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Dear media representatives, dear colleagues,  
Yesterday, on Wednesday evening, Reeperbahn Festival was awarded the ECHO "Partner of the Year" prize.
On Thursday, Reeperbahn Festival together with the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and the Hamburg State Representation invited representatives of the media, music industry and the political sector to the headquarters of the Hamburg State Representation in Berlin for the Reeperbahn Festival ECHO Edition for the seventh time.
Frehn Hawel 

Berlin, 12 April 2018
The annual network gathering of the German music industry on the day of the ECHO awards, organised by Reeperbahn Festival together with the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and the Hamburg State Representation at the headquarters of the Hamburg State Representation in Berlin for the seventh time, got off to a particularly good start this year. On the previous evening, Reeperbahn Festival was awarded the "Partner of the Year" ECHO by the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI).

Reeperbahn Festival receives ECHO 

The ECHO in the "Partner of the Year" category, which recognises outstanding, innovative achievements that support music, goes this year to Reeperbahn Festival.  

Dr. Florian Drücke, CEO and Managing Director of BVMI, explained the jury's decision on Wednesday as follows: "This evening's award-winners demonstrate in a very impressive way that all kinds of exciting things are happening in the industry which are decisively impacting the way we experience music and which are committed to making the world a better place with the help of music." 

Alexander Schulz, Managing Director of Reeperbahn Festival, commented on the ECHO: "We are delighted that the impact our work is having on the music industry in Germany has received this recognition! We see the award as an invitation from the industry to continue to make our event one of the most important marketplaces globally."


7th Reeperbahn Festival ECHO Edition in Berlin: "Make provocative demands!" 

On Thursday, Reeperbahn Festival together with the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and the Hamburg State Representation hosted the Reeperbahn Festival ECHO Edition to discuss important goals on an European level and to present these to responsible parliamentary representatives. 

After a welcome speech by Dr. Carsten Brosda, Hamburg's Minister of Culture and Media, Dr. Florian Drücke (CEO of the German Federal Music Industry Association), Dr. Christian Ehler (Member of the European Parliament, Initiator and Co-Chairman of the Intergroup "Creative Industries" in the European Parliament – CDU), Erhard Grundl (Member of the German Bundestag, Chairman of the Committee for Culture and Media – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Helge Lindh (Music Correspondent – SPD Parliamentary Group) and Karsten Schölermann (Managing Director Live Musik Kommission e.V.) joined in a panel discussion at the headquarters of the Hamburg State Representation in Berlin moderated by Jan-Hendrik Becker entitled "Music moves Europe! Can Germany's music industry handle Europe?". 

There was a special focus on the EU Commission's plan of the same name to implement an independent EU funding programme for the music industry as of 2021. The geographically independent, connecting force of popular music is an important element of cultural understanding that should be supported now more than ever before. Pop music is something that is shared and enjoyed by all young Europeans. An understanding of common ground in Europe is crucial in our current climate. This is why it is so important that we create a suitable platform for music fans and the music industry with "Music moves Europe".  

Reeperbahn Festival co-signed a letter sent by major European music industry initiatives to Jean-Claude Juncker in February, calling for the cultural budget to be doubled from 2021on and for a separate programme to be established for the music sector analogous to the film industry.

Alexander Schulz, Managing Director of Reeperbahn Festival:
"The response of the Vice-President of the European Commission Timmermans gives us hope that we are coming closer to achieving this goal."  

"Make provocative demands!" was the closing remark made by Dr. Christian Ehler, Initiator and Co-Chairman of the Intergroup "Creative Industries" in the European Parliament, and his recommendation as to how the music industry should challenge politics and public authorities to ensure "Music moves Europe".

 
 
The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg
www.reeperbahnfestival.com

PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458

PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759
Credit: BVMI, mowuestenhagen
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