The number of exhibitors was said to be low. Due to online piracy. This is what Dieter Gorny, CEO of German Body of Music Industry (BVMI) told the public when Popkomm (founded by Gorny), Germany's most important and one of Europe's largest music business conferences was cancelled on 19 June. Then, Jana Herwig blogged from Vienna: "Can't you do anything about it and make it happen yourself, bottom-up style? #unkomm".
Tag / Andrew.Dubber
Finally. Editing of videos, compiling all material and statements took more time than expected. But it's - almost - done. Unfortunately, most statements are available in German only. Yet some of the sessions were held in English. One video I'm sure you will enjoy: Amanda Palmer live at Münze Berlin (almost 80 minutes).
The concept was to create an event for the creative people. For consumers. For social media geeks. For IT people. For anyone whose interested in discussing the changes in music and culture. It was intended to be a convention for anyone to collectively work on the current situation - all2gethernow. It's great to get people from different sides talking to each other.
Andrew Dubber just recently pitched a topic to Popkomm - "Music As Culture". If you read the outline of this hopefully upcoming speech at New Music Strategies, you might recognise a bit of Lawrence Lessig's "Free Culture". We've seen the USA extending copyright terms, and European countries suggesting to do so. Just yesterday, the European parliament voted in favour of a prolongation.
Andrew Dubber is known for being a lecturer, a music industries consultant doing un-consultancies, an entertaining blogger, and a trustworthy man true to his principles. Some of these are "only free music gets it started", "free music is no strategy", "DRMs are not useful" and most all - helping independent musicians to thrive by mastering new media technology.
What remains to be a constant in music business? There’s the product, which includes performance & composition. It’s the artists, or more generally speaking, the creative bunch. On the other side of the story we’ve got the consumer. Then there’s kind of a middleware - let’s call it the platform of distribution, no matter how many third party companies are involved (if any).