective since it is based on the traditional patterns of regulation. How can we rectify discrimination with AI?

Where‘s the revolution? – New instruments and technological achievements have contributed to the development of new musical genres in the last decades. We will analyze which equipment will create new forms of music today and in the future.

Practical check of the new copyright – The panel takes a look at the former practice of licensing music as well as the chances and risks that will result from the new EU copyright directive, especially in article 17.

Music Industry Women presents: Intersectionality and music business – If you look closely you can tell that not only women are under-represented in the music business and that well-established music industry practices unearth racism, trans- and homophobia as well as other isms. How important is intersectionality in the popular culture?


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."