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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
The second Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition drew to a close late yesterday with a showcase night at legendary venue Pianos on the Lower East Side. Just prior to Wednesday night’s live-music event, which was hosted by Reeperbahn Festival and held as part of A2IM’s Indie Week, ANCHOR jury chairman, Tony Visconti, introduced the jury for ANCHOR 2017 at a press conference. Joining Visconti on the 2017 jury are Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass from BOY, Shirley Manson (Garbage), Emily Haines (Metric, Broken Social Scene), and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1).
Frehn Hawel 

New York/Hamburg, 9 June 2017
At an international press conference held on Wednesday, ANCHOR jury chairman, top producer Tony Visconti, introduced the jury members for ANCHOR 2017: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass from the pop duo BOY, Shirley Manson (Garbage), Emily Haines (Metric, Broken Social Scene), and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) will be at Reeperbahn Festival 2017 to judge the eight ANCHOR competition entries. Visconti also served on the ANCHOR 2016 jury. Shirley Manson, lead singer of the band Garbage, was the only jury member who couldn’t be in New York for the press conference – she sent a video message from Scotland, where she was celebrating her father’s eightieth birthday. Visconti said he believes it is his responsibility to be actively involved in a competition like the ANCHOR; he’s looking for artists with a unique selling point, who counter the current music-industry tendency to mainly give preference to artists and bands that sound like other successful artists and bands. Metric lead singer Emily Haines agreed, adding “Nowadays you can fake everything. What you can’t fake is a fantastic performance.”  

One such unique and talented artist is Swedish singer-songwriter Albin Lee Meldau, winner in 2016 of the first-ever ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award. Meldau performed on Wednesday night at the Reeperbahn Festival Showcase, held at legendary club Pianos on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, along with the other showcasing artists, Carnival Youth (Latvia), Leyya (Austria) (photo), Olivier St. Louis (USA), Megan Bonnell (Canada), We Bless This Mess (Portugal), and Lydmor (Denmark). The programme was presented by US media partner Consequence of Sound. In addition to the brilliant performances by all of the participating artists, the programme also gave the artists' representatives traveling with the Reeperbahn Festival delegation the opportunity to present their artists live on stage to potential American business partners. 

This year’s Reeperbahn Festival European delegation – which with 24 members representing 18 businesses (labels, management companies, distributors, export offices, etc.) was twice the size of last year’s delegation – can look back on an eventful week: in addition to the A2IM Libera Awards at the PlayStation Theater on Times Square and a visit to the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, the highly efficient, specially tailored one-on-one meetings with A2IM member companies were key highlights. For the vast majority of music-industry professionals in the delegation, the Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition is one of the most productive get-togethers with representatives from the US music industry. 

Désirée J. Vach (Snowhite/ INgrooves Music Group): “Members of the Reeperbahn Festival’s delegation to A2IM Indie Week have great opportunities to make new international business contacts in a very short time. There are excellently curated workshops and panels which are of a high quality that I myself have found matched only by the Reeperbahn Festival. The independent concept is cultivated with tremendous passion in the programme selection and in the organisation of each day’s events. All participants are open and receptive, and from day one the synergies, conversations, and business contacts that result are really exciting.” 

And the partnership with Reeperbahn Festival also makes sense for the American music industry:
Richard Burgess (CEO, American Association of Independent Music): “The cooperation with Reeperbahn Festival brought in new music business contacts from Europe to our members and allowed us to showcase emerging artists live. We are looking forward to expanding our relationship in 2018.” 

Photos and video footage from the Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition are available for media coverage of the event:  

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