Current, Recent and Recurring Projects
EUROVISION, ONCE MORE
Wrote a piece on #Eurovision for Austrian newspaper DER STANDARD. It is (or can be) so much more than a competition – and after being a bit of a joke and clownshow for a long time, it somehow managed to find its place. To me it still carries a lot of memories and claims from childhood. So, this year, more than ever, watching a show from Italy, we should remind ourselves: „Insieme! Unite, unite Europe!“.
Read the full article here.
(My personal favourite this year, by the way, was Portugals entry.)
I’m very excited to announce I will be part of this years CultTech Accelerator to mentor for swedish start-up Wail. Very much looking forward to working with a highly-motivated team there. Watch out for updates and results on this!
HEMI MUSIC INNOVATION HUB
I’m delighted to join an extraordinary round of beloved colleagues from across Europe and become a part of HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation. This incubation programme will train and mentor select innovative music industry companies and entrepreneurs throughout the year. I’m eagerly looking forward to hearing about brillant new ideas for the music business, to meet new people that follow those ideas with passion and dedication – and hopefully being able to help them on their way forward.
SOUND OF V
The Vorarlberg Music Prize „Sound of V“ gives away 25.000 Euros in total to up and coming talent from the region – i will be one of three jurors in this years competition. This years final takes place at beautiful poolbar in Feldkirch (July 9, 2022). Details.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF RUNNING A RECORD LABEL ON A SMALLER MARKET?
MUSIC & MONEY
Since I turned from regular guest to actual resident of Tallinn, Music Estonia had the idea of making me the host for a series of music business seminars throughout spring. We’ll tackle „Music & Money“ from all sides, will talk about income streams, copyright and contractual relationships between the artist and her/his surrounding workfield of publishers, labels, agents and managers. Plenty to talk about – and I’m very much looking forward to it! (Full programme).
AMP PROGRAMME & TALLINN MUSIC WEEK
If you haven’t heard: Yes, I will be based in beautiful Tallinn (Estonia) for the first half of 2022.
Quite recently, I finished my part as mentor and coach in Music Estonia’s music business acceleration programme AMP for Music Estonia, that started back in October.
For the recent edition of Tallinn Music Week (29 Sep – 02 Oct 2021) I held a seminar on Career Financing and perspectives in a cultural environment that yet again has been shaken up so much in the past 1,5 years. I also hosted and moderated a high profile panel taking a closer look on the prophecy business, trying to find out what the „Talent Agency 2030“ might look like, with guests and friends Kalle Lundgren-Smith (Pitch&Smith), Nikita Lavrinenko (Playbook Artists), Natasha Padabed (More Zvukov) and Steven Matrick (New Colossus).
20 YEARS OF INK MUSIC – DER STANDARD INTERVIEW
For the 20th anniversary of my company Ink Music, the leading Austrian quality paper Der Standard invited me to talk about the development of the Austrian music scene since then, and our decision to shut down our live department after such a long time. Have a read here.
„GENAU HINHÖREN“ – NOT SO RANDOM MUSIC FACTS
For Austrian hearing/acoustics specialists Everlisten, I created a series of posts following the idea of „listening closely“ and combine it with specific fun facts from different periods of pop history. Like, for example: Did you know that Sting was singing on Dire Straits „Money for nothing“ and Justin Timberlake is a co-writer of and vocalist on Black Eyed Peas „Where Is The Love?“. Well, now you do – you’re welcome. I enjoyed this very much! Check these out!
I obviously talk a lot, so I found myself being invited to a number of different and highly interesting podcasts recently:
Marco Schreuder und Alkis Vlassakakis invited me to speak about the „backstage side“ of the music business in their music podcast circling around the Eurovision Song Contest (community), adequately named „Merci, Chérie“. It was a pleasure diving deep into my childhood memories of ESC and also talk about why singles and albums play different roles than they did two decades ago. Enjoy! [german / recorded in August 2021]
My festival-family-friend Paul Cheetham runs the amazing series „The SuperSwell Podcast“ and invited me over for a chat with him and another good friend, Guna Zucika (from EveryLittleThing Management in Riga). We spoke about Eurosonic Festivals first digital only version and how we (try to) cope with the current crisis in whats called „The Delicates Lounge“.
[english / recorded in January 2021]
I was invited to speak in one of Austrias leading podcasts, „ganz offen gesagt“. Barbara Kaufmann and I had a conversation about the many difficulties the music industry is facing due to the effects of the pandemic of 2020 – in the present and the future.
[german / recorded in Fall 2020]
In one of Germanys leading Industry Podcasts Redfield, Host Alexander Schröder dug deep down into my music industry history and backgrounds – that was a very nice talk for about an hour there! [german / recorded in late 2020]
For the anniversary edition (#100!) of „Über Medien reden“, a podcast by VSUM.tv in Vienna, host Golli Marboe took our conversation on a more philosophical road that we joyfully took to talk about the meaning of music, culture and media in todays society. [german / recorded in late 2020]
IFPI BOARD MEMBER
As of July 2020 I’ve been nominated and elected onto the Board of the Austrian IFPI chapter and will serve for a two-year term, along with my colleagues Dietmar Lienbacher (Sony Music/President), Cornelius Ballin (Universal Music), Franz Pleterski (Warner), Siegfried Wacker (Goodtogo) and Romy Reis (Grid).
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STREAMING FOR UNDERDOGS
At Ment Ljubljana 2020 i spoke about how to step up in your streaming game, with a bunch of excellent colleagues from across the globe.
EUROPEAN MUSIC EXPORT STRATEGY
I’m invited to participate at the European Music Export Conference in Brussels (October 2019) to discuss with and along a small number of experts, export organisations and Members of the European Parliament in Brussels. The goal is to lay out and develop a joint strategy for future activities to strengthen the european music market in and outside the continent („Music Moves Europe“).
CERTIFIED UNIVERSITY MUSIC BUSINESS COURSE
In a joint project with the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna I created and curated a Certified University Music Business Course in 2015. An intense seven-weekend-course, it created almost 80 alumni in its four editions since, many of who eventually became part of the local music industry by working for promoters, labels, publishers or started their own venture based on what they’ve learned.
» Certified University Music Business Course
Certified University Music Business Course – Class of 2018/19
BUUSTER FOR MUSIC ESTONIA
In winter and spring of 2019 I was sort of a temporary resident of Tallinn for lectures and mentoring present and future artist managers in Estonia in Music Estonia’s BUUSTER programme, including some mentorship at and around Tallinn Music Week. What an exciting time and project!
» Buuster for Music Estonia
WORKSHOP FOR HOTS
For the Hungarian Music Export Initiative HOTS I gave a workshop on how to break out of a (small) market/country with/as an independent artist at beautiful A38 ship in Budapest.
» HOTS Workshop|» facebook Event
AUSTRIAN MUSIC CHARTA
A decade-long story of negotiations with public broadcaster ORF led to the „Music Charta“ agreement in June 2018. I had the pleasure of representing the Music Industry in these negotiations, together with my colleagues Georg Tomandl and Werner Müller.
» Music Charta Agreement (Government of Austria)
Representatives of Austrian Public Broadcasting Corporation ORF and the Music Industry with Minister of Culture Gernot Blümel. Foto: Bundespressedienst / Andy Wenzel
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST – JURY MEMBER 2018
For the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in 2018 I was one of five members of the Austrian Expert Jury.
» Eurovision Song Contest 2018 – Austrian Jury & Results
FUNDAMENT – LECTURE IN LJUBLJANA
For the Slovenian Music Information Center SIGIC I held lectures within their FundaMENT programme.
past Events I took part in (2020)
23-27 Nov / Music Business Strategies Workshop for Music Slovenia
04 Nov / Budapest Showcase Hub Conference (Online)
– Panel „Young Indie Label Associations in Deep Water“
08-09 Oct / Musikinformationstage for Wien Xtra
24 Sep / LIVEurope Online Conference
27-30 Aug / Tallinn Music Week
27-29 Jul / Mastering The Music Business, Bucharest
Some conferences I had the honour speaking at
Organisations I currently hold seats in
Austrian Music Fund – Label Representative / General Assembly
IFPI Austria – Member of the Board (elected for the period 2020-2022); Member of the Marketing Advisory Board
Chamber of Commerce, Chapter Music & Film Industry – Chairman of the Labels Committee (since 2015), Label Representative in the General Assembly
Select articles I wrote on Music Industry topics in magazines and papers over the past couple of years:
» ‚Rise like a phoenix‘ (in Der Standard / derStandard.at, on Eurovision Song Contest & the music industry)
» ‚Down the Amazonas‘ (in the gap / on Amazon losing in court vs Austrias Collecting Society AuMe)
» ‚Zum Leben zu wenig, zum Sterben zu viel‘ (in Vice, on the Vienna Popfest)
» ‚Ö3 und wir‘ (in derStandard.at, on the relation between public broadcaster Ö3 & the local pop scene)
Select articles about my work:
‚Die Welle kann brechen‘ (Interview & Portrait, 2021 / Der Standard / derStandard.at)
’20 Jahre Ink Music‘ (ORF, 2021)
‚Zurück in die Zukunft‘ (Report, 2021 / BVZ)
15 Years of Ink Music (Interview & Portrait, 2016 / music-austria)
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