Sandira Blas
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Sandira Blas

Senior Curator & Researcher | Factory Berlin

As Senior Curator & Researcher at Factory Berlin, Sandira is focused on innovation projects that meet at the intersection of Tech & Art for their Artist Residency and Creators Lab. With nearly 20 years in music, she has worked with producers, music schools, and music-tech brands such as Akai Pro and M-Audio where she was previously Head of Partnerships & Marketing at inMusic Brands. Some notable projects include Alicia Keys, John Carpenter, Neil Davidge, Rough Trade, Tony Visconti, and more. She is an (phase 1) innovator participant of Keychange.EU, a 2-year European talent development programme that empowers women to transform the future of the music industry. Her presentation and talks include Soho House Berlin, Musikmesse, BMC, Mutek Montreal, BIME, Iceland Airwaves, Tech Open Air, Ars Electronica and Reeperbahn Festival.

Speakerslots at c/o pop Convention 2020:

Friday 24.04

15:30 - 16:30

VUT Indie Days Köln: The Power of Creative Communities: Together we are strong (Engl.)

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The creative community and its relation to individual creativity and the social purpose of a creative network.

Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas. The most creative people find ways around obstacles because they see them not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities. Working in a creative community makes life infinitely interesting and fulfilling. Whether we are talking about online collaboration platforms or personal interaction at the same physical location, the exchange of ideas and creations, the combination of different talents and mindsets, as well as interaction with fans and supporters can spark innovation, avoid loneliness, increase bonds and boost creative output. The discussion will explore what is meant by the individual power to create, and the value that creative communities can add both in terms of their work and a broader social purpose.

Saturday 25.04

16:00 - 18:00

DIANA Ceremony (Engl.)

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Jury: Sandira Blas, Jovanka v. Wilsdorf, Claudia Schwarz, Stefanie Graf, Alex Mitchell
Music Live Act: Portrait XO