IAMIC 2022 International Conference


The regular annual meeting of IAMIC – Association of Music Information Centers will be held from 21 to 26 May 2022 in Bonn and Hamburg. Davor Merkaš, Phd, editor-producer at the Croatian Music Information Center of the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall will attend the Conference on behalf of Croatian Music Information Centre. The host of the Conference is German Music Information Center (Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum. Deutsches Musikrat) who is “exceedingly pleased to be hosting the annual conference in 2022… After already being postponed twice, this is the third time this conference has been planned. As a result, a high quality conference awaits us, the likes of which our IAMIC family has not experienced for a long time.”

The Conference includes a series of presentations, panels and meetings with representatives of German musicians and business organizations; gatherings for representatives of the Member States as well as visits to concert halls and important music institutions such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Beethoven Haus and the Arp Museum in Bonn or the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne.

Some of the interesting topics on the Conference are: Music and Politics – Remarks on a Historical and Recent Phenomenon; International Covid-19 Study; The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Situation of Artists, the Self-employed and Companies in Music Economy; Musical Life after the Covid-19 Pandemic; Tasks and Aims of the German Music Information Center.

Public Conference Day of the IAMIC Conference, 24 May

“The public conference day on 24 May is at the heart of the IAMIC conference, focussing on musical life at the intersection between tradition and the future. We will exchanged ideas with the speakers and numerous guests on central topics of musical life. We are pleased to be able to offer this event online as a webinar for participants from all over the world, not just members of IAMIC”, points out the host on his website. All interested should register via the link: Webinar Registration

Programme of the Public Conference Day (Tuesday, 24 May 2022)

09:15 – 09:30
Musical Opening
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827):
String Quartet op. 130
1st Movement: Adagio ma non troppo–Allegro
Eliot Quartett

09:30 – 09:45
Opening, Greetings
Martin Maria Krüger (President, German Music Council)
Ingo Mix (Head of the Directorate-General for Art and Culture Funding, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media)
Diana Marsh (President, IAMIC / Chief Executive, Tumu Whakarae SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music / Toi te Arapūoru)

09:45 – 10:10
Key Note
Music in the Digital Revolution

Digitisation is the most powerful driver of social change since the invention of the steam engine. It is shaping our everyday lives and our communication. It is changing everything: the media, the economy, even interpersonal relationships. Music, too, in all areas: creation, production, distribution. Music appears as universally available streamable content, and at the same time, in the free world of the internet, hardly as a value. How does this dynamic of transformation affect the music business? Between short-lived innovation rhetoric and fear of change, we have not yet understood the internet. And we are only just beginning to see it.

Holger Noltze, music journalist and professor of music and the media at the Technical University of Dortmund, reflects on these questions and sets the stage for the topics of the day.

10:15 – 11:15
Panel 1
Behind the Scenes: Orchestras, Ensembles and Programme Planning

What challenges does the traditional concert business face in a globalised world? Music is available almost everywhere and at any time, and competition has intensified – not least due to digitisation. More and more, the public discussion is also about questions such as: how diverse are programmes and teams? Which projects are sustainable in times of climate crisis?
A debate about different approaches to programme and profile formation as well as individuality and economic constraints.

Frauke Bernds (Programme Director, Philharmonie Cologne)
Magdalena Ernst (Musician / Chair, Orchestras of Change e. V. / Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra)
Steven Walter (Artistic Director, Beethovenfest Bonn)
Christiane Wiesenfeldt (Professor for Musicology, University of Heidelberg)
Moderator: Susanna Eastburn (Chief Executive, Sound and Music, UK)

11:45 – 12:45
Panel 2
Contemporary Music and the Promotion of Composers

What is the situation of contemporary composers in Germany? What effect or benefit do networks and funding opportunities have, and how does the music reach its audience? A look at contemporary music from an internal and external perspective.

Christiane Engelbrecht (Managing Director, International Ensemble Modern Academy)
Gregor Hotz (General Manager, Musikfonds)
Thomas Schäfer (Director, International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) / Artistic Director, Darmstadt Summer Courses)
Charlotte Seither (Composer / Member of the Supervisory Board, German Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights, GEMA)
Moderator: Frank J. Oteri (Composer Advocate, New Music USA)

12:45-14:00 Uhr
Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00
Panel 3
Music Outreach

What does the audience of the future look like? How do we bring classical and contemporary music to different audiences? What are the goals of music education projects, and what are the current trends and concepts in this regard? What is the role of ideas around “community music”?

Tobias Bleek (Head of Education, Ruhr Piano Festival)
Katharina von Radowitz (Managing Director, Netzwerk Junge Ohren/ Network Young Ears, NJO)
Ekkehard Vogler (Musician / Music educator, MDR ensembles)
Moderator: Agnieszka Cieślak-Krupa (International Project Coordinator,
Polish Music Information Centre)

15:00 – 16:00
Panel 4
Music Distribution and Copyright

After a presentation from Jürgen Brandhorst about copyright, we discuss questions such as: how does copyright influence the distribution of music and its financing? What challenges exist between (free) offers and the remuneration of authors? How established are streaming platforms in the context of classical music? What role do streaming providers play in the development of young artists, and what impact does streaming have on the promotion of artists?

What is the value of creativity? Current questions of author’s rights, copyright and liberty in the world wide web.
Jürgen Brandhorst (Director, German Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights, GEMA)
Speakers (Discussion):
Jürgen Brandhorst (Director, Society for Musical Performaning and Mechanical Reproduction Rights, GEMA)
Tilo Gerlach (Managing Director, Collecting Society for Performance Rights, GVL)
René Houareau (Managing Director Legal & Political Affairs, Bundesverband Musikindustrie)
Maximilian Merkle (Director Business & Legal Affairs, IDAGIO GmbH)
Moderator: Egīls Šēfers (Director, Latvian Music Information Centre)

16:20 – 16:40
Music and Society

How we deal with music today, how we learn to make music and how we communicate the joy of it, has an influence not only on our personal lives, but also on the society of the future: what do we listen to? How curious and open-minded are we? How responsibly do we act? The Secretary General of the German Music Council with a final contribution on questions of musical education, culture and the role of music in our lives.

Christian Höppner (Secretary General, German Music Council)

16:40 – 16:50
Musical Conclusion
Traditional Folk Songs
5000 Miles

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