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All about Rights Management

As the performing and reproduction rights of songwriters, music publishers, composers, authors, and other artists are a key aspect of the creative industry, Rights Management is one of our main areas of concern. The European copyright reform and the heated debate surrounding it still echo in this year’s Reeperbahn Festival as we will look at the effects the 2018 approval by the European Parliament has one year later, for example in the session EU Copyright: Cornerstone Or Chock Block?

With our partner GEMA we will set up two panels looking at the valuation and value of creative work in the digital world and the current models of payment and monetization for creative content in the media industry. We will also have a look at the specific monetary situation of songwriters in the digital age, discussing the UK Music Managers Forum’s “Song Royalties Guide“ research. For more information on all that see below.

An esteemed panel of entertainment lawyers will ask „Where’s The Money?“, and look at the transparency or lack thereof concerning compensation for rightsholders. The GVL, Germany’s collective rights society for neighbouring rights, will show how they can help labels collect on neighbouring rights.


The Art Of Making A Living Off Art

Reeperbahn Festival partner GEMA hosts a two-fold session discussing the conditions of creative work and its valuation and value in society and the digital world today. In the first part composers, singer-songwriters and musicians like Michelle Leonard (Singer-Songwriter, DE) – credits include Sarah Brightman, Joachim Witt and Apocalyptica, and Alexander „Ali“ Zuckowski (Composer & Songwriter, Deputy Member at GEMA supervisory board, DE) – credits include Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision Song Contest winner song „Rise Like A Phoenix“, will talk about the current situation of creators.

In a second panel the realities of payment models and means of remuneration for „creative content“ are discussed from the perspective of the media and entertainment industry with panelists to include Simone Jost-Westendorf (Head of Journalism Lab, DE) for the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Journalism Lab and GEMA Director Broadcasting and Online, Thomas Theune (DE, photo).

These sessions will be held in German.


Songwriters and Royalties

The change to streaming as the main way of music consumption has affected many aspects of songwriters’ royalties and how they can be collected. As repertoire is licensed to digital music services, things have become extremely complex and payment systems seem inefficient leading to a reduction of the royalties that creators receive. While featured artists can often get their royalties within weeks, composers and authors many times have to wait years before being able to collect.

MMF’s 2019 „The $ong Royalties Guide“ the findings of which we discuss with MMF’s Annabella Coldrick (Managing Director, GB, photo), Songtrust’s Mandy Aubry (Director Global Business Development, NL), and Mogwai manager Ray Black (Founder, Craft Management, GB) has been put together by music consultants CMU Insights whose Chris Cooke (GB) will open the session with a brief talk on the guide. Subsequently he will also lead the discussion Keeping Up with Digital Music Consumption with amongst others ICE’s Neil Jones (VP Online Processing, GB), Lucilla Green (Managing Director, Do The Rights Thing, GB) and Lina Heyman (Head of Rightsholders Relations, STIM, SE) about technical solutions to the new challenges of royalties payments.


Ólafur Arnalds: Ekki Hugsa 360°

Let go, lose control and gain creativity: This is the motto of the world premiere of Ólafur Arnalds' "Ekki Hugsa 360°" specifically produced for Reeperbahn Festival 2019. It is not a musical live performance, but the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist will act as host and introduce the performance at the brand new Reeperbahn Festival venue, the Planetarium Hamburg together with his video producer Torsten Posselt. In order to visit this programme item in the course of Reeperbahn Festival, apart from a Reeperbahn Festival wristband valid for this day, you need a seat ticket for the Planetarium Hamburg. This ticket can be collected (if available) when exchanging the Reeperbahn Festival ticket for a wristband at the Ticket Desk on Heiligengeistfeld. Get more information here.


discover the music scene in berlin

Reeperbahn Festival’s Berlin office invites you to the Berlin Experience:

Start your festival week one day earlier on 17 September with an introduction to the music scene of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Join international and Berlin music industry professionals for a compact programme of short business presentations, networking sessions, and office visits to Berlin’s most exciting music companies, such as Hansastudios, WOMEX, Four Music and radio station radioeins.

Get your ticket here.


Get on the boat!

Ready to brave the rough seas of Elbe after a rough night at Reeperbahn Festival? Jump aboard our Hangover Cruise, hosted by Eventbrite, filtermusicgroup and recordJet! Whether you are craving good live music, margaritas or breakfast burritos – we’ve got your back.

Thursday, 19 September & Friday, 20 September, each day from 10 am to 12 pm
MS Klein Fritzchen, start at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken
by invitation only





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Photo 1: Landesanstalt für Medien NRW/Dorothea Näder, Zuckowski, Aubry | Photo 2: Florian Jaenicke | Photo 3: Coldrick | Photo 4: Torsten Posselt at FELD | Photo 5: Danny Feng | Photo 6: Eventbrite

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