Whenever I'm attending any kind of music conference there's one thing I'm curious about most: How many musicians are to be found at this event? How many of you are attending the seminars, workshops and lectures on schedule? Some events are well-attended by musicians... though the majority is not. Why?
Tag / popkomm
Music Conferences provide numerous possibilities to make business, network and discuss with your colleagues, share knowledge with your peers and discover new talents and industry trends – so they say. But do Music Conferences really provide added value and do they fulfill what they promise? What are the reasons for the increasing amount of conferences all over Europe?
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".
Dear all, holding the role of the curator of Forum I (“Collection Societies & Rights Management”), on behalf of all2gethernow e.V., I’d sincerely like to invite you to take part in our press conference in Berlin on 1st Sept. respectively alert you to Berlin’s upcoming all2gethernow - a new music and culture convention.
The Pirates’ Good Deeds – Tomorrow’s markets: How the Internet is shifting powers between artists and companies. [by Kolja Reichert]
The New York Times’ online archive holds the oldest message in regards to the topic of piracy in music industry. It originates from 13 June 1897, the founding time of music industry. „Canadian Pirates“ mailed counterfeit records across the border and sold them for a tenth of its real price. The industry bewailed a 50% loss in turnover demanding the postal sevice to filter items out.
As you are reading this, it is old news that Popkomm 2009 has been cancelled. I intended to go yet I began to hesitate as soon as I read the Preliminary Programme 2009 as of 11 May. Even a preliminary program should have had more. Only two persons were actually announced to participate in panels or sessions respectively: Lawyers. Not to be disrespective, but I think it shows there's lots of crisis.
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.